If you’re looking to travel the Oregon coast for cheap, it’s definitely doable.
This past summer my wife and I spent a month road-tripping up the coast with our two kids.
Hostels weren’t part of our planning this time but they have been on several trips in the past. Which is how I came to learn that hostels on the Oregon coast are few and far between.
Despite Oregon’s reputation, finding any sort of cheap or communal boarding is pretty much out of the question anywhere outside of Portland. The towns are just too small and the tourism is too seasonal.
However, there are a couple of options if you’re willing to travel a good distance between them. You’ll just have to give up on your dream of walking out of your hostel onto the beach as nearly all of the hostels on the Oregon coast are located along 101, the highway that runs the length of the coast.
So, while the hostels of the Oregon coast, might not be perfect, they’re still a great option to save some money and get to know some other travelers.
Here are five of our favorites…
Best Hostels On (or near) The Oregon Coast
Because there are few options we had to cast the net pretty wide when it comes to distance. We typically travel slowly so we would stay a couple of days at a hostel and then camp in between.
Oh, and if you’re looking for party hostels, these aren’t them.
1. Seaside International Hostel (Seaside, Oregon)
Seaside International Hostel is the perfect place to stay when visiting Seaside Oregon (and everyone needs to visit Canon Beach at least once).
Located just a short walk from the beach, the hostel offers guests a beautiful setting to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast.
The hostel also provides easy access to all of the shopping and dining that Seaside has to offer. Guests can choose from a variety of room types, including private rooms and dormitories, all of which are clean and comfortable.
The friendly staff at Seaside International Hostel are always happy to help guests with anything they need, and they can provide information about local attractions and activities.
If you’re looking to get a bit off the beaten path then Seaside might not be a perfect option but we’re always happy to spend a couple of days here after camping and connect with people.
2. Florence 101 Hostel (Florence, Oregon)
The Florence 101 Hostel is located in what I believe to be one of the most beautiful and underrated cities in Oregon (Florence, obviously).
The hostel is situated in a historic building that has been renovated to provide modern amenities while still retaining its old-world charm. The rooms are spacious and well-equipped, and the staff is helpful and friendly.
Additionally, they offer a variety of features that make it an ideal place to stay for both solo travelers and groups. There is a common area with games and books, as well as a kitchen where guests can prepare meals. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and there is also a laundry room and bike storage.
So whether you’re looking for a place to stay while exploring Florence or simply want to relax in a comfortable and welcoming environment, the Florence 101 Hostel is sure to exceed your expectations.
3. Ashland Commons (Ashland, Oregon)
Ashland Commons is a beautifully renovated old Victorian-style house that serves as a hostel in Oregon. Each room has been tastefully decorated and the common areas are cozy and inviting.
Every time we’ve stayed here the staff have been amicable and welcoming, going out of their way to make us feel at home.
The hostel is located in a great neighborhood just a short walk from downtown Ashland, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
4. Eugene Lodge and International Hostel (Eugene, Oregon)
Eugene Lodge and International Hostel is located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. The lodge is situated on a working vineyard and offers stunning views of the Willamette Valley.
The grounds include a large lawn, perfect for picnicking or relaxing in the sun. Guests can choose to stay in one of the lodge’s private rooms or in a shared dormitory.
The lodge also offers a variety of amenities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna.
For those looking to explore the area, the lodge provides bikes for rent and offers a variety of tours and activities. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adventure-filled vacation, Eugene Lodge and International Hostel is the perfect place to stay.
5. NW Portland Hostel (Portland, Oregon)
Since there aren’t a ton of hostels on the actual coast of Oregon, I decided to throw in one of the best hostels in Portland as it’s really a short trip to the coast to camp for a day or two.
Not all hostels in Portland are created equal, however, so if you’re not interested in this one be sure to do your own due diligence before showing up.
The NW Portland Hostel is located in a historic district of Oregon and is a great place to stay for budget-conscious travelers. The hostel offers dormitory-style accommodations with bunk beds, and private rooms are also available.
One of the best reasons to stay in Portland’s hostels is to save up for splurging on the great restaurants in the area so be sure to check out a few while you’re there.
Oh and back to the hostel… it has a kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals, and there is also a common area with a TV and lounge chairs. Guests can explore the nearby area on foot or by bike, and the hostel staff are happy to provide directions.
3 Alternatives To Hostels When Visiting The Oregon Coast
Just because the options for hostels aren’t numerous doesn’t mean that budget travelers who don’t own vans or campers should avoid the area.
Here are a few of the other ways that we have kept costs down when it comes to lodgings in western Oregon.
1. Dispersed Camping
Oregon’s coast is a beautiful and popular camping destination. However, many areas are crowded and lack privacy. Dispersed camping allows campers to enjoy the Oregon coast without the crowds.
Dispersed camping is legal on all public lands in Oregon, including state parks, national forests, and BLM land. There are some regulations to follow, such as Camping only in designated areas, obeying posted signs, and obtaining any required permits.
However, dispersed camping provides a great opportunity to experience Oregon’s coast in a more natural setting. And best of all, it’s free! So if you’re looking for a more solitary Oregon coast camping experience, dispersed camping is the way to go.
2. Airbnb A Single Room
One great way to save money while traveling in the state is by renting a single room on Airbnb. This can be a great option for solo travelers or couples who are looking for a more affordable place to stay.
Not only will you save money on accommodations, but you’ll also get to experience Oregon’s vibrant Airbnb culture (yes, it’s a thing…).
You’ll be able to meet new people and learn about all the different places to visit in the state. Plus, you’ll have access to all the amenities that come with staying in an Airbnb rental, such as a kitchen and laundry facilities.
3. Lots Of Campgrounds (With Cabins/Yurts)
The Oregon coast is a popular destination for camping, thanks to its dramatic coastline, mild climate, and abundance of wildlife. While there are dozens of campgrounds to choose from, some stand out for their scenic location, modern amenities, and easy access to hiking trails and other outdoor activities.
Among the best campgrounds on the Oregon coast are Cape Lookout State Park, Harris Beach State Park, and Nehalem Bay State Park. Cape Lookout offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from its high cliffs, Harris Beach is located adjacent to a secluded beach that is perfect for exploring tide pools, and Nehalem Bay State Park is situated on a pristine bay that is ideal for kayaking and fishing.
Whichever campground you choose, you’re sure to enjoy your time exploring the Oregon coast.
If you’re van camping, many campgrounds also have spots to accommodate you at pretty much any size.
Hopefully, you’re now a bit more comfortable planning your accommodations when the visit the Oregon coast!
The hostels that are there are pretty great and I’d recommend all that I’ve listed here, as long as you’re familiar with hostel-traveling and take the proper precautions.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!