Hostels in San José, Costa Rica

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Get to know San José (no more "I wish I knew this before")

We wrote a complete guide about backpacking San José here. This guide is only available in English. Please click the link to read our handwritten guide.

FAQ about San José Hostels

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

A hostel in San José costs on average $16 for a dorm. A hostel in San José with private rooms costs on average $51.
Hostelz.com shows all 34 Hostels in San José. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Selina San José is the best hostel in San José for couples.
Stray Cat Hostel is the best hostel in San José for families.
Selina San José is the best rated hostel in San José for female solo travellers.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 34 hostels in San José, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in San José such as
  • 12 hotels
  • 10 guesthouses
  • 3 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in San José.

Selina San José is the best rated hostel for partying in San José.

It offers: Pub Crawls, Bar.

Your Packing List for San José

Your Packing List for San José

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for San José and Costa Rica.

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 José 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 José, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
34 Total number of hostels
$16 Average dorm price
$51 Average private room price
$10 Cheapest hostel in San José
Lost In Costa Rica is the cheapest
12 Party hostels in San José
Selina San José is the best rated
Most San José hostels are located in
Barrio La California, Barrio Escalante, Barrio Amon
6.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

San Pedro (4 Km / 2 mi.)
Heredia (9 Km / 5 mi.)
Alajuela (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Cartago (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Tambor (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Tinamaste (25 Km / 16 mi.)
Poasito (28 Km / 18 mi.)

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