Backpacker Hostels in Melbourne, Australia

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Get to know Melbourne (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 Melbourne. To help you make friends with Melbourne before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

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Melbourne is the shopping and culture hub of Victoria and home to the University of Melbourne. It is a compact but adorable city which is easy to get around and backpacker hostel options are readily available.

A good starting point to look for hostels in Melbourne is Flinders Street Station which is located centrally next to famous Federation Square. In the surrounding area, you will find several accommodation options to choose from. If you do not want to stay in central Melbourne, you can also look for a hostel in the outlying areas.

Since Melbourne is quite consolidated, most major attractions are within walking distance from Federation Square. If you do not feel like walking, or the weather does not allow it, there is a tourist shuttle bus which covers most attractions including the Docklands. You can also use the free circle tram which operates in the city center. To get to get from the airport to your backpacker hostel in Melbourne, there is a bus which operates roughly every 20 minutes from Southern Cross Station.

Fitzroy is Melbourne’s colourful, inner-city bohemian hub with several hostels located in the area. Home to the famous Brunswick Street, it’s the suburb to visit for some of the city’s best shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment spots. Exploring the streets surrounding Brunswick Street reveals a thriving art scene, spread out between small galleries and on the streets themselves. Melbourne is seen as one of the street-art capitals of the world and much of this is concentrated around Fitzroy.

In general, Melbourne is a very tourist-friendly city and you will be provided heaps of information on what to do and where to get there.

Written by local enthusiast for Melbourne hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Melbourne hostels Mona

FAQ about Melbourne Hostels

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

A hostel in Melbourne costs on average $24 for a dorm. A hostel in Melbourne with private rooms costs on average $86. shows all 49 Hostels in Melbourne. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
The Mansion Melbourne is the best rated hostel in Melbourne for female solo travellers. compares prices for 49 hostels in Melbourne, Australia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Melbourne such as
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Victoria Hotel Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Melbourne.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Melbourne

Your Packing List for Melbourne

Pack smart, not hard


Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Melbourne 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

Melbourne 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 Melbourne, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
49 Total number of hostels
$24 Average dorm price
$86 Average private room price
$16 Cheapest hostel in Melbourne
Pint On Punt Hotel is the cheapest
18 Party hostels in Melbourne
Victoria Hotel Backpackers is the best rated
Most Melbourne hostels are located in
Central, St. Kilda, Richmond
6.8 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Brunswick (5 Km / 3 mi.)
Oakleigh (14 Km / 9 mi.)
Glen Waverley (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Emerald (44 Km / 27 mi.)
Geelong (65 Km / 40 mi.)
Phillip Island (78 Km / 48 mi.)
Torquay (80 Km / 50 mi.)

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