10 Hostels in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. You can choose from 10 Port Elizabeth hostels. In total, there are 15 cheap places to stay in Port Elizabeth such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $10 for a dorm.

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Port Elizabeth 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 Port Elizabeth, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Cheapest hostel in Port Elizabeth


(Hostel Lungile Lodge Backpackers is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Port Elizabeth


(Hostel Lungile Lodge Backpackers is the best rated)

Most Port Elizabeth hostels are located in

Humewood, Central, Richmond Hill

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Hostels in Port Elizabeth for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Port Elizabeth for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Port Elizabeth? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Port Elizabeth alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Port Elizabeth. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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

Located almost halfway between Cape Town and Durban in the Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is a major seaport on the coast. Historically, it was established in the early nineteenth century by British settlers to strengthen the Cape Colony in this area that bordered the home of the Xhosa people. As such, Port Elizabeth has a mixture of Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa languages and cultures.

Port Elizabeth is a popular jumping-off point for Addo Elephant National Park, as well as other smaller game and wildlife parks. There are several lodge and hostel/backpacker options surrounding Addo itself, especially on the western side of the park near the main entrance. Lots of people opt to stay in Port Elizabeth and take day trips as well. Just north of the city center, there are a few hostel options in the Redhouse neighborhood along the riverfront, as well as on the beach where the river meets the ocean. Located in a quieter, less busy area just outside the main city, several of these hostels offer eco-friendly and sustainable accommodation in addition to camping.

There are also lots of Port Elizabeth, South Africa hostel options in Port Elizabeth Central and Summerstrand, as well as bed and breakfasts and inexpensive hotels. Many of them are beachside, and others are scattered just inland in the heart of the city. The ones in Port Elizabeth Central may be among the many artworks of the Route 67 project, which is well worth exploring. This is a series of sixty-seven murals, sculptures, and other art installations that commemorate Nelson Mandela’s sixty-seven-year-long political struggle toward freedom and equality in South Africa.

Almost every hostel in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, can help arrange activities like tours of the city or day/overnight trips to national and privately owned parks. Around town, you could visit the Apartheid Museum or see the lighthouse and penguin rehabilitation facility at Cape Recife. There are also plenty of activities to do in the water and on the beach like surfing, whale watching, and scuba diving.

Written by local enthusiast for Port Elizabeth hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Port Elizabeth hostels Julie Sushii

Other Nearby Cities
Addo Addo (43 Km / 26 mi.)
Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (63 Km / 39 mi.)
St Francis Bay St Francis Bay (74 Km / 46 mi.)
Cape St. Francis Cape St. Francis (75 Km / 46 mi.)
Kenton Kenton (104 Km / 64 mi.)
Grahamstown Grahamstown (112 Km / 70 mi.)
Port Alfred Port Alfred (127 Km / 79 mi.)

FAQ about Port Elizabeth Hostels

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

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FAQ about Port Elizabeth Hostels

A hostel in Port Elizabeth costs on average $12 for a dorm. A hostel in Port Elizabeth with private rooms costs on average $49.

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Conifer@41 is the best hostel in Port Elizabeth for families.

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Hostel Lungile Lodge Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Port Elizabeth.
It offers: Bar.

Travel Tips for Port Elizabeth - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Port Elizabeth

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Port Elizabeth and South Africa.

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:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

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.

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Your Packing List for Port Elizabeth