If you are arriving to Bishkek on a late night bus, Apple Hostel is a good option: you don’t have to walk Bishkek’s dark and drunk potholed streets. If you plan to stay for a few days, however, there are plenty of better backpacker joints; the bus station is not Bishkek’s best side, and Apple Hostel has all the soul of a vacuum.
Good facilities, but not homely
New since 2017, Apple Hostel near Bishkek’s bus station has decent beds, decent wifi and a decent shower, all regularly cleaned for under 10$. Occupying a large building just next to Bishkek’s main bus station, Apple Hostel was still under construction when we visited. The girls at reception were friendly, the shower was quick to the touch and the A/C functional. Plenty of plugs in the dorm rooms and quick wi-fi will please the connected traveler.
Bikes are available for rent and a table in the concrete garden space offers a place to eat the lunch or dinner you cooked up in the small kitchen. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria next door: the standard Central Asian dilemma of eggs and sausage versus semolina porridge.
So far, so good, and it’s really all the transiting traveler needs. A fine bus station hostel. But the phrase “bus station hostel” already hints at a darker truth. Large, white and completely devoid of any design aesthetic, Apple hostel is the antithesis of homely. Coupled with the bus station vibe just across the street, we recommend you look for something more central and cozy if staying on in Bishkek for a few days.
Stay here if you need to be close to the bus station. If not, have a look at our round-up of best hostels in Bishkek.