Are you looking for the best hostels in Sydney in 2020? There’s like 100 backpackers in Sydney to choose from and if you’re not familiar with the city at all, look no further. This is the ultimate guide to choosing the right Sydney hostel for you.

We cover every type of hostel for your Sydney accommodation in this article!

Best overall hostel in Sydney Best hostel in Sydney for solo travellers
Best Sydney hostel for couples Best hostel in Sydney for families
Best healthy hostel in Sydney Best hostel for digital nomads
Best hostel in Sydney with spacious dorms Best party hostel in Sydney 

And that’s just the beginning.


We did say it was going to be the best guide on the internet!

Don’t think Sydney hostels are just for backpackers, we’ve seen everyone from families to couples to retirees stay in them recently.

What to avoid


Before we dive in with our guide, here’s a few things you need to avoid when choosing the right hostel for you, especially if you’re a backpacker.

Don’t be afraid to speak up

If the hostel you’ve booked doesn’t match up to what you were expecting, don’t be afraid to say something to the staff. The majority of  hostel staff around the world are always really friendly and they understand the concerns of other travellers.

Just because you’re travelling doesn’t mean your standards drop. If there’s anything wrong with your dorm, speak up and asked to be moved.

The power of a review on the internet is worth more to the hostel than moving you to another room 😉

Lockers are super important

Make sure your hostel has lockers for each person in the room so you can lock your important things away. Sydney is a very safe city but regardless of what country or city you’re in, you always need to make sure there’s a locker in your room.

A shared kitchen is a necessity in Australia

Check to see if there’s a kitchen at your hostel so you can save on eating out. Sydney is notoriously expensive so you’ll find this a god send. It’s even better if you can score a free breakfast at your hostel too!

Sydney’s not cheap

…but you probably already know that


Whilst Sydney is an expensive city, there’s actually loads of free things to do.

Cost of dorm beds in Sydney

Dorm beds range from $20-$40 per night whilst double or twin rooms can range from $80+ per night. Obviously this amounts up fast when travelling around Australia.

What area to stay in Sydney

The cheapest Sydney hostels tend to be located in Kings Cross which is the night life area, but it’s not the nicest area either. Hostels in the CBD are ultimately more expensive.

Sydney’s not THAT bigsydney-cbd-map

Also regardless of what people say, Sydney isn’t a massive city if you’re used to cities like London – you can get to most places within about 30 minutes. The actual city centre known as the CBD is pretty small and basically runs along a couple of main streets which include Pitt St, George St and Elizabeth St.

You can walk from Sydney’s (main station) Central Station to Circular Quay (where Sydney Opera House is) in 30 minutes or so just by walking in a straight line down one of those three streets.

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Compare all of the hostels in Sydney mentioned in this guide.

Sydney Harbour YHA

The Rockssydney-yha-rooftop

Mixed dorm: 4/6 both include male and female only double/twin

4 & 5 family room with ensuite



Wake Up! Sydney

Sydney Central

Mixed dorm: 4/6/8/10

Female only dorm: 6 bed




Sydney Central YHA 

Sydney CentralSydney-central-YHA-kitchen

Mixed dorm: 4/6/8/ plus female only and male only options. Double/Twin

4 bed family room



Railway Square YHA

Sydney Central yha-sydney-railway-square

 Mixed dorm: 4/8 both include  male & female only Double/twin

4 bed family room



Base Sydney

Sydney CBDbase-backpackers-sydney

Mixed dorm: 4/6/8/10

Female only dorm: 8 bed

Double/twin/king/triple $31+


The Capsule Hotel

Sydney CBDcapsule-hotel-sydney

N/A Only single or double $55+


The Pod 


Mixed dorm: 6 bed

Female only dorm: 6 bed


4 & 6 bed family room



1381 Boutique Hotel

Where: Sydney CBD1831-boutique-hotel

N/A Double/twin $229+


Mad Monkey Broadway 


Mixed dorm: 4/6/8/

Female only dorm: 4/6 bed


Only 18-35 with foreign passport



The Village Glebe


Mixed dorm: 4/6/8/12

Female only dorm: 6/8


4/6/8/12 private room



Blue Parrot 

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Mixed dorm: 4/6/10

Female only dorm: 10 bed

N/A $25+


Asylum Sydney Backpackers

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Mixed dorm: 4/6

Female only dorm: 6 bed

Double/twin bunk beds $21+


Jackaroo Hostel


Mixed dorm: 3/4/6 Twin only $20+


The Funkhouse

Where: Kings Crossfunkhouse-hostel-sydney

Mixed dorm: 3/4/6 Single/double/twin

Only 18-35 with foreign passport



The Village Kings Cross

Kings Crossthe-village-kings-cross

Mixed dorm: 4/6/8

Female only dorm: 6 bed

Double $46+


Bondi Backpackers

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Mixed dorm: 3/4/6/8 + seaviews!

