Hostels in Pretoria, South Africa

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

 Nelson Mandela Statue, Union Buildings

Known as the 'Jacaranda City' due to the many jacaranda trees lining its streets, Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, is a tidy and pleasant city. From Pretoria, it is convenient to make numerous day trips and get those all-important visas for onward travels. Home to a number of universities, including the University of Pretoria, the city has a relaxed, campus feel about it. For that reason, many travelers prefer to stay in a hostel here rather than in the hustle of neighboring Johannesburg, which makes a fun day trip from Pretoria. The transportation system around the city and to Johannesburg is excellent, with the Gautrain, metro buses, and minibuses doing the 60-kilometer trip to Jo'Burg all day long. Although it doesn't have the high profile tourist sights that Jo'Burg does, Pretoria does boast the magnificent Union Buildings with a huge statue of Nelson Mandela in the gardens, the Palace of Justice and the Voortrekker monument. There are a handful of museums here also: the Natural History Museum, Pretoria Art Museum, Cultural History Museum and the Kruger Museum. A number of parks and gardens are scattered around the city as well so that you're never far from a green space. Pretoria also houses most of the world's countries' embassies, which is convenient for visa collectors and world travelers.

Tourists looking for hostels in Pretoria should head for the eastern suburb of Hatfield. Gautrain has a station in Hatfield while the metro has its Hartbeesspruit station there, so it's very easy to get to and from the centre and Jo'Burg. Buses and minibuses trundle the streets as well. There are a lot of budget accommodations in this area as it is close to the University of Pretoria. Arcadia Street has international-standard hostels that serve backpackers all year long. They are of a high caliber with excellent facilities. There are also many student hostels in this area that have beds available for international travelers during the school holidays. Arcadia Street is close to Hatfield and The Fields shopping malls that offer supermarkets, international bank ATMs, restaurants and fast food outlets. As the hostels are self-catering, it is convenient to have these commercial options available within 10 to 15 minutes' walking distance. The hostels provide a comfortable haven, a meeting point for travelers, useful information centers, as well as the opportunity to organize trips to some of the country's national parks.

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FAQ about Pretoria Hostels

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

A hostel in Pretoria costs on average $73 for a dorm. A hostel in Pretoria with private rooms costs on average $28. shows all 4 Hostels in Pretoria. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 4 hostels in Pretoria, South Africa. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Pretoria such as
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Your Packing List for Pretoria

Your Packing List for Pretoria

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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:

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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Pretoria 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 Pretoria, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
4 Total number of hostels
$73 Average dorm price
$28 Average private room price
2 Party hostels in Pretoria
1322 Backpackers International is the best rated
Most Pretoria hostels are located in
Hatfield, Sunnyside
7.6 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Kempton Park (41 Km / 25 mi.)
Randburg (43 Km / 27 mi.)
Benoni (51 Km / 32 mi.)

Travel Tips for Pretoria - from the Community

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