Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Beijing, China. You can choose from 37 Beijing hostels. In total, there are 73 cheap places to stay in Beijing such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.
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 Beijing, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Beijing hostels are located in
Dongcheng District, Xicheng District, Chaoyang District
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Beijing? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Beijing alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Beijing. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
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 Beijing. To help you make friends with Beijing before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Guess what? Beijing is also named and spelled Peking - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
Beijing is a massive city with a lot to do for the traveler. You obviously have to visit all the traditional tourist attractions (the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, etc.), but there are thousands more things to do based on your interests. You can immerse yourself in the Chinese life by walking around different areas, you can stop and eat at small cheap restaurants, go to parks... the subway system is very good, cheap, clean and safe. So pick Beijing hostel close to a station, you will have to walk quite a bit anyway... but at least if you're close to the stations that'll help.
Beijing hostel staff are also usually very friendly and eager to help, so they will be your best resource to find ways to enjoy Beijing. They can write a few Chinese characters for you, tell you where to taste the best tea, help you fix a bike if you use one, make copies of your passport for your next visa, and they can tell you where you can eat dog (!) or the more traditional Peking duck for cheap, and how to go clubbing safely. All Beijing hostels will also have organized tours to book (try to chose the ones which don't include shopping, even if they cost a bit more because being forced to stay in jade or silk stores for hours instead of enjoying the Great Wall like you expected is not the greatest way to spend a day in Beijing).
Beijing hostels in particular and hostels in China in general usually don't have a shared kitchen for their guests to use. However, they generally do provide fast-food sorts of meals (which are usually much more expensive than food you can get from a nearby restaurant). Instead of eating the pizzas and BLTs at your Beijing hostel, be adventurous and try out the local specialties. We recommend that you plan to stay at least a week if you want to truly enjoy seeing Beijing.
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Beijing. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Beijing. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
Hostelz.com shows all 37 Hostels in Beijing. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Peking International Youth Hostel is the best hostel in Beijing for couples.
ChengTaoXiaoZhu Folk Inn is the best hostel in Beijing for families.
Peking Station Hostel is the best rated hostel in Beijing for female solo travellers.
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Yue Xuan Courtyard Garden International Youth Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Beijing.
It offers: Bar.
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 Beijing. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Beijing. 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!
Beijing and the Great Wall of China are two places all first-time visitors should put on their itinerary. To avoid tourist scams (and in Beijing there are many) read about it in your travel guidebook before you go to Beijing.
I love Beijing! The air quality is terrible, the traffic is a nightmare, and all of the tourist sights are crowded, but I still love Beijing because there is so much to see and do. Locals are very friendly, but make sure you bring a Mandarin phrase book. I easily spent six days here.
Don't stay near the Tian'anmen Square area. It's full of tourists traps and pickpockets. Everybody tries to rip you off. Noisy everywhere. But Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City are great!
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Beijing and China.
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.