Toronto is one of the most international cities on the planet, and if you can afford it, a fantastic backpacking destination.

While backpackers are starting to catch on to Toronto, the hostel scene is a bit behind, and there are only a handful of options available.

Which is exactly why I wrote this article on the best hotels in Toronto.

I’ve organized the best hostels in Toronto by different categories, so you can decide which hostel is best for your personal travel needs.

Whether you want to party, relax, get some privacy or meet some new friends, our list of the 10 best hostels in Toronto has got you covered!

Quick Introduction to Toronto

From walking along the shores of Lake Ontario to climbing up the CN Tower, there is a lot going on in Toronto.

The city can be kinda rainy all year round so be sure to bring a good jacket! Public transport in the city is first-rate and can get you between the various attractions and neighbourhoods pretty quickly and cheaply. A bus ticket costs $3.25 CAD or $12 CAD for a day pass.

Our Top 3 Picks For The Best Hostels in Toronto

In case you’re in a rush, these are the top 3 hostels in Toronto;

  1. Planet Traveller Hostel – Best All rounder hostel.
  2. HI Toronto – Best for Solo Travellers.
  3. All Days Hostel – Best Value Hostel.

1. Overall Best Hostel in Toronto – Planet Traveler

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Planet Traveler is the best hostel in Toronto for 2020

Situated in the West End, this place is perfectly situated between some of Toronto’s coolest neighborhoods.

The best overall hostel in Toronto is Planet Traveler for they have a great free breakfast and wonderful dorm rooms.

Over the past 5 years, they have won a ton of awards for their great customer service and on-point hostel vibe, what’s not to love?!

Planet Traveler is a highly recommended hostel in Toronto as they have free tea and coffee all day, free WiFi throughout the building and free lockers too

There are Private rooms for parties of up to four people and with private bathrooms.

Dorm rooms can hold up up to six people. Same sex or mixed dorms are available.  Shared rooms have private washrooms and reading lights.

Heads up lazy bods, they serve breakfast until 1 pm, no need to set the alarm when staying at Planet Traveler in Toronto!

  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV

Anything Else?

We can’t emphasize enough how cool the location here is. Chinatown and Kensington Market are within a few blocks.

There is also a cool rooftop terrace where you can hang and make some buddies. It also has killer views over the CN Tower!

2. Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Toronto – HI Toronto

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HI Toronto is one of the best hostels for solo travelers in Toronto

If you’re heading to Canada solo be sure to visit HI Toronto, the best hostel for solo travellers in Toronto.

Everyone who visits HI Toronto leaves happy and with good reason, with a bar and cafe on site, called The Cavern, there are plenty of opportunities to mingle, eat, drink, dance and laugh.  The backpacking goal right?

Private rooms can accommodate 2 people and come complete with a fridge and coffee maker.

The dorm rooms range from 4 – 14 people and are price tiered accordingly.  Mixed and same sex options are available.

FYI if you have a HI membership you can save $5 a night on dorms and $20 off private rooms, winning! HI Toronto is a top hostel in Toronto whether you’re travelling solo or with your crew.

  • $$
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bar BQ!
  • 24 Hour Reception

Anything Else?

This one is situated in Toronto’s Downtown. The hostel organises and runs its own tours of Graffiti Alley, the Distillery District not to mention a Ghost Tour!

HI Hostels also offer discount options for various attractions.

3. Best Cheap Hostel in Toronto – All Days Hostel

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All Days Hostel is our pick for the best cheap hostel in Toronto, Canada

If you’re looking for a bed in Toronto on the cheap take a look at All Days Hostel, one of the best cheap hostels in Toronto.

The All Daya staff are super helpful and a great source of information, be sure to ask them directions if GoogleMaps seems a bit confusing; local knowledge is always best.

As a budget hostel in Toronto, All Days do their best to give their guests great value for money, swing by the tours and travel desk to see what deals you can snap up.

There are quite a lot of different accommodation options to choose from with this hostel.

The dorm rooms accommodate 4 people and have bunk beds while the private rooms have single or double-sized beds.

  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Travel & Tours Desk
  • Laundry Facilities

Anything Else?

This is our pick for top budget/cheap hostels in Toronto.

It is located two blocks away from Yonge/Bloor & the two subway lines. Just a few steps from Sherbourne subway station & shopping center. It’s also near to many restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, ROM museum and University of Toronto.

Things DO go missing sometimes…

lock iconPsst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!

More of the Best Hostels in Toronto

Maybe our top picks are all booked up? Or maybe you’re after a different vibe? No probs, we have more of the best hostels in Toronto to choose from.

Best Cheap Hostel in Toronto #2 – Backpackers on Dundas

Backpackers on Dundas
  • $
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Backpackers on Dundas is a great cheap hostel in Toronto as it’s less than five minutes walking distance from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Kensington Market. What more could you want? The guest kitchen is fully equipped and guests are welcome to come and go as they please. Backpackers are allowed to drink in the hostel which is great but they have an 11pm curfew on the booze. There is free WiFi throughout the building and a tours and travel desk at reception to help you plan the rest of your Canadian adventures with ease.

