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Sydney - Railway Square YHA

8-10 Lee St, Sydney, 2000, Australia

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Sydney's most laid-back hostel, Railway Square YHA adjoins Central Station and offers railway carriage rooms in the heart of Sydney.

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Sydney Hostel

Hostel Sydney

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Sydney's most laid back hostel, Railway Square adjoins Central Station and is in the heart of Sydney's backpacker district. For something different, guests can stay in one of the funky railway carriages on the former Platform Zero, or try one of the comfy rooms in the historic 1904 main building, now converted into contemporary modern accommodation.

Hostel facilities include a spa pool, Internet cafe, 24-hour access, tour desk, indoor and outdoor communal areas and a self-catering kitchen. This fun Sydney hostel also has an activities and entertainment program. In a convenient location, guests can walk to nearby pubs, Chinatown and Darling Harbour.

Australia’s largest and most famous city, Sydney is home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a uniquely vibrant culture. From the breath-taking views of Sydney Harbour to the peaceful Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone.


Prices are members' prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • No membership purchase necessary, it is included for this booking.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • BBQ
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 13:00 to 23:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +61-2-9281-9666

Fax. +61-2-9281-9688

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Sydney Opera House (2 to 3km)
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge (2 to 3km)
  • Darling Harbour (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



The Trainwaggons are very loud, as the announcements from the train station can be heard all day and night! Also there is a smell of diesel (also from the train station) in the rooms. Would be nice to have fresh, filtered air in the rooms.


Avatar for Annalea Joy

Annalea Joy,

Sun 06 Oct 2019

Bien placé et bon potentiel mais pas nettoyé assez régulièrement lorsque nous y étions et donc les parties communes (les canapés, les tables) et les sanitaires laissaient à désirer; c'est la moins propre des 5 AJ où nous sommes allées en Australie. Et en plus, mon amie et moi n'étions pas dans la même chambre alors que nous avions réservé longtemps à l'avance, et le prix à payer ne correspondait pas à notre réservation donc le premier contact n'a pas été très bon même si notre interlocuteur a modifié le prix sans problème et a voulu compenser les 2 chambres en nous offrant les petits déj, ce qui est très sympa. J'imagine que lorsque l'AJ n'est pas complète il n'y a pas tous ces désagréments, et elle a quand même des bons côtés comme la terrasse par exemple ou la cuisine qui est bien organisée.


Avatar for Marie-Pierre


Mon 04 Mar 2019

Another system for storing both cold and not cold food


Avatar for Ilse


Tue 16 Jan 2018

l'accès aux services proposés n'est pas toujours explicité à l'arrivé


Avatar for Lamine


Sun 02 Oct 2016

I really loved to stay at the railway! The people and especially the staff has been so friendly! I really enjoyed the activities the hostel offered, for example going to a rugby game as a big group, quiz night or just playing pool!


Avatar for Verena


Sun 24 Apr 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Distance to Amusement / Theme park (3 to 5km)
  • Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (At or next to the hostel)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

7km to Sydney Airport. Take the airport shuttle to Sydney Central station exit onto Devonshire St and walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the backpacker hostel.
350 metres to coach terminal on Eddy Avenue. 30 metres to city bus terminals at Railway Square.
250 metres to Sydney Central Station. Follow the Railway Square YHA signs in the station to the YHA Hostel.

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