27 Best Hostels in Taiwan – Island Hostels, Backpacker Fun and your Itinerary Map
A handpicked collection of all the best hostels in Taiwan. From Taipei over Taichung, Sun Moon Lake all the way to Kaohsiung; we list the absolute top Taiwan Hostels. We even checked out cool island hostels for you.
All featured accommodations are handpicked by us.
We visited these places, and had a close look for you. It makes them the greatest hostels in Taiwan.
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Taiwan start from 14€ per night up to 25€ per nights for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 30€ up to 70€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Bare in mind, weekend days are more expensive, since Taiwanese people love to travel on the weekends and hostels are full. Plan ahead!
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.
Weekend Travel: Locals love to travel around the island, and they do this obviously on the weekends. Get ready for crowded hostels, crowded buses and trains, and also higher prices for accommodations. If you can, try to move around at the week day, and stay over the weekend, enjoying one area/ city.
Kitchen or actually kitchenette: Many hostels claim to have a kitchen. Truth be told, often it is a Kitchenette with a microwave and little stove, but no facilities to actually properly cook. Bare this in mind.
If you want to cook your own meals, check the photos properly to see if they have an actual kitchen.
Water: No need to buy any water around Taiwan! You can refill your water always for free in the hostels and even temples. Awesome! Bring your own water bottle to refill, and save money and waste!
Let’s jump right into the cool hostels in Taiwan. For some areas you won’t find any good ones or any hostel at all. In that case we included a lovely guesthouse, camp zone or hotel we enjoyed and recommend. No matter what, this is your guide for where to stay in Taiwan.
Meander is one of the most beautiful design hostels in Taipei and Asia, for sure. It would be the “most western-type of hostel” in Taipei. Meaning, the way people can meet in the huge common area and the guests.
Most of the guests are from Western countries like USA, Australia, Germany, UK and more. If you want to take things to the next level, definitely best to go to Meander Taipei Hostel.
Just like us, we surely know you’ll love the bathtub. Nothing quite like a perfect bubble bath after a long tiring tour at the city. Amenities you can try at Meander Taipei Hostel:
Free and fast WiFi
big and useful Kitchen
Huge common area
Dart and other games to play
huge black board with things to do in Taipei and tours to check
And if you’re extra bored and just want to have fun, there are darts, board games and puzzles available at the games room.
#3 on our list to best hostels in Taipei is the Star Hostel.
Rated by Hostelworld as the best hostel in Taiwan, there must be some reason for that. Right? It is located right next to the main train station and a 5 minutes walk from Wow Poshtel, mentioned above. It is quiet, yet social, super stylish, and incredibly clean.
Star Hostel is seriously one of the most impressive hostels we have seen.
Located right around the corner of Calligraphy Greenway, the Stray Birds Hostel stands out from all the best hostels in Taichung.
Stray Birds Taichung is one of the few hostels that made a HUGE common area for the guests to socialize, read, chill and even cook. Besides the huge common area with its own little reading area, they also have a huge roof top terrace with great views. In summer it is absolutely amazing here!
They also sell drinks like cola and beer at a good price, no need to go the supermarket.
Stray Birds comes with a huge, proper kitchen. The rooms are located separately from the common area, which makes it even better. The bathrooms are super clean, and spacious.
While the rooms itself are great, and the mattresses are comfortable, the blankets are worth it to mention. The blankets are tiny – for some reason. It feels like these are made for kids. So that was the only downside and a bit annoying during the night.
If you’re looking for warmth, beauty and quirky added extras, you have hit the jackpot.
This small oasis has plenty to offer, and the staff are passionate to introduce you to, well; everything!
From Puli Township you can take numerous bike trips, including a scenic bike 20km ride to the Sun Moon Lake.
The Sun Moon Lake is worth it to visit! We recommend cycling around – you will be away from the big tourist crowds and an explore few temples and nature. It takes you around 4 hours around the Sun Moon lake by bike.
With Inn Hostel is a beautiful traditional Taiwanese building located in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
The With Inn Hostel is the smallest 5 Star Hostel in the world, offering 3 different rooms. The guests are impressed by the outstanding breakfast, and we are fascinated by the positive energy.
The location is perfect in Kaohsiung. You are right next to the famous Night Market, yet in a quiet side-street. This is great since there is no street noise or anything alike at night.
