If you’re visiting Melbourne, Australia and don’t want to splash out on an expensive hotel, there are many centrally-located, cheap and cheerful backpacker hostels situated smack-bang in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD.
The best part? As well as saving you dollars, backpacking in Melbourne allows you to meet like-minded fellow travellers from all over the world, all keen to socialise and share stories of their travel adventures.
Here are some of our top picks for cheap backpacker hotels in Melbourne’s CBD.
Melbourne City Backpackers
Located at 197-199 King St, Melbourne, Melbourne City Backpackers proudly promote themselves as a ‘clean and friendly’ hostel in the centre of the city.
The property offers shared, dorm-style rooms that sleep either 4, 6, or 16. While the dorm rooms are either mixed or female-only, private single, double and twin-share rooms are also available on-site. All rooms are air-conditioned, which is ideal in Melbourne’s summer heat! Bed linen is also provided.
Some of the hostel amenities include:
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Shared bathroom facilities
- Communal lounge area with big screen projector
The property also offers free internet, free breakfast daily, and complimentary tea and coffee.
Flinders Backpackers Melbourne
At 35 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Flinders Backpackers is conveniently located a short hop and skip away from one of Melbourne city’s most central train stations – Flinders Street Station.
This hostel offers a mix of private and dorm-style rooms in various configurations, with the option of either shared, or ensuite bathrooms. If you don’t mind bunking with up to 8, 10 or 12 other travellers, you can choose from either a basic or superior dorm room. The superior dorms are fitted out and furnished with more modern amenities, including newer-looking bunks.
Some of the hostel facilities include:
- Laundry room
- Unlimited free wifi internet
- Free luggage storage
Elizabeth Hostel Melbourne
Also found on Melbourne’s Elizabeth Street, at number 494, Elizabeth Hostel is another cheap, centrally located Melbourne accommodation option for backpackers.
Across the road from Melbourne’s bustling Queen Victoria Market, the hostel offers 24-hour reception services, which is ideal for travellers checking in after late-night flights!
Room options include single rooms for solo travellers, as well as double rooms, and also, dormitory lodgings. Each of the rooms has access to a shared bathroom, as well as free wifi and kitchen facilities.
Queen Victoria Hostel Melbourne
Another backpacker’s option which is close to the Queen Vic Market, albeit a little north of the centre of the CBD, is the Queen Victoria Hostel. Situated at Level 1/312-316 Victoria St, North Melbourne, it still offers easy access to city attractions – such as, for example, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the National Sports Museum, and the Eureka Skydeck Tower.
The hostel offers the option of both mixed and female-only dormitories that sleep either 6 or 10.
Some of the hostel amenities include:
- Shared bathrooms and kitchen
- Free in-room wifi internet
- Air conditioning
- A bar/lounge area, complete with billiard tables
YHA Melbourne Central
The YHA Melbourne Central is located, quite unsurprisingly, at the very centre of Melbourne’s CBD. Its accommodation quarters can be found at 562 Flinders St, Melbourne.
With a mix of private and what the property calls “co-living” rooms, the hostel is right in the midst of the action, with Melbourne trams and coffee quite literally at its doorstep.
Some of the features of the self-proclaimed trendy digs are:
- Shared kitchen and communal dining area, complete with BBQ
- Rooftop and balcony area, as well as a bar and cafe
- 24 Hour reception
- Free wifi internet
Regardless of which of these Melbourne backpacker hostels you choose to stay at, you are set for a great time! Melbourne is a wonderful city, and its many delights are just waiting for you to discover them.