9 Best Hostels in Cyprus (North & South) - with Turtles, Crystal Clear Water and Endless Culture

9 Best Hostels in Cyprus (North & South) – with Turtles, Crystal Clear Water and Endless Culture

Cyprus is a beautiful island country nestled in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its enchanting golden beaches, crystal blue waters, vibrant cultures, fascinating history, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine are only a few reasons why tourists are attracted to this gorgeous destination.

Cyprus is a wonderful destination spot that boasts amazing cultural diversity. Exploring this Jewel of the Mediterranean will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Imagine walking on the sandy beaches, enjoying the buzz of the nightclubs, trying tasty traditional dishes, visiting historical monuments, or skiing on the slopes of Mount Olympus. It certainly sounds breathtaking from our standpoint!

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

⭐ Best Hostel in Cyprus: House of Nissus, Ayia Napa
🦸 For Solo Traveler in Nicosia: NEX Hostel
🙎‍♀️ For Female Solo Traveler in Limassol: Lemongrass Hostel
🎒 For Backpackers in Larnaca: Le Mat Hostel
👫 For Socializing in Nicosia:Urban Habitat Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel in Limassol: Lima Sol House
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel in Limassol: White Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads in Paphos: Bee Hostel
🌊 For Sea Lovers in Kyrenia – North Cyprus: ENTER hostel

There are plenty of things to see and do in Cyprus. This stunning island features many hostels that provide great facilities and comfortable accommodations. Whether you are travelling solo or with a group of friends, we’ve created a handpicked list of some of the best hostels in Cyprus that will make your stay ultimately comfortable.

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

We put all hostels and backpacker places in Cyprus on this big hostel map. It will help a lot in planning your Cyprus Backpacking trip.

We also answer common FAQ.

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 Cyprus

Some historical context you need to know:

Cyprus is divided into South and Norther. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is so-called a de facto state and is only recognized by Turkey – who were the ones invading this part of the island. During the 1974’s Turkish invasion of the Island, pretty much all Greek Cypriots were forced to move south, while the Turkish Cypriots went towards the North. The city of Varosha is still a ghost town you can now finally visit. It was once a resort located in the city of Famagusta, Cyprus.

It does not take long for you to recognize the Turkish influence of the Northern part of Cyprus. You could argue, it is basically a mini-turkey.

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Cyprus cost 15€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 23€ up to 45€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

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.

Backpacking Tips for Cyprus: Before reading our top recommendations for the best hostels in Cyprus, have a look at these useful backpacking tips to make the most out of your time in the island country:

  • Two modes of transportation are available in Cyprus; public buses and service taxis.  There are no trains in Cyprus! The most convenient and cheapest way to explore the country is by taking a bus ride. Since bus lines connect most of the Greek side of the Island, you will be free to travel around without hassle.
  • That being said, we personally recommend renting a car. It is so much easier to get around, affordable, and you will have the chance to see so much more. From the beaches to the mountains, there are plenty of things to explore that you cannot reach by bus. Check Discover Car Hire to see prices; they are our preferred website to check car rentals in Europe.
  • Important: Typically, you cannot take your rental car from the South to North Cyprus. You will need to leave it at the border and then hire a driver in the North.
  • Because Cyprus is a member of the European Union, EU citizens will only need their passports to enter the country. People with US nationality can also enter with their passports and do not need to re-apply for a visa. However, non-European citizens must apply for a short-stay visa before entering the country.
  • The bespoke island country features exquisite traditional cuisines and some of the tastiest dishes you’ll ever try. Some national specialities include souvlakia, shaftalia, afella, pita bread, loukoumades, and many more!
  • Cyprus is famous for hosting festivals. The festive season is at its peak between autumn and spring, so if you find yourself there during this period, don’t forget to visit some of the country’s most popular festival events.
  • Make the most out of your time in Cyprus by visiting Petra Tou Romiou, considered the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite. In addition, you can also make a sort trip to Byzantine Kyrenia Castle and the Shipwreck Museum.

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List of best hostels in Cyprus

Staying in a comfortable place is an essential part of your Cyprus trip. We hope that our list of recommendations for the best hostels in Cyprus proves to be helpful for you.

  1. NEX Hostel – Nicosia
  2. Urban Habitat Capsule Beds – Nicosia
  3. Bee Hostel – Paphos
  4. Le Mat Hostel – Larnaca
  5. House of Nissus – Ayia Napa
  6. Lima Sol House – Limassol
  7. Lemongrass Hostel– Limassol
  8. White Hostel – Limassol
  9. ENTER Hostel – Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Best Hostels in Nicosia:

Being the last divided capital in the world, Nicosia is worth your time, money, and effort. The Southern part is easy and more shopping oriented. The big shopping mile is easy to wander around. Make sure you also go left and ride in the smaller alleys. You will find hidden gems like tiny cafés and churches.

