3 Best Hostels in Split, Croatia - Foody Culture, Nightlife and Kick-Off to your Island HoppingYou are heading to Croatia and on the hunt for the best hostels in Split? You are in luck; we have been several times here.

In this guide we share the coolest hostels in Split and the top location, juicy insider knowledge, and how to avoid bad ones.

The Shortcut for you:

  1. Hostel Dvor
  2. Hostel Simple
  3. Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel

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

Split should be on your list when backpacking Croatia.

It is only a short ferry-ride away from the famous island Hvar, and either your door-step to the main land Croatia or starting point for an unforgettable island-hopping experience.

Here’s our guide to best hostels in Dubrovnik and best hostels in Zagreb.

Either way, keep on reading, this is your handwritten guide to where to stay in Split for first-timers to have the best time.

There’s more than 30 hostels in the coastal town. We condensed it to the absolute 3 coolest places to stay in Split – and tell you why!

What we cover in this article?

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Quick Introduction to Split

High-Season vs Off Season: Your experience will be completely different if you visit Split in high-season or off-season. The Off-season is from October/November to April/May, and prices are much lower and hostels can be even empty.

During high season the hostels are quite pricey for European standards

Summer prices, Average price for a bed: Hostels in Split cost 25€ – 40€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 60€ up to 100€.

Winter prices, Average price for a bed: Hostels in Split cost 7€ – 14€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 15€ up to 50€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Hostel Quality: It may look like there’s a lot of fantastic places, after all there are design and boutique hostels. However, we consider the quality average; not very high standard. Zagreb has a much higher standard of hostels.

Better to stick with our recommendations in this list to avoid disappointments.

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.

Ferry to the Islands: In the summer season, taking ferries is fairly easy. Always check with your hostel, they have the up to date schedules. However, in winter season the ferries are very limited, so plan ahead of time to avoid disappointment. A good resource to use is croatiaferries.com.

Nightlife: A party city. It’s a great place to enjoy the Mediterranean summer lifestyle. However, we actually prefer Hvar Island for their nightlife; there’s some super cool Split hostels even offering boat tours, including drinks.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Split

Let’s jump right into the fun and boutique hostels in Split we have checked out for you.

  1. Hostel Dvor – best for solo-traveller
  2. Hostel Simple – best for couples
  3. Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel – great place for female solo-traveller

We put all three accommodations on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Hostel Dvor (Historic stone house, super comfy)

Hostel Dvor is one of the few absolute top-rated places to say; for good reason!

The building itself is already remarkable, an old stone house with modern interior. The ambiance is really easy-going, and due to the small sizes of dorms and its common area, it’s easy to connect with your hostel mates.

It is not a party hostel at all.

Yet again, easy to meet people.

So it can be perfect to meet and then head out to the city center for exploring or having a drink.

Book Hostel Dvor here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Design hostel in Split Crotia, Hostel Dvor

The staff at Hostel Dvor is also a big plus.

They know the area well, and are a huge help for planning your next stop. Ask them about their best spots in the area. They can also help you with your ferry to Hvar Islands and other islands.

Location: Out of the 3 coolest backpacker hostels, Hostel Dvor has the longest walking distance to get downtown, yet only 10 minutes. There are shops around, ATMs, and restaurants. Hostel Dvor is located in Varoš, the oldest and a famous part of the city. The area itself is worth a visit.

The historic stone houses and the narrow streets are characteristic for the Varoš neighborhood.

In a nutshell, you are in the Old Town hustle and bustle in less than 10 minutes walking, but you stay in a quiet area for a good nights sleep.

(Especially when choosing a central hostel in Split, it could be loud due to bars!)

Hostel Dvor is the best place to stay for:

  • Solo-Travellers
  • Backpackers
  • Small Families

Important to know: Hostel Dvor only opens in the peak season, from May to October.

Book Hostel Dvor here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Hostel Dvor, cool hostel in Split Crotia

2. Simple Hostel

The Simple Hostel is the absolute top pick, stylish and great location.

