Hostels in Idaho Hostels in Idaho

You are looking for hostels in Idaho? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Idaho hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Idaho.

All Cities in Idaho

We list every single hostel in Idaho and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Idaho for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Idaho hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Idaho. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Idaho

Idaho is located in the Northwestern United States. Known for their potatoes and gateway to Yellowstone National Park, this state isn't typically on a backpacker's must-see list, but those who do end up visiting tend to enjoy it.

There are very few hostels located in the entire state of Idaho. Budget travelers going through Idaho will probably have to look for cheap motels, campsites, or other accommodations, staying at a hostel or two as a special treat. Quite a bit of Idaho is made up of parks and other natural areas, so if you have the equipment, camping may be a good hostel alternative.

Idaho is the state with the second-lowest cost of living in the entire nation. Those savings are passed on to travelers, so you can expect less expensive meals, transport, and accommodation compared to nearby states.

The largest city in Idaho is its capitol, Boise. Boise is located along highway 84, which connects Idaho to Oregon in the west and Utah in the southeast. Yellowstone National Park is located on the eastern border. Although the national park is mostly in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana also house a bit of Yellowstone property. Idaho also has other national parks and monuments. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and Nez Perce National Historic Park are just a few from the selection that are certainly worth visiting. There are even more state parks. Many people who visit and move to Idaho do so because they love all the natural scenery.

A great Idaho winter destination is Sun Valley, one of North America's oldest ski resorts and the location of the world's first chairlift. In most parts of Idaho, a stereotypical winter does occur. You can see ten-foot snow drifts going into March or beyond. In contrast, summers can be pleasantly warm

A trip through Idaho is made complete with a visit to Shoshone Falls. This series of waterfalls in the Snake River is known as "Niagara of the West".

Overall, if you love traveling to get in touch with the outdoors and away from crowds of people, you should definitely consider Idaho. It doesn't have big cities or popular tourist traps, but it does have a wide array of opportunities for travelers to get away from it all.

expert for Idaho hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Idaho hostels Jessica Lippe

Travel Tips for Idaho - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Idaho. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Idaho. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Idaho

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Idaho?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Idaho here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Idaho safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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