Hostel Locations: Take a look at the map and you’ll notice that our topic hostels are not downtown Tallinn. But, that is okay. Especially Fat Margaret’s has a top location! It is just outside the old town but in an area worth to explore. It is near the tram stops, from where you can easily reach Tallinn University and the hipster Kalamaja area by tram in twenty minutes.
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.
Capsule Hostels Tallinn the first innovative capsule-pod-type accommodation in the Baltics. Its futuristic design, smart solutions, safe and private environment allow you to enjoy your holiday in Tallinn as much as you want.
“The interrior of the capsule is like a spaceship. I enjoyed the lights and the privacy.”
Great experience and we recommend it for everyone who likes rather quiet and private hostel experiences.
The sleeping capsules are amazing: you have two different pillows, good mattress and blanket, a towel, tv, headphones, sockets, different types of lighting, ventilation, even the earplugs!
Some of the things offered by this hostel that should also be mentioned are:
Easy check in/out
Easy to reach city center by public transport
The staff here are very friendly and helpful, and check in process is nice and easy.
Good to know: Breakfast is not included but it is possible to purchase from a vending machine coffee and food or nearby 24/7 gas station.
Location: The location is a little bit further from the old town, but public transportation is right in front of the door.
Our #3 recommendation is Academic Hostel and this hostel offers perfect budget accommodation for students, backpackers and tourists who wish to enjoy an inexpensive but comfortable stay in Tallinn.
They have 108 twin rooms (216 beds). Every two rooms share a kitchenette, shower and toilet. Are there any big, typical dorms? Well, no. The Academic Hostel only offers twin rooms and triple rooms, at the moment.
The staff is really responsive and polite, especially the front desks staff. That always helps, right?! Ask them for their students tips like restaurants and bars. They know the good places.
Location: Located on the grounds of Tallinn University of Technology.
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 are only 6-bed dorms 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.
Not all hostels in Tallinn are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Tallinn. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
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How much are hostels in Tallinn?
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.
Update: Below are some hostels that used to be in our top 3 until they closed, unfortunately. We keep this content here for your information.
Tallin Backpackers – for solo travellers that are keen to socialise. “The right choice for individual travelers. Top Old Town location, fun and friendly atmosphere, access to activities organised by our sister hostel, and a chill vibe.”
Alongside those of you travelling solo, this is also a good base for small groups. There are a ton of freebies to keep you happy, including:
Internet & wifi
Fully equipped kitchen
Tea & coffee
The staff here are super knowledgable about the area and will gladly share off-the-beaten-path tips with you. If you’re keen to try out local tours, make sure you speak to the staff at reception. You can book AK 47 shooting, day trips to Lahemaa National Park and much more.
When you’re not out exploring, make the most of the games room and common room which are set up perfectly for meeting others and relaxing.
Good to know: There are no private rooms here.
Instead, share a room with new found friends. You can sleep in a 6 or 8-bed mixed dorm. Two of them come with private bathrooms.
Location: Situated in a historical building just around the corner from Town Hall Square. The ferry terminals are a 20 minute walk from here.
CLOSED: Red Emperor Hostel (former #2 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?
Live concerts, karaoke, pub quizzes
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.
CLOSED: Tabinoya – Tallinn’s Travellers House (former #3 hostel)
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:
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.
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