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Membership

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Hostelling International is a membership organisation and HI membership gives you much more than a comfy bed! It puts you at the heart of a huge international family, where you can share experiences, travel and friendship with people of all nations.


10 reasons to become an HI member:

  • Access to the world’s largest network of safe, clean hostels
  • Discounted member prices in many hostels
  • Be part of a global community of like-minded travellers
  • Discounted trips and activities in many countries
  • Concessions on entertainment during your travels
  • See the world on a budget
  • Reduced price admission to museums and cultural centres at home and overseas
  • Savings in retail outlets
  • Reductions on a wide range of travel services
  • And lots more besides

Membership savings programme

Your National Association or Hostelling International (HI) Membership card not only opens the door to the world’s largest network of safe, clean and welcoming hostels, but in many HI hostels, being a member now gives you at least a 10% saving on the cost of your accommodation - just one of the great reasons to become a member!

In some countries membership is compulsory if you wish to stay in HI hostels listed on this site. To find out what is applicable in the country you wish to visit, please check the Membership Savings Programme.

Apart from cheaper accommodation in many of our 4,000 hostels worldwide, membership also gives you access to thousands of travel-related savings at home and abroad. Please check locally with your HI hostel on arrival for details of these great benefits which can include; reduced-price admission to attractions and museums, discounts on meals, transportation and lots more.

Whatever your budget, membership helps you to explore and “Say HI to the world" - backpack across Europe, discover Down Under, dance to Latin rhythms, chill out on an idyllic Asian beach or simply 'Discover the real hostel experience' in one of our unique hostels worldwide.


How to become a member:

  • Purchase a membership from your nearest HI Youth Hostel Association office or membership selling outlet before you start your journey.
  • Purchase an international membership when you arrive at an HI hostel outside your country of residence. To check the price and availability of membership on arrival, please contact the hostel direct.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase a 12-month eMembership during the booking process with your hostel stay. The eMembership entitles you to stay in any HI hostel and receive at least 10% discount on accommodation charges compared to a non-member.

The table below lists the membership requirements of youth hostel associations whose hostels are listed on this site.

  • Membership Required: 'Yes' in this column indicates that Membership is compulsory in this country.
  • Member Saving: 'Yes' in this column indicates that Members will receive a discount on accommodation of at least 10% (compared to non members). A valid membership card must be shown to benefit from this saving.

 

 National Association or HI Membership cards are both acceptable.

Country (Association)

Membership Required

Member Saving

Algeria

Yes

Not Applicable

Argentina

No

Yes

Australia

No

Yes

Austria ÖJHV

Yes

Not Applicable

Austria ÖJHW

Yes

Not Applicable

Belgium LAJ

Yes

Not Applicable

Belgium VJH

No

Yes

Bolivia

No

Yes

Bosnia & Herzegovina

No

Yes

Brazil

No

Yes

Canada

No

Yes

Chile

No

Yes

China

No

Yes

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

No

Yes

Colombia

No

Yes

Cuba

No

Yes

Croatia

Yes

Not Applicable

Czech Republic

No

Yes

Denmark

No

Yes

Egypt

No

Yes

England & Wales

No

Yes

Estonia

No

Yes

Finland

No

Yes

France

Yes

Not Applicable

Germany

Yes

Not Applicable

Hong Kong

Yes

Not Applicable

Hungary

No

Yes

Iceland

No

Yes

India

Yes

Not Applicable

Ireland (Northern)

No

Yes

Ireland (Republic of)

No

Yes

Israel

No

Yes

Italy

Yes

Not Applicable

Japan

Yes

Not Applicable

Jordan

No

Yes

Kenya

Yes

Not Applicable

Korea (South)

No

Yes

Latvia

No

Yes

Lebanon

No

Yes

Libya

Yes

Not Applicable

Lithuania

No

Yes

Macedonia

No

Yes

Malaysia

No

Yes

Mexico

No

Yes

Morocco

No

Yes

Nepal

No

Yes

Netherlands

No

Yes

New Zealand

No

Yes

Pakistan

Yes

Not Applicable

Philippines

No

Yes

Peru

No

Yes

Poland

No

Yes

Portugal

Yes

Not Applicable

Qatar

No

Yes

Romania

No

Yes

Russia

No

Yes

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Not Applicable

Serbia

No

Yes

Scotland

Yes

Not Applicable

Singapore

Yes

Not Applicable

Slovakia

No

Yes

Slovenia

No

Yes

Spain

Yes

Not Applicable

Sweden

No

Yes

Switzerland

No

Yes

Syria

No

Yes

Thailand

No

Yes

Tunisia

No

Yes

UAE

No

Yes

Ukraine

No

Yes

Uruguay

No

Yes

USA

Yes

Not Applicable

Vietnam

No

Yes

 

If the country you wish to visit is not listed in the above table or you would like full details of the member discount applicable, please contact the National Youth Hostel Association directly.

Remember, Membership also gives you access to thousands of travel-related savings at home and overseas – see Membership discounts.