Hostels in Cork, Ireland

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

Cork is located on the southern coast of Ireland on the banks of the River Lee, roughly 220km from the nations capital Dublin. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland with a population of 250,000 in the greater Cork area. Cork is easily accessible by public transport via regular bus and train services as well its own international airport and ferry port.

Cork is a very popular destination for tourists with many nearby attractions, and there are several Cork hostels in town. University College Cork or UCC opened in 1845 is one of the oldest and finest universities in the country. It attracts many visitors as well as over 17,000 students. The Church Tower of Shandon is located on the north side of the city and is widely regarded as the symbol of the city. St. Patricks street is the main street in Cork where you can find many modern shops, cafes, and restaurants. Also, being a large student city Cork has many different bars and nightclubs located in the city centre which are usually busy during student nights and weekends.

Cork is also located in close driving distance to several other tourist attractions such as the Blarney castle and Fota Wildlife Park. These attractions are easily accessible by bus from Parnell Place. Also, there are many picturesque beaches located within reasonable driving distance from Cork city such as Youghal, Inchdoney and Garrettstown. Many of these beaches are perfect for surfing and other water sports (weather permitting). Ask for more information at your hostel's reception desk.

Traditional Gaelic games are very popular in the area and it is possible to watch a game of hurling or gaelic football in Pairc Ui Caoimh (pronounced Park-ee-Kweev), especially in summertime.

There are several Cork hostels in the city which are conveniently located within walking distances from the main train station (Kent Station), main bus station in Parnell Place and/or the city centre area. These hostels offer both private and dorm rooms at an affordable price.

Written by local enthusiast for Cork hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Cork hostels Shannon Neuber

FAQ about Cork Hostels

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

A hostel in Cork costs on average $31 for a dorm. A hostel in Cork with private rooms costs on average $92. shows all 5 Hostels in Cork. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 5 hostels in Cork, Ireland. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Cork such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Cork.

Bru Bar & Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Cork.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Cork

Your Packing List for Cork

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Cork and Ireland.

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Cork 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 Cork, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$31 Average dorm price
$92 Average private room price
$29 Cheapest hostel in Cork
Sheila's Hostel is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Cork
Bru Bar & Hostel is the best rated
Most Cork hostels are located in
7.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Midleton (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Kinsale (22 Km / 13 mi.)
Kilbrittain (29 Km / 18 mi.)
Ballycotton (32 Km / 20 mi.)

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

Cork comments only. Don't discuss the hostels here, post a review on the hostel's page instead.

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