Best Cheap Hostel in Toronto #3 – Ada’s Guesthouse

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Ada’s Guesthouse is another relatively cheap hostel in Toronto…
  • $
  • Private En-Suite Rooms
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

Ada’s Guesthouse is another top hostel in Toronto that’s not technically a hostel! Ada’s Guesthouse is a highly recommended guesthouse in Toronto for backpackers wanting a bit of time and space for themselves. Their private rooms are among some of the cheapest in the city.

Ada’s has double and twin rooms available so if you find yourself in the same boat as another fellow backpacker why not book a twin room for a couple of nights? There is more of a homestay vibe going on here. Calm and peaceful, you’ll fall for the understated charm of Ada’s Guesthouse.

Best Hostel for Couples in Toronto – The Clarence Park

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The Clarence Park is a great lodging option for couples in Toronto
  • $$
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

Chic and charming the best hostel for couples in Toronto is The Clarence Park. Their huge rooftop deck offers great views over Toronto and after a long, cold day exploring be sure to pop by Le Neuf Cafe. Le Neuf Cafe is a French-style cafe serving a cracking coffee and melt in your mouth croissants. The rooms are light and immaculately clean and all have stylish en-suites too. The Clarence Park is a wonderful Toronto backpackers hostel, perfect for couples who want a touch of class, great coffee and a cracking customer service experience.

Best Party Hostel in Toronto – The Only Backpackers Inn

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The Only Backpackers Inn is one of the best party hostels in Toronto
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Over 19s Only

If you’re looking for a wild time in Canada be sure to book a bed at The Only Backpackers Inn, the best party hostel in Toronto. With the perfect hostel vibe and a bar downstairs, The Only Backpackers Inn is the complete package. As a great budget hostel in Toronto, The Only offers guests a free breakfast, free WiFi and free cable TV in the chill-out room too. Their bar has over 200 beers in stock at any given time, sourced from all corners of the world. Backpackers love The Only Backpackers Inn and recommend that you swing by too.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Toronto – Hostel Toronto

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Hostel Toronto is one of the best hostels for Digital Nomads in Toronto
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Late Check-Out

The best hostel for digital nomads in Toronto is Hostel Toronto. Offering guests great free WiFi throughout the building and a smart common room to work from, digital nomads have hit the jackpot with Hostel Toronto. As a top hostel in Toronto, they also have a large guest kitchen, perfect for digital nomads who are sick of eating out all the time; the novelty does wear off! What’s more, they offer complimentary tea all day, every day, perfect for keeping digital nomads hydrated and ready to focus. If you want to unwind of an evening join with your dorm mates over a game of pool…or two!

Best Toronto Hostel Downtown – College Backpackers

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College Backpackers is one of the top hostels in downtown Toronto
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Free Security Lockers

College Backpackers is a great youth hostel in downtown Toronto, especially if you’re looking for a bed close to the nightclubs and pumping bars of the city. Newly renovated College Backpackers is bright, light and super clean. The dorm rooms are spacious and the beds are crazy comfy too. What makes College Backpackers a highly recommended hostel in Toronto is the incredibly friendly welcome the team give to each and every guest they host. Kensington Market is the go-to hangout area for backpackers in Toronto and luckily for you is just metres away from College Backpacker’s front door.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Toronto – Keppner Guesthouse

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Looking for peace and quiet? Keppner Guesthouse is the best hostel with a private room in Toronto!
  • $$
  • Private Rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning

Although technically a not a top hostel in Toronto, Keppner Guesthouse is an excellent well, guesthouse in Toronto. With perfectly kept rooms all with en-suites, if you’re a backpacker looking to escape the crowded dorms while you’re in Toronto be sure to book a room at Keppner Guesthouse. Although not dirt cheap backpacker prices Keppner Guesthouse is rather affordable. They’re super close to a 24-hour McDonalds, the dream! Joking aside, Keppner Guesthouse a great little place to stay while you’re in Toronto.

The BEST Travel Backpack?!

Pssssst! Not picked the perfect travel backpack yet? The Broke Backpacker team has tried out over thirty backpacks this year! Our favourite travel backpack is the Osprey Aether (comes in 55 – 85 litre sizes).

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What to Pack for your Toronto Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.

Luggage Travel Lock

1. Padlock: Keep your stuff safe, guys. Unfortunately not all dorm lockers share the same security standard. You’ll want a lightweight lock that can fit all the various dorm lockers you’ll clip it to. Having a padlock that is flexible and can fit a variety of locker styles is the best way to make sure none of your belongings wander away while you are out.

Travel Pocket Soaps

2. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.

best toiletry bag for one bag travel

3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.

Playing Cards

4. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.

Travel Pillow

5. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest. Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.

Active Roots Water Bottle

6. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.

Why you should travel to Toronto

While Toronto’s hostel scene is still developing, this guide will hopefully help you target which one best suits your needs.

And remember, if you can’t decide, check out Planet Traveler. With free breakfast, free lockers and great reviews, it’s hard to beat.

Planet Traveler best hostels in Toronto

Travel Safety Tips for Toronto

And don’t forget Travel Insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of Travel Insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

Getting an estimate from World Nomads is simple – just click the button or image below, fill out the necessary info, and you’re on your way!

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More Epic Hostels in Canada and North America

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

Didn’t find what you was looking for? Then maybe check out homestays in Toronto instead.

Planning an epic trip all across Canada or even North America itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

For more cool hostel guides around North America, check out:

Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Toronto 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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