Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Shanghai, China. You can choose from 23 Shanghai hostels. In total, there are 38 cheap places to stay in Shanghai 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 Shanghai, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Shanghai hostels are located in
Huangpu District, Jingan District, Hongkou 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 Shanghai? 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 Shanghai alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Shanghai. 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 Shanghai. To help you make friends with Shanghai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Shanghai is one of the most visited cities in China and is a seaport on the East China Sea. It is divided into 18 suburbs, whereof nine are located in the central region (Puxi).
A couple of the places you can stay in if you are looking for a hostel in Shanghai are Huangpu, the historic center of the city and Xuhui which offers lots of hip shopping and lifestyle spots. Generally speaking, you can expect Shanghai hostels to be clean and safe with friendly staff to help you in every situation.
If arriving by plane you will probably arrive at Shanghai Pudong airport. To get to the city center, take the legendary high-speed maglev train which reaches a speed of 430 km/hour. Getting to and from your hostel in Shanghai is also no problem since the city is served by a modern and comprehensive public transport system. If you get lost and ask somebody for directions, be aware that most people will think it is impolite to tell you they do not know either. Instead, they might lead you the wrong way just to give you an answer.
While you are there, enjoy some of the numerous cultural activities such as exploring the Shanghai Museum or the Museum of Art and History, attending a performance of a classic Chinese opera, or discovering the mixture of Chinese and modern architecture. You can also go shopping on Nanjing Road, discover up-and-coming Chinese artists at Moganshan Art District and join the vibrant nightlife in the hip district Xintiandi. After all that you'll be ready for a good night's rest at your Shanghai hostel.
Written by local enthusiast for Shanghai hostels Mona
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Shanghai. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Shanghai. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Shanghai costs on average $12 for a dorm. A hostel in Shanghai with private rooms costs on average $32.
Hostelz.com shows all 23 Hostels in Shanghai. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Shanghai Meego Yes Hotel is the best hostel in Shanghai for couples.
Shanghai Meego Yes Hotel is the best hostel in Shanghai for families.
Shanghai Blue Mountain International Youth Hostel is the best hostel in Shanghai for groups.
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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 Shanghai. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Shanghai. 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!
Shanghai is a very beautiful city -- I just love it. Take a river boat and go to Shanghai Tower.
Shanghai is like any big city and it feels too Western. The old city and Yuyuan Gardens is touristy but beautiful and the area across the water from the Bund is beautiful. There is not much to do here, so after three days I was ready to move on.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Shanghai 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.