Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Killarney, Ireland. You can choose from 9 Killarney hostels. In total, there are 38 cheap places to stay in Killarney such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $16 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 Killarney, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Fossa, Michael Collins Place, Fair Hill
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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 Killarney? 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 Killarney alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Killarney. 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 Killarney. To help you make friends with Killarney before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Guess what? Killarney is also named and spelled Cill Airne - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
County Kerry's Killarney is a popular tourist stop, and in the summer the streets are crowded with tour buses. Finding a place to stay in a Killarney hostel shouldn't be too much of a problem during weeknights, but call ahead to get a bed on the weekend as it can get fairly crowded. Tourism seems to go back decades ago, and the town thrives on the income that comes from tourists.
There are some nice walks within the city and along the river. Ross Castle is a decent walk away, but is a quite scenic historical place. Built in the fifteenth century, it sits on the the shore of Lough Leane and is worth a tour inside. Muckross Abbey, the ruins of a Franciscan abbey, is the other attraction local to Killarney. There is also a cathedral (where you can find free parking if you're driving a car) inside the city.
Because of the town's location, a Killarney hostel makes a good base camp for those wanting to travel Ring of Kerry, another highly traveled route by tour buses. Nightlife is quite lively, with many pubs and live music venues. There are also lots of opportunities to see some sort of popular athletic games -- Gaelic soccer, rugby, and rowing.
However, for a real Irish experience, it might be best to pass through Killarney and find a smaller town, since Killarney seems to have become a plastic pit stop for tour buses and tourists looking to buy trinkets. While it's not as a large city as Dublin or Cork, it definitely can reach a fair level of popularity with visitors.
Written by local enthusiast for Killarney hostels Emily Schreiber
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Killarney. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Killarney. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Neptune's Killarney Hostel is the best hostel in Killarney for families.
Killarney International Hostel is the best hostel in Killarney for groups.
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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 Killarney. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Killarney. 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!
Bus Eireann is a good way to get around. The trains don't go all over but the bus does, and it takes a bit longer but they have nice comfy seats and you can catch a nap. I stayed in Dingle for a few days, and the bus goes right there. The town is easily walkable. My friend and I went for walks in the countryside around there, and then one day we took a van tour of the rest of the peninsula. It's a little eight-seater or so van, with a guide/driver from there, and he just drives you around and tells you things, and stops at certain places to get out and look. But, you have to have at least four (or was it six?) people to go on the trip -- we got other people staying in the hostel to come with us. You can also rent bikes and do a daytrip of biking around the peninsula. We wanted to, but the weather was horrid, so we opted for the bus tour instead.
Come here for Guiness, Irish music, and late nights with backpackers and locals. Sure, it's full of tourists, but that doesn't make the pubs any less Irish!
Killarney's a good base for the Ring of Kerry, however it is the hugest tourist trap I've ever seen. Worse then Disneyworld. I suggest you visit any small town within the country and rub elbows with the farmers to experience the "real" Ireland.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Killarney 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.