A complete guide and overview of the best hostels in Marseille, France for solo travelers & backpackersAre you planning on backpacking Marseille? Great! You’ve landed on the exact guide you need to discover only the best hostels in Marseille, France.

This beautiful port city in southern France boasts an Old Port right in the heart. Head here to see fishmongers selling their daily catch alongside the boat-lined quay.

What about Marseille hostels?

We’ve collected a brand new hostel on the block, plus social hostels in superb locations.

Your shortcut:

  1. Vertigo Vieux-Port – great for solo travelers
  2. The People Hostel – top pick for couples
  3. Au Petit chez Soi (Cassis) – perfect for older travelers

Note: The #3 hostel is located in nearby Cassis, around 45 mins – 1 hour from Marseille. Cassis is also another pretty Mediterranean fishing port with pebbly beaches and limestone cliffs.

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

Also along the southern coast of France you can discover the best hostels in Nice.

You can also have a look at all the best hostels in France here.

What we cover in this article?

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Marseille

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Marseille cost 20€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 50€ up to 65€ 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 Hostelworld.com or Booking.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.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Marseille

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Marseille.

  1. Vertigo Vieux-Port
  2. The People Hostel
  3. Au Petit chez Soi (Cassis)

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Vertigo Vieux-Port

The team here at Vertigo Vieux-Port intend on impressing you as soon as you walk through the door.

Peer around and you’ll see beautiful bright murals painted by local artists – they certainly have the wow factor!

We love the contrast they create against white decor and wooden furniture.

So, why have we chosen Vertigo Hostel Marseille as the #1?

It was an easy choice, really.

The overall vibe is warm and welcoming, with great staff that run the show.

There is also a:

  • Spice-stocked kitchen
  • Cosy TV lounge
  • Free breakfast
  • Book swap

As the kitchen and dining room are attached, this makes for a great place to hang out and meet other travellers.

And the rooms are also super spacious and comfortable.

Each room is unique in shape, size and design. Whilst the beds are basic, the space between them allows for great privacy.

Choose between 8 and 16-bed mixed dorms, or if you’re a lady, opt for the 4-bed female only dorm.

The 16-bed dorm is one of the best we’ve seen for a room this size. It’s spread over two floors and comes with a private bathroom!

Little added perks include a 24/7 reception, great wifi and free luggage storage.

Location: Inside the Old Port area, less than 10-minutes from the central market. Great bars, beaches and clubs are just a short stroll away.

This is one of the best hostels in Marseille for

  • Solo travellers
Book Vertigo Vieux-Port here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. The People Hostel (Opens in June 2020)

Alright dear readers, it’s time to explore what The People Hostel has to offer. Europes first Gallery hostel!

Though the doors have not yet opened, we have no doubt that this brand new hostel will only offer great things.

You only need to look at the sister hostel in Les Alpes to see what we mean – part of our best hostels in France guide.

This is a large hostel with 208 beds spread over 5 levels.

Want to hear something cool?

Not only is it a hostel, but an Art Gallery, too. Here you’ll find different artworks created by local artists on display.

The basement is a dedicated area for hosting and promoting local and international artists.

Once you’ve filled up on great art, head to the restaurant-bar and divulge in cocktails and yummy food.

Yet we have to say; the rooms are certainly the highlight!

Let’s have a sneak peak at the room choices first:

  • 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms (mixed & female-only)
  • Basic/premium double private
  • Family room (3 to 6 people)

It’s the dorm rooms that really rock it. Check out the amazing privacy-led capsule bunks!

They’re made of sturdy wood, come with a privacy curtain, shelf, lamp and charging sockets. Excellent.

The 24-hour team are always at hand to check you in and help you out.

Location: Just 15 minutes from the St Charles train station, Vieux Port and the Panier District where all the exciting things happen.

This is one of the best hostels in Marseille for

  • Couples
  • Families
Book The People Hostel here

Compare prices and check availability at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Au Petit chez Soi (Cassis)

Not too far away from Marseille is a sweet village named Cassis. This is the home of Au Petit chez Soi hostel.

We wanted to include this as an option for those not too interested in staying in Marseille city centre, but close enough for an easy day trip to see the sights.

It’s a great backpacker hostel France has to offer. We also recommend it for older travellers.

It’s a ‘mini hostel’ in a lovely old house that feels very much like a home.

There are only 2 dorm rooms in the building, each with 6 beds. Each room has its own kitchen and bathroom!

Easily the best part about Art Petit is the outdoor courtyard area.

This is where everyone can come together to share stories and enjoy a drink. It’s social in a laid-back kind of way.

What else?

  • Free breakfast
  • No curfew
  • Free Wifi

Situated in the heart of Cassis village, it’s easy to get around on foot and not worry about a car. Getting to Marseille from here is easy by bus or train.

And guess what? The beach is less than 100 metres from the hostel doors!

Location: In a quiet area close to the harbour. Very close to lovely restaurants, bars and shops. It also offers easy access to Parc national des Calanques.

This is one of the best hostels in Marseille for

  • Older travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Au Petit chez Soi here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Marseille?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels Marseille!

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Marseille.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Marseille
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

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.

Best Hostels in Marseille for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Marseille for solo-travellers?

We think you’ll agree that Vertigo Vieux-Port is the best choice, no matter what kind of solo traveller you are.

There is a small and cosy female-only dorm, plus a large 16-bed dorm for the super sociable travellers.

The social areas really encourage people to come together. And the location is top notch – exploring from here is easy whether you’re alone or with friends.

Book Vertigo Vieux-Port here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Vertigo Vieux-Port is one of the best hostels in Marseille, France

Party Hostels in Marseille

Let’s be honest here; partying in Marseille isn’t really a thing. If you’re really keen to party during your time in France, you might prefer to visit Nice hostels further along the coast.

However, we do think that The People Hostel offers a great vibe worth checking out.

It boasts an on-site bar-restaurant with some delicious cocktails on offer.

You could easily meet some people here (there are 208 beds!) and enjoy a few drinks before heading out into the city.

It’s well located with bars and clubs nearby. There is also no curfew so you can return any time you like.

Book The People Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The People Hostel is one of the best hostels in Marseille, France

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

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

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

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:

  1. Hostel Vertigo Vieux Port: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. The People Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Au Petit chez Soi: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Marseille 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 fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Marseille. 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.

You can also consider Airbnb Marseille. Here is our review of Airbnb + discount coupon.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Marseille 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.

Looking for fun things to do in Marseille?

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Old Port of Marseille – Marseille Vieux Port
  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
  • Château d’If
  • Cathédrale La Major
  • Palais Longchamp
  • Parc national des Calanques

Flights to Marseille?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Marseille.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Marseille. Remember to read up on the best hostels in France. It really helps to actually plan your trip.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Marseille hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

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.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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