Hostels in Panama City, Panama

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

 Get to know Panama City (no more

Panama City is in Panama, Central America, and is the largest city in the province. It has a large population and is a hub for the country’s politics, making it a busy and bustling capital. This urban destination was once where expeditions to conquer the Inca Empire in Peru began, and plays an important part in the continents history, even now and especially when it comes to trade.

When you first arrive in Panama City, it may overwhelm you with its vibrant, colourful neighbourhoods and glittering skyline. The metropolis is divided into many different smaller boroughs, and it is these boroughs that make Panama City such a diverse and colourful place. There are a mix of architectural styles across the city which can be found in many of its buildings, such as its national theatre, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The hostels available in Panama City display this kind of diversity - there is accommodation to suit everyone across every borough. A hostel in this city is possibly one of the cheapest you will find, and most will showcase stunning city views. Most hostels in Panama City are close to tourist areas, with a selection of bars and and nightclubs to make your stay more interesting.

If you are planning on staying in one of Panama City’s many hostels, remember that it has a tropical climate, and the best time to go for a dry season is from January through into April. The thought of a hot stay in such a chaotic urban area may put you off, but calm and content is closer than you think - Panama City isn’t far from the Pacific or Caribbean ocean, meaning you can sink your feet into the sand, or even explore the country’s rain forests on a day trip.

Whichever version of Panama you like, there is sure to be a lot of excitement in its capital city.

Written by local enthusiast for Panama City hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Panama City hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Panama City Hostels

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

A hostel in Panama City costs on average $15 for a dorm. A hostel in Panama City with private rooms costs on average $56.
Hostelz.com shows all 26 Hostels in Panama City. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Magnolia Inn is the best hostel in Panama City for couples.
Magnolia Inn is the best hostel in Panama City for families.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 26 hostels in Panama City, Panama. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Panama City such as
  • 15 hotels
  • 13 guesthouses

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Panama City.

Mamallena Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Panama City.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Panama City

Your Packing List for Panama City

Pack smart, not hard

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

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

Panama City 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 Panama City, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
26 Total number of hostels
$15 Average dorm price
$56 Average private room price
$11 Cheapest hostel in Panama City
The Panama Hat Hostel is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Panama City
Mamallena Backpackers is the best rated
Most Panama City hostels are located in
Marbella, Obarrio, Perejil
6.7 Average rating of all hostels

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Portobelo (64 Km / 39 mi.)
Coronado (66 Km / 41 mi.)
Playa Blanca (67 Km / 42 mi.)

Travel Tips for Panama City - 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 Panama City. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Panama City. 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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