Belfast International Youth Hostel

22-32 Donegal Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Distance from city centre: 1km
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Rating: 79%from 33 reviews

  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 79%Staff
  • 86%Security
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 80%Location
  • 80%Value for money
  • 76%Facilities
Belfast's only Hostelling International (YHA) Hostel:
(But you don't need a membership card to stay!)


Just off Shaftesbury Square (bus route 8 or 9) in the city centre.
We are located between City Hall and Queens University, a short walk from both.
We are the closest hostel to the Europa Bus Station and just around the corner from Botanic Rail Station, for direct connections to Titanic Quarter.
Its the perfect location for the museum, parks, cafes, pubs, restaurants, theatre and cinema!

Important stuff:

Online bookings are limited to 6 people: email us if there are more than 6 of you so that we can take you through our group booking procedure: otherwise check in cannot be guaranteed.
Maximum stay: 7 nights.
Photographic ID or HI membership card is required from everyone checking in: this is held at reception until check out.
Check in starts 13.30: Check out before 11.00.
Latest check in if you have booked beds in a shared dormitory room: 23.00
Hostel quiet time: 23.00 to 7.00.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their legal guardian: parent, teacher etc
Breakfast is not included, but may be purchased on the ground floor.
Free WiFi is available in common areas on the ground floor.
We also have coin operated kiosks for internet access at 1 per hour.
Payment is required on arrival in cash (GBP only) or by credit/debit card.
We do not accommodate stags, hens, sports teams (apart from school teams) so that we can provide a quiet, comfortable and relaxing place to spend a night or 2.


Belfast's biggest, longest established hostel: no gimmicks, just clean, safe accommodation. Its a perfect base from which to explore the city and its history, ideally located for a walk through the university area, along the river to the ever-changing waterfront and Titanic Quarter, or to the shops in the city centre.

We have rooms to suit all budgets, from a basic cheap dormitory bed to a double with private shower/toilet. We embrace the hostelling ethos so expect to make your own bed: the TV is in the TV room: the kettle in the self-catering kitchen!

We welcome guests of all ages (from 2 to 92!!!) from all over the world, including solo travellers, couples, groups of friends, families with children and groups.

Our self-catering kitchen is fully equipped and open from 6.00 to 10.30 and 12.30 to 23.00. There is a plentiful supply of hot water during the day, and our central heating is on from 7.00 to midday and 19.00 to midnight (the building is not heated during the summer months).

We are open and staffed 24 hours a day with no curfew or lockout.
We have a secure car park which is free of charge.
There is a luggage room: this is also provided free.


All of our rooms have bunk beds, apart from our en-suite twins and doubles.
Standard twins are small (half the size of a standard 4) and designed for those seeking a budget room but some privacy, not extra space or comfort.
The shower rooms in our en-suite rooms are designed as wet rooms, with no shower doors or curtains.
Furnishing, floor covering etc varies from room to room.
Towels and soap are not provided.
The building is No Smoking in line with the law in Northern Ireland.

Causeway Cafe:

Open on the ground floor from 8am until midday every day, apart from the Christmas period, if you would like to buy breakfast or brunch: freshly 'cooked to order' food. Fruit, biscuits, soft drinks, crisps, chocolate, coffee, speciality teas, hot chocolate, packed lunches, fresh sandwiches, cooked breakfasts, bagels, freshly baked croissant etc

Tour bookings:

Giants Causeway:
There is a tour office at the hostel for booking causeway tours or a freephone to contact them outside office hours
We can book your black taxi tour for you at the hostel reception desk.

Hostel reservations:

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Booking Conditions:

'No shows' are charged for the first night of their stay, less the corresponding deposit amount for that night. Online bookings for groups of more than 6 people are not permitted (including those made on different websites and in different names).
To book for a group (schools, universities, church groups etc) please contact the hostel directly to make your reservation. Student groups should be accompanied in the hostel by a teacher/tutor during their stay.

Hostel management reserves the right to refuse check in.

Respect and consideration for staff and other guests is expected at all times, particularly during the hostel quiet time: anyone causing problems or complaints from other guests will be asked to leave.

Alcohol is not permitted in shared dormitory rooms.

Only registered guests have access to the hostel.

Families with children under 16: please book a bed for all children travelling with you. Please contact us after booking to let us know you require a 'family room' as under 16s are not permitted to share dormitory rooms.

GROUPS (7 or more people) are not permitted to book online.
Groups of more than 6 people should contact the hostel directly to book.


Prices are per person per night.

Availability & Rates

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Bicycle parking
  • Breakfast not included
  • Café
  • Child Friendly
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Elevator
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Hot Showers
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meeting Room
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Taxes included
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

GROUPS (7 or more people) are not permitted to book online.
Groups of more than 6 people should contact the hostel directly to book.



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Situated in Belfast's University area, on the Donegall Road, just off Shaftesbury Square.
10 minutes walk from the Europa bus station where the Dublin bus stops, straight down Great Victoria Street. Come out of the Bus Station onto Great Victoria Street. Turn right. Turn right again at the KFC in Shaftesbury Sq. We are on the left, just past the bus stop.
If arriving by train from Dublin, take the connecting train to Botanic station, there is no need to buy another ticket. Come out of Botanic Station and turn right. In the Square you will see the KFC. Walk past the KFC and we are on the left.

Located Near

The hostel is located about halfway between Belfast City Hall and Queen's University/Botanic Gardens/Ulster Museum - so within walking distance of most city centre visitor attractions.
It is close to the Europa Buscentre for airport transport - and to Botanic Train Station for links to Titanic Quarter.

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