Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Jerusalem, Israel. You can choose from 15 Jerusalem hostels. In total, there are 39 cheap places to stay in Jerusalem such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $13 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 Jerusalem, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Jerusalem hostels are located in
Old City, Downtown Triangle, City Centre
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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 Jerusalem? 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 Jerusalem alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Jerusalem. 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 Jerusalem. To help you make friends with Jerusalem before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Jerusalem, a city of more than 4000 years old, is the holy place for the three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and the desired capital by both Israelis and Palestinians. No wonder Jerusalem consists of many distinctive parts and there are many Jerusalem hostels to serve the numerous visitors to the city.
The oldest part is the walled Old City, in which you can find four different quarters: the Jewish, the Arab, the Christian, and the Armenian. The Old City is where many of the holy pilgrimage sites are located: the Western (Wailing) wall for the Jews, the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the Muslims, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa for the Christians, to mention a few. Visitors also like to indulge themselves in shopping at the souqs of the Old City.
West of the Old City is the modern Israeli Jerusalem which includes the official city centre, situated around the Ben Yehuda, Yafo and Ha-Melekh George streets’ triangle. Here some of the locals leading their everyday lives can be observed (as the Old City is heavily occupied by tourists on a regular day). A major attraction in West Jerusalem is the Yad Vashem museum-memorial for the Holocaust victims - you will likely need to take a bus to get there from the city centre.
The Arab East Jerusalem officially belongs to the West Bank. The main route between the Palestinian West Bank and the Muslim part of the Old City goes via the Damascus Gate. Outside the Damascus Gate is the Arab bus terminal at which you can find buses and shared taxis to all the major destinations in the West Bank.
The Israeli Central Bus Station, meanwhile, is located in West Jerusalem. To get there you will need to take a city bus, such as the #1 from outside the Western Wall on the opposite side of the Old City. Otherwise, prepare for a long walk.
When choosing a hostel in Jerusalem, think what are you going to see and where are you going to spend most of your time. You can find hostels in the Old City and in the modern city center as well as in the Israeli Central Bus Station neighborhood.
If you are going to concentrate on the holy pilgrimage sites or use your stay in Jerusalem as a base for exploring the West Bank, you may want to look for a hostel in the Old City. If you are interested in the nightlife and the modern city center, you could do with a place there. And if you want to take side trips to other parts of Israel (e.g. Tel Aviv or the Dead Sea) consider finding a hostel close to the Central Bus station.
Written by local enthusiast for Jerusalem hostels Agne Drumelyte
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Jerusalem. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Jerusalem. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Jerusalem costs on average $13 for a dorm. A hostel in Jerusalem with private rooms costs on average $85.
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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 Jerusalem. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Jerusalem. 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!
Jerusalem is the best place on earth.
I loved Jerusalem.
I'm visiting Jerusalem for the second time. I was there eight months ago and I was really impressed. Very interesting place to visit!
Jerusalem is so nice. Not only is there lots to see, but there also is amazing cuisine that fits into a small budget. And the partying is awesome.
Jerusalem is the greatest place I have ever been in my life. You can find the historical places side by side with the modern places.
Jerusalem is stunning, get there any way you can. I backpacked for less than $20 per day.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Jerusalem and Israel.
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.