21 Best Hostels in Europe
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21 Best Hostels in Europe – Discover the #1 Hostel in Major European Cities + 5 Star Hostels (you just can’t miss)

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:

Believe it or not, there are even more 5 star hostels to be discovered on this continent. Find all 5 star hostels in Europe here.

List of cities with the Best Hostels in Europe

Come on then, we know you’re eager to discover the best and cheapest hostels in Europe. To help to decide on a destination, check out 16 favourite winter destinations in Europe.

Prefer to travel in the warmer months? Here’s a guide for you: 21 best places to visit in Europe in summer.

In no particular order, the hot European destinations we cover in this article are:

More Highlights for Backpacking Europe

Phew, that’s a lot of ground to cover! Grab a large coffee and let’s go!

This map will help you plan your backpacking Europe trip. We’ve added all hostels, colour coded to help you save time.

Best Hostels in Lisbon, Portugal

Ok, ok so we said before that we only list one 5 star hostel per destination. Yet, Lisbon is an exception and is home to two! It’s easy to see why once you’ve seen them.

The 5 star hostels in Lisbon are:

You can find all of the best hostels in Lisbon here, as part of the bigger guide to the best hostels in Portugal.

We went one step further and created another guide to the best surf hostels in Portugal – your answer to the best beach hostels in Europe.

Here are 29 fun things to do in Lisbon.

Sunset Destination

This award winning hostel Lisbon will not let you down when it comes to social vibes, awesome location and impressive amenities.

Get ready for sunset views and a rooftop swimming pool on a budget at Sunset Destination!

You’ll also spot a pretty cool hostel bar named Zebra Bar which just so happens to be right by the rooftop pool.

Start the day with a FREE breakfast (pancakes included), and pay a small fee to enjoy a tasty dinner/BBQ each evening.

Looking to meet lots of new people? Join in on the many activities: pub crawls, walking tours, DJ nights…oh and there’s free beer hour at the bar each evening. See you there!

Location: Sunset sits right on top of the main train station in Lisbon – Cais do Sodré. From here you’re in walking distance to pretty much everything!

Book Sunset Destination here

Compare prices at: Our full review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

Sunset Destination Hostel one of the best hostels in Lisbon
Sunset Destination Hostel

Sunset Destination Hostel one of the best hostels in Lisbon

Lisbon Destination Hostel

Inside Rossio Railway Station is another super impressive 5 star hostel named Lisbon Destination Hostel.

The design of this place is certainly what stands out. Just look at that glass rooftop and indoor garden area!

Once again, travellers are made welcome with endless social activities – free sangria every night, pub crawls, walking tours – and privacy curtains on the bunks.

In fact, we wrote up a full guide to Lisbon Destination Hostel that you should check out.

Also: Some of the largest rooms have been transformed into co-working spaces to accommodate the needs of digital nomads.

Book Lisbon Destination Hostel here

Compare prices at: Our full review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Best Hostels in Porto, Portugal: The Passenger Hostel

Like all great hostels in Portugal, The Passenger Hostel is also located within a train station! Sao Bento Station is one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

And now it is home to the only 5 star hostel in Porto!

Here you can enjoy a tasteful blend of vintage furniture with contemporary design. It’s certainly a groovy design hostel which easily makes it one of the coolest hostels in Europe.

It’s a big place, accommodating a total of 123 guests. Not only is there female dorms, but male dorms, too. Awesome!

What else?

  • Two large kitchens
  • Bar & lounge
  • Huge luxury suite

Here’s our full review of The Passenger Porto with plenty more information from our firsthand experience.

Don’t forget to check out all the best hostels in Porto.

To keep you busy we found 47 FUN things to do in Porto, plus 11 hidden gems in Porto to discover.

Book The Passenger Hostel here

Compare prices at: Our full review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Passenger Hostel one of the best hostels in Porto, Portugal
The Passenger Hostel

The Passenger Hostel in Porto

Best Hostels in Seville, Spain: The Nomad Hostel

The Nomad Hostel&Pension is set within a renovated traditional Sevillian house, ran by a collection of locals that know the city very well.

We believe that female solo travellers and small groups of friends will particularly enjoy it here.

Having said that, there are so many room types on offer that we’re pretty sure you’ll feel at home no matter who you are.

A free breakfast and all-day free coffee & tea is a wonderful thing if you want to hang out on the small terrace. Otherwise, why not rent a bicycle and explore, or join a free walking tour?