Female only dorm: 6 bed


Over 18s Only



Wake Up! Bondi

Bondi Beach wake-up-bondi-beach-hostel

Mixed dorm: 3/4/6/8

Female dorm only: 6 bed


Over 18s Only



Mad Monkey Coogee

Coogee Beach mad-monkey-coogee-backpackers

Mixed dorm: 4/6/10/12

Female only dorm: 4/8/10

4 bed private room / Family room on request $23+


Manly Bunkhouse

Manly Beach manly-bunkhouse-backpackers-in-manly

Mixed dorm: 3/4/5/6 Double/twin



Blue Mountains YHA


Mixed dorm: 4/5/6/8 includes male only and female only Double/twin 4 bed family room



1. Best party backpackers in Sydney

Wake Up! Sydney | Central


Wake Up! Sydney was the first ever hostel I ever stayed in anywhere in the world.

I booked myself into a 4 bed dorm and ended up staying there for a whole month. Hand on heart, Wake Up! is one of my best memories because I met so many other single travellers in Sydney and I had a complete ball.

wake-up-sydney-hostelWhen backpacking was a whole new experience for me, I’m still friends with some of these guys I met at Wake Up!

Wake Up! is also one of the biggest backpackers in Sydney with 540 beds – it’s huge. They’ve got a mixture of rooms from female only to double rooms.

Best of all, they have an awesome legendary bar in the basement called Side Bar that many other travellers come to regardless of whether they are staying there. You’ll have many nights down here watching live bands and playing beer pong.


It’s a really fun, modern and clean hostel that is a brilliant place to stay in if you’re new to the whole single traveller thing.

Wake Up! Sydney sits in an awesome location, and is just over the road from Central Station – the main train station in Sydney.

It also regularly wins best hostel in Sydney award which is no surprise because they just ‘get backpackers’.

Price from $44+

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.3

Don’t Miss Out! Book Wake Up Here >

2. Best party backpackers

Base Sydney | Sydney CBD


Our other best party backpackers in Sydney goes to Base Sydney backpackers. This legendary Sydney hostel has been around for a long time and they have countless hostels spread out across Australia and New Zealand.

base-sydney-backpackers-party-hostel-sydneyWhen One Direction performed in Sydney a few years back, Harry Styles was caught having a pash with a backpacker at the bar!

The bar at Base Sydney backpackers called The Scary Canary brings in everyone from city workers to people staying there because of the cheap prices.

Price from $31+

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.4

Don’t Miss Out! Book Base Sydney Here >

3. Best couples hostel in Sydney & for parking in CBD

Sydney Central YHA | Central


Read our review of Sydney Central YHA here >

OK so we’re going to kill two birds with one stone here and give out two awards to one hostel in particular.

Sydney Central YHA is a brilliant hostel for couples who want to be near the action but not staying in it. It’s another massive hostel but people keep more to themselves here, although there are plenty of activities on offer to meet people.


The hostel also comes with an awesome rooftop spa, sauna as well as a brilliant cafe. To be honest it’s got to be one of the best backpacker cafes I’ve ever seen and brings in people from all over, from city workers to builders.

in-cafe-central-sydneyWe also love that Sydney Central YHA has a carpark. For just $30 a day you can come and go as much as you like. To us this is absolutely gold dust and perfect for anyone who’s got a car. Just make sure you book the car park in advance as it’s got limited space.


Check out our video at Sydney Central YHA below!

Price from $32+

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.0

Don’t Miss Out! Book Sydney Central YHA Here >

4. Best hostel for solo travellers

Mad Monkey | Broadway


Mad Monkey Hostels are renowned across Asia and have now come to Sydney to two new locations in Kings Cross, Broadway and Coogee.
The Broadway hostel in particular is a brilliant hostel for solo travellers who are looking to have fun and meet new people. They host a range of activities, free dinner nights and hostel parties. Plus you’ll get free bike hire, free yoga and free access to the gym plus there’s a games room in the hostel. Or and you’ll get a free breakfast! Result!
Please note! They have a strict policy – no over 35’s in the dorms.

