3 Best Hostels in Tirana, Albania

3 Best Hostels in Tirana, Albania – Homely Hostels with a Vibrant Flare

Hello there! You’re keen to explore the best hostels in Tirana, is that right? Well, you’ve landed on the only guide you’re going to need for this beautiful Albanian capital city!

When visiting the Balkan countries we highly recommend exploring Tirana to discover some of the best hostels in Albania.

Why? Well for one thing the hostels here are pretty cool.

Get ready for old Italian style villas constructed in 1910, a fun hostel bar and fantastic day tours that help you make friends fast.

Mix this in with one of the most beautiful cities in Albania and you’re surely in for an unforgettable time – let’s go!

Your shortcut:

  1. Trip’n’Hostel – top pick for solo travellers
  2. Tirana Backpacker Hostel – best for backpackers
  3. Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers

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This is a great selection that’s not to be missed – make sure you have a look at all 3 before making your decision!

The hostels in Tirana are far from modern and boring. Each one has a homely, vibrant design that’s enticing and relaxing as soon as you walk through the door.

If you’re planning on exploring more of the Balkans, we suggest hopping over to read our guide to the best hostels in Skopje, Macedonia.

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

There’s no time to waste, let’s jump straight in and find you the perfect hostel. Use our handy shortcut below.

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Quick Introduction to Tirana

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Tirana cost 8€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 21€ up to 36€ per night. 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.

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.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Tirana

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Tirana.

  1. Trip’n’Hostel
  2. Tirana Backpacker Hostel
  3. Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel

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

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Trip’n’Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Milingona City Centre Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Tirana Backpacker Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Trip’n’Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: ART Hostel

1. Trip’n’Hostel

First up we’d like to introduce Trip’n’Hostel for those that prefer a more homely hostel rather than a super modern type place – the best hostel in Tirana!

Walking in through the doors really is like walking in to someone’s home. The kind of home that is obviously well lived in yet still clean and relaxing.

“The building is an old Italian stile villa, constructed in 1910. The villa has three floors and two green gardens at both sides.”

That’s right; two gardens to relax and enjoy your free breakfast in!

It’s really pretty cool that there is an underground floor and this is where the shared kitchen is located.

Move up to the ground floor and you’ll find a vintage-style common room that’s full of books, a computer, plenty of light and that all important relaxing atmosphere.

To top it off there are two chimney rooms on the property – evening by a roaring fire, anyone?!

Hint: Make sure you make the most of the beer on tap here!

What about where you can lay your head at night? Let’s check out the rooms:

  • 4, 6, 10 and 12-bed mixed dorms
  • Private double room

Fun: Each dorm has a colour theme including purple, yellow, red and green.

All of the rooms are set on the second floor away from the common area so it’s possible to enjoy a quiet night’s sleep.

Keep going up and you’ll eventually hit the gorgeous solarium terrace up on the roof. Another prime spot to hang out, that’s for sure!

Location: In a characteristic quarter of Tirana ‘Pazar i Ri’, 300 meters from the center of the city.

This is one of the best hostels in Tirana for

  • Solo travellers
  • Older travellers
Book Trip’n’Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Tirana Backpacker Hostel

Continuing with the warm, homely vibes we’d like to put Tirana Backpacker Hostel in at a very close second.

This was actually the first hostel to open in Tirana back in 2005, set inside a stunning 100 year old Italian style villa.

Once again you will not be stepping in to a modern, bland accommodation – far from it! – but a colourful, cosy and vibrant hostel.

“Our backyard attracts guests all day and night where you will find lots of mandarin and orange trees, hammocks, sofas and instruments around!”

For sure the coolest part about Tirana is the backyard, and it’s an ideal spot to hang out at all times of the day watching people come and go, socialising and relaxing.

Yet, there are more perks to mention:

  • Hostel bar
  • Indoor & outdoor common areas
  • Fully equipped kitchen & dining room
  • Day tours
  • Bike rental
  • Free WiFi

Not only that but this hostel throws in a free breakfast and also offers a scrumptious healthy, vegetarian dinner for a few extra coins.

This place has done so well to create a community of like-minded individuals that will be difficult to resist!

Alongside the 4 and 6-bed mixed dorms, there is also a couple of single and double private rooms available. One of the double rooms even comes with a private bathroom.

Location: In the heart of Tirana, 500m from Skanderbeg Square and 5km from Dajti Ekspres Cable Car. The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at the hostel. Tirana International Mother Teresa Airport is 15km from the hostel.

This is one of the best hostels in Tirana for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Tirana Backpacker Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel

With equally as much enthusiasm it’s time to step in to Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel and take a look around.

Designed as yet another “home away from home”, Vanilla Sky impresses travellers with top quality designer furnishings, bright decor and super awesome staff.

“Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel offers private and shared accommodations, a lounge and free Wi-Fi access throughout the property.”

This is certainly the hostel you should choose if you’re less about organised fun and more about relaxing in a unique accommodation.