Read: 27 Best Hostels in Spain

To top it off, the team organise cooking, Spanish and flamenco classes, plus family dinners and parties on the terrace.

Compare all of the 3 best hostels in Seville and see which one is your ideal accommodation.

Location: A mere 600 metres from the cathedral and heart of the city. Perfect.

Book The Nomad Hostel here

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

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Best Hostels in Madrid, Spain: The Hat Madrid

With a motto of “home is where your hat is”, The Hat Madrid holds the coolest name and wins the best hostel in Madrid award from us.

We think you’ll agree. Here are some of the things to look forward to during your stay:

  • Rooftop with sunset views
  • Free activities & walking tours
  • Restaurant & bar
  • GORGEOUS rooms

Yep, all the rooms are big, bright and inviting. The luxury versions even come with a balcony.

The Hat is just one hostel from our collection of the best hostels in Madrid. Check out the guide for more design-led hostels.

Here are 7 secret tips for Madrid.

Location: Situated at Plaza Mayor, the main square in Madrid. Puerta del Sol, the absolute centre, is an easy few minute walk away.

Book The Hat Madrid here

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

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Best Hostels in Barcelona, Spain: Casa Gracia

Here’s a little secret: we actually LIVE in Barcelona! As our home, we know the city inside-out and just love to share all it has to offer with you. That’s why we put together these handy guides:

As for where to stay? Well, Casa Gracia is the only 5 star hostel in the city and a must-visit.

Firstly, the building will make you wow, and the interior will have you uploading pictures on Instagram in no time. If you’re looking for luxury hostels Europe, you’ve found the best one.

The room design is particularly clever. We really enjoy the little staircases which reach to the top bunks. They also work as lockers for your things!

Enjoy all things social: tapas tours, yoga classes, foodie nights. Not to mention cosy spaces including a library, lounge and terraces.

Here is our full review of Casa Gracia for more details of what to expect.

Find all of the best hostels in Barcelona, including a neighbourhood guide + safety tips.

We’ve also collected the 15 best Airbnbs in Barcelona if you’d like to try something different.

Book Casa Gracia Barcelona here

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

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Best Hostels in Paris, France: Generator Paris

Looking for 5 star hostels in Paris? Sorry, there isn’t one (yet). But never fear, for the Generator Hostels team have you covered.

Generator Paris is a fresh and cool design-led hostel that we highly recommend for solo travellers.

It’s the kind of hostel you go to chill, meet new people, work and/or use as a base for exploring the city.

The rooftop space is the highlight. Grab a drink from the bar and collapse into a beanbag or deck chair as you overlook the Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre.

A continental breakfast will give you energy for the day, and the onsite Café Fabien is always open for a locally-inspired pick me up.

Make sure you’re familiar with these 27 fun things do in Paris, as well as these 5 secret Paris tips.

Generator Paris is part of our 3 best hostels in Paris collection. An even bigger guide to the best hostels in France is ideal if you’re backpacking the country.

Here are the top 14 Airbnbs in Paris worth a look.

Book Generator Paris here

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

Generator Paris is one of the best hostels in Paris, France

Generator Paris is one of the best hostels in Paris, France

Best Hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to another European destination which is home to TWO 5 star hostels! Woohoo! This may make choosing more difficult for you, but we’re not sorry about that… sorry, not sorry.

Have a look at:

Hostels for couples in Amsterdam can be found in our best hostels in Amsterdam guide.

Here are 29 fun things to do in Amsterdam to keep you entertained. Also, don’t miss our top 5 secrets to Amsterdam.

Cocomama

Cocomama used to be a brothel before it become a 5 star hostel, so basically, it’s always been awesome!

This boutique hostel is set in the heart of Amsterdam and is ideal for couples, female solo travellers and any traveller that likes to relax.

It offers up a wonderful blend of cosy and social vibes, so you can enjoy both. Join the red light district tour if you prefer the latter!

All of the rooms come with a Holland theme. Sleep amongst Van Gogh, the Red Light District or in the Ann Frank room. Pretty cool, right?

The free breakfast and private garden are just a few of the cherries on top. Read our full review of Cocomama below to find out more.

Book Cocomama here

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

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Ecomama

Fancy staying at an eco-friendly hostel? Ecomama is aptly named and the green sister hostel of Cocomama.

Any conscientious traveller that wants a special accommodation whilst in Amsterdam will surely love it here.

Imagine the luxury of a hotel mixed with the social highlights of a hostel – this is what you can expect.

