Welcome to your detailed guide for Rome hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Rome, Italy. Compare prices for Rome hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
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 Rome, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Near Termini, Near Vatican City, Monteverde
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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 Rome? 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 Rome alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Rome. 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 Rome. To help you make friends with Rome before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Rome, also known as the Eternal City, is the capital of beautiful Italy.
There are also numerous opportunities to meet people from all over the world all over the city if you are social and talk to people. The Spanish steps are a great place for tourists to hang out, listen to some locals play the guitar and sing, and meet new people.
Rome is not a dangerous city if you don't make yourself a target. That means not wandering around with a map in your hand or wearing obviously touristy clothing (fanny packs for instance). Also, attempt to have an air of confidence about where you are even if you're totally lost. You can still ask for directions, but don't make it obvious that you're lost.
It's a super busy with a LOT to see, so make sure you book in advance and spend at least a few days here.
Read: When to book hostels? For spontaneous souls & pre-planners.
The majority of the hostels in Rome are clustered around the main Roma Termini train station. These are labeled on Hostelz.com as "Near Termini." The area is so dense that there will often be multiple hostels located in the same building.
The neighborhood surrounding Termini station is touristy and unimpressive, but it does make for a convenient central base for exploring the city centre (plus hotspots like Santa Maria Maggiore), especially since both of the Rome metro lines also intersect at Termini and most bus routes also connect there.
When you're wondering where to stay in Rome, we recommend the Termini area for convenience.
Some top hostels near Termini include:
Looking for youth hostels in Rome? A good Rome youth hostel worth checking out is Casa Olmata Youth Hostel Rome.
You'll also find a number of excellent Rome hostels in other parts of the city. For hostels in other areas of Rome, do pay attention to the location of the hostel. Some are located a long ways from the city center, which is fine if that's what you're looking for, but it's good to be aware of the location before you check availability and make your booking.
Piazza Bologna is another good spot, not too far away from Termini. A good hostel here is Youth Station Hostel.
Roma Tiburtina is the second largest train station with good connections to the city. We recommend Roma Scout Center in this area.
Are hostels in Rome safe?
Absolutely. Hostels in Rome Italy are as safe as all hostels around the world.
Yet as always, it depends on who is staying in the hostel and how careful you are with your valuables. At the end of the day, you can never predict someone else's motives. So! Always use a locker and keep your valuables close.
Have a read of our full article which answers the question: Are Hostels Safe? Including 11 safety tips for hostel travel.
How much are hostels in Rome?
This depends on the season and location within the city. It's always best to use Hostelz.com to do a price comparison. You can find a wide range, from cheap hostels in Rome to boutique design with a bigger price tag.
What hotel should I stay at in Rome?
There are so many places to stay in Rome, including cheap hostels, many guesthouses, airbnb Rome and also hotels in Rome. Yet, we'd always recommend staying in a hostel in Rome Italy.
That's because many of them offer free breakfast, free Wifi, private rooms and air conditioning - hotel standards at hostel prices.
Regardless, if you really want to try out a hotel, you can find over 140 on Hostelz.com, just use the filter and search for 'hotels'.
Similarly, if you are looking for a guest house, you can find +400 on this site!
Just remember; always check the location, rating and reviews before booking.
Written by local enthusiast for Rome hostels Hostelz Team
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Rome. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Rome. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Rome costs on average $25 for a dorm. A hostel in Rome with private rooms costs on average $82.
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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 Rome. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Rome. 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!
