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!!).
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 Although it is a good hostel, many guests complained about outdated furniture and the rooms downstairs are very loud due to the nearby bars.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.
San Remo Hostel is welcoming and warm. The security is 24/7 and the staff are eager to help in any way possible. They also got the best recommendation in town.
There’s a large rooftop area to relax, have a coffee and meet new friends. The bathrooms and facilities are constantly cleaned.
Perks at San Remo Hostel:
Free City Maps
24 Hour Reception
24 Hour Security
Location: Located in the Athens City Centre district of Athens. It is 1.1 km from Omonia Square, 1.2 km from National Theatre of Greece and 1.5 km from National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Gazi – Technopoli is 1.8 km from SAN REMO HOSTEL, while Temple of Hephaestus is 3.3 km away. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.
Staff are wonderful and really make the place feel very welcoming. They are really sweet and helpful.
The common room is not so spacious but enough to play cards with people. Loads of bakeries and grocery stores around if you want to try it!
A value for money that makes it ideal for budget travelers. Anyway, they only have dorm rooms. If you are looking for private rooms, you should try other hostels.
Perks at Pagration Youth Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: Located in the Vyronas district of Athens. It is 1.5 km from Constitution Square. This Athens hostel is less than a 10 minute walk from Kallimarmaro Stadium. Evangelismos Metro Station is one km away.
Want another hostel Athens Greece has to offer? Students and Travellers Inn has private rooms and mixed or female-only dorms depending on what you need.
Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Just ask whatever you need and they will surely help you.
Having a 24 hour reception is convenient for guests who needs to checkout and check in in the middle of the night.
Perks at Students and Travellers Inn:
Free City Maps
24 Hour Reception
24 Hour Security
Location: The hostel is 6 minute walk to Syntagma Station. Hostel is 15 minutes on foot from Athens’ top archaeological sites, like the Acropolis, Ancient Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is 45 minute drive to Athens International Airport.
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 Greece on a budget.
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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.
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