Stroll along the cobblestoned Old Town and marvel at Gothic architecture. Then end the day in one of our handpicked spacious, comfy hostels.
One of them even has a pool and sauna!
Party lovers, budget travellers and solo adventurers – it doesn’t matter who you are, Tallinn is a great destination for most.
- Fat Margaret’s – top pick for female solo travellers
- Red Emperor Hostel – great for solo travellers
- Tabinoya – Tallinn’s Travellers House – best for older travellers
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
Are you a free spirit with plenty of time to travel? It’s a must to head over to Tartu and say hello to Hektor Design Hostel, the only 5 star hostel in Estonia.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Tallinn
- best hostels in Tallinn for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Tallinn
- great Tallinn hostels for backpackers
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Tallinn
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Tallinn cost 10€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 33€ up to 75€ 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 Tallinn
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Tallinn.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Fat Margaret’s
How do you like the sound of a morning sauna before hitting the historical Old Town of Tallinn?
We thought you might, which is why Fat Margaret’s sits snuggly at the number one spot.
This beautifully straight forward hostel showcases exactly what it’s all about through modern, minimalistic design.
Yet no comfort or homely atmosphere is left behind. It has it all!
So first things first, the rooms. What options are there?
- 6-bed mixed, male & female dorms
- Twin private
- Double bed private
- Superior twin private
Big lockers, lots of light and linen included? Check, check and check.
As a little bonus for the ladies: there is a vanity mirror and desk space to get ready for the day/night.
Did we already mention the sauna? What about the pool?
Yep, after a hot detox you can jump in to a refreshing pool just next door – wonderful!
The fully-fitted kitchen is also lovely and big, with a roomy seating area and ping pong table extending from it. We reckon this is a top space for socialising.
Note: keys need to be handed in at reception whenever you go out. It just saves you losing it, so see it as a positive extra.
Reception is open 24 hours a day, so no need to worry about a curfew or arriving too late/early.
Location: Just inside the gate of Old Town Tallinn. It is very close to ferry terminal and train station. There are tons of cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs nearby.
This is one of the best hostels in Tallinn for
- Female solo travellers
2. Red Emperor Hostel
Imagine a mix of historical Tallinn and a bearded Australian. This particular Aussie created a hostel with community spirit, creativity, excitement and tons of fun.
Red Emperor Hostel also just so happens to have a bar attached, open to guests and locals alike.
But don’t worry, this isn’t one of those crazy up-all-night party hostels.
Well, it has the potential to be if you like! Yet a good, quiet night’s sleep can also be enjoyed.
What other enticing perks are there?
- Pool table
- Live concerts, karaoke, pub quizzes
- Hostel dinners
- Indoor skate ramp (whaaaat!)
- Chill, quiet common room
- Fully-equipped kitchen & dining area
Have a watch of the cool hostel video (down below) to get an idea of the size and separation of nightlife and room life.
Rooms come in dorm and private sizes, all with linen and lockers. Private rooms come with en-suite and Old Town wall views.
Bunks are sturdy and rooms are spacious. But don’t expect privacy curtains here – this is a sociable hostel, inside and outside of the rooms.
Important: Groups large and small are welcome, but make sure you contact the hostel in advance.
The staff deserve mentioning. They’re friendly, fun and always welcoming.
Location: Inside the Old Town District, surrounded by medieval architecture, gothic spires and cobbled streets. A supermarket, ATM and restaurant are within short walking distance.
This is one of the best hostels in Tallinn for
- Solo travellers
- Party animals
3. Tabinoya – Tallinn’s Travellers House
Tabinoya stands for ‘Traveller’s House’, and it really is a home away from home.
Forget party party; Tabinoya is the place to be to enjoy a cup of tea, read a book, surf the net and enjoying a chat over a quiet drink.
Like we said, this is a homely hostel. And the rooms are no exception.
We love the ample choice on offer:
- Single room
- Double/twin private
- Triple room
- Quadruple room w/ ensuite
- 4-bed female dorm
- 8-bed mixed dorm
Each room has its own design. We particularly love the little window nook in the 8-bed dorm. Grab a book and get snuggly!
Bonus: here you’ll be treated to a free, filling breakfast each morning.
And if you fancy, there is also a fully-fitted kitchen to cook up a storm.
Treat yourself to a sauna experience after a day of exploring.
It’s only 5 euros for one hour, so how could you refuse?
Other perks include a common room, 24/hr security and free tea and coffee.
Location: Also within the Old Town, 100m from the town hall square and best restaurants around. Also close by to great districts such as Kalamaja and Telliskivi.
This is one of the best hostels in Tallinn for
- Older travellers
- Peace seekers
What about cheapest hostels in Tallinn?
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 Tallinn.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Tallinn
- 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 Tallinn for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Tallinn for solo-travellers?
This is usually the part where we include all of our already mentioned best hostels in Tallinn.
It would be tempting to do it again if it weren’t for Fat Margaret’s being such a top choice for solo travellers.
Whether you’re male, female, gay, transgender or part unicorn; this hostel will make you feel right at home.
There are single-sex dorms and private options to keep everyone happy.
Make friends over ping-pong or enjoy some ‘you time’ in the sauna. Perhaps the pool. So many choices!
The handy central location makes exploring easy for solo travellers that aren’t experienced in local transport. Let’s face it; this can be daunting.
Best Party Hostel Tallinn?
Do you love meeting new people and want to party every night during your time in Tallinn?
Oh righty then, The Monk’s Bunk is the hostel for you. Specifically named as a party hosel, so be prepared!
Without doubt the best party hostel Tallinn has to offer if you…
- love a range of tours organised on your behalf
- like the idea of a free shot on arrival
- love a central location
- partial to a fun pub crawl
- enjoy themed nights
Make use of the pool table, kitchen, on-site bar and 24 hour reception and security.
Location: Right across from Town Hall Square, in the midst of Old Town Tallinn.
How about a great Tallinn Backpackers?
Honestly, it’s so nice to stumble across a hostel that purely has a weary backpacker in mind.
Often all a traveller wants is a place to drop their backpack and recharge in a cosy, communal space.
Welcome to Old Town Backpackers, in that case!
This is a remodelled 17th-18th century building, with tons of character and community feel.
The dorm incorporates the living room, kitchen and common room – perfect for easy-going, open-minded, social travellers.
There is only 6-beds in this intimate setting.
Wonderful staff will happily arrange a trip Lahemaa National Park and Patarei prison.
Location: In the oldest hostel in town, within the Old Town walls. Minutes from all of the top sights.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
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:
- Fat Margaret’s: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Red Emporer Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Tabinoya – Tallinn’s Travellers House: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- The Monk’s Bunk: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Old Town Backpackers: Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Tallinn 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 Tallinn. 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 Tallinn 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:
- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
- Tallinn Town Hall
- Kadriorg Art Museum
- Tallinn TV Tower
- Seaplane Harbour Lennusadam
- Kohtuotsa Viewing platform
- Kadriorg Park
How about fun things to do in Tallinn? Check out these cool ideas:
- Private Walking Tour with a Local
- 2-hour Tallinn Bike Tour
- Day return Ferry to Helsinki
- Old Town Tallinn Pub Crawl
- Jägala Waterfall & Harju County (5-hour tour)
(View the map in full here)
Flights to Tallinn?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Tallinn.
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 Tallinn.
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Over to you
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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