Adelaide is the neat capital of South Australia, filled with museums, a whole load of historic heritage buildings, and a lot of parklands that makes it a very chilled – and interesting – place to explore. With suburbs set on beaches nearby, it’s great for beach addicts too!

But whereabouts should you stay in this cosmopolitan capital? If you don’t know anything about Adelaide, how can you begin to figure out where to stay – right?

Wrong! We’ve sifted through the good and the bad to find the best hostels in Adelaide, helping you to find the hostel that most suits you (and your budget).

So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and have a look for yourself!

Quick answer: The best hostels in Adelaide

Best Hostels in Adelaide
This is the definitive guide to the 10 best hostels in Adelaide, Australia

Best Hostels in Adelaide

If you’re backpacking Australia, you should’ve visited Adelaide at least once. The city offers a great hub for backpackers since it’s got so many great budget accommodation options.

Knowing where to stay in Adelaide will definitely be an advantage when it comes to booking your hostels. There are many neighborhoods with different attractions, so you have to find out which one suits your travel needs the best.

Best Overall Hostel in Adelaide Tequila Sunrise Hostel

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Tequila Sunrise Hostel is our pick for best overall hotel in Adelaide
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Air Conditioning
  • Jobs Board

This one isn’t our top choice for the best overall hostel in Adelaide for no reason. First off, the location is ace – smack bang in the middle of the ‘Square Mile’ of Adelaide’s city centre, meaning there’s tons to do literally on the doorstep. Secondly, who can argue with a historic heritage building? Not us.

Combine this with free pasta nights (yes please), fun decor and seriously good value for money and this top hostel in Adelaide really is the winner. Yep. The staff are very friendly too, which is always a plus.

Best Party Hostel in Adelaide Blue Galah Backpackers Hostel

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Blue Galah Backpackers Hostel is our pick for best party hostel in Adelaide
  • $
  • Bar
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Self Catering Facilities

It’s the Balcony Bar at this youth hostel in Adelaide that totally gives it that party vibe. It’s pretty booming and loud until about midnight every night, which is great if you like that. So if you’re after the best party hostel in Adelaide, here’s your place.

It might not have the most lively atmosphere in the world, but if you’re with a few mates or get chatting to some fellow travellers here, it’s a good place to drink and make merry. Or you can just neck a few and head out to party more in the very nearby Adelaide CBD area. Nice.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Adelaide Adelaide Central YHA

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Adelaide Central YHA is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Adelaide
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Key Card Access
  • BBQ

The big ol’ common area at this Adelaide backpackers hostel is one of its major plus points, we’d say. It gives you ample opportunity to socialise, which is (obviously) why we’ve chosen it as the best hostel for solo travellers in Adelaide. Included in that common area: ping pong, pool table, loads of seating, comfy, cute snug areas and stuff like that. We love it. Also: free pancakes for breakfast – YES.

Best Cheap Hostel in Adelaide –Sunny’s Adelaide Backpackers Hostel

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Sunny’s Adelaide Backpackers Hostel is our pick for best cheap hostel in Adelaide
  • $
  • Very Nice Staff
  • Free Tea and Coffee All Day
  • Linen Included

Value for money is a big thing if you’re backpacking and you need somewhere cheap to stay. Like, you don’t just want somewhere CHEAP – because it could be god awful – but somewhere that’s cheap… with perks. So Sunny’s is a good place for that.

It’s our pick for the best cheap hostel in Adelaide because of the awesomeness of the owners. They have you covered when it comes to pub recommendations, things to do in the city, how to get around, etc. etc. That’s a bonus. Then there’s the all-day free tea/coffee and the free pancakes for breakfast.

Wonder how to spend a weekend in Adelaide? Head over to our insider’s Weekend in Adelaide guide!

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Adelaide Hostel 109 Flashpackers

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Hostel 109 Flashpackers is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Adelaide
  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

The private rooms in this Adelaide backpackers hostel are pretty much what you’d expect in a semi-decent budget hotel, so it’s neat that they’re in a hostel. You can get that hostel vibe with hotel comfort, y’know? This easily makes it our best hostel with a private room in Adelaide. Other plus points: good atmosphere, the staff are suuuuper helpful, everything is clean and the beds are comfy. What else do you need for a good night’s sleep, eh?