Crossing the border is easy when you hold a passport that gets both visa easily. You can check this for instance with ivisa.com (affiliate link here).

You need to bring a valid passport with you for crossing the border. This border is not a joke or some silly inconvenience. It is actually a border controlled as well be United Nations as well as the European Union.

Also, in the Northern part you will need to pay with Turkish Lira. But, truth be told, they all accept EUROs as well as US Dollars. We had no issues. Also, payment via card is vey common.

1. NEX Hostel, Nicosia

Nestled in the peaceful residential area of Nicosia, the NEX Hostel is perfect for backpackers looking to explore the Island country.

Located just minutes from the city centre, the place provides you with the ideal opportunity to travel around Cyprus easily and conveniently. You will reach the central bus station by taking a short stroll along the banks of the Pediaios River. From there, you can grab a bus and get to your desired location without any hassle.

NEX boasts clean, comfortable, bright and spacious 4-bed shared dorm rooms equipped with bed linen, individual lockers, USB ports, private bathrooms, reading lights, and hair dryers. Most of the rooms also feature an epic balcony from where you can witness the beauty of this Mediterranean country. Being one of the best hostels in Cyprus, the property is adorned with a lush green garden and a shared lounge. There is also an outdoor area where you can enjoy live BBQ sessions and a large terrace where you can relax or hang out with other travellers.

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NEX Hostel Dorm

NEX Hostel Terrace

2. Urban Habitat Capsule Beds, Nicosia

Urban Habitat Hostel is the right choice for you if you want to reside in the most vibrant neighbourhood of Cyprus. Located near the City Center in Nicosia, this hostel has everything that a modern traveller needs.

It offers executive suites with kind-sized capsule beds for additional comfort. There are blackout shutters, private bathrooms with showers, and air-conditioners. All the rooms have 42” TV with free Netflix + cable channels. Separate female bathrooms with two showers and two toilets are also available.

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Urban Habitat Capsule Beds Dorm

Urban Habitat Capsule Beds Kitchen

3. Bee Hostel, Paphos

Nestled in the heart of Paphos within 1.4 miles (2.25 km) of Venus Beach and 1.5 miles (2.41 km) of Kefalos Beach, Bee Hostel features everything you require for a complete accommodation experience.

The property offers three clean dormitory-styled rooms (mixed, female-only, and male-only) with private bathrooms. You can also enjoy free breakfast on-site. The famous Beatriz Cafe Bistro is just a 4-minute walk from the Bee Hostel, and the Tombs of the Kings and Paphos Municipal Park are also nearby.

Book Bee Hostel here

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Bee Hostel Kitchen

Bee Hostel Common Space

4. Le Mat Hostel, Larnaca

Located in the center of Larnaka, Le Mat Hostel is yet another property on the list of best hostels in Cyprus. It provides clean and well-equipped dormitory rooms with air conditioning. Every room is designed elegantly with a wardrobe. The hostel also has a beautiful yard to rest and relax after exploring.

Every Saturday, you can visit the famous Farmers Market that is located nearby. Popular attractions close to Le Mat include Finikoudes Beach, Mackenzie Beach, and the Byzantine museum. And if you’re searching for some lively nightlife, the bars around Le Mat will offer exactly what you need.

Book Le Mat Hostel here

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Le Mat Hostel Room

Le Mat Hostel Outside Space

5. House of Nissus, Ayia Napa

House of Nissus is a great option for people looking for a comfortable and spacious dormitory in the centre of Ayia Napa.

The hostel offers comfortable rooms and a large communal kitchen equipped with top-notch appliances. Nearby, you can find many famous local attractions, including Nissi Beach, Agia Napa Monastery, and WaterWorld Ayia Napa. The accommodation also boasts a beautiful terrace with breathtaking views of the island country. Apart from witnessing the place’s vivid nightlife, you will also get to explore the most beautiful beaches of Cyprus.

Book House of Nissus here

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House of Nissus Room

House of Nissus Outside Space with Swimming Pool

6. Lima Sol House, Limassol

Do you want to experience the feeling of living in a home away from your home?

If yes, then Lima Sol House is the perfect option for you. This unique accommodation features only four rooms with lively and homey vibes. They have a single, double room, and two dorm rooms, allowing you to select the one that best fits your needs and budget. One of the dorms is designated specifically for females, while the other one is mixed. Both of them have four and five beds, respectively. There is a fully equipped kitchen to cook your own meal from scratch.

Lima Sol House is one of the cheapest and best hostels in Cyprus. The property boasts a beautiful terrace where you can snap pictures and spend time with other backpackers.

