Hostels in Killarney, Ireland

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Get to know Killarney (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 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

Written by local enthusiast for Killarney hostels Emily Schreiber

FAQ about Killarney Hostels

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?

A hostel in Killarney costs on average $23 for a dorm. A hostel in Killarney with private rooms costs on average $94. shows all 8 Hostels in Killarney. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Your Packing List for Killarney

Your Packing List for Killarney

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let'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.

Get your full Packing List here

Killarney 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 Killarney, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
8 Total number of hostels
$23 Average dorm price
$94 Average private room price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Killarney
Neptune's Killarney Hostel is the cheapest
Most Killarney hostels are located in
Fossa, Glencar Center, Fair Hill
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Killarney - 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 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!

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