Singapore is one of the most fascinating, gorgeous, and cleanest cities on the planet. Expect a city with some of the world’s most interesting architecture and incredible foods… but don’t expect to have it to yourself.

Singapore was the 5th most visited city in the world in 2017, and with hundreds of accommodation choices, it can be difficult choosing where to stay. Which is exactly why I wrote this guide of the best hostels in Singapore.

Whether you are spending some time in the city or moving on to backpacking Malaysia, I’ve taken into consideration various traveler needs and organized this list so you can identify what you need, and book your hostel confidently.

Then you can focus on what matters, adventuring in Singapore (and eating as much Laksa as you can).

Quick Answer: Best Hostels in Singapore

Best Hostel in Singapore
This is The Broke Backpackers Ultimate list of the best hostels in Singapore

What to look for in the Best Hostels in Singapore

Different travelers require different things, so I did my best by organizing the hostels into different categories. What matters to you? Privacy? Low price? Partying? Getting work done as a Digital Nomad? Whatever you need, this list of the 24 best hostels in Singapore has got you. Some other determinants…

  • Location – But not really. Sure, it’s nice to be in one of the central areas of Singapore, but with one of the finest public transit systems on the planet, getting around the city is an absolute breeze.
  • Price – By Southeast Asian standards Singapore is definitely pricey. Having said that, eating and sights can be done super cheap which can bring down your overall costs.
  • Amenities – Singapore hostels are super cool. Tons of freebies, and most importantly – free breakfast! Not all hostels offer this, but most do. This adds up, so keep an eye out for it.
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The 24 Best Hostels in Singapore

Overall Best Hostel in Singapore – Dream Lodge

Dream Lodge best hostels in Singapore
Dream Lodge Hostel is our over top hostel in Singapore
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Free Lockers

The overall best hostel in Singapore is Dream Lodge for it is super chilled, friendly and ideally placed between 3 MRT stations connecting you to all of Singapore. Easily the best hostel in Singapore in 2020, Dream Lodge offers guests free breakfast and is right next door to an awesome selection of hipster cafes and classic Singaporean food halls. Dream Lodge’s beds are super comfy and they spoil backpackers with not one, but TWO pillows. Extra points for the beds being pod style for a little extra privacy.

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Singapore – Wink Capsule Hostel

Wink Capsule Hostel best hostels in Singapore
Wink Capsule is one of the best hostels for solo travellers in Singapore
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite

The best hostel for travellers backpacking Singapore solo is Wink Capsule Hostel; with a bar and cafe onsite there are plenty of opportunities for solo nomads to meet new friends. Of an evening be sure to head to the guest kitchen as this is where you’ll find most people hanging out before they start exploring Singapore’s nightlife scene. Wink is a top hostel in Singapore for backpackers of all kinds and they’ve teamed boutique style with a cool hostel vibe for a decent price in an expensive city.

Best Cheap Hostel in Singapore #1 – Happy Snail Hostel

Happy Snail Hostel best hostels in Singapore
Happy Snail is one of the best cheap hostels in Singapore
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Microwave for Self Catering
  • Laundry Facilities

Happy Snail hostel is the best cheap hostel in Singapore as they offer not only the cheapest dorm rooms in the city but a free breakfast too, giving guests the best value for money. Happy Snail is a cosy hostel with super fast WiFi, 100 mbps! If you’re heading to Singapore on a visa run and need to get online to sort flights or travel plans Happy Snail is ideal. The team are incredibly helpful and can hook you up with free walking tours of Singapore. Happy Snail is a great budget hostel if you’re watching your travel costs in Singapore very closely.

Best Cheap Hostel in Singapore #2 – The InnCrowd Backpackers

The InnCrowd Backpackers best hostels in Singapore
The InnCrowd Backpackers Hostel is another one of the best cheap hostels in Singapore!
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Bar Onsite

As one of the most popular youth hostels in Singapore The InnCrowd books up fast, so be sure to secure your bed well in advance. They are the only hostel in Singapore to get the seal of approval from the Singapore Tourism Board; these guys are top notch. If you’re looking for discounted access to Singapore’s best tourist attractions the team at the tours and travel desk are the ones to talk to. What makes the InnCrowd one of the coolest hostels in Singapore is the free-kick scooter tour of the city they offer to all guests. Great fun!

