Hostels in North Carolina Hostels in North Carolina

You are looking for hostels in North Carolina? 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

All Cities in North Carolina

We list every single hostel in North Carolina and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina. 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 North Carolina

North Carolina is a state on the southeastern seaboard of the United States of America. It is bordered by Tennessee to the west, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Its capital is Raleigh; some other cities include Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte.

North Carolina’s coastal region is mainly sand dunes, long spits of always-shifting land, and white sand beaches. The Outer Banks are a popular holiday destination for many Americans. Inland, the defining landscape is the gently mountainous Piedmont region and, further west, the Appalachian Mountains. The widely-acclaimed Appalachian Trail runs through the western part of the state; there are plenty of other hiking and walking trails across the state.

The beaches of North Carolina are quite popular, especially in the summer months. There is plenty of colonial and antebellum history to be found in North Carolina, particularly in Durham and Charlotte.

North Carolina is accessible by air, train, or interstate highway. The main airport serving the state is Charlotte Douglas International Airport, with flights from the Caribbean, Canada, Central America, and Europe. Amtrak trains run between most major cities, but it is typically easier in the US to rent a car. Travellers unfamiliar with the States should keep in mind that travel times between cities can be close to 3 or 4+ hours by car; longer by bus or train. Planning to stay at a hostel in one city may not be anywhere near your intended attraction or hike.

Along with South Carolina, North Carolina was part of the thirteen colonies as the Province of Carolina; they formally separated in 1729 and North Carolina became a state in 1789. North Carolina was on the Confederate side in the Civil War, having officially seceded from the Union in May 1861.

Budget accommodation in the US is generally found in the way of motels or chain hotels, rather than hostels. Americans are not used to the European-style hostels, especially away from the major metropolitan centres of New York, LA, and Miami. In North Carolina, your best bet for inexpensive accommodation is by searching for home stays. However, if you are planning on staying near the mountains, in or near Asheville, there are several hostels in and around the city. Guesthouses and farmsteads are not a usual type of accommodation, but in the quaint beach towns you will find attractive b&bs or boutique inns.

With such a wide range of activities, North Carolina has a lot to offer visitors. Once you have your hostel accommodation sorted, you can explore the hiking trails, beaches, and nightlife + cultural attractions in Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, or a city of your choice.

expert for North Carolina hostels

Handwritten by local expert for North Carolina hostels Jakob Lombardi

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

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 North Carolina?

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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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