Get ready for pristine beaches, Gothic architecture and truly awesome Dubrovnik hostels.
Solo travellers, party hostel lovers and backpackers will surely love this handpicked selection. Some people might say, this is the guide to the “best hostels in Kings Landing”.
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
Make sure you read our big guide to 24 best hostels in Croatia, including our own itinerary (and a few more gems!)
In this Dubrovnik hostel guide we cover:
- Introduction to Dubrovnik Hostels
- 3 Best Hostels in Dubrovnik
- Best Hostels for Solo Travellers
- Best Party Hostels
- Cheap Dubrovnik Hostels
- Promo Codes
- Dubrovnik with a car – Parking
- Itinerary, Beaches, Things To Do
- Map of Dubrovnik Hostels + Sights
- Flights to Dubrovnik
Quick Introduction to Dubrovnik Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ up to 35€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Dubrovnik starts from 29€ up to 80€ per night.
The seasonal difference is huge here. And it also makes a big difference if you stay in the Old Town or outside.
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.
Dubrovnik City Tax: Be aware that the 1.33€ tax is not included in the booking price of any of the hostels mentioned in this article. It’s a requirement to pay this on arrival so make sure you have enough extra coins when you check in.
Hostel Location: Dubrovnik is actually more than the famous Old Town. Yet, this is exactly where the magic happens. We recommend staying inside the Old Town. It is much nicer. You can wake up early to have the city for yourself (before 8am) and at night you can enjoy live music in the pubs and eat out until late at night.
The hostels downtown are more pricey, but 100% worth it. A good investment in your experience!
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (+ websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Dubrovnik are…
Without further ado, let’s delve in and check out the coolest hostel Dubrovnik has to offer…
- Hostel Angelina Old Town – one for solo travellers
- Petra Marina – great for female solo travellers + backpackers
- City Walls Hostel – top pick for couples
1. Hostel Angelina Old Town (rooftop views + spacious rooms)
Located inside the city walls, Hostel Angelina Old Town leaves you feeling as if you’re staying inside a castle.
And as mentioned, we highly recommend staying inside the walls, the Old Town – UNLESS you are coming with a car. (If so, read our section of parking in Dubrovnik.)
This 400 year old building boasts a lovely terrace overlooking the red roofs of central old town Dubrovnik. It’s certainly the best view the city has to offer!
Most importantly, the rooms here are cosy, air-conditioned and comfortable.
Whether you opt for a mixed dorm or private room you’ll love the…
- Homely, cosy vibe
- Sturdy wooden bunks
- Ready-made beds
- Reading light + plug
- Available lockers
The staff love to make their guests feel welcome by arranging social activities such as sunset tours, cliff jumping and kayaking.
Yes, cliff jumping. It’s the thing to do in Croatia!
If you’re looking to chill, enjoy some downtime in the lounge area. Or the terrace of course.. we just wanted to mention it again!
There’s also a handy fully-fitted kitchen to prepare that all important meal after a day of exploring.
Good to know: groups are accepted at a maximum of 8 people. This is to maintain the sociable atmosphere of the hostel.
Hostel Angelina Old Town is the coolest hostel in Dubrovnik for:
- Solo travellers
- Small groups
2. Petra Marina (dorms with balcony sea view)
We’d like to introduce to you a cosy family run hostel that offers dorm accommodation with a balcony and sea view. Welcome to Petra Marina.
That’s right; this hostel is perfect for backpackers looking to meet people in a more intimate setting.
Although there are no private rooms here, the mixed and female dorms more than make up for it.
The interior is bright, the lockers big and the sunset views can be enjoyed from the comfort of your very own terrace!
The two bathrooms, one male and one female, come with complimentary soap which is always welcomed when you realise you’ve forgotten yours.
As for the common area, it just to happens to be on a rooftop! The views extend even further up here to the Dubrovnik harbour.
A few important bits:
- No curfew
- Reception open 8am – 10pm
- 10% off nearby restaurant for all guests
- Private airport transfer available
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is 30 mins away, with a handy bus stop right across the street from Petra Marina. Within 100m is a supermarket, ATM, cafe and restaurant.
Petra Marina is the best hostel in Dubrovnik for:
- Female solo travellers
3. City Walls Hostel (Quiet location, homely vibe)
City Walls Hostel is an award winning hostel inside the walls of Old Town Dubrovnik.
It’s easy to see why when you see the lovely bright rooms with heaps of space and modern touches.
Once you’re done exploring the three floors, the staff will be eager to point you towards a secret swimming hole and nearby famous cliff-side bar.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
This honestly feels more like a shared house than a hostel. The staff are caring and the decor has that home-from-home feel.