Best Cheap Hostel in Singapore #3 – Tree in Lodge

Tree in Lodge best hostels in Singapore
The Tree Lodge is eco-friendly, making it one of the coolest cheap hostels in Singapore.
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

Tree in Lodge is the best hostel in Singapore for the eco-conscious backpacker. They actively encourage travellers to recycle as much as possible, as well as only using eco-friendly cleaning products and energy efficient electrical appliances. If you don’t meet your dorm mates in your room you’ll definitely find them in the games room or perhaps the outdoor terrace. Within a short walk of Tree in Lodge, you’ll find a great selection of kopi-tiams, traditional coffee shops.

Best Hostel for Couples in Singapore – Cube Hostel

Cube Hostel best hostels in Singapore
Cube Hostel is one of our top picks for best hostel in Singapore for couples
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Tours & Travel Desk

The best hostel for couples in Singapore is, without a doubt, Cube Hostel. Staying in a capsule hostel is a total novelty for lots of travellers and Cube make it easier for couples to experience this together. Cube Hostel is also one of the coolest hostels in Singapore, some would even say luxurious. The building is super smart both in terms of design and tech! Each room or pod has its own key card access system. If you’re looking missing the hostel life though, then just head to the uber-cool cafe and bar for a classic Singapore Sling!

Best Party Hostel in Singapore – The Bohemian Chic

The Bohemian Chic best hostel in Singapore
The Bohemian Chic is one of the best party hostels in Singapore
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Airport Shuttle (twice daily)
  • Cafe Onsite

If you’re heading to Singapore for a wild time be sure to book the best party hostel in Singapore, The Bohemian Chic. Although there’s no bar onsite The Bohemian Chic is the closest hostel to Singapore’s best clubs and music venues. The Bohemian Chic is within a very short walking distance of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Marina Sands Bay so you don’t have too far to stumble home! Even better, there’s no curfew and no lockout. If you’re looking for a Singapore backpackers hostel in the heart of the party district be sure to book The Bohemian Chic.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Singapore – Tribe Theory for Entrepreneurs 

Tribe Theory for Entrepreneurs
Made for entrepreneurs and startups, Tribe Theory is the best hostel for Digital Nomads in Singapore
  • $$$
  • Towels included
  • Workspaces
  • Meet like-minded people working online!

Located in the heart of Singapore and an easy journey to the city’s best places to see, Tribe Theory is taking Digital Nomad friendly hostels to the next level! A visionary concept, Tribe Theory is a hostel that markets to entrepreneurs and startups! This means that you’ll have access to their two work spaces, as well as be surrounded by awesome, like-minded Digital Nomads. Add in site-wide AC and free breakfast – if you are a Digital Nomad then you don’t need to look any further.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Singapore – Rucksack Inn

Rucksack Inn
Rucksack Inn is arguably the best hostel with a private room in Singapore…
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar Onsite
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Bringing hearty Kiwi hospitality to Singapore is the Rucksack Inn. These guys certainly deserve their place on the shortlist for best hostel in Singapore in 2020 for their on-point hostel vibe, friendly feel, and super helpful staff. Breakfast is served until midday so if you have a big night out in Singapore there’s no need to set an early alarm to make sure you don’t miss out on your morning feed! The rooftop garden is super cool and certainly makes Rucksack Inn one of the coolest hostels in Singapore.

Rucksack Inn also has great private rooms for reasonably prices!

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More Best Hostels in Singapore

If you’ll be backpacking around Singapore on more than a 3-day holiday itinerary, then check out these other sweet hostels! Maybe you’ll just find a new temporary home…

Fisher BnB

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Fisher BnB is one of the best hostels in Singapore for 2020
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Free Lockers

Fisher BnB is a highly recommend hostel in Singapore. Not only do they offer guests free breakfast but free city maps too, so once you’re fueled up you can get exploring. You’ll be unsurprising to hear that Fisher BnB has free super fast wifi throughout the building as do almost all Singapore backpackers hostels. The beds at Fisher BnB are ultra comfy and they have super posh bed linen too. The TV lounge is a popular hangout spot for guests in the early evening.

Quarters Capsule Hostel

Quarters Capsule Hostel
  • $$$
  • Free breakfast
  • Super cozy

Singapore has some hostels with great beds – but Quarters Capsule hostel might be the best! Located in the lovely Boat Quay, you can grab a drink or a bite to eat on the water, then head back to Quarters knowing you are sleeping in one of the best hostel-beds that money can buy! This hostel is super cozy, super clean, and is a must book for anyone looking for a good night’s rest.

