Cheap Hostels in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a fascinating city and a hot spot for tourists, especially during the Carnival season. With a tropical weather offering balmy temperatures year-round, no wonder that many prefer to escape the colder climates and head to the beach. Such a large city can be expensive, but Rio de Janeiro also offers plenty of low cost accommodation. While the budget hotels aren’t exactly very cheap, hostels will save you a lot of money.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are looking for the perfect Rio de Janeiro hostel to stay in during your holiday:



  • Some properties use the name “youth hostel” but that doesn’t mean that there’s necessarily an age restriction for travelers. It just means you are staying in a budget-style accommodation, typically offering only dorms.
  • The word “backpacker” is synonymous with “budget traveler”, so don’t worry, you don’t need to carry your belongings in a backpack to qualify as a hostel guest. Oh and some properties do use the word “backpackers” in their name.
  • Hostels are ideal for socializing, especially if you travel solo.
  • Saving money by staying in a hostel is great but you might not just agree with the idea of sharing a dorm with 10 or 20 other guests. Don’t worry as most hostels also offer at least some private rooms. Some private rooms have their own bathroom but it’s not a requirement. Still, you’ll still be able to socialize when you use the TV lounge or the common kitchen.
  • The most expensive hotels are located a short walking distance to either Ipanema or Copacabana beach. In Lapa, Glória, Catete and Botafogo you’ll be able to find cheaper alternatives.
  • Always check the websites for reviews. Fraudulent schemes are still quite common, unfortunately, so make sure you are not rushing to book a cheap room in an excellent location but end up being robbed once you get there.

Prices range from $17 to $53 per bed per night, depending on location. In some cases, the breakfast is included in the bed price.

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