3 Best Hostels in Athens, Greece the complete guide and overview for backpackersIt’s time to get excited for Greece and the 3 best hostels in Athens. This capital city is a real mix of ancient and modern world, a treat for historian lovers and solo travellers.

Your shortcut:

  1. City Circus – great for solo travellers
  2. Bed Station – a top Athens backpackers hostel
  3. Bedbox Hostel – best for couples + female solo travellers

If you’re looking for epic Greece hostels, look no further.

We’ve handpicked cool Athens hostels with rooftop areas, cosy dorms and homely vibes.

And yes, you will find a section on the best party hostels in Athens.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

These individual guides are part of our ultimate guide to 20 best hostels in Greece.

In this guide we cover:

Looking for 5 Star Hostels? Sadly we don’t yet have one in Athens (but rumor has it one is coming soon….).

Yet, you can find four must-see 5 Star Hostels in other parts of Greece:

  1. Caveland Hostel in Santorini
  2. STAY Rhodes in Rhodes Island and
  3. MyCocoon Hostel in Mykonos
  4. Cocoon City Hostel in Chania, Crete

Quick Introduction to Athens Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 11€ up to 18€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Athens starts from 20€ up to 80€ per night.

This is a rough average to give you an idea. As prices always depend on season and holidays. We always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost at the place you are planning to book.

Exploring the city: Athens is widely spread and there’s lots to see. We highly recommend joining a free walking tour which can be arranged through most hostels or via Athens Free Walking Tour website. It’s a great way to settle in and get your bearings!

One sight you need to book: There is one sight you have to visit and enter; the Acropolis! This is why you are here. Take a guided tour with Take Walks, it is informative, small groups, and fun. I would not recommend going on your own without a guide; you will be missing context. And with such an important sight, this is where you want to invest a few dollars!

Location: All hostels can be found in Monastiraki, a central neighborhood within walking distance to the Acropolis. It does not seem like the best neighborhood ever. It is touristy, yet it feels a bit sketchy. It seems to be safe though with plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs. The City Circus has the best location, I’d say as it is located on a bright and bigger street.

Best Roof Top Terrace for Sunset and Views: We checked out several roof top terraces.  The best one was A for Athens. It is located in the city center, and in walking distance from all mentioned hostels.  Check the map. Come here before sunset for a view over the city and Acropolis. Prices are bit above average, yet still affordable (and not high-end luxury prices!!).

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Athens are…

Before you explore the incredible Acropolis, let’s check out the most awesome hostels in Athens:

  1. City Circus – great for solo travellers
  2. Bed Station – a top Athens backpackers hostel
  3. Bedbox Hostel – best for couples + female solo travellers

1. City Circus (daily events + rooftop views)

If picturesque views over the Acropolis from a private rooftop terrace sounds like your kind of thing, spend a night or two at City Circus Hostel.

This quirky design hostel is pretty cosy, with plenty of character. For us, this is one of the coolest hostels in Athens, no questions asked!

What was once a pretty standard building has been transformed with retro furniture, antiques and local wall art.

The vibrant area of Monasteraki is just 5-minutes away so you’re in the heart of this vibrant city if you stay here.

Book City Circus here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

City Circus one of the best hostels in Athens, GreeceCity Circus one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

City Circus certainly comes up when the topic is about Boutique Hostels in Athens.

If you want to run away and join the circus you won’t be disappointed with the room choice:

  • 4-bed mixed ensuite
  • 4-bed female ensuite
  • 6-bed female dorm
  • 8 mixed dorms
  • Double rooms (budget, standard, superior + Loft Apartment)
  • Twin standard/deluxe

No matter which you choose, you’ll enjoy a super-comfy mattress, individual lights and power sockets, plus that all important A/C.

This is certainly a place to meet people – all you need to do is join one of the organised events, happening every night of the week.

From happy hours and bar crawls to movie nights, you’ll surely be entertained.

Feeling peckish? Head to the Zampano restaurant for delicious Greek cuisine and coffee. All guest are eligible for a 10% discount here!

FYI: Breakfast is included for those that book directly via the website. Book by any other means and enjoy breaky for a few extra coins.

City Circus is the best design hostel in Athens for:

  • Solo travellers
  • female Solo-Travellers
  • Older Travellers
Book City Circus here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

City Circus one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

City Circus one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

Here is a video, showing you around City Circus. Judge for yourself, is this your Athens Hostel you want to stay at?

2. Bed Station (super spacious + chilled)

Bed Station offers superb, spacious accommodation in the very heart of historic Athens.

It’s not only the rooms that are spacious, but the hostel too.

Just have a look at the wonderful balcony with yes, you guessed it; views of the Acropolis! All this space makes it an ideal Athens backpackers hostel.

The coffee downstairs is also great. Just ask them to use an actual coffee cup, not a plastic cup. Because, you know, unnecessary waste.

Book Bed Station here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bed Station one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece Bed Station one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

We reckon female solo travellers will love the female dorms here.

Why exactly?

  • Only 4-beds in the room
  • Pod-style bunks w/ curtain
  • Linen included
  • Tons of space to spread out

There are even coffee machines in each room. What a wonderful way to start the day!

Enjoy your breakfast on the traditional balcony before heading up to the rooftop for some fantastic views.

Set over 5 floors, there is an ideal working space for the digital nomads out there, plus a shared kitchen.

No doubt this is the choice for backpackers as there is plenty of space to relax and rearrange without treading on anybody’s toes.

Bed Station is the best hostel in Athens for:

  • Backpackers
  • Digital Nomads
Book Bed Station here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bed Station one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

Bed Station one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

3. Bedbox Hostel (male + double bed dorms)

Last but not least we have the wonderfully modern Bedbox Hostel once again in the heart of Athens.