Make sure you ask the team for their recommendations on things to do in Kaohsiung.
There is amazing Tiger Temples, the Island for sun set, a coffee with 3D Cream-Design (yep, that’s right!). Here is a complete guide on best things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Make sure you read it. There is much more than you might expect.
This city is not to underestimate. We even rent a scooter to drive to the famous Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.
Best Hostels in Kenting National Park: Kenting Original Hostel
Seriously, a original, social hostel!
At the hostel the rooms come with a terrace. Rooms come complete with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower and a hairdryer, while certain rooms at Kenting Original Hostel also feature a seating area.
They also host movie nights and next door you find the Kentung Night Market, endless food stalls, and restaurants.
You are only 5 minutes from the beach. We also like that the hostel is in a little street, away from the noise and cars of the main street.
One of our best experiences in Taiwan was visiting Green Island. The island is a 1 hour ferry away from the main land. It is a tiny island with a few hostels, hotels and restaurants, nature reserve and an incredibly beautiful diving spot.
I went diving here; the views are amazing!
We stayed at the Hostel Green520. It is a cute, little hostel with lovely staff. Seriously, it feels like you are staying with friends. They pick you up at the ferry and help you with anything. You are in contact with them via WhatsApp if you want.
So easy! They helped us finding an English Speaking Dive instructor, rent an electric scooter, you name it. It was wonderful! We have meet some cool fellow travellers on the ferry, and we hang out a lot during our 3 day sin Green island.
There is a couple of bars where it is easy to meet and green fellow travel mates.
So, stay at the Hostel Green 520 and you enjoy this little paradise!
Look no further and let us welcome you to our 5 Star Hostel, Hualien Wow Hostel, in Hualien City, Taiwan.
If you love you art, or appreciate the creativity of others, you will be impressed by just walking around. And that’s before you even step foot in the bedrooms! Wow means home in Chinese, and this is how it feels like.
Location wise you could not be better located. You are right in front of the main train station in Hualien. The hostel is directly at the bus station that takes you to Taroko Gorge.
Sure, there is fun nightlife in Taipei, Tainan, even in Kenting etc, but you won’t find a hardcore crazy party hostel. For chill-out backpacker hostels Dulan is the best area!
You will find many social hostels and backpacker hostels, for sure. Scroll to the top again and check all hostels we listed here.
Airbnb in Taiwan
Airbnb is popular all around Taiwan. The prices are steep and expensive, compared to other countries. So that was quite surprising.
We thought using Airbnb would be a great way to have a kitchen, but that’s not true. An apartment with a proper kitchen will cost something from 60€.
We once stayed in an Taiwan Airbnb in Taichung. The listing claimed “kitchen”, but when we arrived it was basically a coffee machine, and a stove. We asked the owner and they were kind enough to bring us a cookery and pot so we could actually cook. Bare this in mind.
Besides, we have been told many Airbnb’s are illegal to run anyway. We met a couple in a hostel who got kicked out of their Airbnb apartment in Taiwan.
Our Verdict: Avoid Airbnb in Taiwan.
What about the cheapest hostels in Taiwan?
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 Taiwan.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Taiwan
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 Taiwan 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
Ask all your questions and connect with like-minded wanderers 🔥
Flights to Taiwan?
Taiwan is very well connected.
It almost makes no difference if you take a flight to Tainan, Kaohsiung or Taipei directly. We took a direct flight to Taipei since it was the cheapest.
Taiwan is also known to the door to Asia for travelers from the USA. You can find really great deals. From Taiwan you find cheap connection flights to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Cebu, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur.
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.
Not all hostels in Taiwan are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Taiwan. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not sure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What should I pack for 2 weeks in Taiwan?
Chances are you are packing way too much stuff anyways. Make sure you pack light. You need much less than you think.
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!
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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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Best Hostels in Tainan: WOW Tainan
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Have a good time at Wow Tainan Hostel, the coolest place to stay in Tainan.
A cute, neat backpacker hostel in Tainan, easy to mingle.
The location could not be better. You are a 10minutes walk from the main train station in Tainan. The main sights in Tainan are in walking distance.
Check out the bike rental. A bike is actually really handy, and easy to get around.
You can also rent a bike with the Easy Card in Tainan. Ask the staff for help.
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