MET A Space Pod

MET A Space Pod best hostels in Singapore
MET A hostel is EASILY the coolest hostel in Singapore
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Snack Bar

MET A Space Pod is easily the coolest hostel in Singapore, its futuristic design will blow your mind. This ultra-modern hostel houses guests in individual capsules each with a TV, mirror, charging ports and crazy comfy mattress. If you’re looking for a party in Singapore you’ll be chuffed to hear that MET A Space Pod overlooks the popular party zone of Marina Sands Bay. If you’re looking for a different kind of youth hostel in Singapore be sure to book a bed at MET A Space Pod.

Adler Hostel

Adler Hostel
  • $$$$
  • Centrally located
  • In cabin locker

If you are looking for a luxury hostel, look no further than Singapore’s first ‘poshtel’ – Adler Hostel! Located in central Singapore, Adler Hostel really takes hostel-luxury to the next level. You get your own bed, power socket, locker, privacy curtain a fluffy duvet – and much more! This is a great option for someone who wants to experience the finer things in life, while still getting all the social perks of a hostel!

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7 Wonders Capsule Hostel

7 Wonders Capsule Hostel
  • $$
  • Free breakfast
  • Washers/dryers on site
  • Secured digital locks

If you are looking for a Japanese-style capsule bed but at a more affordable price – then 7 Wonders Hostel is for you! Well-located, this hostel also comes well-compensated as you get TONS of freebies included in the price. This includes luggage storage space, work space, soap and shampoo, a personal locker and (our favourite) free breakfast!

Lodge 41

Lodge 41 best hostels in Singapore
Lodge 41 is super clean and well reviewed
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Late Check-Out

Lodge 41 is a super clean, super friendly home from home for backpackers in Singapore. This simple hostel has 4, 6 and 12-bed dorms and female only rooms too. Lodge 41 has everything the budget backpacker needs; a microwave for cooking, laundry facilities and free WiFi too. No curfew and no lockout means that you can stay out exploring Singapore ’til the early hours without a worry. Lodge 41 is a top hostel in Singapore and comes highly recommended by your fellow travellers.

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BEAT. Sports Hostel

BEAT Sports Hostel
  • Two Olympic sized swimming pools!
  • Table tennis and basketball machine
  • Great location for foodies

A lot of the hostels in Singapore are similar – except for BEAT. Sports Hostel! This one of a kind hostel has a sports theme, made obvious by its arcade games, table tennis, basketball machine and access to two olympic sized swimming pools! This sort of hostel is a rarity and is a great opportunity for anyone looking for something fun and something different from their hostels.

The Pod

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Another one of the coolest hostels in Singapore – The Pod Hostel
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels Included

The Pod is another of Singapore’s innovate capsule hostels and is incredibly popular with flashpackers in particular. Each pod comes with its own power socket and reading lamp, as well as a foldaway laptop desk and clothes rack with hangers. Everyone who stays here raves about how comfy the mattresses are, you may just have to come and see for yourself though! Far from a budget backpackers in Singapore, The Pod is the perfect place to go if you want a treat weekend vacation in Singapore complete with the flashpacker experience.

Beary Best

Beary Best best hostels in Singapore
Beary Best is one of the best budget hostels in Singapore
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Air Conditioning
  • Laundry Facilities

The Beary Best is a classic youth hostel in Singapore and is more in keeping with the backpacker vibe found in many hostels across Southeast Asia. Laid back, spacious and super friendly, the Beary Best hostel has everything the modern backpacker could need; free WiFi, hot showers, air-con and cheap drinks in the fridge. If you’re having a chilled out hostel day make the most of the free unlimited films in the common room and if you’re feeling a little more active perhaps have a play on the Wii with your new hostel buddies.

The Hive

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The Hive is one of the best hostels in Singapore for solo travelers
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Free Tea & Coffee

The Hive is a highly recommended hostel in Singapore, on top of the free breakfast included in your room rate you also have access to free tea and coffee all day long. The dorm rooms are bright and spacious so there’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The staff are always around and happy to help backpackers find their feet in Singapore; whether you’re looking for directions to the MRT or a restaurant recommendation the team at The Hive are the ones to ask. If you’re into sports you can watch all the major matches and events on the cable TV in the common room.