Opt for a 4 or 6 bed shared dorm, or splash out on a cosy double with a sea view.
You’ll be glad to know linen is included as well as lockers, air-con and reading lamps.
The ground floor consists of a kitchen (free breakfast, tea and coffee) and a cute common area – the perfect gathering space.
Note that the reception is open until 10pm each day.
Do the staff a favour and let them know if you plan on arriving after this time.
Although in the heart of the Old Town, City Walls Hostel is located in the quiet part away from all the noise, but still close to the necessities such as bars, restaurants and shops.
City Walls Hostel is the best hostel in Dubrovnik for:
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Dubrovnik for Solo Travellers?
Come on then solo travellers, let’s have a look what Dubrovnik has to offer you.
The overall best hostel for solo travellers in Dubrovnik has to be Hostel Angelina Old Town.
In case you missed it before; there is a rooftop with awesome views and seriously spacious rooms.
The arranged activities are a sure fine way of meeting people and the dorms are designed to get people talking.
If you’re a female solo traveller, we cannot recommend Petra Marina enough.
The intimate setting is safe and welcoming, with a female-only dorm and bathroom for that added comfort.
Oh and how can we forget the awesome private terrace in each room – the views alone are worth staying here for.
Best Party Hostel in Dubrovnik?
We’ve gone that extra mile to find you a wonderful party hostel in Dubrovnik. We just know you’re going to love this one!
Old Town Hostel is super fun and unique, thanks to the vast array of activities on offer. Including:
- Bachata dance lessons
- Pancake day w/ Nutella + bananas
- Middle East hookah hour
- Emergency Hat Party (inc. disco ball, music + party hats)
- Moonlight nature walk
Other great ways to meet people is by joining a walking tour of the Old Town and a day swim tour with cliff jumping.
The accommodation offers mixed dorms, a large common area and kitchen.
Although there is no bar on-site, the local nightlife is just around the corner.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Cheapest Hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And certainly, you can find cheap hostels in Dubrovnik.
Yet, we think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
Usually the price is not that much different, but in Dubrovnik it can actually make a big difference.
Like 10€ or more even.
We said this already, but again: we think you should stay in the Old Town. It adds much more fun and value to your Dubrovnik trip. Seriously.
Dubrovnik is one of the few towns we recommend staying in the center.
The city is packed during the day. And it clears when the sun sets. Therefore, you can have the city almost for yourself in the morning when you stay in the Old Town.
The same goes for the nightlife; you can enjoy it much more when you do not need to take a 30 minutes bus back to your hostel.
The first time we traveled here, we stayed outside. We spent quite some time in transport, than actually exploring. That was kind of annoying. You can learn from our mistake.
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 Dubrovnik on a budget.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Dubrovnik
- Order the listing by price
It is as simple as that.
Here’s our guide how to book hostels on Hostelworld.
Yet again, make sure you check all the other costs like breakfast or extra transport. The list above highlights our top hostels in Dubrovnik, we will stick with them since you can expect a fun quality stay here.
Here is a map of Dubrovnik (below) to show you the actual size of the city – and the Old town only.
For going to the Old Town from Gruz port Ferry international, you need to take one of the following city buses: no.1A, no.1B, no.3.
A bus ticket for one ride costs roughly $2. A day bus ticket costs roughly around $4.40.
Always check the updated rates.
Also, there is a difference if you buy the ticket inside the bus with the driver or at the kiosk.
You can see the size of the city is much bigger.
BUT: Only the Old Town is the absolute beautiful part you want to visit. The rest…well, skip it and better go to places like Korcula Island.
You see, this is why we insist on the old town and staying central. Skip that mistake and enjoy the actual Old Town!
Any Promo Codes or Discounts?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Dubrovnik. We know, it’s a pity.
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We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Dubrovnik with a car – Where to park in Dubrovnik?
There is four main ways to travel to Dubrovnik. By plane, by bus, by ferry and by car.
Let us talk about the car.
If you think you can park your car in the Old Town Dubrovnik, you may also think you can park your car in Downtown Venice.
Sorry for the confusion: PARKING in the old town is NOT possible. Forget that!
You will need to park outside the old town.
Dubrovnik is actually much bigger than the Old Town. The city stretches even more North.
You see it in the map we added above.
There are in the North is less visited, and this is where you can park in Dubrovnik your car – even for free.
The area around Lapad is a good neighborhood to park your car, even for free. You can then take a public bus to the city center and relax.
Cannot find a free parking in Dubronvik?
Then try the parking at General Hospital Dubrovnik. It is a public parking and it costs 10€-15€ per day.
Check the map below, we marked the parking area for you.
