Singapore is a prime destination in Southeast Asia and sometimes scares every traveler because of its cost of living. But Singapore is not purely about luxurious hotel accommodations and fancy dining on Michelin-starred restaurants. Surprisingly, food is cheap with hawker centers scattered around the city-state. In addition, Singapore hostels make the backpacker scene less intimidated.
With the few visits in Singapore, hostels are always my friend when it comes to budget accommodations. Unlike Kuala Lumpur hostels, most hostels in Singapore have an excellent and up-scaled version of hostel living. Bunks and pods are well-lit and ventilated and have quality mattress and beddings. Apart from that, average buffet spread during breakfast is being served for free.
Downtown Singapore has three major backpacking areas where you can find most of the hostels. These are Kampong Glam, Little India, and Chinatown, which are also the heritage districts of Singapore. Though I’ve only stayed in few hostels below, this list saves you time to go over the list of Singapore hostels. Take a look at these Singapore hostel recommendations and check if at least one of them meets your preferences.
Singapore Hostels for Budget Travelers
Kampong Glam is famous because of Haji Lane and Arab Street for the graffiti and wall arts that dot both alleys. Apart from the vibrant streets, the district is a must-visit for travelers because of the preserved Malay’s aristocracy prior to British colonization. On the recent days, shophouses, restaurants, and landmarks, related to the Malay culture, narrate its influence on Singapore’s diverse culture.
Kampong Glam, Singapore Hostels
G4 Station Backpackers Hostel
Central 65 Hostel
RedDoorz Hostel @Jalan Besar
Shophouse The Social Hostel
Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse
Fragrance Hotel – Selegie
5footway.Inn Project Bugis
Five Stones Hostel
The Pod @ Beach Road Capsule Hostel
Most streets of Chinatown have their own stories on the Chinese influence on Singapore. From the crowded Pagoda Street, Mosque Street, to Sago Lane, discover how these alleys witness the life of Chinese immigrants in the 1800s. Chinatown is also an intriguing district of Singapore because it has religious places dedicated to different religions like Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Methodist. Maxwell Food Center is a great addition to your itinerary for affordable yet remarkable Singaporean, Chinese, Malay, and Indian food.
Chinatown, Singapore Hostels
5footway.Inn Project Ann Siang
5footway.Inn Project Chinatown 2
Beds and Dreams Inn @ Chinatown
5footway.Inn Project Chinatown
Happy Snail Hostel
Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel
RedDoorz Hostel near Chinatown MRT
Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel
The Bohemian Chic Hostel
Wink Capsule Hostel
COO Boutique Hostel
MET A Space Pod @ Chinatown
Royal Hostel Singapore
Hindu temples make Little India a vibrant neighborhood to visit when in Singapore. Temples are work of arts because of the harlequin spires showcasing Hindu deities in full colors. The colorful shophouses, bargain items, market encounters, and Indian food, suggest an interesting visit in Little India.
Little India, Singapore Hostels
New Society Backpackers Hostel
The InnCrowd Backpackers’ Hostel Singapore
The Hive Singapore Hostel
ABC Premium Hostel
RedDoorz Hostel near Race Course Road
7 Wonders Hostel
Click the links to check the hostels and their amenities. Singapore Hostels easily get fully-booked so don’t forget to confirm your stay! For things to do and places to see, here’s a sample Singapore itinerary and travel guide.