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YHA– Youth Hostel Association

YHA New Zealand        YHA AustraliaYHA England & WalesYHA Taiwan

Yha is the short term for  ‘Youth Hostel Association’ and many of the Youth Hostel Associations formed because of, or are members of Hostelling International.  Hostelling International is a global not for profit federation setup in 1932 to help young people learn about the world they live in. 

Hostelling International have member organisations who are known as ‘yha’ in around 20 different countries and some of the larger organisations exist in:

  •        England and Wales called ‘YHA England & Wales’
  •        Australia called ‘YHA Australia’
  •        New Zealand called ‘YHA New Zealand’
  •        China called ‘YHA China’
  •        Taiwan called ‘Taiwan YHA’
  •        Pakistan named ‘Pakistan YHA’

Across all the organisations who operate using the yha name, we have over 700 youth hostels spread across around 600 cities.   Some of the most popular yha hostels are located in cities like London, Oxford, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Hong Kong. 

You can book stays at most of those youth hostels on our website or you can join yha by buying an eMembership which will either grant you access to the hostels or a 10% discount.  You can also of course buy a yha membership from your local yha organisation.

All of the Youth Hostel Associations operate as a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to help young people of limited means.   You can find the contact details of your nearest yha organisation by visiting our network page. or you can find a specific yha hostel by searching our site for the city it exists in. (e.g. YHA London)

In some countries, organisation have changed their names hence you won’t find a YHA USA or YHA Canada for example.  They are known as HI USA and HI Canada.