Smart to know: If you were planning to park your car near to Old Town, you should get ready to pay around 10 Euros per hour in the Zone 0. This zone is a small carpark just outside of the Old City gates and is the most expensive public parking in Dubrovnik.
For that 10€ per hour, better get a delicious Pizza, seriously. Here’s a guide to parking in Dubrovnik.
Backpacking Croatia and How Long to Stay
We have already covered this several times: The Old Town is the #1 reason you are here for sure.
It is absolutely gorgeous, no doubt.
There is even beaches and numerous day trips offered to go around the area.
However, we recommend visiting the Old Town only and then head out to the islands. Dubrovnik is beautiful, yes. The beaches can be great too, but they are not the absolute best in the country; obviously.
The rest of the country will be even more impressive in terms of beaches, landscape, people and food – and less pricey and touristy.
Our recommend for an itinerary in Croatia would be starting in Dubrovnik for 2 days and then take the ferry to Korcula Island.
You will have less tourists, enjoy a richer and more authentic food culture and can kick-back enjoying the island-life. At Korcula you can go snorkeling, take a bike around, and visit many museums too.
After Korcula, it is time to hit Hvar Island.
It is probably the most famous Croatian island and in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast. Here you can either dive into the fun nightlife or keep exploring the beautiful landscape.
As for cool hostels in Hvar, we have to recommendations:
- Cast Away Eco Village Campsite – with amazing sea views and far from the city of Hvar
- For staying in Hvar City: The White Rabbit Hostel; perfect for solo-travelers
After Hvar, you will add Split to your bucket list. Another city with a rich nightlife and lots of culture.
The journey continues. To keep it simple, here is our backpacking itinerary for Croatia:
- Dubrovnik – 2 days
- Korcula – 2 days
- Hvar – 2-3 days
- Split – 2 days (read the guide to best hostels in Split)
- Trogir – 1 day/ night
- Primosten – 1 day
- Krka National Park – 1 day (this is the national park you can actually swim!)
- Zadar – 2 days (stay at Boutique Hostel Forum)
- Senj – 1 day (a former town run by pirates back in the day)
- Plitvicka Lakes National Park – 1 day
- Zagreb – 2-3 days (stay at the 5 Star Hostel in Zagreb and kick-back and rewind)
Again, check the map below. There we put the itinerary for Croatia.
Map of Dubrovnik Hostels + TOP Sights
On the map below you will find all of the best hostels in Dubrovnik pinpointed, as well as some must see sights including:
- Old Town City Walls of Dubrovnik – you can walk around the walls
- Fort Lovrijenac
- Vrata od Pila
- Dubrovnik cable car to Fort Imperial
- Get Lost in the Old Town
- Dubrovnik cable car
There are more activities and tours to consider, such as:
- A day trip to Montenegro
- Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls day trip
- 2-hour Game of Thrones tour – perfect for the GAT lovers
- 1 hour Buggy Safari
- 2 hour sunset cruise (with dinner)
- Elafiti Islands day cruise on a Karaka Ship
- 3 hour Sea Kayaking tour
- 1.5 hour Old Town Walking Tour
Pssssst: Fancy some great food, a good restaurant? Go with “Spagheterria Toni”. Fantastic food, reasonable prices. We marked it in the map below for you.
(activate and deactivate the different layers like itinerary, sights, hostels in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here.)
Flights to Dubrovnik
Flights to Dubrovnik are very easy to find. You can find many direct flights from Warsaw, Frankfurt, Barcelona and many more.
The Airport is South of Dubrovnik, and there is regular buses bringing you to the old town.
especially when planning for backpacking Croatia, it is a good idea to start in Dubrovnik. It is located at the very Southern point of Croatia. That is very convenient for planning your trip further North. Add Korcula to your list and go for some island hopping.
Anyways, back to the flights to Dubrovnik.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Dubrovnik, London, and Athens.
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.
More Epic Hostels in the Balkan Area
We hope by now you have found your answer to where to stay in Dubrovnik on a budget.
We have created even more handy hostel guides, so you can focus on your travels instead of researching your hostels for hours.
The first one you should check out is our guide to the 24 BEST hostels in Croatia.
We cover following destinations:
- best hostels in Zagreb – with swimming pool and party
- best hostels in Split, Croatia – compared
- 3 best hostels in Hvar Island, Croatia
- best hostels in Belgrade, Serbia
- best hostels in Athens, Greece
- best hostels in Skopje, Macedonia
Find all 5 Star Hostels in Europe right here – with one click.
Over to you
So there you have it, the 3 best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We wonder which one you will choose!
Are you left with any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Dubrovnik 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 all types of travellers!
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!
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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:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries