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

 Market and 2nd Streets.

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

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

A hostel in San Francisco costs on average $45 for a dorm. A hostel in San Francisco with private rooms costs on average $147.
Hostelz.com shows all 13 Hostels in San Francisco. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Pacific Tradewinds Hostel is the best rated hostel in San Francisco for female solo travellers.
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Green Tortoise Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in San Francisco.

It offers: Pub Crawls.

Your Packing List for San Francisco

Your Packing List for San Francisco

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for San Francisco and USA.

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.

Get your full Packing List here

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
$45 Average dorm price
$147 Average private room price
$33 Cheapest hostel in San Francisco
3 Party hostels in San Francisco
Green Tortoise Hostel is the best rated
Most San Francisco hostels are located in
Downtown, Telegraph Hill, Financial District
7.4 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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