Hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

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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. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cape Town.

 Distant view of Cape Town from Robben Island

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 31
Average dorm price $17
Average private room price $65
Cheapest hostel in Cape Town Lighthouse Farm Backpackers Lodge with $9.5
Party hostels in Cape Town SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge (16 in total)
Most Cape Town hostels are located in Gardens, Green Point, Tamboerskloof
Average rating of all hostels 7.6

FAQ about Cape Town Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Cape Town. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Cape Town costs $17 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Cape Town costs $65. (based on price comparison)
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Villa Viva is the best hostel in Cape Town for groups.
Never At Home Kloof Street is the best rated hostel in Cape Town for female solo travellers. compares prices for 31 hostels in Cape Town, South Africa. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Cape Town such as
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SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge is the best hostel for partying in Cape Town.

It offers: Pub Crawls, Bar, Nightclub.

11 Best Hostels in Cape Town with Private Rooms

11 Best Hostels in Cape Town with Private Rooms

9 Best Hostels in Cape Town

9 Best Hostels in Cape Town

13 Cheapest Hostels in Cape Town

13 Cheapest Hostels in Cape Town

Other Nearby Cities

Green Point (3 Km / 2 mi.)
Bloubergstrand (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Tokai (16 Km / 10 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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