Hostels in San Francisco, USA

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Get to know San Francisco (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 San Francisco.

 Hostels in San Francisco

San Francisco was built on 43 hills and is perhaps most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge. The central neighborhoods include the Tenderloin, Union Square, the Mission, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, and South of Market ("SoMa"). You will find San Francisco hostels in many of these districts. If you are visiting in summer, make sure to book your hostel in San Francisco well in advance since the city is going to be jam-packed with tourists.

The most fun way to get around in San Francisco is by cable car. There are three lines which take you around the city and up the steep and narrow streets. Besides that, there is a comprehensive public transport system, including, buses, trams and metro lines. You can also take a ferry to cross the Bay of San Francisco. The airport is connected to the city center by an express train (BART). It's always easy to get from your San Francisco hostel to anywhere in the city without needing a car.

While you are there, wander around, admire the Victorian architecture and enjoy the great views from the top of one of the numerous hills. Remember to bring good walking shoes since streets can be pretty steep. Take a ferry to Alcatraz, the famous former prison on the neighboring small island, visit one of the countless museums, including the renowned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and enjoy relaxed coffee and culture at Fisherman’s Wharf. Chill out at Golden Gate Park after a day of walking around and don't forget to cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (you can cross it by bus or on foot).

There are many San Francisco hostels to chose from.

Written by local enthusiast for San Francisco hostels

Written by local enthusiast for San Francisco hostels Mona

FAQ about San Francisco Hostels

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

A hostel in San Francisco costs $44 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in San Francisco costs $134. (based on Hostelz.com price comparison)
The only website listing all 13 Hostels in San Francisco is Hostelz.com. We are a specialized hostel price comparison.
Green Tortoise Hostel is the best hostel in San Francisco for families.
Pacific Tradewinds Hostel is the best rated hostel in San Francisco for female solo travellers.
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HI - San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf Hostel is the best hostel for partying in San Francisco.

It offers: Bar.

San Francisco 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 San Francisco, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
13 Total number of hostels
$44 Average dorm price
$134 Average private room price
$32 Cheapest hostel in San Francisco
2 Party hostels in San Francisco
Most San Francisco hostels are located in
Downtown, Telegraph Hill, Financial District
8.1 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for San Francisco - 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 San Francisco. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of San Francisco. 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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