5 Unexpected Things That You’ll Have to Pay for When Staying at a Hostel

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It’s no secret that hostels are the most affordable type of accommodation on the market, but most people don’t know that they come with many hidden expenses. Some things that usually come free at hotels had to be paid extra at hostels and that happens to be the case with these five.


When booking a stay at a hotel, you’ll usually get breakfast free of charge. That’s not always the case with hostels, and some of them will ask you to pay extra for this amenity—while others won’t even offer it.


If you’re trying to save space in your suitcase, always remember to check if your hostel offers free towels because most of them will ask you to pay extra to rent them during your stay.


Privacy doesn’t come cheap at hostels and you’ll need to cash out a lot of money for a private room if you want to avoid staying at a dorm. It’s up to you to decide if a private room is worth it because it can cost as much as an Airbnb.

Fun Activities

Hostels often offer a wide range of fun activities, from city tours to pub crawls, but keep in mind they’re often organized by local tour companies and don’t come free of charge.


There’s no need for padlocks when staying at hotels, but they’re a must when you book a dorm room in a hostel. Bringing your own is always a good idea because some hostels charge them extra.