It boasts come pretty cool eco features, such as a natural stone heating system and organic cotton sheets on the beds. Even the mattresses are made from natural, sustainable materials.

Location: Situated in the Waterlooplein neighbourhood which is full of bustling bars, cosy cafes and museums.

Our full review of Ecomama goes into more detail – link below.

Book Ecomama here

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

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Best Hostels in Berlin, Germany: Wallyard Concept Hostel

We’re excited to show off the industrial design of 5 star hostel Wallyward Concept Hostel.

The modern day traveller can soak up the hipster vibes here, inside a former factory.

It honestly has so many inclusions that it’s easier to make a little list:

  • Wallyward cafe + bar
  • Delicious breakfast on offer (waffles, anyone?)
  • Sunny backyard
  • A lounge & art salon

The bold, minimalistic design of the rooms is also set to impress. Bedrooms are set away from the common room so you’re assured a good nights rest.

We’ve stayed here in person and absolutely loved it. Read our full review of Wallyard Concept Hostel Berlin for even more reasons to book.

Our collection of the best hostels in Berlin has more options worth checking out. They’re part of the absolute best hostels in Germany.

One last thing: Here are 24 fun things to do in Berlin during your stay.

Book Wallyard Concept Hostel here

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

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Best Hostels in London, UK: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

Let us tell you a little secret: we LOVE London! What a city, and certainly one to add to the bucket list.

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is easily a prized 5 star hostel in London. It’s a beautiful renovated Victorian mansion!

Its charm, comfort and design creativity really shows off that quintessential English feeling.

When we stayed here, we loved hanging out in the bar playing board games and the odd game of pool. It was easy to meet people and the drinks were cheap.

Feel free to join in the movie nights or tag along to a local pub crawl.

The free wifi and free-flowing tea & coffee is great if you have a bit of work to catch up on.

Guess what? Palmers Lodge Hillspring is the second 5 star hostel in London.

Check our our full review of Palmers Lode Swiss Cottage below, part of the 3 best hostels in London.

Book Plamers Lodge Swiss Cottage here

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

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage one of the best hostels in London
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage one of the best hostels in London

Best Hostels in Budapest, Hungary

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.

Here are the full reviews of each one:

A quick comparison has been made below to help you choose the right hostel for you.

Read: 3 best hostels in Budapest + GREAT party hostels.

Here are 17 fun things to do in Budapest – ruin bars, thermal baths, kayaking and more.

Maverick City Lodge

Maverick City Lodge is a modern, minimalist hostel with luxury amenities and a focus on social events.

It’s the ideal choice for female solo travellers because of the ladies-only dorm, and friends will appreciate the triple room with private bathroom.

Some of the highlights include: free walking tours, free tea & coffee all day and 24-hour reception.

Read the full review of Maverick City Lodge for more reasons to book.

Book Maverick City Lodge here

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

Maverick City Lodge one of the best hostels in Budapest, Hungary
Maverick City Lodge

Maverick Hostel & Ensuites

Fancy sleeping in a mansion? Maverick Hostel & Ensuites offers sensational royal vibes that flashpackers and couples will just love.

In terms of service and amenities, they’re pretty in line with Maverick City Lodge & Student Lodge because they’re all sisters.

The coolest thing about this hostel is that the 5, 6 and 10-bed mixed dorms have single beds instead of bunks!

Being so large, there’s a kitchen, common area and TV on every floor of the building.

Want to know more? Read our full review of Maverick Hostel.

Book Maverick Hostel here

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

Maverick Hostel one of the best hostels in Budapest, Hungary

Maverick Student Lodge

What makes Maverick Student Lodge stand out from its siblings? Certainly the design!

If you hadn’t already guessed, this is a great option for students in Budapest. We deem it one of the best student hostels Europe has to offer, in fact!

It’s the ideal place to stay just a few days or an entire semester or academic year.

Travellers are also welcome to share the space. Privacy-led dorms, a spacious lobby and a fun onsite bar make for a comfortable, enjoyable stay.

Here’s our full review of Maverick Student Lodge.

Book Maverick Student Lodge here

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

Maverick Student Lodge is one of the best hostels in Budapest, Hungary

Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland: Safestay

If you’re wondering where some of the best cheap hostels in Europe are hiding, you may consider heading to Poland.

However, cheap doesn’t always equal crappy!

Safestay Warsaw is a great example of an affordable and modern, yet cosy hostel. It’s the coolest hostel in Warsaw we would pick!