Rome is a fantastic city to live in, but from a tourist perspective -- especially if you aren't comfortable with a city that is as chaotic as Rome -- it might not be so great. I myself hated Rome the first time I visited, but came back and looked at things from a new perspective and saw all the great things it has to offer, and now live here. There are also numerous opportunities to meet people from all over the world all over the city if you are social and talk to people. The Spanish steps are a great place for tourists to hang out, listen to some locals play the guitar and sing, and meet new people. Rome is not a dangerous city if you don't make yourself a target. That means not wandering around with a map in your hand or wearing obviously touristy clothing (fanny packs for instance). Also, attempt to have an air of confidence about where you are even if you're totally lost. You can still ask for directions, but don't make it obvious that you're lost. As far as Romans not being friendly, I've lived here for a while and what I've noticed is that most people have expectations of how people such as waiters or barmen should behave that isn't congruent with the culture. Waiters aren't tipped in Italy and as such don't really have incentive to be any nicer than they have to -- however if you're friendly towards them, even if they are cold to you initially, often times they'll warm up eventually. Italian culture is one of taking your time -- if an Italian goes to dinner they expect not to be rushed, if a waiter brings their food too quickly it's considered rude, like they're trying to get rid of them. That said there are rude people here, just like anywhere else. The bus drivers can be especially unfriendly, so try to avoid asking them for directions (especially if they're already driving and you ask in English), instead try asking a local on the bus, they're usually quite willing to help you. The increasing issue with fascists here in the city is something to be concerned about, but just don't get confrontational with people and you shouldn't have a problem. There are police everywhere in the city you can approach if need be. Basically the system the police in Rome follow is if a person isn't hurting anyone, then they should leave it be. All in all with Rome, you have to come in with an open mind, and try to find the humor in situations that are a bit out of the ordinary. It's a great, fun, amazing, crazy city with endless opportunities if you just give it the chance to be so.
Look at Rome -- dirty, expensive, and crowded. It is the eternal city and there is so much to see and explore. And that is what every owner of a hostel, hotel, restaurant and every other business serving tourists knows. Convenient it is that most hostels and hotels are situated close to the Termini train station. It must be the cheapest area in Rome, because it is one of the most smelly, dirty, and -- for tourists, carrying their cameras and wallets -- unsafe areas. Plus, coming out of Termini, walking your first meters in the city, you will see homeless sleeping, be asked for money and cigarettes. The prices in Rome -- well, it is Rome after all, so every tourist is paying for it, but do yourself a big favor when you stay at a some hotel or hostel. Ask around what rate other guests pay, because you will be judged by your wallet and look by receptionists at many places at a difference of up to 60 €uro for a single room. Some tourists just pay everything.
I thought Rome was a great place to visit, but lots of walking. But I found a few bars that made up for that at the end of the day. Try and make a trip down to Pompeii -- only two hours away. All I can say is be careful of some of the guys around the termini station, as my friend and I nearly got rolled. If you look about for a night out, you can get good deals on beer -- especially the old town (it's pretty reasonable). I found the Italian very polite -- if you make the effort to speak Italian no matter how basic, you get respect! Enjoy Rome -- the ladies are darlings and fit!
Rome is a fantastic, brilliant city but one that, like most large and popular cities, offers traps for the unwary. There are lots of pickpockets (and they are very good at their jobs), but just pay attention and don't flaunt your valuables. On the plus side, Rome has a very low serious crime rate for such a large city and is generally safe (with all the usual provisos). You can also be ripped off (however, not as badly as I've been ripped off in London, Paris, or New York) and pay too much for bad food but that is usually only if you eat at tourist spots and don't wander off the tourist path (it doesn't take much wandering -- usually just a street away). Eat at local places, drink your coffee standing up, and generally try to get the feel of the place and you will have a much much better time. People are not mean or pushy, but nor will they fawn and grovel at your feet -- Italians (Romans especially, who can be a bit old fashioned) people respond to politeness and attempts to at least try to speak some Italian. If you dress inappropriately, jabber at people in English without asking if they speak it, or expect them to act like servants then what do you expect? Rome is a living, working city. Tourism is important but is not everything -- I much prefer it that way. Remember, you are not at home so don't expect it be be like home. Live a little for God's sake.
Roma is historic. Act like a local, keep your valuables hidden, and don't walk round with a map. There are pickpockets and thieves. Watch out. And if you hate your pension or hostel, change it. There are hundreds of others. Don't be intimidated by the pushy owners. I found Rome to be the pushiest city I have ever visited in terms of locals. Perhaps someone needs to remind the Italians that without tourists their economy wouldn't be that good.
