Hostels in Minnesota Hostels in Minnesota

You are looking for hostels in Minnesota? 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

All Cities in Minnesota

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

Minnesota, USA, is located in the northern part of the midwestern United States of America. This is a great state for hostel enthusiasts to enjoy nature, especially the water features. Many people call Minnesota the "Land of Ten Thousand Lakes" due to its numerous clear blue lakes (although there aren't exactly ten thousand lakes). Like other northern states, Minnesota typically experiences cold winters, with lots of ice and snow; this is balanced out by pleasant summers. Although the snowy weather may make it unfeasible for those without experience in winter road conditions to drive, Minnesota is relatively flat, making it easier to drive the rest of the year.

Unless you drive to Minnesota from Canada, it's easiest to enter through part of the southern border, from Iowa, Wisconsin, or the Dakotas. A lot of southern Minnesota is farmland. Minnesota, USA Hostels are limited in the southernmost part of the state, but you can find a place to stay in a city such as Preston.

A little further north will bring you to the central hub of Minnesota. Known as the Twin Cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis make up the only metropolitan part of the state. More than half of Minnesota's residents live here! This is probably the only area of Minnesota where you won't need your own car, because the bus and railways service will be sufficient for all of your needs. Saint Paul is the location of the Minnesota State Capitol, but Minneapolis is a better place to find hostels in Minnesota, USA. The Mall of America is the most popular attraction in this area and the entire state. This is the largest mall in the United States of America with a huge selection of shops and even an amusement park inside.

If you head further north, you will exchange the urban area for the wilderness. Quite a bit of this area is state or national forest. Several state parks are nestled in this area, such Lake Itasca State Park, which offers its own Minnesota, USA hostel. Other state parks in the north woods don't have hostels, but you can look into their camping or lodging options, which may also be affordable.

This is an ideal state to go through to visit the Great Lakes region or head north to Canada. Minnesota is out of the way for most travelers, but those who do take the time for a Minnesota road trip will be impressed!

expert for Minnesota hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Minnesota hostels Jessica Lippe

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

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 Minnesota?

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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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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