Hostels in Xi'an, China

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

XiAn is a beautiful city in China, the capital of the province of Shaanxi. Xian is one of the four more ancient capitals in China and has a lot to offer, so it's worth a visit. This city is famous for the Terracotta Army Warriors (a subterranean life size warriors and horses, organized in battle formation). You can visit this amazing landmark by joining a tour or going on your own -- there are plenty of buses leaving from the city center (this is definitely the cheapest option).

XiAn is easily reachable by plane, train, or bus with connections to the main cities (most XiAn hostels offer free pickup from the airport or main stations). In the high season, book your tickets in advance, as it can become really crowded -– almost every hostel in China has a travel agency, so they will help you to buy tickets.

During your stay in XiAn, you cannot miss its main attraction –- The Terracotta Army (one hour distance from the city center) -- and the other landmarks in the city center (located inside the ancient city walls). Inside the city walls, you cannot miss the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, and the Great Mosque. In the city center you will find a good variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops to relax.

There are a lot of hostels in XiAn if you are on a budget, offering average facilities. In high season or during holidays or events, try to book your hostel in XiAn in advance to have better rates and assure vacancies.

Written by local enthusiast for Xi'an hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Xi'an hostels Grace

FAQ about Xi'an Hostels

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

A hostel in Xi'an costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Xi'an with private rooms costs on average $39. shows all 19 Hostels in Xi'an. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 19 hostels in Xi'an, China. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Xi'an such as
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Shuyuan Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Xi'an.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Xi'an

Your Packing List for Xi'an

Pack smart, not hard

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

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Xi'an 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 Xi'an, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
19 Total number of hostels
$8 Average dorm price
$39 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Xi'an
12 Party hostels in Xi'an
Shuyuan Hostel is the best rated
Most Xi'an hostels are located in
Xincheng District, Lianhu District, Beilin District
4.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Wudangshan (278 Km / 173 mi.)

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

Xi'an has way more to offer than the army.


I was recently down in Xi'an for a week and had a great time.


Xi'an is ok and has great Chinese ambiance within the city walls, but I would not stay here more than two or three days. If you don't care about seeing the Terracotta Army and the Great Mosque, then don't bother to come here. The air quality is very bad here and there's not much to do here other than those two things.

Pippin, USA

Despite some negative comments given, Xi'an is a "real" Chinese city. The tourist sights are well known but it's a great city to get out and explore. Especially if you like inexpensive street food.


The Terracotta Army and the walled city are fantastic, inside the walls are old markets which are fun, but two days max is enough for Xi'an. Outside the walls are dreary houses and factories. Other downers are the taxi drivers who refuse to use meters, just get out of the cab, the beggars which to a Westerner are very aggressive, and the pollution is horrific, took two weeks to clear!! And the use of lights after dark on vehicles/cycles is a rarity so beware when walking, but otherwise it's very safe.


The terracotta army is magnificent! Altough the city itself is a real dissapointment. Pollution and garbage are what you can expect to meet on the streets. If you decide to go here, then - whatever you do - DO NOT stay at the Shang De Hotel wich is located near the train station! It's a sh*tty place with only one shower in the entire hotel.

Niklas, Sweden

An ancient city worth seeing! The lifelike terra-cotta soldier from the Qin dynasty is amazing. However, air quality in this city is terrible.


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