Gothenburg is part of the off-the-beaten-track gems of Sweden.
This waterfront city is laid-back but has as much intercultural history and charm as its big sister capital. Travelers can visit Gothenburg’s granite archipelago and sample local delicacies at the fish and shellfish market (also nicknamed the ‘fish church’) or check out the many historical buildings in the area, such as the Masthugg Church – an actual church this time.
Although less frequent, the city is still expensive, so we’ve listed some budget tips for your trip, in addition to the best hostels in Gothenburg, below.
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1. Linnéplatsens Hotel & Hostel
2. Backpackers Göteborg
3. Slottsskogens Youth Hostel
Here’s a little fact before you refer to the city out loud: Gothenburg isn’t called Gothenburg in Swedish.
To add to the confusion of Scandinavian pronunciation – especially for us mere mortals that do not hold any Viking blood – the city is actually named ‘Göteborg.’ This is pronounced as ‘Yaw-Ta-Bore(g)’ with the g being semi-silent.
Chances are that you might be coming from Stockholm if you plan on visiting Gothenburg, so check out our guide on the Best hostels in Stockholm if you need help!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). 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.
How to get around: Some buses in Gothenburg run till 2:30 am, with weekend buses running even later, so we recommend skipping taxis if possible as they are much more expensive. Alternatively, if it’s not snowing, the city is very walkable.
Something to keep in mind: It’s common for hostels in Gothenburg and Sweden to charge for renting bed linen, so consider bringing your own if you don’t want to rent any.
Budget Tip: If you want to save money during your trip to Gothenburg, consider opting for lunch buffets instead of regular meals. They are popular with locals because they are cheaper and still delicious!
Also, avoid eating in Avenyn and Haga; their popularity with tourists translates to higher prices in restaurants.
As for having breakfast in hostels in Gothenburg, it is often not worth it as they are quite expensive and rarely included in the price.
You’ll also be happy to note that water is free for everyone in Sweden, so you won’t need to pay for it in restaurants and bars.
Budget Tip for party-lovers: Alcohol consumers looking for budget-friendly options in Gothenburg should try to stick to beer or buy their drinks at the government-run Systembolaget (a government-owned chain of liquor stores that sells alcoholic beverages up to 50% cheaper).
Some Gothenburg hostels also offer discounted drinks for their guests.
Toilets: To simplify complications, Sweden has kissed most gender-toilets goodbye and opted for unisex-style restrooms. As such, you’ll mostly find shared toiled within the majority of establishments you visit, from restaurants to bars and airport lounges.
Expect one single door for everyone, even in most Gothenburg hostels.
Whether you think it’s a good, bad, or lukewarm idea, we thought we’d give you a heads-up.
Sustainability: This city is a sustainability leader! As such, most hostels in Gothenburg are eco-certified. Sustainability is part of everyday life here, and they even plan on developing a zero-emission transport zone, something we can definitely get behind.
These are our favorite hostels in Gothenburg. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
Linnéplatsens Hotel & Hostel is one of the best hostels in Gothenburg and our favorite pick from the lot. We think you’ll especially like it if you prefer a more laid-back atmosphere, far from the sound of trickling beer and football cheers.
First, let’s talk about the beds: they provide you with all the privacy you’d need and act more like cozy cocoons thanks to their curtain and private lights.
Second, let’s talk about diversity: although this isn’t a party hostel, it is still social. There are private rooms available, which guarantee a broader type of traveler you can expect to meet, from younger adults to older visitors, solo travelers to families.
On-site, you’ll find a guest kitchen you can use from 6 am to 10 pm and a shared lounge area for socializing (or book-reading, you do you).
Breakfast is at an additional cost and can be enjoyed in their restaurant or – if the weather permits it or if you’re crazy enough to endure cold temperatures – on their balcony.
Location: Central hostel in Gothenburg, in historic and green Linnéstaden. It’s very close to the park and botanical gardens, on the edge of the university district, which guarantees diverse options of nearby bars, restaurants, and pubs to pick from. There are a couple of walkable trams and bus stops nearby, which are well-connected to the rest of the city.
This is one of the best hostels in Gothenburg for:
A particularity of this hostel in Gothenburg is the presence of a sauna on-site that is free of charge for guests every day from 4 pm to 7 pm. This will come in handy if you’re not used to cold Swedish weather and find yourself slowly turning majestic blue as the sun sets.
Following the city’s dedication to sustainability, Backpackers Göteborg prides itself on its eco-friendly management and facilities.
The overall atmosphere is quite social as staff often organizes events like walking tours, on-site movie screenings, quiz nights, karaoke, bar hopping tours, and even more active events like football matches in Gothenburg’s park, Slottsskogen.
Your wallet will be glad to know these are all free, and you’ll only have to pay for the food or drink you consume.
Location: In Linnéstaden, one of Gothenburg’s most attractive neighborhoods. The Olivedalsgatan Tram Stop is a 5-minute walk away from Gothenburg’s hostel. A wide variety of cafes, restaurants, and boutiques are nearby as well as The Museum of Natural History.
This is one of the best hostels in Gothenburg for:
Slottsskogens Youth Hostel is eco-friendly on a famous large street in Linnéstaden, but thankfully, rooms remain quiet thanks to effective soundproofing.
This hostel consists of a fully equipped kitchen where travelers can cook their meals and a lounge where they can partake in board games or pool and mini-golf tournaments.
If you’re looking for accommodation that offers many different activities, this is probably one of the best hostels in Gothenburg you could pick. This is because they organize a lot of social events almost every day.
In fact, this is the sister hostel of the one we mentioned above, and both are located within minutes of each other and share some of their facilities – yes, like the sauna. The social events are also shared since guests from both hostels are welcome to join each time.
The main difference in this hostel is that it offers private single-bed rooms, making it popular with solo travelers who want a social hostel atmosphere but prefer the peace and quiet of a private room.
If you have the chance to sleep here, we recommend checking out the breakfast offered at the on-site café: although it is expensive, it’s buffet-style with a lot of delicious organic options!
Location: Also in the Linnéstaden district, which is home to the main hostel scene since it’s well-connected to the rest of Gothenburg and has plenty of budget-friendly restaurants, pubs, and bars.
This is one of the best hostels in Gothenburg for:
The best hostel in Gothenburg for solo travelers is Slottsskogens Youth Hostel, thanks to the diversity of social activities it organizes, which allows for plenty of socializing opportunities.
We also like it because sometimes, people travel alone because they like being alone from time to time, so this hostel’s private rooms might also be what you’re looking for. We think it has the perfect balance of socialization and private time.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Gothenburg.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Gothenburg
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Gothenburg best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
Our Favorite Hostels in Gothenburg put on a map + sights
Organizing a trip with a map gives you the flexibility of a free schedule if you don’t like day-to-day planning while still equipping you with the knowledge of what you’d possibly like to do and see in a city – in the palm of your hand.
To help you get started, we’re listing all the three best Gothenburg hostels on a map to give you an idea of the location and distances between them. We also added a few notable landmarks and attractions we think you should check out.
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Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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