Backpacker Hostels in Adelaide, Australia

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Get to know Adelaide (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Adelaide. To help you make friends with Adelaide before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Adelaide was originally designed to be the capital city of Australia before they decided to change it to Canberra. As such, the city is largely open plan, as they didn't get the influx of population they expected, and with just over a million people, this gives the city a calm, relaxed, and spacious feel. It has all of the hustle and bustle of a major city, with tons of hostels, without all of the overwhelming crowds. Also known as the city of churches, Adelaide has many older buildings and parks scattered throughout newer and more modern architectural designs.

There are two major areas where your Adelaide hostel will be located -- the first major area is in the CBD close to all of the amenities, shopping in the Rundell Mall, and public transport. The other area is the more hip and touristy Glenelg, situated by the beach and with a raging nightlife. No matter which area you pick, public transport in Adelaide is good and there are frequent trams running services between these two areas so that you can visit both. A public transport bus also runs from the airport -- take this to the downtown region as a cheap alternative to a shuttle bus and stops down on Waymouth Street near many of the Adelaide hostels in that region.

The Adelaide region is renowned for its award-winning wines from the Barossa Valley. Head down to Gouger Street for a large selection of restaurants from which to try the different local produce and wines that Adelaide and the surrounding hills have to offer.

Written by local enthusiast for Adelaide hostels

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FAQ about Adelaide Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Adelaide. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Adelaide. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Adelaide costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in Adelaide with private rooms costs on average $69. shows all 12 Hostels in Adelaide. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 12 hostels in Adelaide, Australia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Adelaide such as
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Your Packing List for Adelaide

Your Packing List for Adelaide

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Adelaide and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Adelaide Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Adelaide, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$21 Average dorm price
$69 Average private room price
$16 Cheapest hostel in Adelaide
Shingo's Backpackers is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Adelaide
Backpack Oz is the best rated
Most Adelaide hostels are located in
6.6 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Henley Beach (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Mount Lofty (12 Km / 8 mi.)
McLaren Vale (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Barossa Valley (54 Km / 34 mi.)
Tanunda (56 Km / 35 mi.)
Port Elliot (67 Km / 42 mi.)
Kangaroo Island (152 Km / 94 mi.)

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

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