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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Updated: 4 January 2018

As one of Indonesia’s most dynamic and populous cities, Surabaya offers a bustling and lively tourism scene to explore. Backpacking can be a great way to make the most of your stay, especially with an excellent accommodation to call home in between explorations. Discover the best backpacker hostels in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Livinn Hostel

Boasting a prime location just a five-minute walk away from the Gubeng train station, this hostel is a convenient hub for travelers looking to explore Surabaya’s nearby cities by train. Guests can also enjoy the neighborhood’s many restaurants, cafés and shopping centers. As for the facilities, the hostel provides an individual folded desk for each bed in the dorm-style rooms and a cozy common area with a modern, industrial interior, plus an open space with table tennis and other entertainment.

Kamariska Hostel

This hostel employs a modern London-style design with an industrial flair, with a pop of red that makes the space calming yet energizing. Located near Surabaya International Airport of Juanda, this hostel serves as an excellent transit for solo backpackers or those traveling in pairs or even group who would like to retain privacy but stay within a budget. Aside from the stunning rooms, the hostel also has a lounge, simple kitchen and roof garden (available during social hours).


This is the hostel for travelers whose plans are fun city tours around one of Indonesia’s biggest and most populous town. Located in downtown Surabaya, this hostel is situated at the heart of a vibrant neighborhood dense with attractions, from museums and historical landmarks to shopping centers. The hostel’s shared bedroom has simple bunk beds in a spacious, airy room that will make backpackers feel welcomed and relaxed after a long day of exploring.

Tab Capsule Hotel

This futuristic capsule hotel transforms sleeping into a unique experience in itself when traveling in Surabaya. More than just appearance, each capsule gives its guests the facilities of a modern life — LED TV, air cooler, mirror, reading lamp and more. Even though guests will share the same room with several capsule-dwellers, each one can be locked with smart cards to ensure privacy. Being so ahead of its time, Tab Capsule Hotel still maintains a very affordable rate suitable for backpackers, and its strategic location boasts convenient exploration options around Surabaya’s city center.

Morning Sun Bed and Breakfast

This bed and breakfast offers both comfort and affordability for travelers with different needs and budget. With several room options, guests can choose whether to rent a single private room or bunk bed for two. All rooms come with a wardrobe, private bathroom and delicious breakfast from the on-site café. In short, Morning Sun brings you daily necessities and luxuries at prices that still qualify you as a backpacker. The property is also decorated tastefully with earthy tones and modern furniture.

Ikiru to Live Guesthouse

This homey guesthouse greets its guests with bright colors and a warm smile, literally — in its logo, decorations and on the faces of the friendly staff. Each room is equipped with daily necessities that will help you to tackle daily tasks and activities when in Surabaya, like a desk, chair, reading lamp and even reliable and free Wi-Fi. The establishment also offers services such as laundry, car rent and local excursions (with additional prices).