Hostels in Calgary, Canada

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

The hostels in Calgary are all located downtown. While there might be some small advantage to one location or another, such as being closer to the light rail system, everything is generally within easy reach. While there are not very many options, the hostels are more than adequate. It should be noted that there are some pretty big differences in atmosphere between various Calgary hostels. It is generally a good a idea to book ahead because they regularly reach capacity. This is especially true in July during the Calgary Stampede, when you should reserve a place as far in advance as possible.

Calgary hostels put you in the middle of an interesting city. There is a stereotype, not helped by the city's own branding, that Calgary has no culture or only a cowboy culture. While this is in your face during the Calgary Stampede, it is much more in the background for the rest of the year. While you might have to look a little harder, there are some cool neighborhoods, such as Inglewood to the east and Kensington to the north, and the 17th Street zone to the south. Calgary has become more diverse in recent years, and that means there is a reasonable selection of food and shops. Some places you might want to visit are the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary, and the Zoo. Although you are in the middle of a massive urban sprawl, there are some nice parks along the Bow and Elbow Rivers.

You are also just a couple hours away from the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Depending on how you arrive to Calgary, you might see them in the distance. A visit to Banff National Park is highly recommended (check with your hostel to see if tours are available). The Greyhound bus station is awkwardly located west of the center. The airport is accessible on public transit via a combination of light rail and bus.

Written by local enthusiast for Calgary hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Calgary hostels Jonathan A

FAQ about Calgary Hostels

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

A hostel in Calgary costs on average $38 for a dorm. A hostel in Calgary with private rooms costs on average $107. shows all 3 Hostels in Calgary. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 3 hostels in Calgary, Canada. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Calgary such as
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Your Packing List for Calgary

Your Packing List for Calgary

Pack smart, not hard

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

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.

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Calgary 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 Calgary, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$38 Average dorm price
$107 Average private room price
$38 Cheapest hostel in Calgary
Wicked Hostels - Calgary is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Calgary
Wicked Hostels - Calgary is the best rated
8.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Kananaskis (73 Km / 45 mi.)
Canmore (89 Km / 55 mi.)
Banff (105 Km / 65 mi.)
Radium Hot Springs (147 Km / 92 mi.)
Invermere (149 Km / 93 mi.)
Banff National Park (158 Km / 98 mi.)
Skookumchuck (172 Km / 107 mi.)

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