Railway Square YHA

8-10 Lee StreetSydney2000Australia
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About Railway Square YHA

Located within a short stroll of Central Station, the Railway Square YHA features 24-hour access and an outdoor pool. Nearby attractions include the Powerhouse Museum and Darling Harbour entertainment district.

Accommodation is offered in a Victorian-style building and an adjacent annexe of repurposed railway carriages. Options include double/twin rooms, en-suite rooms, and multi-share dorms with shared bathrooms. Linen and lockers are provided.

Facilities at the Railway Square YHA include a tour desk, a TV lounge, and secure bike locking.  A free Wi-Fi hotspot is available although guests may also pay a fee to enjoy Wi-Fi Plus in individual dorms and rooms.

The Parcel Shed Cafe opens daily for continental breakfasts, snacks, and drinks. Plus, there’s a fully equipped communal kitchen as well as BBQ facilities available for guest use.

This hostel lies within a ten-minute drive of Sydney Tower Eye and the Royal Botanic Garden, 12 miles from Sydney Opera House, and 20 minutes from Taronga Zoo.


8-10 Lee Street, Sydney, 2000, Australia
Telephone: +61(2)92819666 | Fax: +61(2)92819688 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Concierge
  • Convenience store
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Hotel bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking lot
  • PC with internet
  • Restaurant
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Desk
  • Ironing board
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Wheelchair accessible

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Clean and reasonably spacious accommodation

While reviews of this hostel occasionally suggest that maintenance could be improved, feedback about the standard of the accommodation here is generally positive. Guests have found the rooms and dorms are clean and reasonably sized.

Unique location near public transport

Guests have enjoyed the location of this hostel and many have found the unique setting appealing, especially since much of the accommodation is provided in rail carriages. The proximity of the train station has also proved popular, with guests commenting that they were able to explore the city easily.

Friendly and helpful staff

The staff at this Sydney hostel often attract positive feedback, with many guests describing the service here as friendly and helpful. The staff, along with the wide mix of people you’ll find staying here, helps to create a nice vibe and a welcoming atmosphere.

Negative Reviews

Wi-Fi could be better

Previous guests haven’t been too thrilled with the quality of the Wi-Fi here. Issues vary - a fair number of guests have found the Internet connection slow while others have simply been disappointed by the extra costs involved in Wi-Fi Plus.

Some noise concerns

Complaints about noise crop up from time to time among reviews of this hostel. The problem doesn’t appear to be excessive but has proved challenging to a number of previous guests.

More plugs needed

Guests have noted that there is an insufficient number of plugs in the mixed dorms. This is a minor point perhaps, but can be a frustrating one nonetheless.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 660 reviews across the web
8.2 /10
  • Expedia
    8.3 /10
  • hostelbookers
    8.6 /10
  • Hotels.com
    7.8 /10
  • Other Sources
    8.1 /10
8.2 out of 10 based on 660 reviews