Hostels in Indiana Hostels in Indiana

You are looking for hostels in Indiana? 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 Indiana 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 Indiana.

All Cities in Indiana

We list every single hostel in Indiana and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana. 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 Indiana

Indiana is the smallest state west of Appalachia, but it offers a lot for its size.

Indiana is best accessed by car or bus. Freeways and highways are abundant in Indiana, and you'll find a main road going to virtually anywhere. Major bus companies service most of the area.

Lake Michigan is located to the north of Indiana. As one of the Great Lakes, due to its enormous size, a mixture of both lake and ocean activities can be done at Lake Michigan, including fishing, swimming, boating, and visiting the beach.

Near Lake Michigan, to the western part of Indiana, you will find a city called Gary. Gary is actually part of the Chicago metropolitan area, but it has a few attractions in its own right. One of the most popular is the birthplace and childhood home of the late singer Michael Jackson. One of his musical groups, Jackson Five, even made a song where the lyrics give the address, 2300 Jackson Street.

You probably will not find any hostel options in Northern Indiana. There are, however, plenty of hostel options located just across the Illinois border in Chicago. You can consider the commute if you'd like to add Chicago to your Indiana excursion.

Fort Wayne is slightly further south and over to the east, near the Ohio border. This is one of the larger towns in Indiana, so you can find more shopping options. Johnny Appleseed, the famous historic philanthropist, is buried in a large park near this city.

Indiana's largest city and capital is Indianapolis, situated in the center of the state. It is made famous by the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis also provides other sporting events as well as parks, museums, and monuments. Indianapolis will be your best bet for finding Indiana hostels. Expect to pay close to the national average for a night at a hostel here.

While it does have its cities with attractions, much of Indiana is farmland, and you will be able to tell that by some of the local roadside attractions. The world's largest egg, the world's largest ball of paint, the world's largest candle, and a tiny church can all be found while traveling through Indiana.

expert for Indiana hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Indiana hostels Jessica Lippe

Travel Tips for Indiana - 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 Indiana. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Indiana. 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 Indiana

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 Indiana?

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 Indiana 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 Indiana 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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