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What are the Membership prices and types

Here are some answers to the most popular questions about HI membership and discounts:


What are the membership prices and types?

Membership prices and types (Adult, Child, Family or Life Membership) can vary around the world. Please contact your National Youth Hostel Association for full details. Please contact the hostel directly if you are planning to purchase a membership card on arrival. Only eMembership can be purchased on hihostels.com and prices vary depending on your country of residence as you will become a member of your National Association. Find full details on membership here.

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What are the member benefits? Why should I become a member?

Being a member of Hostelling International or your National Youth Hostel Association has many benefits and savings. HI Members save at least 10% on accommodation costs in HI Hostels worldwide compared to non-members. As a member, you also have access to the only global network of Youth Hostels which meet the assured standards, giving you peace of mind. HI Hostels operate in more than 90 countries and are continually growing to meet the needs of our customers. As a member you become part of a global community of travellers just like you and meet people of all nations and cultures, share experiences and friendships.

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How can I join Hostelling International?

An eMembership is the electronic form of membership to the HI network. Buy now or at the time of booking with your hostel stay. You will not receive a plastic card but you will be a full member for 12 months from the date you activate your eMembership with access to our Member benefits worldwide. Alternatively, you can purchase a membership card from your National Youth Hostel Association or membership selling outlet before you start your journey.  Your National Youth Hostel Association membership card is also valid in all HI hostels throughout the world and acts as an international card.

If you are already travelling outside of your country of residence or you do not have a National Youth Hostel  Association in your country of residence, you can buy eMembership now or purchase an international membership card when you arrive at most of our  hostels. Prices can vary between hostels, so please contact them directly for assistance using the contact details available on the hostel’s page.

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Do I have to be a member to book online/stay at a HI hostel?

You do not need to be a member or add your membership details online in order to make your booking. The prices generally include member discount (unless otherwise stated).

In many countries membership is compulsory to stay at our hostels. Where membership is not compulsory, non-members are required to pay a small surcharge or can purchase a membership card at the hostel. Find full details on membership here.

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What is a National Association/YHA?

Hostelling International is made up of National Youth Hostel Associations from around the world. National Youth Hostel Associations are umbrella organisations for the hostels within that country. Many National Youth Hostel Associations are referred to as YHAs and others have alternative names for their association.

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What is the difference between my membership and an eMembership?

Both types of membership will offer you a 10% accommodation discount.  Memberships issued by a National Association may include additional deals and you should refer to the country website for details.    With an eMembership you do not receive a card as it is an electronic membership, your email is your confirmation.

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