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4 Best Victoria Hostels from Just $23 USD

Are you looking to plan a trip to beautiful Victoria, BC, without breaking the bank? Well, today is your lucky day! We’ve come up with a list of the best Victoria hostels for budget-conscious travellers who still want a comfortable and memorable stay.

Whether you’re looking for a bargain basement dorm bed or a cozy private room, there is a Victoria hostel to suit every traveller’s taste.

So grab your backpack, and let’s dive into the best Victoria hostels that Vancouver Island has to offer!

Victoria Hostels

In spite of its expensive reputation, we’re here to prove that experiencing the wonders of Victoria doesn’t have to be hard on the wallet. With a little research and some street savvy, you can discover the charms of this quaint harbour city without compromising on cost or comfort.

This article takes you through the best hostels in Victoria, BC, to offer you a perfect blend of affordability, comfort, and convenience, ideal for exploring Victoria’s top attractions on a budget.

⛴️ Coming in from Vancouver? Check out how to get to Victoria from Vancouver before you leave the dock.

A private room, Ocean Island Backpackers Suites, Victoria BC

Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites – The Best Hostel in Victoria

Price: From $26 USD | Area: Downtown 791 Pandora Ave.

I know full well that all kinds of travellers come to BC’s capital city – and you deserve safe, clean, and comfortable places to stay, even if you’re not paying four-star prices. So, we’ve elected to highlight a well-reviewed Victoria Hostel that is bound to make everyone feel right at home.

The Ocean Island Backpackers Suites has a wide array of rooms to suit every budget and lifestyle.

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From comfortable hostel-style dorm beds to budget private rooms, they’ve got it all. From first-hand experience, I can say that every bed in this impeccably managed facility is clean and comfortable.

You’ll even be offered free dinners in the on-site bar, where you can mingle with like-minded travellers. Plus, the property is situated just a short walk from Market Square, Chinatown and Bastion Square. So you’ll have a myriad of dining and nightlife options abound. 

Turtle Hostel, Victoria BC

Turtle Hostel – The Cheapest Victoria Hostel

Price: From $23 USD | Area: Downtown | 1608 Quadra St.

Without further ado, I present to you Victoria’s cheapest accommodation. Located in an old Victorian house on the fringes of Downtown, this funky, economical hostel offers dorm beds starting at around $23 USD in low season. And most notably, prices barely rise during the peak summer tourist season.

But maybe you’re looking for something a little more private? Well, singles start at around $30 USD, with doubles rising into the low $ 50s. The rates are simply amazing for a city like Victoria, which leans to the expensive side, to say the least.

And check this: if you stay for a week, they’ll even give you a night free! So you’ll have more money to hit up a museum or take one of our favourite Victoria tours.

Is it fancy? Of course not. But the newly renovated Turtle Hostel offers safe, clean, and affordable accommodation within 15 minutes walking distance of Victoria’s top sights. And sometimes, that’s all you’re looking for.

HI Victoria – The Best Located Victoria, BC Hostel

Price: From $22 USD | Area: Inner Harbour | 516 Yates St. 

HI Victoria provides comfortable and affordable accommodation for those looking to explore Victoria on a budget. This Victoria hostel is ideally situated along Wharf Street near the waterfront, Bastion Square and Chinatown. This place is within walking distance of the Vancouver to Victoria bus terminal.

From dorms to private rooms, HI Victoria has something to offer everyone. The hostel also provides a surprising array of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen and laundry facilities. The staff are friendly, helpful, and always willing to help with any questions.

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With its convenient location and reasonable prices, HI Victoria is an ideal choice for budget travellers looking for a place to stay in Victoria. And as a proud representative of the global Hostelling International brand, you know exactly what you’re getting.

*As of early 2024, the property is currently closed until further notice. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on reopening dates.

Island Travel Inn – The Cheapest Hotel in Victoria

Price: From $66 USD | Area: Chinatown | 1850 Douglas St.

As a relatively small city, Victoria’s hostels are somewhat limited in number. So, I thought I’d present you with a budget-friendly Victoria hotel before we finish up. That way, those who remain on the fence regarding living the hostel life will also have a choice.

This budget hotel is located near North America’s second-oldest Chinatown and offers great value for your money and a comfortable stay. The rooms are spacious and clean, with all the necessary amenities, including air conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. And best of all, they’re all private — making it a great budget option for young couples.

It can’t be denied that the décor is somewhat dated. And you’ll miss out on the social aspect of staying in a Victoria youth hostel. But that’s to be expected of a motel-style accommodation at this price point. So overall, the Island Travel Inn remains an excellent choice for travellers looking for a comfortable stay in Victoria without breaking the bank.

How to Book the Top Victoria BC Hostels

Compared to larger cities, there are relatively few Victoria youth hostels. As a result, many of the cheaper and more popular locations tend to fill up very quickly during peak season.

To secure a bed in your hostel of choice, we highly recommend booking online well ahead of time. To do so, we recommend using our partners at Hostelworld.

When building this BC travel resource, we’ve had the chance to partner with dozens of booking providers. 

When it came to hostels, we opted for Hostelworld for the following reasons:

  • It is the world’s largest site for booking hostels and budget accommodations.
  • They offer the widest range of Victoria hostels.
  • They offer flexible booking for free cancellation up to 48 hours before check-in.
  • They’ve got a best-price guarantee that helps you secure the best rates available online.

Finally, if you book using the links in the article, you’ll be helping me get one step closer to my dream: doing Vancouver Planner for a living. So, any help is much appreciated 🙂


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Still Looking for the Best Hostels in Victoria? 

I’ve tried my best to give you my input on Victoria’s best hostels. But maybe there is something I missed.

So, if you have any comments or questions relating to Victoria Hostels, getting to the island or things to do once you’re here, please hit me up in the comments below.

Enjoy your trip⛴️


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