Price from $40+

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.0

Don’t Miss Out! Book Mad Monkey Here >

5. Best health conscious hostel in Sydney

Bondi Backpackers | Bondi Beach


If you’re staying in Sydney for more than 3 days, you should make sure you stay at Bondi Backpackers purely to roll out of bed for sunrise. Honestly, sunrise at Bondi Beach is absolutely incredible!

Bondi Backpackers is a brilliant backpackers for the health conscious. Take full advantage of the free rooftop yoga sessions, learn how to surf and you can even sign up for personal training sessions.

There’s something about Bondi that you’ll want to take advantage of this as it’s the kind of place that makes you want to be the best version of yourself. Also, don’t forget the Friday night BBQs.

If you’re up for a bit of partying, there’s always pubs to visit in Bondi, a backpacker favourite being the Tea Gardens in Bondi Junction (mostly known for the Irish), Beach Road Hotel and Bucket List.

Please note! This hostel is for 18+ only, no kids sorry!

Price from $39

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.0

Don’t Miss Out! Book Bondi Backpackers Here >

 6. Best million dollar view backpackers in Sydney

Sydney Harbour YHA | The Rocks


Click here to read our review of Sydney Harbour YHA >

The location of Sydney Harbour YHA honestly doesn’t get any better than this. Built on one of the most important archeological sites in Australia, Sydney Harbour YHA is the only hostel located in The Rocks.

What makes this hostel in Sydney special is the fact that it has a huge rooftop terrace overlooking Sydney Opera House.

We used to think The Glenmore next door had a great view but Sydney Harbour YHA absolutely smashes it.


A great thing about this hostel is you can literally roll out of bed to catch the sunrise like we did. It’s honestly amazing!

Sydney-harbour-yha-viewThis was the view from our room. 

If you pay for a harbour view room, you’ll get a view of Sydney Opera House from your room. It’s awesome.

This is a brilliant quiet hostel and perfect for families, couples and backpackers.


Check out our video review of Sydney Harbour YHA below

Price from $39

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.2

Don’t Miss Out! Book Sydney Harbour YHA Here >

7. Best stylish hostel in Sydney

The Pod | Central


The Pod in Sydney takes the spot for the best stylish hostel in Sydney! The new capsule style dorm rooms reminds us of when we stayed at a hostel in Tokyo.
After travelling for a while, you’ll be pleased to get a bit of privacy with your own light switch and curtain. It’s a super clean hostel and comes with free shampoo as well!

Price from $47

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.1

Don’t Miss Out! Book The Pod in Sydney Here >

8. Best small hostel in Sydney

Blue Parrot | Kings Cross

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Blue Parrot is a gorgeous little hostel with just 50 beds so you can get to know the other travellers staying there quickly. It’s ran by two sisters in the heart of Kings Cross and has been recommended by Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Trip Advisor.

Price from $25

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.8

Don’t Miss Out! Book Blue Parrot Here >

9. Best Sydney hostel for spacious dorm rooms

Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel | Kings Cross


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If staying in a spacious dormitory is at the top of your list then check out Asylum Backpackers Hostel in Kings Cross. All dorms have ensuite bathrooms and most have absolutely cracking views of the Sydney skyline.

You’ll get free breakfast and there’s even a hostel dog you can hangout with too.

Please note! You need to book at least a 2 night stay.

Price from $21

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.8

Don’t Miss Out! Book Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel Here >

10. Best quiet hostel in Sydney & budget option for families

Sydney Harbour YHA | The Rocks


It’s the second time for Sydney Harbour YHA to make this list!

After spending a fair bit of time in Sydney hostels, I can confirm Sydney Harbour YHA is the best hostel in Sydney for families. It’s super modern and clean and in the best location for a family wanting to explore and we did indeed see a lot of families staying there in the few times we’ve personally stayed too.

It’s also the best quiet hostel in Sydney so you’ll get a good night’s sleep.

