Hostels in Missouri Hostels in Missouri

You are looking for hostels in Missouri? 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 Missouri 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 Missouri.

All Cities in Missouri

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

The state of Missouri is located in the Midwest. Although hostels are not very common in this area, it still provides the events, attractions, and atmosphere that backpackers crave.

Highway 70 cuts Missouri into north and south halves, and it's a good road to drive to get acquainted with the state. At the westernmost end is Kansas City, a twin city that shares a name with a smaller city across the border in Kansas. It is the city with the second largest population in Missouri and is filled with museums and sporting events.

Slightly to the east of Kansas City, you'll find Independence, the city known as the official starting point of the Oregon Trail.

Moving further to the east on Highway 70 will eventually bring you to Columbia. If you take a detour south of this, you can visit the state capital, Jefferson City. While this is a very small city for a capital, you can still see the capitol building, the state penitentiary, and a stretch of the Missouri River.

Before hitting the Illinois border, you will arrive in St. Louis, the largest city of Missouri. This is the best place in the state to find a hostel, and also the best place to find things to do. Visit the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch over the Missouri River. Listen to the rhythm of ragtime, jazz, and blues music.

To extend your time in Missouri, head south for a connection to nature. Visit the Ozarks and Ozark National Scenic Riverways, or Mark Twain National Forest. Visiting the Ozarks is beautiful any time of year, but if you can, go in the fall when all of the trees change into bright colors. Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate the abundance of rivers throughout the state. The Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio rivers run for many miles.

Barbecue is a popular cuisine found in specialty restaurants throughout the state, particularly in St. Louis. Pizza is another common fare, as is pork, ravioli, and butter pastries.

Missouri is a unique junction, combining the personalities of both the Midwest and the Southern states. As one of the underrated states in the United States of America, a visit here will set you apart as a thorough traveler!

expert for Missouri hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Missouri hostels Jessica Lippe

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

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 Missouri?

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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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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