We get it: Europe is huge! When backpacking this part of the world you surely want to discover the absolute best hostels in Europe out of the many, many on offer.
That’s where we come in. Only Hostel Geeks such as us can deliver the coolest hostels worth staying in. Why?
Well, we’ve worked hard to find epic 5 star hostels you simply cannot miss. Our team have personally stayed in these hostels and we know many of the European cities like the back of our hand. That means insider tips and tricks!
FYI: This guide includes all of the major, must-visit cities in Europe.
Are these really the top hostels in Europe?
Yes! Oui! Ja! Si!
We’re so confident, in fact, that we’ve included only the #1 most epic and coolest hostel in each major city in Europe.
However! In case you’d like to compare, you’ll find links to our guides to that particular city and country. In each of these guides you’ll find the top 3 hostels, plus party hostels, insider tips, handy map etc. Basically, everything you possibly need to plan a perfect adventure.
Want to skip straight to the 5 star hostels in Europe? Here they are:
This striking and popular capital city happens to be home to three – yes three – 5 star hostels. The collection is owned and run by the Maverick team, and we just couldn’t limit it to one because they all stand out.
It won’t matter which one you choose because they’re all great, yet they do have differences.
So next up we’d like to show you our handy map pinpointing ALL the best hostels in Europe in this guide.
On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:
5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star
Other TOP recommendations: Purple
(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups.)
Getting around Europe
What is the best way to travel European countries? Well, there are a few different transport options to consider, and it depends on your preferred travel style, budget and any time constraints you may have.
Once you’re in mainland Europe, it’s pretty easy to move between countries. There are buses and trains if you prefer to stay on the ground, and many affordable flights that get you to your next destination in no time.
We’ve actually written up some handy guides with European transport in mind:
Once you’ve got your travel and hostel booked, don’t forget to sort out travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads.
What are the best hostels in Europe for solo travellers?
Obviously, there are many awesome hostels in Europe for solo travellers! If you haven’t already found the hostel for you in this guide, check out our collection of the best hostels for solo travellers.
What are the best hostels in Europe for couples?
Once again, there are too many to mention here. Hostels in Europe are really well set up for couples! Think spacious, modern & comfortable private rooms.
We’d say, on average, it’s cheaper to travel in Europe than it is in the US. However, if you’re travelling to central and South America, hostel prices drop and the amenities are quite impressive.
Check out all of our Best Hostels In guides for more detailed hostel prices and info about local transport etc to get a better idea.
How can I travel Europe for free?
Ever considered house sitting? It’s a really fun (and cheap) way of moving around the world. The deal: you housesit and care for pets/plants and enjoy free accommodation. Here is our review of Trusted House Sitters.
How to book Europe hostels?
In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).
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:
We’ve done our best to include the absolute best European hostels in each of the major cities on the continent.
In case we happened to miss your desired location, have a look at our guides to the “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations, including the top 3 hostels + party hostels and insider tips.
Still not found? Or haven’t discovered the best hostel in Europe for you? Then please let us help you. Just drop us a line or leave a comment below and include a fun travel pun!
We will send you over a handpicked hostel recommendation.
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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.