Book Lima Sol House here

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Lima Sol House Dorm

Lima Sol House Common Space

7. Lemongrass Hostel, Limassol

Located in the heart of Cyprus, Lemongrass Hostel is perfect for solo female travellers and backpackers because of the safe, quiet, and serene neighbourhood. The bright and colourful interior design and the cosy vibes of the property will definitely leave you speechless!

The hostel has a friendly atmosphere and an accommodating staff. It offers dorms with 4 or 6 beds, all of which have direct access to the balcony where you can enjoy the gorgeous views of this Mediterranean jewel.

Staying in the Lemongrass hostel will provide you with a memorable and comfortable experience, making it one of the best hostels in Cyprus to guarantee an exquisite visit.

Book Lemongrass Hostel here

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Lemongrass Hostel Dorm

Lemongrass Hostel Common Space

8. White Hostel, Limassol

White Hostel is situated in the centre of Limassol and offers amazing BBQ facilities, 24/7 front desk support, and spacious air-conditioned rooms.

The property offers free bikes, and airport transfers, and is located near Cyprus’s famous Dasoudi Beach. All the rooms have a terrace, allowing you to witness the mesmerising sunrises and sunsets of the Island country. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi, linen sheets, free toiletries, and a coffee machine.

Book White Hostel here

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White Hostel Dorm

White Hostel Common Space

9. ENTER hostel, Kyrenia – North Cyprus

ENTER hostel is an enchanting hostel nestled in Northern Cyprus. In fact, it is our only hostel in North Cyprus. It is your perfect base to explore the Northern part of the island.

Also, Girne or Kyrenia (there are many ways to spell this city’s name), is the most beautiful city in the North.

The rooms at ENTER Hostel are spacious, featuring big windows, offering epic city views. Bella Marin Beach is located just 2km from the hostel and offers many fun-filled adventurous activities. Other famous local attractions include Cyprus Casino C2 and Venus Column. The hostel also provides a shared lounge where guests can relax and unwind.

Book ENTER hostel here

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ENTER hostel, Kyrenia Room

ENTER hostel, Kyrenia Common Space

What about the cheapest hostels in Cyprus?

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 Cyprus.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Cyprus
  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 Cyprus 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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All Top Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. Below, we list all three best Cyprus hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

In Cyprus we absolutely enjoyed:

  • The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates
  • Aphrodite’s Rock
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery
  • Waterfall Ekdromikos Choros (Waterfall)
  • Μικρος Καταρακτης Κρεμιωτης (Waterfall)
  • Tombs of the Kings
  • Paphos Castle
  • Cape Greco
  • Larnaca Salt Lake
  • Amphitheater bay
  • Church of Saint Lazarus
  • Kykkos Monastery
  • Limassol Castle
  • Old Town Limassol
  • Mount Olympos
  • Caledonia Waterfall
  • Κourion Ancient Amphitheater
  • Ayia Napa
  • Gialia Monastery

FAQs

Here we share with you the most asked question:

What is the best area to stay in Cyprus?

Best Cyprus Towns and Resorts

  • Paphos
  • Nicosia
  • Ayia Napa
  • Limassol
  • Larnaca
  • Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Where in Cyprus is good for nightlife?

The major club spot in Cyprus is Ayia Napa, which is globally known as one of the final gathering city; Limassol follows next on the nightlife degree, then come Paphos, larnaca, Protaras, and Nicosia.

What currency is used in Cyprus?

The currency of Cyprus is the Euro. You can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.

Do I need a visa for Cyprus?

You may enter the Republic of Cyprus for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes without a visa. For stays longer than 90 days, you will need a temporary residency visa.

Why is Cyprus so popular?

With warm sun, sparkling sea, welcoming people and wonderful scenery, Cyprus offers visitors a superb holiday destination packed with unforgettable experiences, extraordinary sights and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, plus a generous dose of romantic ancient legends to spice up those lazy days by the sea.

What is Cyprus famous for?

Cyprus is famous for the Limassol carnival, Wreck diving (Zenobia wreck), Haloumi cheese and Commandaria, the sweet dessert wine from Cyprus. Background: Cypriot culture is among the oldest in the Mediterranean. The island fell successively under Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, and Roman domination.

What is the best time to visit Cyprus?

The best time to visit Cyprus is between May and June. Not only is it one of the driest periods of the year on the island, but it's also nice and toasty – temperatures hover between 23 and 28 degrees, with up to 13 hours of sunshine a day.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

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Flights to Cyprus?

There are two airports in Cyprus, one in Larnaca and one in Paphos. They are both about 45min from Limassol. Larnaca is the main airport, but a lot of low cost airlines fly to Paphos airport.

We recommend to check what airport is cheaper for you and then start your itinerary from there. It does not matter too much where you start, really.

We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

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