All Hostels in San José

Welcome to your detailed guide for San José 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 San José, Costa Rica. Compare prices for San José 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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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.

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Cheapest hostel in San José


(Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel is the cheapest)

Party hostels in San José


(Hostel Finca Escalante is the best rated)

Most San José hostels are located in

Los Yoses, Barrio Escalante, Barrio Dent

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in San José 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 San José for Solo Travellers

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

Other Nearby Cities
San Pedro San Pedro (4 Km / 2 mi.)
Heredia Heredia (9 Km / 5 mi.)
Santa Ana Santa Ana (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Alajuela Alajuela (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Cartago Cartago (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Tambor Tambor (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Tinamaste Tinamaste (25 Km / 16 mi.)

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?

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FAQ about San José Hostels

A hostel in San José costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in San José with private rooms costs on average $41. shows all 47 Hostels in San José. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Stray Cat Hostel is the best hostel in San José for families.

Hostel Bekuo is the best hostel in San José for groups. compares prices for 47 hostels in San José, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in San José such as

  • 15 hotels
  • 8 guesthouses
  • 1 apartments
This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in San José.

Hostel Finca Escalante is the best rated hostel for partying in San José.
It offers: Bar.

Travel Tips for San José - from the Community

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Your Packing List for San José

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:

  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 San José