Yep; we’ve collected great hostels that come with awesome vibes, cool design and locations in the midst of the city buzz.
Here’s a shortcut for you:
- Brisbane City YHA – great for solo travellers
- Breeze Lodge – one for female solo travellers
- Aussie Way Backpackers – top pick for older travellers
Oh yeah, and a swimming pool!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
If you’re doing a road trip up the east cost of Australia, keep heading north and check out Rambutan Hostel in Townsville – the only 5 Star Hostel on the mainland!
Quick Introduction to Brisbane
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Brisbane cost 12.50€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 25€ up to 65€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Unlike other destinations in Australia, hostels in Brisbane are more budget friendly, yet still more pricey than European destinations.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). 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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Brisbane
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Brisbane.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Brisbane City YHA
If you’re looking for a cool, contemporary and conveniently located hostel; opt for Brisbane City YHA. It’s the best hostel in Brisbane!
Honestly, you may find no reason to step foot outside the front door once you’re in. Especially when there is a…
- Huge outdoor rooftop swimming pool
- Games room w/ pool table
- On-site bar & cafe
- Cosy TV lounge
As with many YHA hostels around the country, you can expect this one to be big and lively. That’s why we recommend this more for solo travellers and groups.
Perhaps you’re into organised activities?
Well then great! At our #1 choice there are weekly activities including BBQ’s, yoga classes, pub crawls and movie nights.
The friendly staff will be happy to fill you in on what’s hip-hop-happening whilst you’re in town.
Choose between dorms and private rooms, all of which comes with linen, Wi-Fi and air-con.
Good to know: if you want super fast Wi-Fi an upgrade is available at a charge.
As for the location, you won’t be disappointed. From here you overlook the CBD and Brisbane River. It’s a short distance to all of the major attractions and a supermarket is just around the corner.
This is your best hostel bet for:
- Solo travellers
2. Breeze Lodge
Breeze Lodge is a comfortable and affordable hostel situated in Kangaroo Point. Hop on a bus right outside or jump on the free ferry to Brisbane’s CBD – cool, huh?
Don’t let us fool you into thinking this is the only enticing thing about our #2 hostel.
It has a great range of rooms, from 4-bed female and 10-bed mixed dorms to a twin option for travelling friends.
There are no private rooms here, so apologies to the couples!
Instead, if you’re backpacking Brisbane you’ll feel right at home here.
Whilst there are no privacy curtains on the bunks, each person gets their own reading lamp, socket and locker.
But to be honest, we urge you to dump your bags and make use of the awesome amenities, including:
- Rooftop terrace
- Fully equipped kitchen w/ tea & coffee
- TV lounge area
- Games area (ping pong, board games, cards)
If it’s about time you contacted home, you’ll be satisfied with the free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hostel.
Start your day with a yummy breakfast before chatting to the staff about what to see and do. Don’t forget to ask them about the reception opening hours.
Like we said before, Breeze lodge is a free ferry ride from the centre of Brisbane. This means you can enjoy a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere yet remain close to the nightlife.
This is one of the best hostels in Brisane for
- Female solo travellers
3. Aussie Way Backpackers
Fancy staying in a 1872 colonial style building that has its historic charms and modern necessities?
It’s the open verandas and wooden floors that really caught our eye at Aussie Way Backpackers.
This really is a top choice for those looking to wind down and escape from the sometimes stressful side of travelling. It’s super cosy here!
The no alcohol policy ensures everyone gets a good nights sleep. However! If you’re keen for the nightclub scene and Brisbane’s top entertainment district, it’s all easily accessible.
As for the rooms, choose from:
- 4-bed dorms
- Single rooms
- Twin rooms
- Double rooms
It’s a simple set up but you won’t have to worry about linen and towels as these are included.
If you’re keen to meet other peeps, check out the living area where you’ll find sofas, board games and a TV.
Although not strictly a Brisbane working hostel, some people do use this as a base for finding work in the area. No doubt the staff can help with this so don’t be shy.
The location is top notch within a quiet area yet close to the city centre. You can reach the CBD on foot, just 10-minutes away.
Tip: at the end of the street there is an olympic-size swimming pool!
A top choice for:
- Older travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Brisbane?
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Brisbane.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Brisbane
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Read: How to book hostels with Hostelworld.
Best Hostels in Brisbane for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Brisbane for solo-travellers?
Brisbane is a great city for solo travellers as there is tons of entertainment and events to get involved in.
You surely won’t be left to feel lonely!
However, if you need that extra bit of help to meet people we recommend two hostels for solo travellers in Brisbane:
Breeze Lodge offers great female only dorms in a safe part of the city not too far from the centre. We think the rooftop terrace and games offer a great way to break the ice in a non-forced setting.
If you’re looking to join activities and enjoy a late night or two, Brisbane City YHA is another great option for solo travellers. It’s unlikely you’ll be sitting alone for long at this very social-orientated hostel.
Party Hostels in Brisbane
If you’re looking for a good time in Brisbane, without having to leave the comfort of your hostel, you’ll be impressed by Bunk Brisbane.
This place has an awesome bar, outside swimming pool AND hot tub!
Being a big place, you can opt for a budget shared dorm with up to 20-beds, or flash pack your way to a private room. Linen is included and lockers are big.
Expect nightly themes and entertainment at the bar. And if you fancy hitting the streets to continue the party, a great nightlife scene is within 100m of Bunk.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
Here’s our guide how to book hostels with Hostelworld.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Brisbane City YHA: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Breeze Lodge: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Aussie Way Backpackers: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Brisbane best hostels are popular; especially in high-season.
To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Brisbane. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Brisbane hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- South Bank
- Story Bridge
- Queen Street Mall
- Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
- Glass House Mountains
- The Wheel of Brisbane
There’s a lot of cool day trips and acivities to join in Brisbane, including:
Flights to Brisbane?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Brisbane.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Oceania and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Brisbane.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations in Australia (there are many!):
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- 3 best hostels in Cairns
- Best hostels in Alice Springs
- Coolest hostels in Melbourne
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- Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse in Hobart – 5 Star Hostel
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Over to you
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries