Hostels in Vancouver, Canada

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

Vancouver is a backpacker's paradise: large city, small carbon footprint, ocean access, a couple dozen hostels, and plenty of things to do! And there are plenty of Vancouver hostels as well. You’re bound to meet plenty of people in a city with a population of about 600,000. Although it’s already one of the “greenest” cities in North America, Vancouver is working hard with a goal is to be titled the “Greenest City” within the next few years.

There are many points of interest in Vancouver. You can see the site where the 2010 Winter Olympic Games were held. Vancouver is conveniently placed between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, so you have the option to hike or spend a day at the beach. Vancouver is also affectionately nicknamed “Hollywood North” because so many movies and television shows are shot here, as well as the fact that so many theaters and film festivals take place. So whether you’re a film buff or a movie fanatic, you’re likely to find a theater or set that you’ll love to visit. Other attractions include the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For nightlife, check out Granville Street and other places downtown.

Because it is a large city, Vancouver is an easy place for a backpacker to get around. Choose to travel by the Vancouver International Airport, SkyTrain, SeaBus (a ferry service), Amtrak, or Highway 1. No matter where you go in Vancouver, you’re guaranteed to find an excellent hostel nearby, especially in the downtown area.

Written by local enthusiast for Vancouver hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Vancouver hostels Jessica Lippe

FAQ about Vancouver Hostels

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

A hostel in Vancouver costs on average $40 for a dorm. A hostel in Vancouver with private rooms costs on average $106.
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Your Packing List for Vancouver

Your Packing List for Vancouver

Pack smart, not hard

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

Get your full Packing List here

Vancouver 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 Vancouver, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
13 Total number of hostels
$40 Average dorm price
$106 Average private room price
$33 Cheapest hostel in Vancouver
4 Party hostels in Vancouver
Most Vancouver hostels are located in
Downtown, Gastown, Jericho Beach
6.8 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

White Rock (35 Km / 22 mi.)
Roberts Creek (43 Km / 27 mi.)
Squamish (50 Km / 31 mi.)
Nanaimo (60 Km / 37 mi.)
Eastsound (63 Km / 39 mi.)
Olga (73 Km / 45 mi.)
Friday Harbor (80 Km / 50 mi.)

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