Best Hostels in Europe

Looking for the absolute best hostels in Europe?

Welcome to the most outstanding and greatest hostels in Europe; the 5 Star Hostels! All these Europe hostels are brought to you by Hostelgeeks, your independent travel brand and guide to hostels.

We’ve done the research so you don’t have to waste time. Simple have a look at our collection and pick out your favourite from for the destination(s) you plan on travelling.

Are these the best hostels in Europe?


All featured backpacker accommodations are Eco-friendly, unique, design driven, social, and working with great hostel staff!

If you are into social, unique and design accommodations, this is your place to be!

This guide covers the cheapest hostels in Europe, as well as the coolest hostels in Europe, from the Czech Republic to hostels in Paris… not forgetting that all important party hostel or two!

It could be argued that Europe holds some of the best hostels in the world!

Put on a Map: Best Hostels in Europe

In this map we show all 5 Star Hostels and European destinations we cover.

Please zoom in to Europe to have a closer look. We reviewed hostels in Spain, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Malta, Denmark, Portugal and all over for you.

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We did all the leg work for you to unbox the coolest places to stay. All you need to do now is pick one, check reviews, facilities and other great perks hostels offer, and get booking!

These hostels are recommended to solo-travelers as well as couples. Budget travellers, backpackers and groups, too!

How to book Hostels in Europe?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

What is the cost of hostels in Europe?

If you are wondering how much are hostels in Europe for adults, or perhaps youth hostels in Europe, we recommend heading to the booking platforms (below) to investigate.

Hostel prices Europe per night change depending on many things such as season, location, hostel type etc.

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

These two platforms also offer mobile apps worth downloading if you book hostels frequently. Just search for hostelworld app and/or app in your search engine.

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use). This also includes info on when to book hostels in Europe.

Here’s our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.

One 5 star Hostel per Destination

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.

This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research. And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated ‘3 best hostels’ guides to cities with no 5 Star Hostels. Destinations with no 5 Star Hostel are Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Madrid, Munich, Milan, Rome.

Hostels in Europe for All Traveler Types

What are hostels in Europe like? We narrowed it down for you.

Whether you are traveling with your partner and want to socialize, or you are one of the brave solo-travelers. There are many, many wonderful hostels in Europe designed with many different traveler types in mind.

Some of them are certainly better for the younger backpacker crowd, such as the many youth hostels Europe offers. Others are family-friendly and accept small or large groups.

Read: 7 different types of hostels

Make sure you opt for the right hostel in Europe that matches your traveling style!

Let us help you out, no matter what traveler type you are:

  • best hostels in Europe for solo-travelers
  • hostels for those backpacking Europe
  • best hostels in Europe for couples

Are hostels safe for women travelers or families in Europe? Absolutely! Make sure you check out our dedicated lists below:

Get ready for stunning private rooms, swanky dorms, sociable common areas and fun activities perfect for meeting new people.

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Useful info for Traveling Europe

Before you pack your bags and board that flight, there are always necessary preparations to ensure you not only have a great time, but also stay safe and save money.

First things first; book your accommodation!

You don’t want to be disappointed to find your favourite hostel fully booked on your travel dates.

Top tip: Don’t overpack! Here’s a handy guide to what NOT to pack to stay at a hostel.

Hostel booked, what next?

Book Flights, Local Transport and Renting a Car

Don’t let yourself get too flustered by comparing the many flights on offer. It’s simple. Use these trusty search engines for flights and other transport across Europe:

  • – great for flights, buses and trains in Europe
  • for flights – our full review
  • Flix Bus – great bus service around Europe

Wanna rent a car in Europe?

Then compare first the rates for car rentals in Europe with Discover Car Hire. This is our go-to page. Bare in mind, for city-hopping you most likely won’t need a car. For road trips in a country or islands, a car is recommended.

Cheap Flights in Europe

Sort out Travel Insurance

Whether you’re looking for short-term or long-term travel insurance, it’s always a good idea to look at your options. Personally, this is one of our least favourite topics when it comes to travel. But, it is necessary.

We especially recommend getting travel insurance for Europe if you’re planning on going skiing, hiking and trying your hand at scuba diving.

Here’s a simple step by step guide for Long-term Travel Insurance (with prices).

We also wrote a big detailed review of the World Nomads Travel Insurance.

The two travel insurances we use are:

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Sort out a Visa

This does, of course, depend on where you’re from and if a visa is even needed.

But always make sure you check the website before you take off! Otherwise you could arrive in your destination only to be denied entry. No thanks.

iVisa has this super cool tool of checking your requirements. Just type in where you are from and where you are heading. And the system tells if you need anything special like an invitation letter or visa etc.

Here is our full review of to get you started.

Book Sightseeing Tickets & FUN activities

Alright, alright this might sound a bit too organised.

Yet believe us when we say that top destinations in Europe often sell out of tickets for their top attractions – FAST!

This includes cities like London, Paris, Rome and Athens.

So our suggestion is to avoid disappointment and book tickets in advance using the following sites:

Make sure you read through our travel guides on best things to do in each city. We have many city guides with quirky and immersive things to do. Activities you won’t find on these typical “things to do” lists. in Review: Easiest Way to Buy Tickets to Culture?

Useful Hostel Guides

We know Europe and the hostels in Europe like the back of our hand. We have been traveling since 2007, staying in the coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great European Hostels.

And not just that.

We also created a big guide to European Hostels.

When hostel hopping Europe, you might consider the…

We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart travel tips to help with your planning.

Here you can find ALL our articles about hostels.

The most important articles to read are:

And now? Keep scrolling.

You have come to the right place to find the best European Hostels, awarded with 5 Stars.

PLUS: this list now includes the ‘best hostels in’ guides across the continent.

Fall in love with the Best European Hostels

Destination not listed?

Then please please please let us help you. Just drop us a line and include a fun travel pun; we will get back to you in person as soon as we can!

We will send you over a handpicked hostel recommendation for that destination.

Hostel Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list.

It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries

Read the full packing list here.

Download Hostel Packing List

Staying up to date

This list of the best European Hostels, and the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.

We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations across Europe. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel - we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.

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