Best Hostels in Busan

3 Best Hostels in Busan – Saltwater, Seafood and Sunsets

If you’re looking for the best hostels in Busan, we got you covered.

Busan is made out of beautiful beaches whose edges transform into mountain ranges and shelter historic Buddhist temples.

Amidst a stunning coastline and delicious seafood, you’ll also find some of the best hostels in Busan, ready to serve as your home away from home.

Sunsets in Busan are particularly beautiful, so we’ve included a couple of Busan hostels near the beach.

All of the hostels in Busan we’re recommending are perfect for solo travelers, backpackers, and, quite frankly, travelers of all kinds, whether you visit the city to sample raw fish, hike, or look at the pretty colors of Gamcheon Culture Village.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Inside Busan - best for Female solo travelers
  2. Mozzi Hostel Busan Station - best for Backpackers
  3. Guesthouse Dear Moon - best for Solo travelers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

If you’re coming to Busan from Seoul, we also have a guide on the best hostels in Seoul.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

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Quick Introduction to Busan

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Busan cost $14 – $30 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average price of around $60 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: The tramway and buses are the main way people get around in Busan. Alternatively, you could also opt for taxis. Walking is enjoyable, but the city is made of sharp inclines, so be warned. 

Where to eat: The go-to place to eat would be at the Jagalchi fish market, which has a lot of different stalls where you can pick fresh seafood and ask them to cook it for you.

Another good choice is Gamji bear and Cheonsapor harbor, where you’ll find dining options overlooking the beach. If you’re tired of seafood, you can also try sampling food and desserts at Gugkje market.

Cash vs. card: While South Korea is very much a ‘we love cards’ country, most markets are cash-only, so equip yourself with it adequately.

Getting around: Travelers use offline Google Maps to get around, and this is also what we recommend in most countries, but Korea’s Google Maps is kind of annoying to work with.

This is because of security issues with North Korea that we won’t get into, but basically, you’ll be better off downloading Naver maps or Kakao maps. Both of these will give you the exact location and way to get to your destinations.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Busan are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Busan.

  1. Inside Busan – best for Female solo travelers
  2. Mozzi Hostel Busan Station – best for Backpackers
  3. Guesthouse Dear Moon – best for Solo travelers

We put all accommodations on the map, incl. our own tips for restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Guesthouse Dear Moon
🙎‍♀️ Female Solo Traveler: Inside Busan
🎒 for Backpacker:Mozzi Hostel Busan Station
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Mozzi Hostel Busan Station
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Inside Busan

1. Inside Busan

Inside Busan is one of our favorite hostels in Busan when it comes to wanting to stay in a home away from home environment. It’s also very safe and cozy, which makes it a top choice for female solo travelers.

This Busan hostel has the following facilities:

  • A garden
  • A shared lounge
  • A shared kitchen
  • FREE breakfast
Book Inside Busan here

Check prices at:
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Inside Busan Lounge Inside Busan Garden

This hostel has a unique architectural premise (think bricks meet modern angles) and a very social environment. 

Although it has a lot of shared spaces, they’re all relatively small or medium-sized, which enhances social interactions. Our favorite space is their mezzanine which is populated by bean bags, a guitar, and a kazoo.

Location: Busan hostel is centrally located and well-connected to diverse public transport options in the city. It’s also very close to Busan station and china town, as well as various restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.

The best choice in Busan for

  • Female solo travelers
Book Inside Busan here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Inside Busan Dorm Inside Busan Mezzanine Inside Busan Nook

2. Mozzi Hostel Busan Station

Mozzi Hostel Busan Station is our top pick for Busan hostels for backpackers and digital nomads.

This hostel has the following facilities:

  • BBQ facilities
  • Views of the city
  • Co-ed bathrooms
  • Free towels and toiletries
Book Mozzi Hostel Busan Station here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Mozzi Hostel Busan Station

This Busan hostel also has very comfortable beds that come with curtains, private power outlets, personal lockers, and earplugs. 

We especially like this hostel’s view of Busan’s port, sea, and mountains from its living room.

You’ll find one of the best and fastest Wi-Fi in the city here and ample spaces to work in if you’re a digital nomad.

Location: Very central area in Busan near different bus and subway stops. The site is surrounded by restaurants, convenience stores, cafes, and street food vendors.

A great choice for

  • Backpackers
  • Digital Nomads
Book Mozzi Hostel Busan Station here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Mozzi Hostel Busan Station Lounge Mozzi Hostel Busan Station Dorm Mozzi Hostel Busan Station Kitchen

3. Guesthouse Dear Moon

Guesthouse Dear Moon has the best location for a hostel in Busan. We think it’s perfect for solo travelers.

Here, you’ll find:

  • A garden
  • A shared lounge
  • A terrace
  • A shared kitchen
  • Free towels
Book Guesthouse Dear Moon here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Guesthouse Dear Moon Lounge

This guesthouse hostel will provide you with many different amenities, from maps to face masks. 

There’s also a good breakfast that you can opt for that is very affordable.

This is a good additional option for female solo travelers in Busan because their female-only dorms are amazing. They even provide designated ‘powder room areas’ on top of their bathrooms.

The overall vibe is very chill and laid-back, but still social.

Location:  Centrally-located Busan hostel next to the Jagalchi subway and Jagalchi market. The venue is also across the street if you’re coming during the Busan International Film Festival.

You’ll find a lot of popular sightseeing points nearby, like Dadaepo beach and Gukje market.

This is one of the best hostels in Busan for

  • Solo travelers
Book Guesthouse Dear Moon here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Guesthouse Dear Moon Dorms Guesthouse Dear Moon Lounge Guesthouse Dear Moon Kitchen

Best Hostels in Busan for Solo Travelers?

As we said above, our top pick for a Busan hostel for solo travelers is Guesthouse Dear Moon.

It is very centrally located, which will make it easy for you to explore everything the city has to offer. We also love their facilities and the overall very chill vibe.

Book Guesthouse Dear Moon here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

What about the cheapest hostels in Busan?

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 Busan.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Busan
  2. add your dates
  3. 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.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Busan 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.

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FAQs

Here we share with you the most asked question:

What are the best hosels in Busan?

The best hostels in Busan are:

What is a good hostel near the beach in Busan?

One great hostel near the beach in Busan is:

Mozzi Hostel Busan Station

What is the best hostel for solo travelers in Busan?

The best hostel for solo travelers in Busan is:
Guesthouse Dear Moon

What are great markets and places to eat on a budget in Busan?

The go-to place to eat would be at the Jagalchi fish market, which has a lot of different stalls where you can pick fresh seafood and ask them to cook it for you.

Another good choice is Gamji bear and Cheonsapor harbor, where you’ll find dining options overlooking the beach. If you’re tired of seafood, you can also try sampling food and desserts at Gugkje market.

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Flights to Busan?

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Busan on a budget. We also have a guide on the best hostels in Seoul.

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Over to you

Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Busan guide.

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 will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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