Best Hostels in Cardiff

3 Best Hostels in Cardiff – The City of Countless Castles (But Not Countless Hostels)

Step into the realm of castles, choirs, and cheeky Welsh humor as we unravel the secrets of the best hostels in Cardiff. Yes, Cardiff – the city that knows how to rock a rugby match and brew a proper cuppa. 

So, put on your Sherlock Holmes hat (or a dashing Welsh dragon cap) and join us on a quest to find the coziest, quirkiest, and downright coolest hostels in this captivating Welsh wonderland.

Here are the best hostels in Cardiff.

This guide is part of a bigger guide we have on the best hostels in the UK.

Your Shortcut:

  1. The Riverhouse - best for groups and families
  2. Bunkhouse - best for backpackers
  3. Mrs Pott - best for last option

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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 Cardiff

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Cardiff costs around $38 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average of around $135 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 or

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.

Student-Friendly Discounts: Make the most of Cardiff’s university town status with student discounts at local attractions, museums, and even some hostels. Keep your student ID handy for savings.

Live Music Scenes: Experience Cardiff’s vibrant live music scene. Catch gigs at popular venues like Clwb Ifor Bach, where you can groove to diverse genres.

Glamorgan Sausage Must-Try: Treat your taste buds to a traditional Glamorgan sausage – a Welsh vegetarian delight made with cheese, leeks, and breadcrumbs.

Bike-Friendly Cardiff: Discover Cardiff on two wheels by renting a bike. The city offers cycling paths, bike-sharing programs, and a cyclist-friendly atmosphere.

Fun fact: Cardiff has more castles per square mile than any other city in the world.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Cardiff are …

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

  1. The Riverhouse – best for groups and families
  2. Bunkhouse – best for backpackers
  3. Mrs Pott – best for last option

These are our favorite hostels in Cardiff. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Bunkhouse
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦ Family Hostel: The Riverhouse
πŸŽ’ for Backpacker:Bunkhouse
πŸ‘― For Groups:The Riverhouse
🧘 Cozy Hostel: The Riverhouse

1. The Riverhouse

The Riverhouse is a cozy bed and breakfast in the heart of Cardiff, boasting views of the Millennium Stadium and the River Taff. With free Wi-Fi and the option to enjoy a continental breakfast for a small fee, travelers can have a budget-friendly stay without compromising on comfort.

This eco-friendly accommodation offers TV and Netflix in the bedrooms, as well as spacious shared bathrooms. You can also make use of the communal kitchen and enjoy their meals in the bright dining room or on the garden terrace.

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The Riverhouse Terrace

The Riverhouse is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station, making it the perfect base for exploring the city.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Communal kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast is available for an extra fee.
  • Bright and airy dining room.
  • Spacious garden terrace.

Location and Highlights: Great central location, 5-minute walk from buses, trains, and attractions. Situated on the banks of the River Taff. Cardiff Central Railway Station is a short walk away.

The best choice in Cardiff for

  • Groups
  • Families
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The Riverhouse Room The Riverhouse Kitchen

2. Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse, located in the heart of Cardiff, offers travelers a charming and convenient stay. With soundproofed rooms and free Wi-Fi in public areas, the hostel is a great choice.

The city’s bus and train stations are just a few minutes away, and popular attractions like St David’s Shopping Center and Cardiff Central Market are within walking distance. The hostel itself features a shared lounge, free Wi-Fi, and a bar.

Travelers can enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, with amenities like bed linen provided. Maria, the friendly proprietor, adds a touch of fun and efficiency to the experience.

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Bunkhouse Dorms

Don’t forget to bring your own amenities, but rest assured that Bunkhouse provides everything you need for a cozy stay.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Free Wi-Fi available
  • Shared lounge and bar on-site

Location: Centrally located in Cardiff. Close to popular attractions like Principality Stadium, Cardiff Castle, and St David’s Hall.  Close proximity to city bus and train stations.

A great choice for

  • Backpackers
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Bunkhouse Bunkhouse Bar

3. Mrs Pott

Welcome to Mrs Pott! If you’re looking for affordable accommodation in Cardiff’s city center, this hostel might be an option.

It doesn’t have stellar reviews, and we wouldn’t usually recommend it, but Cardiff doesn’t have many hostel options.

This Cardiff hostel has a good location on St Mary’s Street only a few minutes’ walk from all the main attractions which means you’ll easily get to explore the stunning castle, national museum, theaters, and the epic Millennium stadium nearby. Cardiff Bay is also just 20 minutes away, offering beautiful views, boat trips, and more. 

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Mrs Pott Second Dorms

Their dorm rooms provide personal space and the chance to meet fellow travelers, and the hostel offers a shared kitchen and lounge, free WiFi, and city views in some rooms.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Shared kitchen and lounge
  • Free WiFi in selected rooms.

Location: Well located in the center of Cardiff. 4-minute walk to St David’s Hall and Principality Stadium. Close to Cardiff Castle, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, and more.

This is one of the best hostels in Cardiff for

  • Last option
  • Travelers on a tight budget
Book Mrs Pott here

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Mrs Pott Mrs Pott Dorms

Best Hostels in Cardiff for Solo Travelers? 

We think that the best hostel in Cardiff is Bunkhouse. It has a good atmosphere and facilities. It’s location is perfect for exploring the rest of the city, and the bar serves as a great social space to meet other travelers. 

Book Bunkhouse here

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Bunkhouse Bar

More Hostels worth a mention

At the moment, we think you are all set with the hostels we just shared with you. We always try to keep our guides super fresh and up to date. We might add more hostels worth mentioning here in the future if we feel that it could enrich your travel and hostel experience.

What about the cheapest hostels in Cardiff?

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 Cardiff.

  1. Open with a full list of all hostels in Cardiff
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that. 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 and 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.

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We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Cardiff 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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Our Favorite Hostels in Cardiff put on a map + sights

We’re listing all the three best Cardiff hostels on a map to give you an idea of the location and distances between them.

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What are the best hostels in Cardiff?

The best hostels in Cardiff are:

What is the best hostel in Cardiff for solo travelers?

The best hostels in Cardiff for solo travelers is: Bunkhouse

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Are hostels in Cardiff safe?

Not all hostels in Cardiff are necessarily safe, especially the ones that offer cheap prices in sketchy areas. They might be illegal hostels or ones without the proper licenses and safety measures put in place.

In all fairness, it is best to check out because we feature safe hostels in Cardiff. You can find backpacker hostels with top ratings here! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also email us and ask us!

How expensive are hostels in Cardiff?

Hostels in Cardiff costs around $38 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average of around $135 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Cardiff – the best hostels in Cardiff to offer.

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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 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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