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It’s true, the French capital can be expensive, but there are ways to do the city on the cheap, and finding budget-friendly accommodation in Paris is one way to make big savings. Cool hostels have actually been on the rise and there are now some excellent options that are in great neighbourhoods, have hip decor, and cool bars where even Parisians hang out. Get ready to pack your backpack, or weekend bag, and enjoy the perfect stay at these best Paris hostels for budget travellers.

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Few Paris hostels (or even hotels for that matter) can boast as unique a location as this youth hostel housed in three 17th-century buildings. What’s more, its super central location in the south Marais means that you can get virtually anywhere in the city on foot, which also saves you money on transportation. Open year-round, it has fully renovated private and shared rooms as well as a restaurant and an activity room. In a mere five to ten-minute walk, you can reach Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Marais with its fun bars and vintage shops, and the banks of the Seine, perfect for free sightseeing strolls and money-saving picnics.

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One of the first “hip” hostels in Paris, Generator is still considered one of the best hostels in Paris. Found near the trendy Canal St-Martin, the designer hostel has a lively bar with DJs, a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the rooftops of Paris, Montmartre, and Sacré-Coeur, and a stylish lounge area with a games room. It has four to 10-bed dorms as well as private rooms, some with their own terraces. If you’re tempted away from the great ambiance of the hostel, nearby you can spend hours ambling or relaxing along the Canal St-Martin, perusing the area’s cool shops, running or chilling in the Buttes-Chaumont Park, or simply cruise into the métro station found in front of the building to get further afield. 

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St Christopher’s Inn

This classic Paris backpacker hostel across the street from Gare du Nord train station is also among the best Paris hostels for budget travellers. Voted the “Most Popular Hostel in Paris” in 2019, in addition to its convenient location for the train and métro, it’s a 10 to 15-minute stroll to Montmartre, the local hangouts around rue du Faubourg St-Denis and the Canal St-Martin area, which is especially lively in summer. The hostel itself has two bars, a chill-out room, and weekly in-hostel events including bar crawls and free walking tours. Their prices make it high on the list of cheap hostels in Paris, so you might even be able to splurge on a private double or shared four-bed room with an ensuite bathroom.

Book St Christopher’s Inn on Hostelworld or | 10th Arrondissement | WA

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The People – Belleville

With a sunny terrace and funky lounge for socialising, this is one of the best hostels in Paris for solo travellers. Situated in the northeastern Belleville neighbourhood, known for its artsy and edgy vibe, it’s one of the best places to stay for a local experience. It has four, six, and eight-bed dorms all with screens, electrical sockets, and WiFi access. It also has an eco-friendly approach, from using natural soaps to water-saving hourglasses in showers.

Book The People – Belleville on Hostelworld or | 11th Arrondissement | WA

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Jo&Joe Nation

Situated near Place de la Nation, on the border of the cool 11th district and the more local 20th, this is another top Paris hostel for a local experience. Great vibes flow throughout its welcoming common areas which include a restaurant serving killer pizzas and an amazing rooftop bar where you might catch some local musical talent on the stage. In addition to eight-bed dorms, it has double, triple, and six-person rooms which makes it one of the best hostels in Paris for families.

Book Jo&Joe Nation on Hostelworld or | 20th Arrondissement | WA

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Le Village Montmartre 

This boutique hostel is at the base of Sacré-Coeur and only a 10-minute walk to Gare du Nord. Its inviting decor features wooden beams, parquet flooring, and stylish vegetal prints. With double, twin, quad-private rooms and four to 12-bed doors, there’s the right room for all travel needs and budgets. You can sip on local craft beer at its bar, take in the sun on its lovely terrace with its exceptional views of the Sacré-Coeur, and easily discover the many delights of Montmartre found right outside your doorstep.

Book Le Village Montmartre on Hostelworld or | 18th Arrondissement | WA

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Beau M

This new hostel quickly earned a spot on our list of best Paris hostels for budget travellers. Tucked away in a great local neighbourhood behind Sacré-Coeur, it offers a taste of the “real” Montmartre. A boutique hostel, it has a chic design while being eco-friendly, digitally connected, and fully air-conditioned (a rarity in Paris!). Its 14 rooms have 86 beds, divided up into private doubles, family rooms, and six and 12-bed dorms. 

Book Beau M on Hostelworld or | 18th Arrondissement | WA

This is an image of a hostel bedroom with multiple white bunk beds.

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UCPA Sport Station Hostel Paris

Another recent addition to the Paris hostel scene, this sports-oriented hostel is located in the north of the city and not far from the Stade de France. Ideal for keeping up with your workout routine, it has a huge gym (with a climbing wall and squash, badminton, and padel courts) a vast private garden, and is near the modern Rosa Parks Park, the massive Parc de la Villette for outdoor sports and Canal de l’Ourcq for longer runs. Don’t worry if you’re not fitness-minded, the friendly hostel is open to all and also has a chill zone, restaurant, and bar with DJ nights – dancing is exercise too after all.

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Didn’t find what you’re looking for in our best Paris hostels for budget travelers recommendations? You can find other budget accommodation in Paris suggestions and cool travel tips in our other articles.

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Lily Heise

A long-time Paris resident, Lily Heise is a travel writer whose work has been in Condé Nast Traveler, Huff Post, Fodor’s, AFAR, and Frommer’s, among others. When she’s not uncovering the city’s best secrets, she can be found on a Parisian café terrasse or traveling the globe.

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