Some of the best attractions such as Roman Agora and the National Garden are within walking distance.

So, what can Bedbox entice you with…?

  • Terrace w/ seating area
  • Onsite bar
  • Shared lounge
  • Fully fitted kitchen
Book Bedbox Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bedbox Hostel one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece Bedbox Hostel one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

The rooms are certainly worth mentioning. They’re spacious and well thought out for long-term travellers.

Everyone gets their own box (lock included) to store belongings safely, and a privacy curtain to hide away on those anti-social days. We all have them!

Not only is there a female dorm, but a male dorm too. AND the 4-bed mixed dorm has double beds.

We think this is super cool, and I’m sure our travelling couples will too.

The front desk is open 24-hours which is great for late check ins and for those all important questions.

Bedbox Hostel is the best hostel in Athens for:

  • Couples
  • Female Solo Travellers
Book Bedbox Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bedbox Hostel one of the best hostels in Athens, Greece

Best Hostels in Athens for Solo Travellers

Come on then, let’s have a quick recap of some of the best hostels in Athens for solo travellers:

  • One for sociable solo travellers: City Circus has events and a great selection of mixed dorms
  • Great pick for male and female solo travellers: Bedbox Hostel because of the single sex dorms

Eager for one more, no doubt. We thought so, which is why we’d love to introduce you to Athens Quinta.

This gorgeous vintage hostel is decorated in unique artifacts and groovy furniture.

Free breakfast, complimentary toiletries and a beautiful backyard await you here. The staff love to advise and have a chat, too!

You’ll be located in the centre of Athens, but away from the tourist hub. Countless bars and restaurants are within walking distance.

Book Athens Quinta here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Athens Quinta one of the best hostels in Athens for solo travellers

Best Party Hostels in Athens

Ok ok, we know some of you love a good party so it would be rude of us not to include an awesome party hostel in Athens.

Do you want a more active hostel with events and party? Then go for Athens Backpackers.

You can expect a roof top terrace with views of the Acropolis at night to mingle, have a drink and enjoy music. Travellers here are usually younger backpackers.

A perfect hostel for solo-backpackers, looking for a classic fun hostel!

The Sports bar and burger bar downstairs are also a popular place to get your hunger fixed and kick off your pub crawl.

Make sure you ask the super friendly staff about their events; especially in summer!

The hostel also offers free luggage storage on day of departure, laundry, fast and free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen to use and even a basic free breakfast.

On top of that, the location is awesome! It is easy to go to the Airport, and you are right between Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis. There’s also bars and restaurants around.

Have a look on the video below; The Little Backpacker shows you quickly around.

Good to know: As with many classic hostels, you need your own padlock for the locker.

Book Athens Backpackers here

Compare prices here: Hostelworld

More Hostels worth a mention

Usually we only share 3 TOP hostels. After all, you only need 1 fantastic one, fitting your style and budget.

All our mentioned hostels above are our favorite hostels in Athens. However, the list is obviously not complete. There’s always more hostels.

Here we share more Athens hostels worth a mention.

  • Athenstyle

Athenstyle – Roof Top Terrace with Acropolis view

Perhaps you’re in search of an Athens hostel rooftop bar?

Then you’ll certainly love Athenstyle.

It’s open all year round and 360 degree views across Athens. Breakfast is available in the morning (for a few extra coins), followed by drinks, happy hour and special deals until midnight.

Join the walking tour and make new friends and end the day in comfy, bright rooms. Dorms and privates are available. Although it is a good hostel, many guests complained about outdated furniture and the rooms downstairs are very loud due to the nearby bars.

If this is something you want to avoid and you want a quiet hostel, then your best bet is City Circus.

Book Athenstyle here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Athenstyle one of the best party hostels in Athens, Greece

Cheapest Hostels in Athens, Greece

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And certainly, you can find cheap hostels in Athens.

Yet, we think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find where to stay in Athens on a budget.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Athens
  2. Order the listing by price

It is simple as that.

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

Yet again, make sure you check all the other costs like breakfast or extra transport. the list above highlights our top hostels in Athens, we will stick with them since you can expect a fun quality stay here.

Airbnb Athens + Promo Codes

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Athens. We know, it’s a pity.

You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here. Airbnb Athens is an alternative to our awesome Athens hostels collection.

Map of Athens Hostels + TOP Sights

Now it’s time to find your chosen hostel on a handy map. Or perhaps you want to see where they all are before you choose.

Alongside all of the Athens hostels, we’ve pinpointed must see sights including:

  • Acropolis of Athens
  • Parthenon
  • Plaka
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • Temple of Hephaestus
  • National Garden
  • Hadrian’s Arch
  • Psyri
  • best roof top terrace in town is the A for Athens.

Looking for more ideas to make your time in Athens even more awesome? Check out these cool things to do:

Discover more with the Athens, Piraeus and Beaches Hop-on Hop-off bus.

Flights to Athens?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Athens, London, Edinburgh, Barcelona etc.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Europe

More Hostels in Greece and Europe

We have handwritten even more unique hostel guides for you. They will help you to travel better and smarter.

Read our complete guide on best hostels in Greece here. Here are all more handwritten guides:

Find all our hostel guides worldwide here.

Over to you

So there you go, we just introduced you to the 3 top hostels in Athens.

Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Athens hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help with the overall feel of this article.

Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are always keen to help!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! Hostelgeeks ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. As always, we only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

– – –
pin it for later

3 Best Hostels in Athens, Greece the complete guide and overview for backpackers

Your Smart 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: Read the full packing list here. Download Hostel Packing List