Rome was just amazing. It was on my list of must-see cities, and it fulfilled every expectation. The usual tourist haunts should be visited and won't disappoint -- Trevi Fountain, Colosseo, and Vatican City. For something a little more off the crowded track, try Appia Antica, the ancient acquaduct, and the catacombs. We took the "Archeo-bus" out there and loved it. It ended up being our favorite day. Maybe we got lucky, but everything we ate was awesome! The food was so good. Just try to find something a little off the tourist track and you won't be disappointed. The pizza was outstanding and so cheap. Picnics were great too -- just find a deli and order some meat and cheese. Overall, everyone should visit Rome -- you won't regret seeing the "Eternal City."
Rome was one of the most beautiful and interesting cities I have ever seen, but also one of the sketchiest. My friend got her wallet and one hundred-fifty Euros stolen on the Metro on the way to the Vatican Museum, so watch out! Also, beware of the Termini train station late at night and early in the morning. Lots of creepy drunk guys tend to hang out around there.
Rome exceeded all expectation even for a girl who doesn't like big cities. The historical buildings were so interesting and beautiful. Spend a couple of days there.
I lived in Rome for four months with work paying for my plush appartment. Rome is such a lovely place and I liked the people -- what you see is what you get with them. Food and service is great, weather is great. Enjoy your trip there and eat out as much as you can.
When travelling in Summer, remember to do as the Romans do and siesta during the middle of the day. It gets really hot and is very easy to sun burn if you are trying to do outdoor sightseeing in the middle of the day. I got sunstroke without realising how hot it was...
This city is amazing. Theres so much to see, I could have happily stayed there for months. Make sure you're wearing trousers and shoes however when you visit St Peters, guards in FBI disguise snatch you from the crowd and send you away in the typical Italian way. I find the Italians extremely rude and unwelcoming; however they didnt spoil my time in Rome. I guess I would be like them if my city was invaded all year round by the hoards of amazed tourists. Strangley enough I also found Rome to be the worst place I've ever been to for pizza, or indeed anyfood. The prices were sky high, the service was rude and even mean and the food was awful. I obviously had a bad time of it when looking for food but I would suggest Rome is not the place for good food.
Rome is fantastic!!! The trevi Fountain is incredible!! I thought it was smaller but is simply fascinating, I could be watching it for hours without a problem, the colosseo, the pantheon, every single piece of Rome is incredible! It's easy to reach everything by la Metro and the people are helpful.
Rome, yes it is very traffic-laden. But the Colosseum, Palatino, Via del Corso, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain are worth it! I hit Rome during the big Saldi and I bought tons of clothes for very good prices! Trevi Fountain was so beautiful at night. I just sat there and spoke with the locals. I learned a lot of Italian that night. Plus, being serenaded by a charming Italian man is always a plus! Dirt, dirt, dirt, who cares? There is plenty of dirt in every American city as well. After all, they are cities! But Italian dirt is so much more charming, LOL : )
Denise - Philadelphia, PA
Rome is cool, don't stay too long because you might get abducted by the vatican gaurds who dislike you because you clothes are not appropriate, but they are wearing something you would see at disneyland. Go here to party in pubs and peep the ruins. Watch out for the drunk dude at the pantheon with his box wine.
Book in advance or otherwise you'll be in trouble.
Rome is the most beautiful, busy, romantic city you can find. Do not miss it. Take the tours and walk as much as you can, there is so much to do and learn about it. Miss this city and risk dying unfufilled. A place designed for lovers and lovers of travel.
Definitely read the reviews. We were grossly ripped off. Unfortunately the hostel we chose didn't have a review so help out your fellow travellers by posting a few comments about any hostels you stay at.
Read the reviews and comments on here before you pick a hostel. Rome has more than its fair share of duds when it comes to hostels.
Most hostels in Rome are located near the train station. It's a very touristy area, but it's a reasionably central area in the city and it's nice to be able to walk directly to your hostel from the train station. If you stay somewhere not near the train station, there's also a metro stop at the train station, so you can usually get to your hostel that way.
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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:
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