Hostels in South Carolina Hostels in South Carolina

You are looking for hostels in South 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 South 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 South Carolina.

All Cities in South Carolina

We list every single hostel in South Carolina and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in South 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 South 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 South 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 South Carolina

As one of the most historically rich states in the U.S.A., South Carolina is a must-see for travelers visiting the South. South Carolina has the best of Southern home-cookin', popular beach destinations such as Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, historically rich cities like Charleston, metropolitan areas like Columbia, upcoming cities such as Greenville, charming towns, beautiful countryside and even some mountains! Hostels are few and far between in South Carolina, so make sure you book ahead of time.

South Carolina is divided into three main regions: the foothills, midlands, and the coast. The foothills occupy the upper northwest portion of the state and are seated at the foot of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains. This makes for easy access to hiking, camping, cycling and enjoying the beautiful nature, especially at State Parks like Table Rock State Park, Caesars Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park and more. Water lovers will enjoy the many lakes, such as Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. Greenville, a rapidly growing and trendy city, is also located in the Upstate of South Carolina, near the foothills. Be sure to check out the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy River and lively music and arts scene downtown. There are plenty of unique dining options in Greenville, including a large range of ethnic cuisine and a huge variety of equally satisfying coffee shops and microbreweries.

The midlands of South Carolina, also known as the Sandhills, are known for the hot and humid climate and abundance of bugs. With a closer look, however, one can discover an old historic charm. The capital city, Columbia, is the metropolitan hub of the region and the center of business and higher education. Mingled throughout the modern tedium of mid-major city life are relics of times gone by. There are plenty of opportunities to gaze into the past and imagine the South of centuries past by visiting the State House or one of many historic houses or battlefields. Not far from the city, Congaree National Park offers visitors a quiet escape into a maze of swampy bottomland forest. Visitors can enjoy camping and walks on raised boardwalks throughout the park.

The Coast of South Carolina has perhaps the greatest reputation of the regions, and it's easy to see why so many tourists make this their port of call for family vacations. Highlights of the coast include historic Charleston, one of the oldest port cities in the United States, Myrtle Beach, a beach and golf-lovers playground, and Hilton Head Island, a quiet but luxurious beach community. Take some time to explore the small towns between major sights for fresh food, antique shops, and a laid-back taste of South Carolina life at its finest.

Despite remaining on the periphery of many travelers vacation radars, and a lack of a variety of hostels, South Carolina has plenty to see and experience all across its three regions.

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