We’ve worked hard to find 3 of the coolest hostels in Helsinki. So cool in fact, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one.
Get ready for striking design that will have you updating your Instagram every 5 minutes!
It’s certainly not the cheapest destination in Europe, but believe us when we say it’s worth every penny.
- The Yard Hostel – the only 5 star hostel in Helsinki
- Myö Hostel – great for couples
- CheapSleep Helsinki – top pick for backpackers
This guide is specifically good for the wandering female solo traveller and couples that love luxury private rooms.
We cover some of the greatest hostels in Helsinki city centre so you can save time and money exploring.
This guide is for YOU if…
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
As for 5 Star Hostels? You’re in luck!
The Yard Hostel is a beautiful example of an upscale 5 star hostel in Finland.
If for some reason The Yard Hostel isn’t your thing, there are 2 more superb options further down.
There’s no time to lose – keep scrolling!
Quick Introduction to Helsinki
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Helsinki cost 19€ – 30€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 54€ up to 175€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Helsinki
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Helsinki.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. The Yard Hostel – 5 Star Hostel
Good vibes and wide smiles can be found at our one and only 5 star hostel in Helsinki – The Yard Hostel.
This is an independent, locally run hostel right in the heart of Helsinki’s hustle and bustle.
We should warn you that you’ll have a tough time deciding whether to stay in and make use of the awesome social spaces, or hit the walking street right outside.
Perhaps the only possible option is to extend your stay.
But you’d like to have a whole bunch of reasons why first, right?
Stay at The Yard because of the…
- Finnish design & local art
- Big, inviting lounge
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Free breakfast
- Great selection of rooms
Ok, so more about the rooms. It’s possible to choose between 4,6 and 8-bed dorms and single, twin and quadruple privates.
There’s a ladies only option, too!
Note: all of the private rooms have single beds, no double.
We love how spacious the dorms are. There’s room for a sofa, ideal for relaxing!
Each bunk has been built with privacy in mind, so you can expect a curtain and personal power point and light.
You’ll find ample storage under the bed and all linen is included.
The lounge is the place to be when you’re not snoozing. Enjoy board games, Netflix and an old-fashioned Playstation.
Hostelgeeks will not be disappointed by the lovely staff. They want you to fall in love with this Nordic wonderland. Ask them anything!
Thirsty for more? Check out our full guide to The Yard Hostel in Helsinki.
Location: being the most central hostel in Helsinki, The Yard is surrounded by bars, restaurants, sights and cafes. The main bus and train station are both 5-minutes by foot.
This is one of the best hostels in Helsinki for
- Female solo travellers
2. Myö Hostel
Calling all boutique hostel lovers!
Myö Hostel is a brand new hostel surrounded by lush Finnish forest and full of cosy, welcoming spaces.
Yet even amongst the trees, the centre of Helsinki is just a few kilometres away.
You’re invited to make use of:
- 19 individually designed rooms
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Stylish living room
- Little garden area
Back to the rooms for a minute.
Each one has its own colour theme and beautiful boutique design.
There’s a mix of dorms (4-8 beds) and private rooms that can sleep up to 4 people.
Save pennies thanks to the included
- linen & towel
- Bathroom soaps
- and filling breakfast served each morning.
No doubt the staff will get extra brownie points when we tell you that they offer guests a Finnish sauna experience twice a week. Get in!
It is in fact the two lovely lady owners that are heavily involved with the hostel. They’re nothing less than friendly and accommodating.
Location: Myö is located in a quiet residential area next to the Central Park of Helsinki. Many buses and trams head to the nearby city 2km away. There is a handy supermarket 100m from the property.
This is one of the best hostels in Helsinki for
- Solo travellers
3. CheapSleep Helsinki
Last but not least we’ve found a friendly, fun and affordable hostel great for backpackers in Helsinki.
CheapSleep Helsinki is aptly named and we love their upfront style about what they offer.
“Sleep Cheap, Stay Rich”
Yet don’t expect to find dingy, dirty spaces just because this is a cheap hostel in Helsinki.
No way! CheapSleep offers great perks for the price, such as:
- Fast Wi-fi across the property
- Two kitchens
- Grocery store
- Free breakfast
- 24/7 reception
Quite impressive, huh?
The reason there are two kitchens is because this is a rather large hostel.
There are, in fact, 218 dorm beds with the largest mixed dorm housing 26-beds – wowee!
Don’t worry though. If you prefer a smaller room but still like socialising, there are 4-bed options, too.
Each bed has a reading lamp and plug socket, yet no privacy curtain.
This is about the only thing we think you’ll miss out on here because of the ‘cheap’ factor.
For couples we suggest booking the private double with en-suite – it’s simple, yet comfortable.
Staying at the weekend? There’s usually a party happening here, but quiet time is still strictly from 11pm-7am.
We have to say the large shared lounge is super cool.
Check out the old-fashioned arcade games and snack machine!
Chill, read, work, chat – this space can be used for so many different reasons, no matter what kind of traveller you are.
Location: although a little outside the centre, there is easy access to a tram to reach downtown Helsinki. The main train station is 10-minutes away.
This is one of the best hostels in Helsinki for
What about cheapest hostels in Helsinki?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
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.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Helsinki.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Helsinki
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Helsinki for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Helsinki for solo-travellers?
That’s easy: The Yard Hostel!
You see, there really was a good reason this became the only 5 star hostel in Helsinki.
We previously stated this would be perfect for female solo travellers, because of the gorgeous lady-friendly-rooms.
However, we strongly believe all solo travellers will love it here.
There’s a nice balance of social opportunities and space to be alone – it just depends what you’re into.
8-bed dorms offer bigger social vibes, yet the privacy curtain offers downtime.
Once again we want to mention the super location of The Yard. It couldn’t be any more central!
Enjoy the ease of city life when all you have to do is walk out the door to enjoy it.
Party Hostels in Helsinki
Whilst there are no great party hostels in Helsinki, there is good nightlife to be had in the city.
With that in mind, we recommend staying at – you guessed it – The Yard Hostel.
Inside the 4 walls it’s easy to make friends in the gorgeous lounge room as well as inside your room.
Remember: dorms have sofas and plenty of space to get to know fellow travellers.
Once friendships are formed, all you have to so is step outside to find fun bars and nightlife just around the corner.
To top it off you can return to a super comfy bed knowing you won’t disturb others too much thanks to the privacy curtains.
Wake up and smell the coffee before enjoying a yummy breakfast on the house.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- The Yard Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Myö Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- CheapSleep Helsinki: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Helsinki best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Helsinki. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Helsinki hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Temppeliaukion Church
- Helsinki Cathedral
- Market Sqaure Helsinki
- Sibelius Monument
- Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Here are some ideas of more cool things to do in Helsinki:
- Canal Route Boat-sightseeing (90-minutes)
- Private Helsinki Tour with a Local Guide
- Return ferry trip to Tallinn
Flights to Helsinki?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Helsinki.
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.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Helsinki.
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Over to you
There you have it; the 3 best hostels in Helsinki!
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We 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. 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