Hostels in Bogotá, Colombia

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

Guess what? Bogotá is also named and spelled Bogota - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Plaza Bolivar

Bogotá is Colombia's bustling capital city, located more than two thousand five hundred feet above sea level. Bogotá offers something different than other cities in Colombia. Temperatures are cool in the evenings but pleasant during the day. Despite a lack of amazing sights to see, Bogotá has some excellent museums, most of which have free entry. The Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) is a must-visit for anyone coming to stay in Bogotá and landing in the country sometimes known as El Dorado. The Botero Museum has paintings by Fernando Botero -- he painted pictures of fat people in a cartoon-like style! The Police Museum is another interesting free attraction -- most interesting is the exhibition on the capture of perhaps Colombia's most famous person, the international drug smuggler, Pablo Escobar.

The cable car up to Monserrate mountain is worth it, but try to go on a clear day so that you can appreciate the enormity of the sprawling capital. If you want a really memorable experience, go to a football match -- you will see real passion from the Colombians as you join them in the stands to sing songs you don't even know the words to! A bicycle tour is a good way to see Bogotá; these are organised daily. Keep in mind that it's a little more difficult at altitude though. There are many possible day trips from your Bogotá hostel to places of interest outside the city, such as the salt cathedral at Chia.

The city area of La Candelaria is where most Bogotá hostels are located. There are many new hostels that have opened their doors in the last few years. The area is also popular with students and has hundreds of small bars inside every few doorways. Colombia's nightlife is what draws so many people to the country -- coupled with the friendly Bogotá locals, it makes for a great night out. That is why so many people refer to Colombia as Loco-mbia! Tasty street food is also on offer in La Candelaria. Bogotá is an interesting city to visit and has plenty to keep tourists entertained.

Written by local enthusiast for Bogotá hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Bogotá hostels RayJ

FAQ about Bogotá Hostels

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

A hostel in Bogotá costs on average $10 for a dorm. A hostel in Bogotá with private rooms costs on average $28. shows all 75 Hostels in Bogotá. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Granada Hostel is the best hostel in Bogotá for couples.
North House Hostel is the best hostel in Bogotá for families.
Granada Hostel and Mandala Hostel Bogota are the best rated hostels in Bogotá for female solo travellers. compares prices for 75 hostels in Bogotá, Colombia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Bogotá such as
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Viajero Bogota Hostel & Spa is the best rated hostel for partying in Bogotá.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Bogotá

Your Packing List for Bogotá

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Bogotá 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 Bogotá, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
75 Total number of hostels
$10 Average dorm price
$28 Average private room price
$5 Cheapest hostel in Bogotá
Hostal Casa Colibri is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Bogotá
Viajero Bogota Hostel & Spa is the best rated
Most Bogotá hostels are located in
La Candelaria, La Soledad, Comuna Chapinero
6.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

La Calera (15 Km / 9 mi.)
Choachi (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Sopo (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Zipaquira (44 Km / 27 mi.)
Guatavita (43 Km / 27 mi.)
Fusagasuga (46 Km / 29 mi.)
Pacho (56 Km / 35 mi.)

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

Just got back from a week in Colombia, and on our last day in Bogota we were mugged. I have traveled all over the world, and this is the first city I have ever been robbed in. We were in a decent neighborhood, with many people around, and it was broad daylight. The crooks in this city are brazen. Bogota is an amazing city, with great food and fun people, but I will never go back. Just be careful and use common sense, you are just a crime statistic waiting to happen. Bogota is dangerous.


Bogota is too cold for me but I'm giving it another shot. Yes, the clubs are hot and women are beautiful. You just have to wear more clothes.

Michael D.

I spent a week in Bogotá -- it was just wonderful. The city itself is really fantastic and completely safe. People are very polite and they are always willing to help you. I liked being there very much. Jazz up and visit Bogotá.

Oscar Fuentes

I love the weather, but it is dangerous. It is far from clean and the historical places are littered with garbage and vagrants. There is much poverty but the mountains are picturesque. But it's not my favorite city.


I'm spending a couple of months in Colombia and loved it from the very beginning, especially Bogota. Being from a big city myself, I felt right at home. Things you have to see, first, Cerro de Monserrate (located up the hill from La Candelaria). You can take a cable car up. Once on top, you have a complete view of Bogota. Another place to visit is the Museo de Botero-Botero Collection. Fernando Botero donated his artwork. Along with his work, you can also find paintings from Picasso and Monet. Not only that, it's free! If you're looking for nightlife in Bogota, there's a lot to tell. But in a nutshell, Zona-T in Zona Rosa and Parque 93 are the hotspots -- overall, fun and very westernized.

