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Cheap hostels in Rome suitable for backpackers are plentiful and cheap. Many have private rooms as well as the cheap dormitory accommodation.
The majority of hostels in Rome are clustered around Termini station, the public transport hub in Rome. The likelihood is that this is where you will arrive in Rome, whether by train or airport bus/train.
The area around Termini train station is full of budget accommodation and there is plenty of launderettes, Internet cafes and cheap places to eat.
It is around Termini Station that you will find the single largest concentration of hotels in Rome, and the district is very much a benchmark district for accommodation.
As Termini is the city centres local transport hub too, (the two metro lines intersect and the main bus station is here), it also means very good connections with all the sights.
Most have mixed dormitories with 4 to 8 beds, a few have female only dormitories.
All hostels differ in some respects but generally small free personal lockers, (bring your own lock) and larger luggage can be put in a special facility. Few hostels have curfews and nearly all have 24-hr staff on duty.
During the most popular months Rome is quite expensive for hotels, but if you are coming at slacker periods it is worth checking out hostels versus hotels for value for money if there are two or more of you.
Staying a little way out close to a Metro station can often mean a very comfortable hotel can be found, at little more than hostel prices during the winter months. See our Inner Suburbs hotel page.
Walk to the Colosseum! Set just 2 streets from Termini Station and even closer to the Vittorio Emanuele Metro stop. This hostel set over 7 floors of a 19th-century building and provides free Wi-Fi, a café and a bar. You can choose from rooms with private bathroom or dormitory rooms with an internal shared bathroom.
Rooms: 3-6 Bed Dorms, Single, Double, Triple & Quad Rooms
Location: Termini Station 200m
Termini Metro and Train Station is a ten minute walk from Carlito Hostel. Castro Pretorio Undreground on line B is a two minute walk from the property. Dorms feature a satellite TV. A breakfast buffet can be purchased on request, and it is served daily in the shared lounge. Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Rooms: 4 bed mixed dorms & private rooms for 1 to 5 people
Location: Carlo Pretorio Metro 150m, Termini Station 600m
Set between Repubblica and Castro Pretorio Metro stations in central Rome five minute walk to Rome Termini Station. Free Wi-Fi and a simple breakfast included in rate. Guests can relax in the small garden or in a shared lounge with fridge and microwave. Both dormitories and rooms have satellite TV.
Rooms: 4/5 bed mixed dorms, 4 bed female dorms. Double, triple & quad private rooms
Location: Termini Station 400m
200m from Vittorio Emanuele Metro Station and 600 m from Roma Termini Central Station. Friend House offers free wi-fi and simple, colourful rooms that include air conditioning. Guests enjoy free use of the shared kitchen. Breakfast of a cappuccino and a croissant is served daily at a nearby cafe and is included in rate. Vending machine, luggage storage.
Rooms: Mixed dorms
Location: Vittorio Emanuele Metro Station 250m, Termini Station 650m
Five minute walk from Roma Termini Train and Metro Station, the main transport hub for Rome city centre and geared towards the budget traveller. Dormitories with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi. All accommodation includes a safe. Some rooms set in a different apartment twenty metres away, where guests can use the kitchen, TV lounge and balcony.
Rooms: 3/4/5/6 bed mixed dorms, 6 bed female dorms
Location: Termini Station 300m
Just 500 m from Roma Termini Train Station offering air conditioned accommodation in Rome. The property features luggage storage and lockers. With free Wi-Fi, dormitories and rooms have a desk and a private bathroom with shower. A sweet breakfast is served daily in the room as part of the room rate. Bike tours/rental, vending machine, shuttle service.
Rooms: 2/4 bed mixed dorms. Double, triple & quad private rooms
Location: Termini Station 500m
Featuring a garden with outdoor furniture, Orsa Maggiore Hostel for Women offers rooms in a historic building. Located in Trastevere a major restaurant district that is a delight to explore the narrow lanes and alleys. Heated rooms are equipped with a desk and wardrobe with either a shared or private bathroom. Shared kitchen available for guests.
Rooms: 3/4/5/7 bed female dorms, double/twin private rooms
Just a ten minute walk from Termini Train and Metro Station, The Yellow features a gourmet restaurant, a shared patio, and DJ entertainment every night. It offers free wi-fi and colourful air-conditioned accommodation. The dormitories are reserved for guests between 18 and 45 years of age. Guest rooms are all en suite. On-site coffee house.
Rooms: 4/6 bed mixed & female dorms. Double & quad private rooms
Location: Termini Station 500m