Price from $39

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.2

Don’t Miss Out! Book Sydney Harbour YHA Here >

11. Best boutique hostel

1831 Boutique Hotel | Sydney CBD


If you’re looking for a decent option in a boutique hostel, we recommend checking out 1831 Boutique Hotel. This heritage listed building is the perfect stay for older couples and the retirees coming to Sydney.

Please note! There’s no dorm rooms here sorry!

Price from $229 (double or twin)

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.7

Don’t Miss Out! Book 1831 Here >

12. Best cheap hostel in Sydney

Jackaroo Hostel | Kings Cross


The cheapest hostel you’ll find in Sydney will be around the $20 mark. But we’ve found two hostels which are highly rated and in budget.

First up is Jackaroo Hostel in Kings Cross. Not only is it clean and cheap, expect a free breakfast, a good rooftop and loads of common areas as well to chill out in.

Please note! They also only allow people with foreign passports aged between 18-35 to stay here so you know it’s only other travellers you’ll be around.

Price from $20

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.3

Don’t Miss Out! Book Jackaroo Hostel Here >

13. Best hostel for digital nomads in Sydney

Sydney Central YHA | Central

sydney-central-yhaWe have to say Sydney Central YHA is a brilliant hostel to work from that Stevo specifically wanted to stay there because it it’s excellent workspace area near the kitchen.


The beauty about Sydney Central YHA is although it’s a big hostel, it’s actually really quiet and there’s a few spaces dotted around you can just close yourself off from the world to work in.

It’s always our choice to stay at Sydney Central YHA when we need to work as we can always pop down to the cafe to grab anything or just cook our own food in the kitchen.

Price from $32+

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.0

Don’t Miss Out! Book Sydney Central YHA Here >

14. Friendliest hostel in Sydney

The Funkhouse | Kings Cross


The Funk House is commonly known as an awesome backpackers in Sydney for its chilled rooftop, friendly social atmosphere and all round lovely people who run it.

Please note! They also only except travellers between 18-35 with a foreign passport so you’ll know you’re only going to be around other like minded people.

Price from $24+

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.2

Don’t Miss Out! Book The Funk House Here >

15. Best futuristic hostel in Sydney

The Capsule Hotel | Sydney CBD


Ever wanted to stay in a capsule hotel? Well nows your chance. The Capsule Hotel in Sydney is located in ironically one of the last heritage listed hotels in Australia, above The Century Bar.

Inside the capsule you’ll get a safety deposit box, a locker, USB plugs to charge your phone, a mirror, lights and another power point. If you go for the deluxe capsule, you’ll get a TV and towels too.

This could well be the future for backpackers and easily makes our list as one of the best hostels in Sydney for it’s uniqueness.

Price from $55+ (standard single)

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.4

Don’t Miss Out! Book The Capsule Hotel Here >

16. Best unique hostel


Read our review of our stay at Railway Square YHA here >

If you’re looking to stay in somewhere a bit different in Sydney then check out Railway Square YHA.

Located next door to Central Station sits Platform Zero – an old platform of the station. YHA Australia have since taken it over and built awesome dorm rooms inside the carriages. So yeah, you could stay in a train carriage!


We’ve stayed at Railway Square YHA as a couple and although the few double rooms get booked up fast (did we mention they have Dyson hairdryers in them too?), this is more of a place for backpackers. It’s got a good mixture of quietness mixed in with some decent activities. It’s also small enough to meet loads of people.

They’ve also got a decent little cafe on site serving up daily cheap meals you won’t find cheaper anywhere else.

We weren’t surprised to hear Railway Square YHA is one of the most popular hostels in Sydney for backpackers.

Price from $32

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.2

Don’t Miss out! Book Railway Square YHA Here >

17. Best Sydney skyline view hostel

The Village | Kings Cross


Not only does The Village have a cracking rooftop view of the Sydney skyline, it comes with friendly staff, and a clean hostel in the heart of Kings Cross. Some dorms are ensuite and doubles are also available.

Price from $46

Rating on Hostelworld: Very Good 7.6

Don’t Miss Out! Book The Village Kings Cross Here >

18. Best Bondi backpackers

Wake Up! Bondi | Bondi Beach


When you have a view overlooking one of the world’s most famous beaches, you know you can’t got wrong.


