Hostels in New York Hostels in New York

You are looking for hostels in New York? 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 New York 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 New York.

All Cities in New York

We list every single hostel in New York and the world. In total, we have 6 cities in New York 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 New York 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 New York. 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 New York

New York is a large state on the eastern coast of the United States of America. From east to west, you could experience a culture shock just going from one part of the state to another.

Although there are a few cities in the central area of New York state, most travelers will best appreciate either the eastern border or the western border. On the east you'll find New York City, the largest city in the United States and a huge hub for hostel travelers of all backgrounds. On the western side, you'll find hostels numerous cities and towns, many with hostels, including Buffalo. Obviously, services and pricing for hostels in New York will vary depending on which city and area you stay in.

New York City is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, and is both a historic and modern city. Among many landmarks, perhaps the most notable is the Statue of Liberty, a large green lady welcoming overseas travelers from her home on Liberty Island. Other attractions include Ellis Island, The World Trade Center (rebuilt to be the tallest building in the United States after the September 11th attack), Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue, and the Empire State Building. It is also known for shopping and fashion as the home of many flagship stores. Hostels are offered in each of the boroughs, so you won't have to stay too far away from what you want to visit.

While most international travelers try to include New York City on their North American itinerary, central New York state provides a better feel of typical America. Smaller towns are spaced out by farmland, and some Amish communities even exist in this area. The northern parts of the state border other New England states which also have much to offer. The excitement begins to pick up again in the Great Lakes area.

New York state shares borders with two of the five Great Lakes: Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Between these two lakes is Niagara Falls. The famous waterfalls are the namesake of the international cities. Here you can walk between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada. The surrounding area includes state parks and other natural marvels. There are several options for hostel accommodations after a day of adventuring here.

You could visit New York state again and again, and still never see all this diverse state has to offer!

expert for New York hostels

Handwritten by local expert for New York hostels Jessica Lippe

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

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 New York?

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 New York 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 New York 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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