What Are the Best Hostels in Lyon, France?

When travelling to Lyon on a budget, save your euros for the famed cuisine, local wines and historic sights by staying at one of the citys best hostels
When travelling to Lyon on a budget, save your euros for the famed cuisine, local wines and historic sights by staying at one of the city's best hostels | © Stockbym / Alamy Stock Photo

Visiting France’s third-largest city on a budget? Save your euros for Lyon’s family-run bouchons, Côtes du Rhône wines and visiting the beautiful Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Just two hours from Paris, Lyon doesn’t attract the big crowds like the French capital does, but it’s well worth seeking out. It’s renowned as being the capital of French cuisine. Alongside this, it’s home to the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, one of the country’s largest art galleries, as well as the birthplace of cinema (check out the Lumière Institute). Take a look at Culture Trip’s pick of the best hostels in Lyon.

1. Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot


Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot
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Unlike the others on this list, the Meininger is more like a budget hotel with hostel-style facilities. Private rooms range from simple doubles up to eight-bed bunk rooms, ideal for large groups. All rooms come with en-suite bathrooms and include access to a shared kitchen and laundry facilities. For some fun, head down to the bar for table football and a cold beer. Pets are welcome for an extra fee.

2. Alter’hostel


Courtesy of Alter’hostel / Hostelworld

Alter’hostel has a friendly, rustic feel to it. Dorms range from six- to sixteen-bed rooms, each with air-conditioning, individual lockers and sheets included. Hang out in the communal bar, which serves beer and organic pizza, or cook your own meal in the kitchen. Step outside and you’ll find yourself on the banks of the Saône River. Hop on the vaporetto, the only bus-boat in the city, to explore a different part of the city. Alternatively, join a kayak adventure or sign up for their Éco-Charlie volunteer scheme, where they salvage perfectly good discarded food from local supermarkets.

4. Away Hostel and Coffee Shop


Away Hostel & Coffee Shop
Courtesy of Away Hostel and Coffee Shop / Expedia

Situated in a 19th-century building, Away Hostel & Coffee Shop looks fairly staid from the outside – but inside you’ll find 22 impecable rooms with clean white-washed walls and Scandi-style wooden bunk beds. Four to ten-bed dorms await, plus there’s a range of private rooms with private and shared bathrooms. Two key highlights are the on-site coffee shop, which does a great flat white, and daily activities – ranging from yoga classes to cocktails and clubbing nights.

5. SLO Living Hostel


SLO Living Hostel
Courtesy of SLO Living Hostel / Expedia

SLO Living Hostel has mastered the art of taking it easy. The pretty outdoor garden with giant bean bags and a hammock is a great place to relax while weekends bring party vibes with travellers mingling at the bar. Bright clean dorms include comfortable bunk mattresses, and Wi-Fi reaches every room. The food here is particularly good – think fresh pancakes for breakfast and charcuterie platters in the evening – plus the location is a real draw. It’s just 10 minutes from Lyon Part Dieu station as well as Bellecour Square.

Nina Zietman contributed additional reporting to this article.

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