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The 10 Best Hostels in Johannesburg, South Africa

Some of the best backpacker spots in Johannesburg

11 The Avenue


Boasting a garden, bar, shared lounge and free WiFi, 11 The Avenue is situated in Johannesburg, 6 km from Johannesburg Stadium and 9 km from Sandton City Mall. 15 km from Gold Reef City & Casino and 1 km from Norwood Mall, the property features a private beach area and barbecue facilities. The property is non-smoking and is set 3.7 km from Killarney Mall.

The hostel offers a sun terrace. 11 The Avenue was clean, comfortable and well located. I enjoyed my 4 day stay with them.

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20 reviews

Once in Joburg

Downtown Johannesburg, Johannesburg

150 metres from Neighbourgoods Market, Once in Joburg is located in Braamfontein and provides rooms with free WiFi. The property also features a terrace and BBQ facilities.

At the hostel each room has an en suite bathroom and some rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The atmosphere was different. In a good way. Like there was a sense of being home away from home. The room was clean. Comfortable. And it lived up to my expectations

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Very Good
1,131 reviews

Curiocity Backpackers

Downtown Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Offering accommodation in Johannesburg, Curiocity Backpackers has a splash pool, BBQ facilities and a bar. The property offers bicycles for guests to rent. There is also a games room and free parking for guests.

The hostel is 9 km from Gold Reef City & Casino, and 5 km from Rhodes Park. Nelson Mandela Square is 16 km from Curiocity Backpackers, while OR Tambo Airport is 21 km away. Besides the good things I can say about sleeping in this hostel, the localization is also great, felt like the right spot to find design and food fair, restaurants and bars.

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Very Good
950 reviews

Rosebank Hostel

Rosebank, Johannesburg

Rosebank Hostel is situated in the Rosebank district in Johannesburg, 1 km from Rosebank Mall and 1.7 km from Hyde Park Shopping Centre.

Rosebank Hostel features free WiFi. Certain rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a shower, while others have access to a shared bathroom. Bed linen is provided. I like the security system and the staff as well as the facility and value for your money

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127 reviews

Urban Backpackers

Downtown Johannesburg, Johannesburg

The units at Urban Backpackers come with a shared bathroom equipped with a shower.

The hostel offers a sun terrace. Guests at Urban Backpackers will be able to enjoy activities in and around Johannesburg, like cycling. i like almost everything the fact that the stuff is so welcoming and friendly. liked the fact that the place had an event at the rooftop. thanx

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271 reviews

HomeBase Melville Backpackers

Melville, Johannesburg

At the hostel, guests can book a number of excursions and tours. The hostel is 5.8km from Braamfontein and 9.4km from the Apartheid Museum. Soweto is 22km from HomBase, while Johannesburg Stadium is 8.1km away. The nearest airport is O.R Tambo International Airport (33km away). best time in jhb I have ever had, the place is so warm and feels like home. The room i was in was so nice felt like it was valentines with their beautiful interior.

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345 reviews

Chic Accommodation in Rosebank

Rosebank, Johannesburg

Set in Johannesburg and within 5 km of Sandton City Mall, Chic Accommodation in Rosebank has a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. The property is around 8 km from Johannesburg Stadium, 13 km from Gold Reef City & Casino and 2.8 km from Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. The property is situated 5 km from Norwood Mall and 6 km from Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.

All guest rooms come with a microwave, fridge, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. At the hostel all rooms have a wardrobe and a shared bathroom. The property was close to the train and grocery stores

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11 reviews

Sleek Hostel

Randburg, Johannesburg

Sleek Hostel in Johannesburg provides adults-only accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a shared lounge. Featuring a tour desk, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi and a shared kitchen are featured.

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7 reviews

Mikasa Sukasa Backpackers


Bidvest Wanderers Stadium is 6 km from the hostel, while Nelson Mandela Square is 7 km away. The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International, 20 km from Mikasa Sukasa Backpackers, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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17 reviews


Randburg, Johannesburg

At the hostel, all rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. At Fernrez@363 the rooms have a desk and a private bathroom.

Ferndale Village Shopping Centre is 800 metres from the hostel, while Hobart Grove Shopping Centre is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Lanseria International, 23 km from Fernrez@363, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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9 reviews

Hostels – what are they?

Hostels offer so much more than a cheap place to stay – they're also a fun way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens and game rooms give you the chance to swap tips, tricks, and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long way since the first youth hostel opened back in 1912. Nowadays there's something for everyone, from budget "crash pads" to 5-star "poshtels." Whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll see that most hostels are cheaper than local hotels – and a lot more fun, too!

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FAQs about hostels in Johannesburg

  • 11 The Avenue, Once in Joburg, and Curiocity Backpackers have received great reviews from guests in Johannesburg about the views from these hostels.

  • The average price of a hostel in Johannesburg this evening is $35 (based on prices).

  • On average, a hostel in Johannesburg costs $21 per night (based on prices).

  • Sandton, Randburg, and Downtown Johannesburg are popular with other travelers visiting Johannesburg.

  • 11 The Avenue, Once in Joburg, and Curiocity Backpackers are some of our most popular hostels in Johannesburg.

  • Many families visiting Johannesburg enjoyed staying at Accoustix Backpackers Hostel, Once in Joburg, and Curiocity Backpackers.

  • The average price per night for a hostel in Johannesburg this weekend is $33 (based on prices).

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