There’s always fun activities coming up, so make sure you ask the friendly staff what’s on.

Read: 3 best hostels in Warsaw

The female dorm is ideal for female solo travellers that enjoy a bit of luxury. This room includes orthopaedic beds and privacy curtains!

In the lounge space you’ll find games and a bar to keep you entertained.

Book Safestay Warsaw here

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

DREAM Hostel Warsaw one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland
DREAM Hostel Warsaw

DREAM Hostel Warsaw one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland

Best Hostels in Vienna, Austria: Hostel Ruthensteiner

Over at the only 5 star hostel in Vienna guests can enjoy cosy vibes, an onsite bar, secret garden and a family-run atmosphere!

Hostel Ruthensteiner really knows how to have a good time. Play some tunes on the piano, hang out in the lounge or rent one of their bikes and zip around the streets.

This is claimed to be the best hostel in Vienna since 1968 and we’re not prepared to argue against it.

Whether you’re a social butterfly or prefer your own space, there are room types for all.

Keen to know more? Here is our review of Hostel Ruthensteiner.

Here are all of the best hostels in Vienna.

Book Hostel Ruthensteiner here

Compare prices at: Our full review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostel Ruthensteiner one of the best hostels in Vienna
Hostel Ruthensteiner

Hostel Ruthensteiner one of the best hostels in Vienna

Best Hostels in Prague, Czech Republic: The Roadhouse Prague

If you’re looking for the best hostels in Eastern Europe, you’re going to love The Roadhouse Prague. Why?

Well, for one thing, the team here make sure to create nightly family dinners to bring people together.

The rooms are certainly a highlight here. Check out the HUGE storage space and thick privacy curtains. Note that there are no private rooms here, only shared dorms.

Roadhouse is a social hostel. If you’re looking for party, you can opt for their sister hostel aptly named The Madhouse – one of the best youth hostels in Europe.

Discover all 3 best hostels in Prague. Hostel One is certainly a high contender.

Also, make sure you familiarise yourself with:

Book The Roadhouse Prague here

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

The Roadhouse Prague is one of the best hostels in Prague, Czech Republic
The Roadhouse Prague

The Roadhouse Prague is one of the best hostels in Prague, Czech Republic for solo travellers

Best Hostels in Athens, Greece: City Circus

Who’s keen for a 5 star hostel that offers picturesque views over the Acropolis from a private rooftop terrace?! Uhh, yes please!

City Circus Athens is awesome. ‘Nuff said. This full review explains why in detail.

In a bit of a rush and eager to book? Here are the major highlights you’ve to know:

  • Retro furniture, local art, antiques
  • Located in vibrant Monasteraki
  • Daily organised events
  • 10% discount at Zampano restaurant
  • Shared & private rooms available

What’s wonderful about a hostel such as this, is that a range of traveller types will like it here. We recommend it especially for solo travellers, female solo travellers and older travellers.

Have a look at all of the best hostels in Athens, as part of our larger guide to the 20 best hostels in Greece.

Book City Circus Athens here

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

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Best Hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia: Hostel Angelina Old Town

It’s a good idea to stay inside the walls of the Old Town during your stay in Dubrovnik, and staying at Hostel Angelina Old Town will have you feeling like you’re staying inside a castle.

This hostel is within a 400 year old building, boasting a gorgeous terrace overlooking the red rooftops of central Dubrovnik.

Use this as a base for exploring the city, and for joining social activities like cliff jumping and kayaking.

Backpacking the country? Check out all 24 best hostels in Croatia. We’ve also put together a more in-depth guide to the best hostels in Kings Landing (Dubrovnik).

Looking for a 5 star hostel in Croatia? Head on over to Zagreb and discover Swanky Mint Hostel.

Hint: It’s as cool as the name suggests.

Book Hostel Angelina here

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

Hostel Angelina Old Town one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hostel Angelina Old Town

Best Hostels in Rome, Italy: Generator Rome

Our top pick in Rome? It has to be Generator Rome.

Whoever you are, you’ll have a whopping 78 shared and private rooms to choose from inside a gorgeous 19th century building.

It’s the kind of hostel that has everything you need so that you might forget to leave the premises.

Onsite bar, posh cafe, hangout zones, deli-style delicacies – all is here, and more! Up on the 7th floor you’ll find the rooftop terrace which is ideal for enjoying a sunset or two.

To top it off, Roma Termini Central Station is an easy 10-minute walk from the hostel.

