Hostels in Goa, India

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

 Get to know Goa (no more

Goa is a former Portuguese colony on the west coast of southern India. It’s vastly different from the rest of India thanks in part to the distinct Portuguese culture and food that still permeates the small state. Goa has long been a holiday destination for Indians and tourists alike. It’s most well known for its inaccessibility from the rest of India, the picturesque beaches, and the spices and teas it produces.

Goa is one of the smallest regions of India, on the southwestern coast. When people say they are going to Goa, they often mean the beach towns, so in looking for a hostel in Goa, you can also check in nearby cities Anjuna, Canacona, or Arambol. Hostels in Goa tend to be similar to backpacker hostels across Southeast Asia and Australia, with friendly, knowledgeable staff, and a chilled out beach vibe. Most hostels in this area are also beachside and cater to a wide range of international travellers.

The largest cities in Goa are Vasco da Gama, Margao, and Panaji; by far the easiest way to get to Goa is to fly to Mumbai and catch another flight to Goa. There is an international airport in Goa, but it only accepts international charter flights; the remainder of flights to Goa are scheduled domestic flights.

It has been said that Goans live in villages, not the cities. This is exceptionally true on the coast, where you’ll find village after village on beautiful beaches. If you need a break from the relaxed beach scene in Goa, you can take a day trip to Old Goa, the former Portuguese colony and capital. It was abandoned due to plague in the 1700s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The churches, convents, and more are well worth a visit; its highly recommended to go on a weekday morning as it does get busy with tours.

Written by local enthusiast for Goa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Goa hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Goa Hostels

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

A hostel in Goa costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Goa with private rooms costs on average $29. shows all 76 Hostels in Goa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Craft Hostels is the best hostel in Goa for families.
The Nest by Hostelogy is the best rated hostel in Goa for female solo travellers. compares prices for 76 hostels in Goa, India. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Goa such as
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The Nest by Hostelogy is the best rated hostel for partying in Goa.

It offers: Bar.

Goa 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 Goa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
76 Total number of hostels
$8 Average dorm price
$29 Average private room price
$2 Cheapest hostel in Goa
Andaz Arambol is the cheapest
44 Party hostels in Goa
The Nest by Hostelogy is the best rated
Most Goa hostels are located in
Bardez, Vagator, Palolem
6.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Goa Velha (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Panaji (9 Km / 6 mi.)
Aldona (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Candolim (16 Km / 10 mi.)
Calangute (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Bardez (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Anjuna (20 Km / 12 mi.)

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

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