Hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

35 hostels available. Prices start from $6 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Cape Town

SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge

Table View
Free Breakfast
Family-Friendly Hostel Party Hostel Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"Great place! Very nice place to stay. And cool staff!!! Would definitely book again!" …"…Facilities included are a fully furnished house and kitchen, bedding, jacuzzi, entertainment area, … More
from $9.10

The BIG

Green Point
Free Breakfast
Adventure Hostels Family-Friendly Hostel Female Solo Traveller Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Please note the guesthouse has many rooms which afre all unique in sizes, style and shapes, the pictures provided online are one example of a room. THE BIG also offers many communal areas to … More
from $13.12

Villa Viva

Tamboerskloof
Free Breakfast
Adventure Hostels Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Would certainly stay here again and suggest others to do so. Great place and great value - Visited in April 2012. Well-decorated, calm ambiance, very safe and clean. Staff incredibly helpful with … More
from $8.91
Adventure Hostels Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Check out from 05:00 to 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards. Taxes included. No curfew. Non smoking indoors" …"The best way to get to us is by taxi from the airport. It takes … More
from $9.66
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…I would definitely recommend it. Brilliant! Good fun place to meet people - I stayed here for four nights recently and had an amazing time. It was our first stop and the fact that the hostel is so … More
from $7.00
Adventure Hostels Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The hostel has its own backyard area with an herb garden, fire pit, and picnic tables. There is a well-stocked kitchen for guests who want to cook or just partake in free tea. The cafe below is … More
from $8.58
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…Absolute top banana - I stayed there christmas week 2007. Susan is an absolute darling -- she took real good care of me and my visiting friends throughout my stay and all the people there made me … More
from $7.85

Never@home

Green Point
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The en suite bathrooms are also spacious, with twenty-four-hour hot water. Each dorm bed has its own light and there are metal lockers underneath for which you provide your own padlock. The common … More
from $10.98
Adventure Hostels Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Curiocity Cape Town is centrally located and handcrafted from top to bottom in our signature style. Through exclusive collaborations with some of South Africa’s leading local designers, we have … More
from $11.07
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…We have the necessary facilities available should your require to send and receive emails, faxes or make phone calls. If you require airport transfers or car hire, we will be happy to provide you … More
from $6.66
Solo Traveller
"…The bathrooms are spacious and clean and hot water is available twenty-four hours. Towels are provided. Common Spaces 91 Loop does not offer its guests a self-catering kitchen, but rather … More
from $7.26
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The dorms also have a wash basin. The nine-bed dorms also seem to benefit from plenty of power points, while the six-bed dorms do not. Common Spaces On the second floor, guests will find a … More
from $7.17

Khaya Kite & Yoga


Privacy Curtains
Couples Digital Nomads Female Solo Traveller Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…- Woodfire pizza oven - BBQ area - Well-equipped kitchen - Slackline & hammocks - 5-minute walk from the beach and bars - Various activities, trips, and more - Gated property in a safe … More
from $8.00
"…Taxes included. Breakfast not included. General: Reception: from 6:00 to 22:00. No curfew." …"In google maps, type in @Nine Green Point. We are 200 metres up Wessels Road on the left, … More
from $8.84
Youth Hostel
"…Book your stay now and let the accommodation dilemma be a thing of the past! Because in the ever-evolving landscape of modern travel, why settle for one when you can have it all at WunderLux in … More
from $8.22
Youth Hostel
"Clean, Friendly, and Laid Back! - Fantastic hostel, lovely staff, and very clean all the time. Great long stay rates because they do volunteer projects in the local area. Highly recommended!" …"… … More
from $8.35
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Full credit to Ollie — he is a nutter but he knows the story and is everything you could want in a backpacker host. He even manages to do everybody else's job for them after they get too stoned. … More
from $4.99
Family-Friendly Hostel
"…doubles can be made up into Family Rooms with extra bunk beds for the kids. Shared bathrooms, kitchen, dining and lounges. Great outdoor facilities for braaiing, seating, shade, secure parking for … More
from $5.75
Family-Friendly Hostel Youth Hostel
"…Check out from 09:00 to 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included. Breakfast not included. General: Reception: from 08:00 to 16:00 No curfew." …" … More
from $7.66
Party Hostel
74 New Church Street ... More

Hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

35 hostels available. Prices start from $12.00 for a dorm bed.
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Get to know Cape Town (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 can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel.

 Cape Town from Platteklip Gorge with Robben Island in the background

Cape Town is one of Africa's most alluring and popular cities for tourists and there are numerous Cape Town hostels.

Cape towns landmark is the dominating Table Mountain which rises behind the beach and seafront areas to an impressive height.

There is a huge hostel backpacker scene in Cape Town. Some come for a week and many stay on and try to find work. There is huge concentration of hostels on and around Long Street in the Downtown area of the city. There are so many Cape Town hostels to choose form that i'ts a good idea to research ahead and get one that suit your needs as prices are pricey for South Africa and it's more expensive than anywhere outside Joberg. That said, by North America or European standard you can bed down at a fraction of the cost of home.

Long Street is also a vibrant area for bars and nightclubs so the hostel scene here might not be to everyone's taste due to the noise and beggars . There are plenty other hostels in nearby Claremont, Green Point, and Sea Point areas. There are pluses and minuses to staying in each area depending on what you are looking for. Green Point is close to the Waterfront development and is handy for tours to Robben Island and has cinemas, bars, and restaurants and so many facilities you would not even need to leave the area, Sea Point is convenient for those who want to access the beautiful beaches near Cape Town.

Cape Town 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 Cape Town, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 35
Average dorm price $19
Average private room price $63
Cheapest hostel in Cape Town The Green Elephant Backpackers with $11
Party hostels in Cape Town SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge (18 in total)
Most Cape Town hostels are located in Gardens, Green Point, Table View
Average rating of all hostels 6.8

FAQ about Cape Town Hostels

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Other Nearby Cities

Green Point (3 Km / 2 mi.)
Bloubergstrand (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Lakeside (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Muizenberg (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Simonstown (30 Km / 19 mi.)
Stellenbosch (41 Km / 25 mi.)

Travel Tips for Cape Town - from the Community

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