If you’re looking for the best hostels in Bishkek for backpackers (or solo travelers, or couples, or… you get the point), let us help you out. Kyrgystan is the perfect destination for an unforgettable backpacking trip. With its stunning views and memorable climbs, you will want to take advantage of this adventure. Although there are many places to begin your Kyrgystan journey, most travelers highly recommend starting your experience in the capital of Bishkek. Here, not only will you be able to dive into the nightlife, but you’ll also find local bazaars and eateries.
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Bishkek cost $6 – $11 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average price of around $29 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea. Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com. Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost. Transportation: Bishkek has a great and very cheap public transport network. We also recommend downloading ‘2Gis Bishkek’, which is a useful offline navigation app in Kyrgyzstan. ‘Bus.kg.’ is also an accurate resource for checking out bus routes in the city. Alternatively, taxis are also cheap, with most locals using the ‘Yandex’ app, the equivalent of Uber in the city. Safety: Bishkek used to be infamous for its after-midnight crime, but don’t worry, the situation has dramatically improved. If you’re still concerned, use a taxi when you go back home after sunset.
As its name suggests, Freelander Work and Travel Hostel is a great Bishkek hostel for digital nomads. Especially those that want to stay on a longer-term basis. This Bishkek hostel has the following facilities:
On top of being a hostel with excellent internet speed in Bishkek, this one is also very cozy and comfortable. But don’t worry; they provide play to counterbalance all the work you’ll be doing: staff organizes various events throughout the week and on weekends. Overall, the facilities are awesomely designed, spacious, and very clean. They provide a very comfortable environment, regardless of whether you intend to party the night away or relax with a good book. Location: The location is pretty close to the center of the city, 5 min in a taxi. It’s near the river, so you can enjoy walks by the water. The best choice in Bishkek for
This is one of the best hostels in Bishkek if you’re an active traveler because the surrounding area offers a wide range of activities, from cycling to horse riding. This is small and cozy accommodation because they only have three dorms and nine private rooms, so fellow travelers quickly become familiar with each other. The staff also organizes daily events and contests, such as chess tournaments or board game nights, to help guests socialize with each other. They will also allow you to discover the nightlife in Bishkek. Alternatively, you’ll also have the opportunity to go on shared trips or taxi rides as they also organize this at a very reasonable price. Location: Conveniently located next to a bus station. The Osh Bazaar is just a 10-minute walk away, and on top of the 24/7 restaurant, there’s a supermarket and pharmacy nearby. A great choice for
This Bishkek hostel is located on private grounds, which makes it very peaceful. The owners are incredibly friendly and ready to help their guests in any way they can. They are social and up for chatting about the different facets of life in Bishkek. The accommodation can only fit up to 12 people, so the overall atmosphere is incredibly warm, cozy, and familiar. One thing to note is that top bunk beds don’t have access to their own plugs, as they are only located on ground level. Location: Looking for a peaceful hostel? This neighborhood is perfect – you can catch a bus to the city center right at the corner of the street. Plus, if you’re looking to explore nature, Ala Archa and Tashtar Ata are both great options and are easily accessible from this location. And if you need to run errands, supermarkets and restaurants are just a 5-minute walk away. This is one of the best hostels in Bishkek for:
The best hostel in Bishkek for solo travelers is Tunduk Hostel. It has great facilities, a good accessible and central location. The staff is also very accommodating and ready to help, which will come in handy if you run across any issues during your trip.
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Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Bishkek.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Bishkek
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Bishkek best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
What is the best time of the year to visit Bishkek for backpackers?
Kyrgyzstan is the perfect destination for a spring or autumn getaway if you want to go hiking and horseback riding in the mountains and stay in yurt camps with the Kyrgyz nomads. However, depending on what sights and activities you want to see and do on your trip, you can visit Kyrgyzstan all year round. Just come equipped with the appropriate clothes.
Is Bishkek safe for travelers?
Bishkek used to be infamous for its after-midnight crime, but don't worry, the situation has dramatically improved. If you're still concerned, use a taxi when you go back home after sunset.
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