You can choose from Double Rooms to dorms, and stay in the heart of the city. Housed in an old building, the modern interior design makes this space sparkle.

You will enjoy the stylish and at the same time very comfortable dorms and private rooms. Seriously, it’s so comfy here. All rooms are equipped with Air Conditioning, which is super useful in the summer times.

The hostel has a small bar on-site, great to socialize. It even has a small kitchen to cook up your own meals. We think this is very handy, especially for the budget traveler.

Nonetheless, you have plenty of restaurants around to eat out.

Book Simple Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Hostel simple, a design hostel in Split Croatia

Simple Hostel Split Croatia common room area

Location: Perfect, again! You are 2 minutes from the Old Town.

Simple Hostel is just a short walk away from the Bus Station and the ferry port to get to the islands around. The UNESCO Heritage Diocletian’s Palace is only a minutes walk away. Seriously, no worries, when you lean towards staying at Simple Hostel, you will like the location.

A great choice for:

  • couples
  • small groups
Book Simple Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Private room at Simple Hostel Split Croatia Dorm at Simple Hostel Split Croatia

3. Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel

Absolutely lovely place. Super central, lovely staff, cosy and fun ambiance.

Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel is an absolute fantastic hostel in Split for female solo-travelers and actually couples and families too. There are only dorms to choose from; there are no private rooms though.

The hostel is still brand new, and offers two spacious dormitories of 8-beds, a big terrace and even an own restaurant with delicious local cuisine.

Good to know: You can only book Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel on Booking.com.

Book Ciri Biri Boutique here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Ciri Biri design cute hostel Split

Location Perfect! You are literally in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous palace of a Roman emperor. Great to visit, not to miss! You are surrounded by restaurants, bars, and sights.

Here’s a list of pros and cons for Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel:

Pro:

  • Cosy, small hostel, easy to enjoy and mingle
  • top location
  • terrace
  • lots of space in dorms (no cramped dorms!)

Con:

  • Only Dorms; no private rooms
  • Dorm beds with no curtain, original window shutters instead
  • No kitchen facilities (but lots of good budget food options around)

Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel is the best hostel in Split for:

  • female solo-travelers
  • everybody that loves small, cosy hostels
Book Ciri Biri Boutique here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.comCiri Biri cute hostel Split Croatia

Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Split

Here is an overview of our handpicked coolest Split hostels. In this chart we compare the main facilities and things to expect.

You will notice, you won’t find anywhere a big kitchen. Make sure you really check what you want from your hostel.

It will help you to make a decision.

Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel Hostel Simple Hostel Dvor
Recommended for…
  • female solo traveler
  • couples
  • small groups
  • solo-travellers
  • solo-travellers
  • backpacker
  • small families
Kitchen No Kitchenette Kitchenette
WiFi (Quality) Free (Good) Free (Ok) Free (Good)
Breakfast Yes (May – October) No Yes (Simple and good)
Location Top (central!) Top (quiet!) Great (5-10 min walk to center)
Special Terrace, Cosy Vibes Stylish design, on-site bar
Super comfy, tranquil
Activities No No No
Lockers – and safe? Yes Yes Yes
Facilities for disabled guests No No No
How to book? Booking.com Hostelworld Hostelworld

This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.

What about cheapest hostels in Split?

Of course, there are always cheap accommodations.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The quality differs a lot, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. It is true though, Split is fairly expensive in the summer season, and you could save some money when choosing a cheaper Split Hostel .

So, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Split.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Split
  2. 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.

Here’s our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.

Fancy a personal recommendation for the best cheap hostel in Split? Then go with Gravitas Hostel.

It is a simple place, clean and safe.

Book Gravitas Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Cheapest Hostels in Split; Gravitas Hostel

Coolest Hostels in Split for Solo Travellers?

What is the serious, best hostel in Split for solo-travellers?

Firstof all, if you fancy a party hostel as solo-traveller, then keep scrolling.

