Hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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

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

FAQ about Colombo Hostels

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

A hostel in Colombo costs on average $13 for a dorm. A hostel in Colombo with private rooms costs on average $35.
Hostelz.com shows all 26 Hostels in Colombo. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Clock Inn Dehiwala is the best hostel in Colombo for couples.
Clock Inn Dehiwala is the best hostel in Colombo for families.
Star Anise Boutique Capsules is the best rated hostel in Colombo for female solo travellers.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 26 hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Colombo such as
  • 16 hotels
  • 9 guesthouses
  • 1 apartment

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

Your Packing List for Colombo

Your Packing List for Colombo

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Colombo and Sri Lanka.

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

Colombo 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 Colombo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
26 Total number of hostels
$13 Average dorm price
$35 Average private room price
$9 Cheapest hostel in Colombo
1 Party hostels in Colombo
Groove House Hostels is the best rated
Most Colombo hostels are located in
Mount Lavinia, Colombo 1, Colombo 3
6.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Ranala (20 Km / 13 mi.)
Gampaha (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Panadura (25 Km / 16 mi.)
Katunayaka (27 Km / 17 mi.)
Negombo (31 Km / 19 mi.)
Wadduwa (31 Km / 19 mi.)

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