Hostels in Bethlehem, Israel

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

Bethlehem is the supposed birthplace of Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site host, and one of the most visited places in Israel, or rather the Palestine territories. Bethlehem is divided from its big neighbour Jerusalem by a huge wall, a constant reminder of the uneasy relationship of the two. Clashes have been flaring up and dying down again for decades now and in the beginning of the millennium, it was difficult and dangerous to visit the city. Today the wall almost serves as a piece of art -- it's covered in graffiti from well-known artists.

For the past years the area has been quiet and there are currently no reasons that should prohibit travelers from visiting. Apart from the Church of Nativity -- the birth church of Jesus -- there are some other classic sights such as churches, old temples, monasteries, and mosques. It has an average old town, some restaurants, some museums, and surely offers any supplies you need. What is quite nice is to combine the outlying sights with a hike through the slightly hilly farmland surrounding Bethlehem. The town really comes to life for Christmas, when the streets are filled with believers from all around the world celebrating. Apparently scoring a room at that time will be difficult and expensive.

Bethlehem is more a town for middle-class travelers, so there aren't too many hostels in Bethlehem, but they do exist. Bethlehem hostels are of the small type, run in apartment-like structures, and also have an apartment-like feel to them. A huge advantage is the price level here, which is very likely to be half of that in neighbouring Jerusalem. Travelers have been heard complaining that with the cheap prices comes low maintenance, bad Wi-Fi, or a general lack of cleanliness. Also some travelers feel bothered by the shouts of the muezzins leading prayers in the surrounding mosques. On the other hand, the very personal attention from the owners, and the often-included, authentic breakfast have made up much for others. Bethlehem hostels are sometimes not all that easily found, as they might be in residential areas on back alleys, but locals are generally friendly and will help you find the way.

Another issue is getting to Bethlehem in the first place. There is no direct transport from anywhere in Israel but Jerusalem. So there will inevitably be a necessary interchange in Jerusalem. To add extra hassle, the Arab buses going to Bethlehem from Jerusalem many times do not use the same bus stops as the buses traversing Israel. So maybe for those with heavy luggage, a taxi is a worthy investment. There are some international connections to neighbouring Syria, although they might get suspended at any time due to the current situation in the country.

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FAQ about Bethlehem Hostels

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

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House Of Peace is the best hostel in Bethlehem for families.
House Of Peace is the best hostel in Bethlehem for groups.
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Your Packing List for Bethlehem

Your Packing List for Bethlehem

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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.

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Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
$19 Average dorm price
$18 Cheapest hostel in Bethlehem
House Of Peace is the cheapest
8.8 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Bethlehem - from the Community

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