The Top 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Singapore

The Top 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Singapore

Singapore is one of the most multicultural countries in Southeast Asia. It boasts futuristic and distinctive buildings that gives the entire city a unique charm that’s so drastically different from its neighbors. Singapore is much more modern, organised and clean – its a perfect introduction to Southeast Asia. However, it’s no way near as cheap as other countries in Southeast Asia, but luckily there are many awesome backpacker hostels in Singapore that are affordable, conveniently located near to the famous sights and are also great places to meet other backpackers. 

There’s so much to explore in Singapore – and luckily for backpackers alot of it is free! See here for my tips about what to see in Singapore on a shoestring budget. Some of the most famous sites in Singapore include the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, the futuristic Gardens by the Bay, and Marina Bay Sands. Another highlight of visiting Singapore is the food! Explore the hawker stalls and food courts and you can enjoy a taste of Chinese and Indian culture in Singapore by exploring Chinatown and Little India, both of which serve affordable, authentic and delicious cuisine. 

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It’s hard to decide between the best backpacker hostels when there are so many to choose from. Some are quieter than others, some are better equipped to meet other travellers, and some are more affordable than others. To make your trip that much smoother, here are my 5 favourite backpacker hostels in Singapore. 

Best Backpacker Hostels in Singapore


5footway.inn Project Boat Quay

5footway.inn Project Boat Quay is situated right along the Singapore River, that and it’s swish, stylish design, makes it one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Singapore. The hostel offers you very fast Wi-Fi, as well as a kitchen to make your own food. Each bed has an individual reading light and socket to charge your electronics, and you’ll get a security locker to store your belongings.

If you’re looking to party in Singapore, this backpacker hostel is a great choice since it’s only a 10-minute walk to many of the bars in Clark Quay. You can choose to hang out on their roof terrace with gorgeous views of Marina Bay Sands, or look at their photography gallery with black and white images by photojournalist Edwin Koo. Their contemporary and comfortable dorm rooms and clean showers with hot water make it one of the best backpacker hostels in Singapore. Click here to book!


Five Stones Hostel

Five Stones Hostel has colourful themed rooms that display Singapore’s culture, which is one of the reasons I think its one of the best backpacker hostels in Singapore. The dorm beds feature an individual reading light and security locker to ensure your belongings are kept safe. It’s easy to meet other backpackers in this hostel in the common area, which has a Wii game console, DVD players, TV, and computers, so you can socialize and relax with the other travellers.

The hostel offers you breakfast, and even has cheese platters on alternating weeks. You’ll have access to a toaster, water dispenser, toaster, and microwave. The vibrant rooms and tons of facilities in the hostel make it one of the best backpacker hostels in Singapore. Click here to check out photos and to book!


The Bohemian Chic

The Bohemian Chic is located in proximity to Chinatown Heritage Centre, making it one of the most popular hostels in Singapore. Bustling Chinatown is at your fingertips if you stay at this hostel, with a stylish colourful interior that is artistically designed. It’s really easy to meet other travellers at this hostel if you’re travelling alone, since the hostel features a games room and shared lounge to relax in after spending the day exploring the city.

It’s in proximity to Jamae Mosque, Omar Mosque, and Sri Mariamman Temple. If you’ve forgotten your toiletries then you’re in luck, the hostel even provides toothpaste and a toothbrush! They even offer you a free one-way shuttle service to the airport, one of the many reasons why this hostel is one of the best hostels in Singapore. Click here to book!


Gap Year Hostel

This is one of the most unique backpacker hostels in Singapore, with its high ceilings and location in a two-storey pre-war shop house. The rooms are spacious and air-conditioned, and each dorm bed has its own reading light and electrical socket to charge any appliances you may travel with.

It’s in a great location in Little India, near many spice shops, authentic restaurants, and shopping opportunities. Staff are helpful and friendly and will assist you with any questions you may have about Singapore and the surrounding area. They also offer you free tea and coffee all day. This is one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Singapore, click here to make a booking!


Clifden Hostel

Clifden Hostel is one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Singapore, as it is set in Little India amongst the colourful and vibrant doors and buildings. Little India is one of the liveliest parts of Singapore, and for good reason. There are tons of delicious Indian restaurants serving authentic Indian food and places to buy fun and tiny trinkets as souvenirs. Clifden Hostel offers amazing and fast Wi-Fi, a comfortable night’s sleep, and a homey atmosphere. It’s in proximity to many famous places in Singapore, like Bugis Street, the Singapore Art Museum, and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.

There’s a delicious Indian Restaurant in the hostel, so you won’t have to wander far for some mouth-watering meals. You’ll also have access to a kettle in the hostel, perfect if you’re looking to make tea or coffee! The rooms are clean and spacious. It’s one of the best backpacker hostels in Singapore! Click here to see more photos and to book!

Backpacking Southeast Asia? Check out other awesome places to stay:

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Bangkok, Thailand

Best Backpacker Hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best Backpacker Hostels in Southeast Asia (as recommended by travel bloggers) 

Best Backpacker Hostels in Thailand (as recommended by travel bloggers)

Have you stayed in any amazing backpacker hostels in Singapore? Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other backpackers! 😊

By the way – this post contains affiliate links. This means that if you find my recommendations for the best backpacker hostels in Singapore useful and choose to book through the links I provide I can earn a tiny commission at no extra cost to you which helps me to keep traveling and to keep this site going. Thanks so much for your support!

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vincywist March 19, 2019 at 11:24 am

Hi Anna, Thank you for list out the best backpaker hostels in Singapore.My hearty wishes to your journey across the world.

Anna April 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Vincy! Glad you liked it! 🙂

Tammie Quinto June 12, 2020 at 3:24 am

Hi, such a great blog, thank you for sharing and i cant wait to read some more. Thanks again


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