All Hostels in Kota Kinabalu

Welcome to your detailed guide for Kota Kinabalu hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Kota Kinabalu, Malaisie. Compare prices for Kota Kinabalu hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.

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Kota Kinabalu 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 Kota Kinabalu, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Cheapest hostel in Kota Kinabalu


(Skypod Hostel is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Kota Kinabalu


(TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu is the best rated)

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Hostels in Kota Kinabalu 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 Kota Kinabalu for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Kota Kinabalu? 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 Kota Kinabalu alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Kota Kinabalu. 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 Kota Kinabalu (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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

Other Nearby Cities
Tempurung Tempurung (8 Km / 5 mi.)
Poring Poring (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Kinabalu Park Kinabalu Park (53 Km / 33 mi.)
Ranau Ranau (65 Km / 41 mi.)
Bandar Seri Begawan Bandar Seri Begawan (169 Km / 105 mi.)

FAQ about Kota Kinabalu Hostels

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

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FAQ about Kota Kinabalu Hostels shows all 32 Hostels in Kota Kinabalu. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

B&B@21 is the best hostel in Kota Kinabalu for families.

TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu is the best rated hostel in Kota Kinabalu for female solo travellers. compares prices for 32 hostels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaisie.

  • 5 hotels
  • 3 guesthouses
  • This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Kota Kinabalu.

    TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu is the best rated hostel for partying in Kota Kinabalu.
    It offers: Bar.

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    Your Packing List for Kota Kinabalu

    Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Kota Kinabalu and Malaisie.

    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 Kota Kinabalu