New York Tod

I spent a nice week in Bogota last July and I remember it as a nice and interesting city. Viva Bogota -- I'm going to come back as soon as possible.

Jonas M. Huber

I recently visited Bogota and was so pleasantly surprised. The city is beautiful. It is so different than is described in the news -- my experience was nothing short of fantastic. The food is great, and the people are so courteous and friendly and helpful. I am Mexican and felt that the people treated me as their own. The view from Montserrat is gorgeous. I plan on visiting Cartagena next year. If you're a single guy, I recommend you visit Colombia -- they have the most beautiful women in the world. I shall return.


Bogota is a miracle. In a country full of war and corruption, you can find deep places of deep peace.


Bogota is a very nice city, very safe, and full of interesting people -- especially my girlfriend, which is the main reason that I went to visit her hometown. The nightclubs are fantastic, with a very beautiful, looking up for it crowd. It's very nice. I'm going back in a couple of months, but this time I will go out more and do more things. The first time I went, I was a little scared to get the most out of it. Locals told me that it can be dangerous for foreigners to catch taxis by themselves. But I look forward to going again, but I'm taking the attitude that you only live once this time. Viva Colombia!


Bogota is today the most beautiful city in Latin America -- clean, cultural, cosmopolitan. I'm from France and know many countries in the world and let me tell you, it's difficult to find a city with such cultural richness, friendly and educated people, fantastic restaurants, gorgeous girls, amazing shopping centers, and parks. Don't be afraid of going to Bogota, it's safer than any other city in Latin America and it's definitely worth visiting.

Alain Michel

I´m living in Bogota and I´m very happy because the people here, the food, and everything is really good. And Bogota has a lot of interesting places where you can go and learn a lot about cultures and places. Bogota is the most beautiful city in the world.


Colombia is the best place in the world. Even though traffic does happen like in any other cities, Bogota has many cultural place that you can visit. It has many things to do every day so you will neve be bored when you go there.


What can I say? Colombia is just wonderful.


Bogota is a wonderful place to visit, great food and the best people. I spent time at La Candelaria, a spanish stlyle neighborhood with good theaters and art galleries. My advice... dinner at Monserrate with a great view of the city, also rent a taxi driver for a whole day... cheaper, funny, and full of surprises.

Ken Petronella

In a recent business trip to South America from Scandinavia I had the opportunity of stop in Colombia for a while. Wonderful country and Bogota is a superb city, lovely weather and exceptional food. Also I was very surprised by the wealth of cultural activities. Cali, Pereira, Manizales, and Cartagena were also a breeze to know. I will come back in a moment to this country. (A notice of advice: The only city to avoid is Medellin. I understand it's a very dangerous place due to the drug gangs that pray mainly on tourists.)


I had three hours between Bogota and NYC flights (coming from Cartagena!). I jumped into a cab and spent 1 1/2 hours in the Museum of Gold... excellent use of time!


Bogotá is one of the most beautiful cities you can see in Colombia. It has wonderful people, wonderful places to visit, very good restaurants with all kind of food, very good cultural institutions, museums such as the Gold Museum with a beautiful precolumbian gold collection, the National Museum, the Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum, La Quinta de Bolivar, Moserrate Mountain, theaters such as Colon, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Moderno, etc. The best Universities such as Los Andes, Javeriana, El Rosario, La Sabana, San Buenaventura, etc., and the most intellectual people in the country. Bogotá has wonderful sport centers such as Campín, El Salitre, Simón Bolívar, etc. The capital of Colombia has bycicle paths and a large plaza where sports competitions and cultural events are held. I could say more beautiful things about Bogotá and Colombia my country, but I think this is enough. Thanks. Gracias. Amo a Colombia!

Olga Horn

Bogota is terrible. Bad service, bad people, bad everything!! Just because it's the capital it gets good ratings but that place stinks. Medellin is a lot better than any other place in Colombia. Very friendly people and good, fun parks to go to to take the kids. Adults will enjoy it too.


I love so much Colombia and Bogota it is a beatiful capital! I love it.

Maria Velasquez

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