Hostels in Johannesburg, South Africa

14 hostels available. Prices start from $5 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Johannesburg

Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Taxes not included - occupancy tax 15.00 % per person per night Breakfast not included - 30 ZAR per person per day. No curfew. We do not accept customers younger than 16s years of age." …"From … More
from $9.02

Brown Sugar Backpackers

Observatory Extension
Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The area is pretty safe for Johannesburg. Very good value for money, thanks for a lovely stay!!! I was there in 1999, a really nice house, nice guys, Ian and Hans were totally friendly. Nice … More
from $5.24
Adventure Hostels Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Well run business with friendly service - Good location, good atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. much safer than expected. - Wasn't sure if it would be safe in this area but it was fine. … More
from $5.38
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people) Older travelers (+50) Solo Traveller
"…The showers and toilets are clean and in good condition. Common Spaces On the ground floor, there is a nice bar where music is played and cool drinks are served. There are plenty of … More
from $6.95
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Summary Homebase Melville is highly recommended if you are looking for a social hostel in Johannesburg. It is a high quality, comfortable place to stay, while still one of the cheapest in … More
from $5.75
"…It has three private rooms with en-suite bathrooms and TVs. - One private room has a lounge, kitchenette, and a Wi-Fi TV. - The other two private rooms have fully equipped … More
from $6.50
Digital Nomads Solo Traveller
"…There is a large patio leading off from the sitting room with a dozen plastic tables and chairs, and this in turn leads to the back garden, with a stand of bamboo plants that you pass through down … More
from $4.06
Unnamed Road, Rosebank More
from $8.18
Digital Nomads Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…They will help you with everything. The dogs will not go near you if you don't want them to. I have nothing but good things to say about this place. Come and experience it! This is a great place … More
from $3.94
"…In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 23:00 . Check out from 00:00 to 10:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, … More
from $15.77
70 Keats Road More
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…As you enter the hostel, you arrive at the comfy sitting room. Five sofas and a couple of armchairs are settled around a couple of glass tables and there's an old-fashioned TV with satellite … More

Moafrika Lodge

Free Breakfast
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Party Hostel Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…All around great experience - Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms and bathrooms clean and beautiful. Free breakfast and internet. All around great experience. Since they have airport pickup and … More
Party Hostel
"…Are you tired and wary passing through Johannesburg but have a flight or tour to connect with? Look no further because Backpackers Connection is your home for the next day or two! The Perfect … More

Hotels in Johannesburg

"…GAUTRAIN LNK From BRT, Monte Casino Bus Stop, take the Gautrain to the Sandton Station, then catch the BRT to Monte Casino, get off at the Monte Casino Bus stop. If arranged previously, we will … More
from $7.00
"…Shiduli Private Game Lodge - Terms & Conditions The reception works from 6 am to 10 pm. Cancellation policy: 7 days before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be … More
from $235.36

Guest Houses in Johannesburg

Marion Lodge

Free Breakfast
"…Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival. Check in from 13:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Please inform Marion Lodge in advance of your expected arrival time. Payment upon … More
from $27.72
"…My room was perfect; clean, comfortable bed, had an en suite and nice views out the big window. The lodge is located in South Kensington, about 15 minute drive from Johannesburg centre. Big … More
from $16.26
"…It is the latest B&B with cutting edge architecture in Fordsburg. Scrumptious breakfast is served as early as 7:30, have breakfast and watch TV or catch up on your emails. Our on-site … More
from $20.11
"…Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included. Breakfast not included - 150 ZAR per person per day. General: 24 hours reception. No curfew." …"The Lanseria … More
from $20.97

Hostels in Johannesburg, South Africa

14 hostels available. Prices start from $9.00 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Johannesburg (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.

 Apartheid Museum

Johannesburg is Africa’s economic heart and a starting point for many African adventures. As one of Africa’s main aviation hubs, many travelers find themselves beginning their African adventures here. "Joburg" (as it's affectionately called) has earned a bit of a rough reputation; however, just staying on your guard will let you enjoy everything this great South African city has to offer! Johannesburg hostels are spread out amongst the city’s various characteristic neighbourhoods, yet all are underscored by a commitment to security and quality.

As South Africa’s largest city, Joburg is home to some of the country’s best historical sights. A day trip to Soweto provides an insight into South Africa’s difficult past, whilst giving visitors the opportunity to visit the only street where two Nobel Prize winners lived. The Apartheid Museum is a must-visit on any South African itinerary, providing a real historical context for travel in this beautiful country. Both Soweto and the Apartheid Museum will enrich your South African adventure, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the "Rainbow Nation." All Joburg hostels will be able to arrange tours that include both Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, with friendly staff gladly answering any questions you have on the legacy of this divisive policy.

Given that Joburg is very spread out, Johannesburg hostels are spread throughout the city. For those looking for some diversification during their African adventures, your best bet for eating out will likely be Sandton area, with its wide array of international cuisine. However, for the more adventurous types, local eateries will gladly welcome you in the Soweto area. Joburg’s numerous shopping centers are also a great place to do some last-minute shopping, or alternatively to stock up on some quality supplies before heading into the wilds. Your Joburg hostel will be able to direct you as to the best form of transport to visit these areas.

For those short on time for a proper safari, Joburg’s Lion Park is a great place to get acquainted with South Africa’s most famous inhabitants. Here, you can drive your own car through or join a guided tour. For an additional cost, you can even grab a quick cuddle with some young lion cubs. This is definitely one experience you don’t want to miss in Joburg. For the best transport options, ask your Johannesburg hostel for details.

Johannesburg hostels are also invaluable sources of information about onwards travel in South Africa, whether you’re considering a visit to Kruger National Park or the Garden Route, your Johannesburg hostel will update you with the latest travel information. Johannesburg hostels are available year-round (you should probably book in advance if you're visiting at peak times, which include the dry season -- July to October -- and South African holidays).

Written by local expertz for Johannesburg

Written by local expertz for Johannesburg @dhersz

Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 14
Average dorm price $16
Average private room price $40
Cheapest hostel in Johannesburg Rosebank Lodge & Backpacker with $9.5
Party hostels in Johannesburg Explorer Backpackers (7 in total)
Most Johannesburg hostels are located in Benoni, Parktown North, Observatory Extension
Average rating of all hostels 6

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Other Nearby Cities

Randburg (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Soweto (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Kempton Park (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Boksburg (22 Km / 13 mi.)
Benoni (28 Km / 17 mi.)
Krugersdorp (30 Km / 18 mi.)
Monavoni (34 Km / 21 mi.)

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