Here are a few other guides to help you get the best out of Rome:

Once again, here are all the 40 best hostels in Italy.

Book Generator Rome here

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

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Best Hostels in Venice, Italy: Combo Venezia

Formerly known as We Crociferi, Combo Hostel is the fantastic 5 star hostel in Venice and also happens to be a renovated 12th-century convent!

It’s honestly such a striking, unique hostel that we loved.

Get ready for 255 beds to choose from with every possible layout you can think of.

Digital nomads and solo travellers are certainly going to have a great time here. Let us show you why:

  • Caffe ai Crociferi (breakfast, lunch, drinks)
  • Study hall & library
  • Weekly events (live concerts, art exhibitions)
  • Communal kitchen

You can save 10% on all types of beds and rooms at Combo Hostel. Sweet deal right?! Please say HELLO from Hostelgeeks when booking with them 🙂

Read our full review of Combo Venezia here.

Here are 6 unique tips for a magical time in Venice.

Travelling on a budget? Check out 22 restaurants in Venice + money saving tricks.

Book Combo Venezia here

Compare prices at: Our full review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

Orange Trees in a former cloister; a perfect setting for staying in Venice as a backpacker Lounge at COMBO Hostel, the best place to stay for solo-travellers in Venice

Map of ALL Best Hostels in Europe

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:

  • Flixbus – connecting European cities by bus
  • Kiwi.com – a review of the powerful flight search engine
  • Omio.com – a search engine for trains, buses & flights

Personally, we prefer Flixbus when it comes to booking flights around Europe.

In case you’re in need of proof of onward travel, make sure you check out Onward Ticket. We wrote a detailed guide and review of Onward Ticket and why you need it.

Once you’ve got your travel and hostel booked, don’t forget to sort out travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads.

FAQs

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.

Here are all the best hostels for couples we’ve found.

What are the best hostels in Europe for families?

Skip straight to our collection of the best hostels for families across Europe and beyond!

Which is the best backpackers in Europe?

You expect us to choose just one out of the many backpacker hostels?! Sorry folks, but this is impossible, even for Hostelgeeks like us! You see, there are literally HUNDREDS of hostels across Europe.

Luckily for you, dear backpacker, many of them love backpackers and have set up their hostel with you in mind. Here are all the best hostels in Europe in case this collection isn’t enough…

What are the best party hostels in Europe for solo travellers?

Oooph, good question – there are many! Here’s a little taster of great party hostels Europe we highly recommend:

Find all of the Best Party Hostels in the World here.

Are hostels in Europe safe? What are the safest hostels in Europe?

Absolutely: hostels in Europe are safe. Yet, of course it pays to do a few things to keep you and your things safe whilst staying in hostels. Have a read of our Are Hostels Safe? 13 Safety Tips guide.

How to find the best hostels in Europe?

All of the best hostels in Europe that you need to know about are right here in this guide! Skip back to our complete list of European destinations to begin your search.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Our website is focused on bringing you a handpicked selection of cool hostels all around the world. Here you can find all our handmade best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

Other than our website, Hostelworld is always a great resource and booking platform too. Here’s our review of Hostelworld to help you out.

What is the typical cost of a hostel in Europe?

This really depends on which city in Europe you are visiting. Eastern Europe is a lot cheaper than major destinations such as Italy and Spain, for example.

The time of year also makes a difference. For instance, summer prices are usually higher than winter.

Here’s a dorm room price average of hostels in 3 of the major cities in Europe to give you an idea:

  • London: £12-£25 per night
  • Paris: €23-€35 per night
  • Rome: €12-€25 per night

Note: All of our ‘Best Hostels in…’ guides include average prices for shared and private rooms in that particular destination.

What are the best ski hostels in Europe?

Luckily for you there is a 5 star hostel in Andorra named Mountain Hostel Tarter – this is the perfect base for skiers visiting Spain.

If you’re heading to Switzerland we love Balmers Backpackers Hostel. Part of our 3 best hostels in Interlaken.

How can I travel to Europe on a budget?

By choosing to stay in hostels you will surely save a lot of money. Hostels in Europe cater for budget travellers & backpackers by including great amenities to help you save money.

Check out our guide to bookings hostels and a fun look at Hostels from A to Z – all you need to know and more saving tips.

Is traveling in Europe cheaper than America?

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:

Here is our review of Airbnb + coupon code.

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use). We also wrote a guide how to use Hostelworld for booking hostels.

Destination not listed?

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.

Happy travels!

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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.

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