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Whether by the beach or in a big city, within a National Park or small town, HI USA hostels around the country offer more than just a place to lay your head at night. Our special programs and activities inspire a greater understanding of the world and its people, allowing you to connect with fellow travelers and explore each destination like a local.

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Join Our Community of Travelers

Hostelling is more than just a way to travel: it’s a movement for people who believe in building a more tolerant world. As a HI USA member, you’re part of that movement, and part of a community of travelers around the globe.

Purchase an Individual Membership

Benefits of Membership


  • Access to the HI USA network of 30 hostels
  • Access to more than 3,500 HI hostels in 89 countries worldwide
  • Opportunities to meet other travelers and feed your travel interests.
  • Valuable savings on travel services and products, from guided tours and transportation, to travel gear and guidebooks, and much more

Types of Membership

HI USA is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that travel has the power to change lives. Your HI USA membership allows us to make these transformative experiences and programs accessible to more people – including you!

To stay at a HI USA hostel, each guest must be a member, and there are several types of membership available. You can purchase a daily, annual, or lifetime membership as an individual, or there are options for groups as well.

Daily memberships ($4 per night) can be purchased at HI USA hostels at check-in. Youth, adult, and life memberships can be purchased online, over the phone, or via mail. The prices listed below for youth and adult membership costs are for digital membership only. If you like to travel with a physical membership card, don’t worry! We can print you one for an additional fee.

Individual Membership


Youth (under 18)


Life (never expires)

Daily (purchased at hostel)

Purchase an Individual Membership

Group Membership


Are you part of a U.S.-based group traveling with 8 or more people? Sign up for our free group membership. Note that we are only able to offer Group memberships to U.S. residents.*

We can also help groups arrange stays in our hostels or organize itineraries and programmed activities. Contact us for group sales support.

Contact Us to Request a Group Membership

*Youth, Life, and Group memberships are only available for U.S. residents. If you are not a U.S. resident and are interested in these types of memberships, visit to find the closest Hostelling International office in your home country.

Membership Discounts




Membership Support


If you need assistance from our Membership Department, just ask!

Phone: +1 240-650-2100. We’re available to help you between between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.


If you’ve lost your membership card and would like it to be emailed to you, be sure to include your name and address so we can verify your membership. We will email proof of membership within 2-3 business days.