Wake Up! Bondi Beach has a cracking view of Bondi Beach. The new hostel has been recently refurbished so expect it to be super clean and modern. They also offer up yoga classes on the rooftop, personal training sessions, walking tours, free surfboard hire and much more. It’s honestly one of the best hostels in Sydney and is easily a step up when looking for luxury backpacker accommodation in Sydney.

Please note! This is an over 18 hostel only.

Price from $46

Rating on Hostelworld: Suburb 9.3

Don’t Miss Out! Book Wake Up! Bondi Beach Here >

19. Best Coogee backpackers

Mad Monkey | Coogee


It’s the second time Mad Monkey has made it to our list because this is the only hostel you want to stay in if you’re heading over to Coogee. To be honest, this could make it into loads of the best hostels in Sydney lists because it really does tick a lot of boxes.

This modern, bright hostel is located right on Coogee Beach and has an awesome bar and restaurant below it called FNKY MNKY.

They also have a range of accommodation options from dorms to apartments with en-suites, living rooms and kitchenettes! They also have a co-working space located inside the hostel as well.

If you’re not familiar with Coogee, it makes up the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk which everyone needs to do. Coogee is like the smaller version of Bondi but with a different crowd. It’s a bit more laid back here and you won’t see as many people flexing their muscles on this beach. It’s always been one of our favourites!

Coogee is also home to a couple of awesome ocean pools to. Make sure you check out Wylies Baths – it’s a brilliant pool to escape the crowds on the beach – but there’s an entrance fee of around $5 to get in.

Price from $23

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.6

Don’t Miss Out! Book Mad Monkey Coogee Here >

20. Best Manly hostel

Manly Bunkhouse | Manly


Manly is a favourite amongst travellers, expats and locals and its no wonder when you’ve got a world famous beach on your doorstep. The area of Manly has a good community feel to it yet its bustling with tourists, especially in the Summer season.

Stay in Manly and you’ll get to experience the Manly ferry ride from Circular Quay which takes 30 minutes and is a highlight for many when travelling to Sydney. You can also get plenty of buses headed out that way too.

You’re also in a good located to jump on a tour up to the Home & Away beach area of Palm Beach which everyone should go and visit.

Stay at Manly Bunkhouse, a hostel just 250m from the beach. Each room has an ensuite and kitchenette. It’s also a relaxed hostel with a friendly atmosphere.

Price from $43

Rating on Hostelworld: Fabulous 8.2

Don’t Miss Out! Book Manly Bunkhouse Here >

21. Best Blue Mountains hostel

Blue Mountains YHA | Katoomba


We’ve personally stayed at Blue Mountains YHA and it’s a brilliant stay for everyone – including families and older couples. The rooms all have central heating in so if you’re visiting during the colder months, you won’t get cold here.

The kitchen is big and there’s a huge eating area. Did we mention the big chess board outside in the gardens?

It’s also located on the main street of Katoomba and is easy to get to and from Katoomba train station as well as the famous Three Sisters lookout!

Price from $30

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.5

Don’t Miss Out! Book Blue Mountains YHA Here >

22. Best for long term travellers

The Glebe Village Backpackers | Glebe


If you’re looking for a hostel in Sydney for long term travellers we recommend staying at The Glebe Village.

You see, Glebe is a fantastic suburb in Sydney. It’s got that sort of actual village vibe to it, a great weekend market and some awesome places to eat along Glebe Point Road.

Also did we mention the Friend In Hand pub? It’s got a resident talking parrot and the pub has probably the best character we’ve seen in any pub in Sydney.

Plus Broadway shopping centre is around the corner and it’s just a 10 minute bus ride into the city.

Basically living in Glebe will give you the opportunity to live like a local, there aren’t many backpackers around there.

Price from $19

Rating on Hostelworld: Good 6.4

Don’t Miss Out! Book The Glebe Village Here >

23. Best overall backpackers in Sydney

Sydney Harbour YHA | The Rocks


I know we’ve mentioned Sydney Harbour YHA a few times in this post already. But, to be honest, this backpackers is a whole new level when it comes to hostels in Sydney.

It’s the perfect all rounder – a brilliant budget Sydney accommodation option for backpackers, families, couples and retired couples.

Whilst it’s not a party hostel,  you’ll never find a view of Sydney Harbour like you would from here for the price! It’s an amazing place to stay for everyone!

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Price from $39

Rating on Hostelworld: Superb 9.2

Don’t Miss Out! Book Sydney Harbour YHA Here >

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