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More Best Hostels in Adelaide

The Guesthouse Backpack OZ

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The Guesthouse Backpack OZ
  • $$
  • Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • Jobs Board

This budget hostel in Adelaide doesn’t really have what we’d call excellent self-catering facilities if you get what we mean, but that doesn’t matter – there are literally so many good places to eat nearby that it would be silly to stay in and cook yourself something rubbish anyway.

On top of that, the atmosphere is pretty buzzing, not overly lively but enough that it doesn’t seem dead, and the staff are really friendly. Oh and the rooftop balcony is a definite plus, it’s a decent, chill place to hang out. But… the Wi-Fi could be better at this Adelaide backpackers hostel.

Backpack OZ

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Backpack OZ
  • $$
  • Common Room(s)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Breakfast

Sorta like a sister hostel to The Guesthouse Hostel OZ, this recommended hostel in Adelaide boasts a daily happy hour that might definitely interest some of you who are looking to have fun more than, um, doing nothing. And when it comes to fun, there’s a free pool table here, which is a decent ice breaker. Good if you’re on your own or you’re just a sociable person. On a more practical note, the location is ACE and there’s AC everywhere – very nice when outside temperature try to melt you.

Shingo’s Backpackers

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Shingo’s Backpackers
  • $
  • Cheapest Hostel
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Free Airport Transfer

Shingo’s is properly cheap. It’s probably the cheapest Adelaide backpacker’s hostel actually. That doesn’t mean the best (we covered that already): it’s pretty small, and we don’t mean cosy. However, if what you’re looking for is a super affordable budget hostel in Adelaide, then this is probably a good option for you – especially if you’re unfussy when it comes to stuff like this. You’ll probably be out most of the time anyway, loads of stuff, including Chinatown, is a few mins’ walk away.

Glenelg Beach

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Glenelg Beach
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Location Location Location
  • Bicycle Hire

Yep, the clue’s in the name: it’s right near Glenelg. Sure, it’s a suburb of Adelaide but it’s a decent place in itself. There’s a 1870s town hall for all you history buffs. And if you get a hankering for the city, it’s a simple tram ride away.

When it comes to major plus points, well, there’s a beach. C’mon. And it’s a nice beach at that. It also means beachside pubs amongst other fun things in the area. This youth hostel in Adelaide (well, sort of) is affordable, has super nice staff and is in a nice old building, too.

Adelaide Travellers Inn

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Adelaide Travellers Inn
  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • BBQ
  • Free Parking

Though the building at this budget hostel in Adelaide might not be all that we kinda like the retro vibes. Though the decor is a little… dated. And basic. Nonetheless, the staff are decent, the general atmosphere is quiet and chill, and it’s definitely got a friendly vibe, too.

The location is great, in the southeast corner of Adelaide’s CBD, which means you can roll outta bed and go for a stroll in the park to nurse your hangover. Or just because you LIKE strolling  in parks, because that’s ok.

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FAQ’s on the Best Hostels in Adelaide

In a big city like Adelaide, it’s never easy to find the right place to stay – especially when you have so many hostel options. We’ve listed the most frequently asked questions below and did our best to answer them.

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What to Pack for your Adelaide Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from us, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straight forward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art we have perfected over many years.

Check out our definitive Hostel Packing list for our top packing tips!

Why you should travel to Adelaide

So there you have it – our round-up of the best hostels in Adelaide. It should give you a pretty decent idea of where to stay!

Lucky for you a load of them are located in Adelaide’s CBD – or what’s called the Square Mile – meaning loads of cool stuff to see, do and eat (and drink!) on your doorstep.

And there’s even a place by the sea as well – beach-lovers should definitely go for that one.

But if you still can’t decide? It’s ok! We got you. Stay at our top pick for the best overall Adelaide, Tequila Sunrise Hostel!

Tequila Sunrise Hostel best hotels in Adelaide

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More Epic Hostels in Australia

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Adelaide.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Adelaide has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you’re planning on travelling further, you can be almost always sure that you’ll find a great place to stay wherever you are. There are so many amazing hostels all over Australia, each of them offering a comfy bed, a welcoming vibe and a chance to meet likeminded travellers.

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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