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!
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.
Update: Sorry folks, this hostel has permanently closed.
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.
Best Hostels in Kaohsiung: WithInn Hostel
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.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
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 Taiwan.
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Taiwan
Order the listing by price
Simple as that. 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.
Party Hostels in Taiwan
Taiwan is not really a party destination.
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 quite steep, 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.
We included the booking links to each of the recommended hostels. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability on Booking.com, Hostelworld or the official website.
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all best Taiwan hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Sun Moon Lake
Tainans Food Scene
In the map you see we included as well restaurants, cafés, things to do in Taiwan we enjoyed.
(You can activate and deactivate the different layers in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new window here.)
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.
The best way to find these flights is Kiwi.com. It is our go-to-flight-engine.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.