Heading to the city of lights and looking for the absolute best hostels in Paris?
We have stayed at and tested over 20 of the best hostels in Paris and have finally come up with our top 3 choices!
They are cool, fun, safe, and affordable. On top of this guide that will enable you to pick an accommodation, we also decided to include some of our best insider tips for cheap crepes and awesome places to see that won’t break the bank. All these will be included in our specialized map below.
These are the absolute best ones, and we update them regularly (last update: September, 2023). Again, we actually stayed in all of them personally. No other guide you may find online actually did this handmade research.
We show you roller skating, a forgotten railroad, cherry blossom hunting, and more!
Before you jump in, you can also consider these hostels in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. That being said, we recommend choosing a cool hostel over a location itself. Wherever you stay in Paris, you will need to take the metro or bus anyway.
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Paris cost 23€ – 35€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 45€ up to 130€ 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 Hostelworld.com and Hostelz.com. Hostelz compares prices, so this is a good hack to get better prices.
City Tax: Like other very popular tourist destinations, Paris has an extra ‘tourist tax.’ Some Paris Backpacker hostels do not include this city tax in their shown price. The city tax in Paris for a hostel is 1.90€ per night. Please keep this in mind and check before making your final booking!
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.
These are our favorite hostels in Paris. 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.
1. Caulaincourt Montmartre
2. The People – Paris Belleville
3. Beau M
We put the best budget hostels in Paris on a map. This will help you to plan much better. Take into account your arrival train station too.
Nestled in the enchanting Montmartre of Paris, just moments from Sacré-Cœur, lies the vibrant haven of Caulaincourt Montmartre. This Hostel is the ultimate choice for backpackers in Paris.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with friends, the Caulaincourt offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit your needs. Choose from dormitories, single, twin, double, and triple rooms, some even equipped with private showers.
The Hostel is adorned with unique artwork, paying homage to the area’s rich history.
Don’t expect a wild party scene at this Hostel, but do expect a superb location and a friendly, dedicated staff. Plus, breakfast is on the house! The Caulaincourt Square Hostel is a true hidden gem nestled in Montmartre, offering clean facilities and charming décor.
Facilities and Amenities:
Diverse room options: dormitories, singles, twins, doubles, and triples.
French-style breakfast: croissant, orange juice, cereals, tea, and coffee.
Linen, bedding, pillows, blankets, and fitted sheets provided.
Shared kitchen available.
Location: in Montmartre, If you’re looking to explore the city, Opéra Garnier and Avenue des Champs-Elysées are within close proximity. It’s the perfect base for expeditions, offering a short walk to the nearest metro station and a mere 10-minute stroll to the breathtaking Sacré-Coeur.
In this specific case, we are talking about the one in Belleville.
It comes with a super nice rooftop terrace, a trendy in-house bar, and a wonderful design reflecting the diversity of artistic expression of Paris.
This Paris hostel has been built in a renovated art deco building that wonderfully embodies the spirit of its capital. The rooftop view is marvelous, allowing travelers to enjoy iconic monuments while they sip a cup of coffee in the morning.
The People Hostel is close to the popular area of Belleville, which is an artsy district full of bars and coffee shops bustling with young and cool people, and close to all must-see attractions in Paris – it is just 50 meters from the nearest metro hub.
You can enjoy a drink at the bar in the hostel if you wish to try something from the carefully monitored selection of local beer, coffee, and French specialties.
All rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet.
Bed linen and towels can be rented at this property.
The People – Paris Belleville is one of the best Paris hostels for:
The hostel also offers a
24-hour front desk
free WiFi and
a shared lounge with a TV
lockers for guests’ safety (here’s our guide on “Are Hostels safe?” with 10 safety tips)
Situated in the heart of Montmartre, this modern and socially-connected space offers a unique experience of co and eco-conscious living.
This contemporary and connected establishment embodies the perfect fusion of autonomy, ecology, and technology, creating a warm and modern “French-style” stopover with a bohemian twist.
The hostel offers a range of fantastic amenities, including a shared lounge, room service, and free WiFi throughout the property. You can expect nothing less than comfort and convenience during your stay, with bed linen provided for a hassle-free experience.
Travelers will be delighted to know that the hostel is conveniently situated right in front of a bus station and is also close to two metro lines, making it easy to navigate the city and discover all the hidden gems Paris has to offer.
Overall, this isn’t a social hostel; it’s very laid-back, safe, and quiet for those who prefer a more chill experience in the city.
