Hostels in Almaty, Kazakhstan

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

The Almaty area has long been inhabited by nomadic and semi-settled tribes. The most characteristic monuments of this region are the Saks mounds, the largest of which were up to twenty meters and had a base diameter of more than a hundred meters. Later, it was part of the Western Turkic, the Turkic, the Karluk Kaganates, and the Karakhanids State before it was conquered by the Mongols in the fourteenth century. The new city was built in the middle of the nineteenth century and it was part of the Russian Empire and later, the United Soviet Socialist Republic.

Today, the capital of Kazakhstan has more than one-and-a-half million inhabitants and it is developing very fast due to the money invested in infrastructure. You have plenty of things to do. Medeu, Chymbulak, and Tabagan are ski complexes accessible by public transportation. You can visit the Palace of the Republic, where many concerts and festivals take place; the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan; the National Book Museum; the Central Mosque of Almaty; and the Cathedral of the Ascension of the Lord.

The Kazakhstani capital has a great variety of hostels in Almaty. In fact, there is something for each traveler’s pocket, as hostels in Almaty are generally quite cheap and even Almaty hostels that offer outstanding service and very good conditions are relatively inexpensive. Most Almaty hostels are located in the Medeu District, but there are hostels located in almost any part of the city. Since most Almaty hostels are quite new and the hostel industry is developing, you can expect that the city will become even more hostel-friendly for its visitors. Some hostels in Almaty might not be so easy to find, so always be sure to get a contact phone, or at least the address of your Almaty hostel.

Written by local enthusiast for Almaty hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Almaty hostels George Traveller

FAQ about Almaty Hostels

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

A hostel in Almaty costs on average $9 for a dorm. A hostel in Almaty with private rooms costs on average $23. shows all 30 Hostels in Almaty. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Hostel Friendsbook on Baizakova 221 is the best rated hostel for partying in Almaty.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Almaty

Your Packing List for Almaty

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Almaty and Kazakhstan.

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.

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Almaty 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 Almaty, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
30 Total number of hostels
$9 Average dorm price
$23 Average private room price
$7 Cheapest hostel in Almaty
DA Hostel Almaty is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Almaty
3.4 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Almaty - from the Community

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