30 Hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. You can choose from 30 Colombo hostels. In total, there are 51 cheap places to stay in Colombo such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $7 for a dorm.

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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.

Total number of hostels


Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in Colombo


(Groove House Hostels is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Colombo


(Groove House Hostels is the best rated)

Most Colombo hostels are located in

Mount Lavinia, Colombo 1, Kollupitiya

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Colombo 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 Colombo for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Colombo? 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 Colombo alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Colombo. 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 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.

Other Nearby Cities
Ragama Ragama (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Ranala Ranala (20 Km / 13 mi.)
Gampaha Gampaha (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Panadura Panadura (25 Km / 16 mi.)
Katunayaka Katunayaka (27 Km / 17 mi.)
Negombo Negombo (31 Km / 19 mi.)
Bentota Bentota (59 Km / 36 mi.)

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?

Find your quick answer here
FAQ about Colombo Hostels

A hostel in Colombo costs on average $11 for a dorm. A hostel in Colombo with private rooms costs on average $26.

Hostelz.com shows all 30 Hostels in Colombo. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Bunkyard Hostels is the best hostel in Colombo for couples.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 30 hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Colombo such as

  • 11 hotels
  • 9 guesthouses
  • 1 apartment

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

Groove House Hostels is the best rated hostel for partying in Colombo.

Travel Tips for Colombo - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Colombo

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:

  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.

Get your full Packing List here

Your Packing List for Colombo