Hostels in Orange County Hostels in Orange County

You are looking for hostels in Orange County? 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 Orange County 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 Orange County.

All Cities in Orange County

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

Orange County, USA, is a bustling area south of Los Angeles in California. While it can be stressful to get to if you're getting there by car on the busy freeways, it offers a great starting point to see and experience everything you've heard about Southern California.

The most popular destination in all of California is located right in Orange County -- Disneyland. The Disneyland and California Adventure parks are visited by people all over the world. It's a family-friendly atmosphere. It's known as "the happiest place on Earth," but that happiness comes with a major price tag. You can save some serious cash by staying at a Orange County, USA hostel instead of a Disneyland resort. Some Orange County, USA hostels and those in the surrounding areas even offer transportation to Disneyland and other nearby attractions.

If you like theme parks, there's even more available to you outside of Disneyland. Knott's Berry Farm is another attraction located near Buena Park. Balboa Island, in Newport Beach, is a much smaller amusement park with a handful of carnival rides and plenty of food vendors. If you drive just outside of Orange County, the attraction opportunities are endless. Hollywood, Los Angeles, and San Diego all offer parks, tours, and unique places to go.

The Los Angeles Angels do not actually have their stadium in Los Angeles. Instead, it's near Anaheim. You can go here to watch professional major league baseball games, or save some money by attending a minor league game instead. (The Quakes are a popular local team.)

Of course, if you've seen how Orange County is portrayed on television, you know that there are plenty of beaches nearby. For ideal spots to tan, surf, and simply enjoy the beach culture, check out Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. These two cities have stunning views and miles of coastline. They also have piers to enjoy and delicious restaurants when you're not on the sand or in the water.

Because this is Southern California, a vacation here can be pretty expensive. Hostels in Orange County, USA, may cost more than some other places, but staying at one is an easy way to save money when compared to the neighboring hotels and resorts. If you can't find any available hostels in Orange County, USA, you're sure to find plenty of hostel options closer to the Los Angeles area.

expert for Orange County hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Orange County hostels Jessica Lippe

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

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 Orange County?

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 Orange County 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 Orange County 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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