Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Cairo, Egypt. You can choose from 43 Cairo hostels. In total, there are 129 cheap places to stay in Cairo such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $3 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 Cairo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Cairo hostels are located in
downtown, Tahrir Square
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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 Cairo? 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 Cairo alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Cairo. 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 Cairo. To help you make friends with Cairo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Cairo is a true megacity. This gigantic metropolis can be daunting at times but is well worth all the stress; Cario has a bounty of historic and cultural treasures. The city is dynamic and consits of diverse neighborhoods despite mostly being known for its historic treasures like the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.
Hostels in Cairo are easy to come by. You're likely to be commandeered by persistent outgoing locals who want to take you to a hostel and earn a commission. Although there are astonishingly many open-hearted, polite, and down right friendly people in Cairo its best not to let strangers lead you to a hostel. Book beforehand and check out the place out before paying. If you get in at the airport, public transportation to the city center is a challenge, although the locals go way out of your way to help you. Otherwise if arriving by bus or train you may be able just to walk to your accommodation. The subway may come in handy as well.
As far as picking out which location to look for a suitable Cairo hostel in, do consider what area you'd like to stay in. The list of hostels isn't endless, so this should narrow things down to just a handful. If you want to be downtown close to the Nile there are good options—check out places claiming to be on the rooftop, as these are often very cheap (since rooftops are considered low-class in this part of the world) yet pleasant and offer stunning views. Or if arriving by train stay right in the neighborhood Midan Ramses where you arrive. Or get right to the heart of the city and stay directly on Tahrir Square. Keep in mind that many hostels here offer private rooms for just pennies more than shared ones.
Written by local enthusiast for Cairo hostels Carl
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Cairo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Cairo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Cairo costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Cairo with private rooms costs on average $22.
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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 Cairo. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Cairo. 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!
I am an American who lived in Cairo for twenty-seven years. The city is friendly and people will go out of their way to help foreigners. There are hustlers who will try to push their wares on you at the tourist sites. As far as safety goes, it is much safer than a large American city. You will have a great time! Please try to learn a few words in Arabic, it really helps!
Cairo is the best place in Africa.
I have just returned from Cairo alone and am a young woman. I had no problems -- it's a lovely place. Just dress conservative. Yes, you are stared at and hassled a bit, but just say you're married and your husband is working and always say you're busy and goodbye. This worked for me. Garden City is a safe and quiet area for ladies alone. Go for it -- I did and it won't be my last time.
Cairo is the paradise of backpackers.
As a woman on my own, I was very scared when I came to Egypt. But Egypt is not really very bad -- it's like everywhere and has good and bad people.
Welcome to a very hot adventure if you arrive around June! Yes, you will be hassled, but a firm "No thanks" works a lot. Think wisely and carefully about what you really want to do before signing up on a tour. And remember, tips are almost always expected, but can be avoided. As a single woman I appeal to other women to try, despite the heat, to respect the culture and stay covered. It will also stop sunburn. And from those in the know, Immodium makes it worse, it just backs up the problem. Also, look out for rehydrating tablets, worth their weight.
Mohandeseen in Cairo is considered a upperclass neighborhood, which I found to be safe and friendly. This area of the city is provides a central starting point for tourist and business people alike, and is within walking distance of great shopping, banks, and dining.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Cairo and Egypt.
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.