Gap Year Hostel

Gap Year Hostel best hostels in Singapore
Gap Year Hostel is a top budget hostel
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Lockers
  • Free Tea & Coffee

Gap Year is a top hostel in Singapore for budget backpackers. Bright and spacious there is a really chilled hostel vibe at Gap Year. If you’re looking to make your money go further be sure to book your tickets and tours through the staff at reception to get heavily discounted rates. This includes super popular tourist hotspots like Singapore Zoo. The WiFi at Gap Year Hostel is super fast and is available in the dorm rooms. They even have a backup WiFi network, unheard of for a hostel!

Five Stones Hostel

Five Stones Hostel best hostels in Singapore
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Tours& Travel Desk

Located on Arab Street Five Stones is a top hostel in Singapore. If you’re a digital nomad or long term traveller you’ll totally appreciate the free laundry facilities; no need to traipse around town to find the launderette! Just a few minutes away from Little India, Five Stones is a the ideal place to base yourself if you want to experience a little bit of everything in Singapore, especially in terms of food! All of the dorm rooms are super clean and have A/C which is a total bonus!

River City Inn

River City Inn best hostels in Singapore
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Luggage Storage
  • Security Lockers

River City Inn is a super popular youth hostel in Singapore right in the heart of the city, just a few minutes walk from the river. If you want to explore the older, more authentic sides of Singapore River City Inn makes a great base, for they are located in China Town. Offering a free breakfast for guests each morning of their stay River City Inn is a simple but clean and modern hostel in Singapore. Smaller than some other youth hostels in Singapore, River City Inn is a good shout for travellers who want a more intimate kinda place to stay.

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5footway.inn Project Boat Quay best hostels in Singapore
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

5footway.inn Project Boat Quay is a super modern, luxury Singapore backpackers hostel. Located across the river from the Asian Civilization Museum and Parliament House, Project Boat Quay is an ideal youth hostel in Singapore for travellers who want to hit up all the cultural hotspots. After the museums have closed you’re in the best place to explore Singapore’s nightlife scene as Project Boat Quay is just a 15-minute stroll from Clarke Quay. As a hostel and art gallery all rolled into one guests have the privilege of observing wonderful black and white photography from Edwin Koo.

Betel Box Backpacker

Betel Box Backpacker best hostels in Singapore
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar Onsite
  • Fitness Centre

For all you budget backpackers and gym-bods out there you’ve hit the jackpot with Betel Box Backpacker. Quite possibly the best budget hostel in Singapore in terms of facilities Betel Box has their own gym, bar, and games room. Located on the bustling and exciting Joo Chiat Road Betel Box offers great value for money and a good night’s sleep. In one of the most pricey cities in the world, what more could you ask for? A free breakfast perhaps? Already included man! Make sure you give hostel cat Whiskey some smooches!

What to Pack for your Singapore Hostel

Make sure you know what to take to Singapore! Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Headphone Spltter

1. Headphone Splitter: Don’t be those awkward people sharing one earbud on the bus, as you show off your in-depth music knowledge to your new friend. A headphone splitter is a great item to bring traveling, it works fantastic on those long bus rides or easy dorm Netflix nights when you want to relax and connect with someone.

AR Towel

2. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.

Travel Pillow

3. TRTL Travel Pillow: Long flights and bus rides are quite uncomfortable (most obvious statement of the day). Most travel pillows… Well, you know how they are. TRTL travel pillow is different. I mean, look at it! It’ll cuddle you to sleep every ride and it does a pretty damn good job of supporting your neck so you don’t get that stiffness or legendary popping when you stir.

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4. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

5. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: These simple earbuds will help you out. Keeping out most of the surrounding sounds, you can either choose to listen to some relaxing music or no sound at all while falling asleep. This can be a life-saver in some unexpected party hostels. Make sure you’re well-rested for the next adventures!

Playing Cards

6. 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.

Need more help? Then check out our awesome packing list for hostelling and know what to bring on your trip!

Why you should travel to Singapore

Singapore is like taking a trip into the future! With so much to do and see, don’t waste anymore time than needed booking a hostel. Find the one that suits you, book it, and start exploring this fascinating, delicious city.

Even if it’s just for the Changi Airport, the city is definitely worth having a look at. Being one of the more expensive locations in Asia, you should plan your Singapore travel budget accordingly so you’re properly prepared and able to fully enjoy your trip.

Travel Safety Tips for Singapore

Well, Singapore is very safe, but there are some odd concerns with traveling here. Furthermore, things can happen at any time, in any place. So…

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Over to you

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