What we love most about this hostel is the room choices! See for yourself…

  • 4-bed female & male dorms
  • 4 and 6-bed mixed dorms
  • Double room / private bathroom
  • Triple room / private bathroom
  • Deluxe double room
  • Family room (double bed + bunk)

Pretty sweet, right? It’s not very often you get male dorms as well as female!

The dorms don’t come with privacy curtains which is a bit of a shame, but they are nice and spacious with plenty of light.

All of the rooms offer a street view, and some of them feature a spacious balcony.

Whilst Vanilla Sky does not offer any organised activities, the location is hard to beat. Within minutes you can be in Bllok district which is full of bars and restaurants.

Psst! There’s no curfew here and a really great private passcode entry on the front door.

Location: In the vibrant heart of the city, and easy stroll from the main tourist attractions of Tirana.

This is one of the best hostels in Tirana for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Older travellers
Book Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Tirana?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels in Tirana. Forget hotels in Tirana Albania!

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

Why?

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 Tirana.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Tirana
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

You could have a look at All Stars Hostel as an example of a cheaper hostel that has lower ratings.

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 Tirana for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Tirana for solo-travellers?

We’ll easily stick with our #1 hostel Trip’n’Hostel here.

We really enjoy the room choices here, offering plenty of opportunity to meet people in the larger 10 and 12-bed dorms.

Even though they don’t organise any activities, the central location means you can be in the heart of the excitement within minutes.

Then once you’re done for the night you can return to a quiet hostel for a good night’s sleep.

Plus, the rooftop solarium, two gardens and cosy common room are excellent places to socialise with other travellers (or enjoy your own space).

Book Trip’n’Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Tirana Backpacker Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tirana, Albania

Party Hostels in Tirana

So, you’re looking to party it up when in Tirana? Great, because we managed to find you a wonderful party hostel option.

Head on down to Milingona City Centre Hostel and you’ll be in for a good time.

The big garden is where you’ll find other travellers, plus organic draft beer and home-made Raki from the garden grapes – yum!

“Tirana is a hub of music geniuses, so don’t be surprised to hear of gigs happening here at the hostel or nearby.”

Note: This isn’t a crazy party hostel, so be respectful to other guests and head into town if you want a really big night.

And you’re in luck! This is the most central hostel in the city, very close to Blloku District which is full to the brim with bars, clubs and live music.

Book Milingona City Center Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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More Hostels worth a mention

Hold on there you keen bean! We couldn’t resist adding a few more options for you before you settle on one hostel. Heck, if you’re in Tirana for a while why not stay at two or three?!

Other hostels we recommend:

ART Hostel Tirana

How about spending you chill time up on a rooftop? ART Hostel provides this and more.

The owners of the hostel grew up in the neighborhood and so there’s a real homey vibe at this accommodation.

It’s more of a quiet place that offers an arrange of room choices including mixed and female dorms, private double with ensuite and an apartment that sleeps up to 6 people.

Alongside the cool terrace, there is also a terrace on the second floor.

Cool: For an extra 3 EUR per day you can opt in for a breakfast.

Free Wifi is available all the time, and there is maximum stay of 14 days.

Book ART Hostel Tirana

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Buff Hostel Tirana

What do we love most about Buff Hostel? The dorm rooms!

“Buff hostel is a quiet place where you can pause and recharge for your next destination.”

Spread over three floors, Buff consists of a range of room types from double private room wit balconies to 6-bed dorms with gorgeous design.

There is a community kitchen and dining area and a modest patio to sit on. Otherwise, the bedrooms take up most of the property so this really is the kind of thostel to choose if you’re just passing through.

It is located within an easy walking distance from the main square.

Book Buff Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Buff Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tirana, Albania

The English Hostel

A quirky, no-frills hostel that is open to all traveller types, but especially suited to backpackers and sociable travellers – welcome to The English Hostel!

This hostel is actually ran by an expat American and his multilingual Albanian staff.

You’ll get to enjoy extra-long mattresses imported from Germany, a bathtub in some of the bathrooms, kitchen and free use of the washing machine!

There’s also a comfortable common area and secure courtyard to relax in and share stories with others.

Opt for a shared dorm or treat yourself to the king private room with balcony. Tough choice!

Book The English Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The English Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tirana, Albania

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:

  1. Trip’n’Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Tirana Backpacker Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Tirana 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.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Tirana. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Tirana 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:

  • Skanderbeg Square
  • Pyramid of Tirana
  • Grand Park of Tirana
  • Bunk’Art 2
  • National History Museum
  • Youth Park

Flights to Tirana?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Tirana.

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.

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FAQs

Here we answer the most frequently asked questions about Tirana.

What is the best place to stay in Tirana?

The best hostels to stay in Tirana are:

    1. Trip’n’Hostel – top pick for solo travellers
    2. Tirana Backpacker Hostel – best for backpackers
  1. Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers

What are the best clubs in Tirana?

Some of the more popular clubs in Tirana include Lust Club Night, Hemingway Bar Tirana and Folie Terrace.

What is the best area to stay in Tirana?

Definitely as close to the center as possible, nearby Skanderbeg Square and Blloku District which is home to fun bars, clubs and restaurants.

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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 Tirana 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!

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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.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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