Facilities and Amenities:
Private parking available.
Free WiFi and shared lounge.
Air-conditioned rooms ( a rarity in paris) with private bathrooms.
Terraces available in certain rooms.
Continental breakfast provided.
Location: Beau M Paris is a delightful refuge in the 18th arrondissement, conveniently close to attractions like La Cigale Concert Hall and Pigalle Metro Station. Access to bus and metro lines adds to its convenience. While not centrally located, this charming Paris hostel promises an authentic local experience.
It is the best boutique hostel that comes with a romantic touch as well as that social factor we all enjoy in hostels.
It is the kind of luxury hostel couples will love for sure. There are different types of private rooms, so carefully check when booking.
All private rooms come with real double beds. A real double bed means one king-size bed (and not two separate beds pushed together as one!). Hostelz also says it is one of the best hostels in Paris with Private rooms.
One type of double room has shared facilities. The other one comes with a private bathroom.
All private rooms (and all dorms) feature super fast-WiFi.
What is important for couples in a hostel?
When staying as a couple in a hostel, we recommend looking for the following facilities:
One of the best hostels in Paris for solo travelers is Caulaincourt Montmartre. It has awesome facilities and staff and provides a nice social environment for travelers. Of course, if you prefer a more quiet environment, then opt for Beau M instead!
Perhaps you’re traveling to Paris as part of a big group. It’s not always easy to find big enough hostels or ones that are willing to host large groups. But have no fear, because we’ve found the perfect hostel in Paris for groups.
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 Paris.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Paris
add your dates
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.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Paris 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.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
Same goes for the world-famous Louvre. You know, the museum in the heart of the city where the Mona Lisa lives.
Just book your Louvre ticket beforehand and skip this long and annoying queue.
This way, you save 2 hours of your travel time. We recommend booking with Get Your Guide. It is our preferred way to book tickets around Europe. Tiqets.com is another good website for buying sightseeing tickets.
The Paris Catacombs are quite something and are incredibly unique. Go underground and experience the dark side of the French capital. Night tours are also available – a perfect thing to do in Paris at night!
Good to know: There is also an audio guide, which we highly recommend!
Even better to know: Make sure you purchase your ticket beforehand. There is usually a looooong line.
You can skip the line by getting your ticket beforehand.
Below I included an interesting video. It covers part of the history of Paris, including the Catacombs, Metro and war. Click to get an idea!
Things to Know before you go
If this is your first time travelling to Paris, France there are a few useful and important things to know and consider before you arrive.
Here is a list of what we think will be helpful for your planning.
Best areas to Stay in Paris
For more of an arty experience, we recommend staying in Belleville – it’s full of bars, restaurants and shops.
Belleville has a metro station which links to all of the major sights in Paris. The historical centre is also only 10-minutes away on foot.
Marais is the trendiest area in this city. Expect hipsters everywhere you turn! It is uber cool to be fair, so head here if you fancy some good dining and a cool place to enjoy a drink.
7th Arrondissement (neighborhood) is where you want to be situated if you prefer to be close to the top sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Musee d’Orsay.
How long should it take to visit Paris?
Honestly, we’d say you need a good 3-5 days to explore Paris properly.
As you can imagine, this city has so much to offer! Obviously, the longer you stay, the more relaxed your time can be here.
In 3 days, it’s possible to visit the Eiffel Tower, climb the Arc de Triomphe and stuff your face silly with street food. For those who love to watch the world go by from the comfort of a coffee shop, add an extra day or two!
When is the best time to visit Paris?
If you can, avoid the peak summertime! This is obviously to beat the crowds (and heavier price points)
We’d recommend visiting between April and June when the weather is just fine. June tends to be more stable weather-wise, and this is when the tourist crowds haven’t yet gone too crazy yet.
The cheapest time to visit is during the winter months – December, January, and February.
Transport in Paris
Believe it or not, Paris is actually great for walking. To get from one end of the city to the other will only take 2 hours!
Otherwise, you can get around using these other methods:
Velib – a huge bicycle-sharing system dotted around the city. Super cheap (1€ for half hour)
Metro (1.90€ per ticket)
Bus & night bus (64 different lines)
Tickets for all of the above (except bicycles) can be bought at automatic ticket machines in metro stations, in tobacconists, and online at the website parisinfo.com
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What are the best hostels in Paris with private rooms?
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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.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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