Welcome to Northern Ireland’s capital city: Belfast! Gone are the days where the city was engulfed in intense political conflict. Modern-day Belfast is a must-visit destination for any backpacker visiting Ireland.

Belfast is a city famous (or infamous) for producing one of the most famous ships of all time: the Titanic.

In addition to the history of that ill-fated ship, Belfast is home to a wealth of fine travel experiences. Stunning botanical gardens, a fun university-clad pub scene, and a happening downtown.

Now down to brass tax: Accommodation in Belfast can be very expensive (Northern Ireland is on the British pound) for budget travelers.

That is exactly why I wrote this hassle-free guide to the best hostels in Belfast for 2024! The goal is to save you time and money as you prepare to visit this super fun city.

By the end of this hostel guide, you will have all of your hostel ducks in a row. If that is a confusing expression, I’ll simplify it:

Basically, this no-BS guide to the best hostels in Belfast has got you as covered as an Irish barstool so you can book a place without spending ages researching hostels!

You might even dance a jig afterward…

Let’s get right to it…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Belfast

Best Hostels in Belfast
Welcome to my ultimate guide to the best hostels in Belfast!

The 10 Best Hostels in Belfast

Belfast City Hall Ireland

Best Cheap Hostel in Belfast #1 – Belfast International Youth Hostel

Belfast International Youth Hostel best hostels in Belfast
Not only is it the cheapest option, but one of the nicest cheap options: Belfast International Y H is the best cheap hostel in Belfast…
  • $
  • 24-Hour Security
  • Common Room
  • Cafe

Basic but budget, Belfast International Youth Hostel is very much the best cheap hostel in Belfast. Not only is it literally one of the (if not THE) cheapest places to stay in Belfast, it is also a Very Nice Place in itself. For starters, the service is amazing – the staff cannot do enough for you. Which is fine with us. For seconds, well, the location is incredible: central Belfast doesn’t get more central than central, does it? So everything you’ll want to be seeing is in walking distance, pretty much. But it is pretty basic. However, if you can deal with a youth hostel in Belfast, this is a STRONG CHOICE.

Best Cheap Hostel in Belfast #3 – Vagabonds

Vagabonds best hostels in Belfast
Vagabonds is solid, though not as cheap as the two hostels listed above. A good back-up option though if some of the other cheap hostels book out…Anyway it fits the bill for my best cheap hostels in Belfast list…
  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • No Curfew
  • Self Catering Facilities

Vagabonds! Arrr! Wait- that’s pirates. Whatever vagabonds say, imagine that instead – vagabonds are just aimless travellers after all. Wow, suddenly feeling… self-conscious. But anyway. Vagabonds is pricey, relative to any other Belfast backpackers hostel, but for that you get a decent location, a free breakfast, a decent outdoor terrace complete with picnic benches, pool table and ping pong table, a catering kitchen to use, and the decor is stylish-ish – comparative to other Belfast hostels, that is. Decent choice, can’t go wrong. You WILL have a great time at this hostel, too, since the staff cultivate such a friendly vibe.

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Best Party Hostel in Belfast – Lagan Backpackers

Lagan Backpackers best hostels in Belfast
If you’re looking to get into a bit of debauchery then Lagan Backpackers is the best party hostel in Belfast.
  • $$
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room

The atmosphere at Lagan Backpackers is fun fun fun. See, it’s more fun since we tripled it. But really, this is a party-oriented Belfast backpackers hostel and it’s got all the things such a place needs. For instance, black-out curtains on each bunk – great idea. We love that. No need to be woken by blaring lights too early in the morning after a night of merriment, right? And there’s a very nice little common room to drink in- err, we mean, socialise in. No but really we do mean drink. And the nearby area is plentiful with pubs and bars, et cetera. Bring earplugs. Oh and they serve dinner for £3 which is a BARGAIN.

Overall Best Hostel in Belfast – Global Village

Global Village best hostels in Belfast
Global Village has got it going in! This hostel easily wins the rank of best hostel in Belfast! Details below…
  • $$
  • Bicycle
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • 24-Hour Reception

Despite having one of the most typical names for a hostel we could think of, Global Village is easily the overall BEST hostel in Belfast. It’s set in a nice old house, but has been totally flipped inside – like a hostel-y remix of a period building there’s patches of fake grass inside, murals and inspirational messages on the walls, places to chill and watch TV, a decent kitchen, pool table, foosball table, PlayStation, an outside area with picnic benches and a BBQ… It’s got a lot going for it. The location of this best hostel in Belfast 2021 is good too, with central sights but a short walk – or cycle! – away.

Global Village is one of our favourites in Belfast but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Belfast – Arnies Backpackers

Arnies Backpackers best hostels in Belfast
Arnies Backpackers is chill, welcoming, and cozy, making it the best hostel for solo travelers in Belfast.
  • $$
  • No Curfew
  • Tour Desk
  • Common Room

It’s funny how it’s often the staff at a hostel that will dictate how the vibe is – so the warm and super friendly team at Arnie’s Backpackers set the tone for the warm, homely atmosphere at this top hostel in Belfast. Complete with kitchen, dining room, lounge and garden for guests to meet each other and chat, as well as guitars, board games and book collection for entertainment, it’s a home away from home here. Chilled and cosy, it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Belfast for its atmosphere alone, really – plus there’s so much stuff you can book through the hostel itself, e.g. the famous Belfast Black Taxi Tour.