For a solo backpacker, a hostel is a good choice. The best would be an accommodation that is social, fun, clean, and safe.

This is a very honest guide, and we struggle a bit with a definite answer. Why?

Because all of the 3 hostels we mentioned above are great for solo-travelers.

And it absolutely depends on the people you will be staying with; the hostel setup is there already.

If I were you as a solo-traveler, I would stay during the summer season at Hostel Dvor.

It has the overall best vibes, plus we really like the location.

Book Hostel Dvor here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Split for Solo Travellers?

Party Hostels in Split? Only in the season

You want party? You get party!

Split is known for its nightlife, and there are some fun party hostels in Split to stay at.

In fact, many backpackers in Split just come here for exactly that. The 3 top hostels we mentioned before are no party-places at all. So bare that in mind.

The two coolest party hostels in Split to guarantee a good time are:

Both hostels only open from April to October. The difference between both places?

No big difference really, both places party hard to Charlie’s bar.

Please remember, you can always go out for a party, just join a Pub Crawl. If you want a cool hostel, we recommend the ones mentioned above.

Booze Snooze Hostel Split

Run by Australians, you can expect a couples of fun nights out during your stay.

During the season, every night Booze and Snooze takes out all hostel mates for dinner, so everybody gets to know each other. After that, the party starts off at Charlie’s bar.

Also worth to mention, the hostel is literally inside the Diocletian Palace.

Quite unusual!

Book Booze Snooze Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Fun party hostel in Split, Booze & Snooze

Split Hostel Fiesta Siesta

Only open from April to October, Fiesta Siesta Hostel is well-known to “serve good vibes on tap!”.

Central location, an on-site bar, no common rooms inside the hostel, and dorms-only. You will really get more siesta than fiesta here.

Book Fiesta Siesta Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Party Hostels in Split: Split Hostel Fiesta Siesta, a great choice for backpackers Split Partying

Best Hostels in Split for Families

While many hostels in this world are family-friendly, for Split we’d rather recommend you a hotel or an Airbnb.

Except the Hostel Dvor, other Split hostels cater more to couples, groups and solo-travelers.

Have a look on Airbnb for Split.

Here’s our guide on how to use Airbnb plus a 35€ Airbnb Coupon Code that actually works.

Hostels in Trogir (nearby town)

Just a short bus ride up North the coastline you find the beautiful, small village of Trogir.

We love this place; it’s a little gem.

If you have the time, we recommend staying one night here in Trogir too.

You can easily take a public bus to Trogir from Split. It is a small, medieval village with narrow streets, right at the sea front.

The answer to where to stay in Trogir is simple: Hostel Marina Trogir!

Book Hostel Marina here

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Split Croatia.

I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

This can be any discount for hostels in Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar and all over Europe.

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 Split hostels on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list. Keep an eye on Get Your Guide for day trips and sailing trips.

  • Old Town itself – get lost and wander around
  • Diocletian Palace
  • Cathedral of Saint Domnius
  • Statue of Grgur Ninski and its golden toe
  • Klis Fortress
  • Day trip to Trogir

PS: Looking for a great pizza restaurant? We LOVE Pizzeria Portas; cheaper prices than around, and huge delicious pizza! We included it in the map too.

Good to know: Heading to Split during Festival Zabavne Glazbe? Better book as soon as possible, decent accommodations are always sold out fast.

(Click here to open the map in a new window. You can also open the left sidebar to activate and deactivate the layers.)

Flights to Split?

Split has its own little Airport which is actually near the city of Trogir.

There is always shuttle buses directly to Split city center, very easy.

Other great airports with cheap connections are in Zadar and Dubrovnik. It may be worth it to land here to start your backpacking Croatia trip.

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe, including Split, Zagreb, and the big cities like Rome and Amsterdam.

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.

Cheap Flights in Europe - a complete guide

More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Split. This is handwritten guide, and we only shared the hostels we actually enjoyed ourselves. We have even more for you.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

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Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Split hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

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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