Hostels in Pennsylvania Hostels in Pennsylvania

You are looking for hostels in Pennsylvania? 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

All Cities in Pennsylvania

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

Pennsylvania is one of the thirteen original colonies. Years later, this state has grown and now offers several cities that hostel backpackers may be interested in visiting. The state's terrain changes in different parts of Pennsylvania, from flat hills to the Appalachian Mountains. Pennsylvania enjoys all four seasons, with cold, icy winters and pleasantly warm summers.

Philadelphia is a a good city to start from, or to include as a part of any journey through New England. This is where you will find historical sites and information. The famous cracked Liberty Bell is on display across the street from the Independence Hall, the state house where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Betsy Ross's home and other sites that helped shaped the foundation of the US are within walking distance. For more modern entertainment, check out the park and steps featured in the Rocky movie, or enjoy your favorite sport with the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, or Flyers. End the day with a Philly Cheesesteak from Geno's or another famous sandwich shop before heading back to your hostel. Philadelphia has the widest selection of hostels in Pennsylvania.

From Philadelphia, you can head west. Other than State College, a city that exists due to the university, there aren't many cities in the middle of the state. However, Amish Country is worth a visit. Go to Lancaster County to learn how this group of people go without electricity, internet access, and cars, and instead choose old-fashioned farm work, plain modest dress, and buggy-hitched horses. Many of the Amish value their privacy, which is why they ask not to be photographed, but many do work in the tourism industry to allow you to explore typical Amish homes and activities.

Stop in Pittsburgh for more big-city feel. Pittsburgh also has hostels, though limited, to go with their museums, night life, parks, and sports. From there you can complete your trek across Pennsylvania by heading north to Erie. This is a lakeside town overlooking the great Lake Erie, and both Ohio and New York are just a short drive away from this point. Finish the Pennsylvania route by heading into one of these neighboring states, or if you have a sweet tooth, head east to Hershey, the chocolate capital.

expert for Pennsylvania hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Pennsylvania hostels Jessica Lippe

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

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 Pennsylvania?

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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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