Arnies Backpackers is one of our favourites in Belfast but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

Best Cheap Hostel in Belfast #2 – Belfast City Backpacker

Belfast City Backpacker best hostels in Belfast
Belfast City Backpacker is in a good location and serves up some decent food. Definitely an option if you’re looking for another one of the best cheap hostels in Belfast. .
  • $
  • No Curfew
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Free Breakfast

Pretty good location, pretty good atmosphere, pretty good facilities. It turns out that Belfast City Backpacker is a pretty good hostel. Not the best hostel in Belfast, but for the fun neighbourhood, the very decent free breakfast (not only cereal etc. but also eggs, toast – all the good stuff), the comprehensive kitchen, not to mention the lovely staff, it’s a highly recommended hostel in Belfast, that’s for sure. It also has some very comfy dorm beds indeed, and we can’t argue with an agreeable sleeping arrangement, now can we?

Belfast City Backpacker is one of our favourites in Belfast but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Belfast – Farset International

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Nice rooms and low prices give Farset International the edge for the best hostel with a private room in Belfast.
  • $$$
  • Clean!
  • Restaurant & Bistro
  • Private Grounds

The spotlessly clean private rooms at Farset International don’t come cheap, but then again: the rooms are spotlessly clean. So there’s that. Which is actually one of the main reasons that this 5-star hostel (really) is the best hostel with a private room in Belfast. And whilst the location isn’t amazing, if you’ve got a car it’s a breeze into town. It’s not exactly the coolest hostel in Belfast, definitely not, but if you want warmth, comprehensive facilities, an on-site restaurant, and a bistro, AND cleanliness, here’s a good option. It also has its own private grounds complete with fowl reserve (?) for breezy strolls.

Farset International is one of our favourites in Belfast but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

But if hostels aren’t your thing, never fear! Or try not to anyway. Since there are, besides hostels in Belfast, a load of hotels, bed & breakfasts, guesthouses and other places to stay in Belfast to choose from. Here are a few of the best.

Ten Square, Belfast

Ten Square, Belfast best hostels in Belfast
Last but not least, Ted Square. Not at all a budget option but probably the best mid-range hotel in Belfast. The choice is yours!
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beautiful
  • Location 10/10

Splurge alert! If you’ve got the budget, or if you have a friend (or two) willing to split the cost with you, then this hotel in Belfast will be a sick little place to chill for a night. Or two. But that might just break your wallet. But it’s probably worth it. A far, far, far, FAR cry from a budget hostel in Belfast, Ten Square features sleek, modern rooms, a steak restaurant (yum), bar (win), and generally is pretty, pretty, pretty nice. Oh, did we mention it’s right opposite Belfast town hall? And all the restaurants and bars and things to see right on the doorstep? Or the free breakfast? Or the- you get the picture. Luxury.

Queen’s University

Queen's University best hostels in Belfast
Queen’s University is the perfect spot if you are looking for something more than just a backpacker hostel.
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • 24-Hour Reception

If you’re visiting Belfast in the summer, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Queen’s University accommodation will be happy to have you. Maybe weird, right? Wrong. Only weird if you think it’s weird. The fact of the matter is that the rooms are clean, modern, it’s efficient, there’s a free breakfast provided (winner), there’s a chilled campus, plus the location is – well, it’s ok, a fair walk into town, but it’ll be summer! With the common room and free breakfast, it does feel very much like a youth hostel in Belfast. No dorms though. Expensive relative to a budget hostel in Belfast, cheap compared to these next two…

Queen’s University is one of our favourites in Belfast but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

Lanyon House Crumlin Road

Lanyon House Crumlin Road best hostels in Belfast
Super nice digs here at Lanyon House Crumlin Road! If you can swing it, a night here certainly won’t disappoint.
  • $$$
  • Beautiful
  • Bath!
  • Outdoor Terrace

Even though Crumlin Road doesn’t sound very appetising (or wait- does it? crum.. crumb.. hmm) this bed and breakfast in Belfast is actually amazing. The rooms are spacious and lavish, with a traditional yet modern decorative style – sort of what you’d expect from a BnB though with a significant amount of taste added to the mix. Sorta like a Belfast backpackers hostel in that there’s a kitchen to use, washing facilities, a shared bathroom, all of that. And whilst the location is not what we’d call good or even decent, there IS a bus stop right outside Lanyon House, so not all bad.

Lanyon House Crumlin Road is one of our favourites in Belfast but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

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What to Pack for your Belfast 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.

Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!
Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!

Ear Plugs

Snoring dorm-mates can ruin your nights rest and seriously damage the hostel experience. This is why I always travel with a pack of decent ear plugs.

Keep your laundry organized and stink free
Keep your laundry organized and stink free

Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Stay Dry With a Micro Towel
Stay Dry With a Micro Towel

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Hostel towels are scummy and take forever to dry. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight, and can be used as a blanket or yoga mat if need be.

Make Some New Buddies…
Make Some New Buddies…

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

Why you should travel to Belfast

All right guys! You have made it to the finish line of my guide to the best hostels in Belfast for 2024!

You will never be more ready or informed to book the right place for yourself in Belfast! With all the best options now before you, the choice of where to book is in your hands.

Belfast is a great place to visit, and with a little forethought you can really save some money by booking into a cheap (but really nice) hostel… That is the name of the game in expensive countries amigos.

Still having trouble figuring out which hostel to book? Feeling conflicted about what to choose like an Irish man in a beer shop? Ah stereotypes…

In the case of uncertainty I typically recommend that you just book my top pick for the best overall hostel in Belfast: Global Village.

Have a great time in Belfast and have a pint or two for me eh?

Happy travels!

Global Village best hostels in Belfast
Booking into the Global Village hostel is always a good choice for a solid night sleep and a good time!

FAQ about Hostels in Belfast

Here are some questions backpackers ask about hostels in Belfast.

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Over to you

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

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

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