Cardiff's Best Hostels for Backpackers

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Cardiff is a port city on the south coast of Wales, where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary. It was proclaimed the nation's capital in 1955, and has embraced its role as capital with vigor, emerging in the new millennium as one of Britain's leading urban centers. The revitalized waterfront at Cardiff Bay includes the Wales Millennium Centre, home of the national opera, orchestra, theater and dance companies, plus shops at Mermaid Quay. Architect Richard Rogers' strikingly modern Senedd building houses the Welsh National Assembly. The city's confidence is infectious, and these days it’s not just the rugby that draws crowds into the city. Come the weekend, a buzz reverberates through the streets as swarms of shoppers hit the Hayes, followed by waves of revelers descending on the capital’s thriving pubs, bars and live-music venues. Cardiff makes an excellent base for day trips to the surrounding valleys and coast, where you’ll find castles, beaches, interesting industrial sites and ancient monuments. so there's no shortage of things to do here, and these hostels provide an excellent base for exploring the area.
How much do hostels in Cardiff cost?

You can find our comprehensive analysis of all hostel prices in Cardiff here. We've found the average prices of dorms and private rooms, as well as the typical prices of hostels with various amenities, too.

Where are the best hostels in Cardiff?



Private Room from $25.87
Overall Rating: 97%
59 Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff
Being family owned and run by a brother and sister team, this Cardiff hostel feels more like you are staying with a local family rather than the usual hostel experience.

The breakfast is second to none and is included in the price of your stay. The full communal kitchen is perfect for meal prep. The facility is in a great location, only a 5 minutes' walk from buses, trains and attractions, they offer a walking tour 3 times a week, and the Wi-Fi is fast, free, and covers every inch of the house. Linens are included and towels are available for hire.


Private Room from $22.48
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 69%
118 Clive Street, Cardiff
You'll love this guesthouse because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Luggage storage, towels included, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $19.62
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 67%
109 St Mary Street, Cardiff
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a nightclub, a common room, and cable tv. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $14.71
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 62%
94 St Mary St, Cardiff
BunkHouse is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service and a bar. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, key card access, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Private Room from $63.73
(Prices vary by season)
17a Tudor Street Riverside, Cardiff, Cardiff
You'll love this apartment because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service and cable tv. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities. Luggage storage, 24 hour reception, and internet access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable. And City Garden Apartment is also child friendly.
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