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.

 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.

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 $16 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Cape Town costs $56. (based on Hostelz.com price comparison)
The only website listing all 31 Hostels in Cape Town is Hostelz.com. We are a specialized hostel price comparison.
Never At Home Kloof Street is the best rated hostel in Cape Town for female solo travellers.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 31 hostels in Cape Town, South Africa. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Cape Town such as
  • 5 hotels
  • 12 guesthouses
  • 7 apartments

This makes Hostelz.com the best place to find cheap accommodation in Cape Town.

Big Blue Backpackers Lodge is the best hostel for partying in Cape Town.

It offers: Bar.

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.
31 Total number of hostels
$16 Average dorm price
$56 Average private room price
$9 Cheapest hostel in Cape Town
17 Party hostels in Cape Town
Big Blue Backpackers Lodge is the best rated
Most Cape Town hostels are located in
Green Point, Tamboerskloof, Gardens
7.3 Average rating of all hostels

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

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 Cape Town. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Cape Town. 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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