3 Best Hostels in Vilnius, Lithuania – Stunning Preserved Architecture

Best Hostels in Vilnius

Are you looking for the best hostels in Vilnius? Well… don’t look any further.

Vilnius is a great place to visit and an ideal destination for the European budget-conscious traveler. Whether you’re exploring the churches, cathedrals, cafés, or art installations, this city is sure to impress.

Not to mention the abundance of parks and green spaces that add to the peaceful and laid-back atmosphere. 

The best hostels in Vilnius that are backpacker-friendly (all-traveler friendly, really..) are mostly located near the impressive historical Old Town, where you’ll find a merge of architectural styles, from dramatic Baroque to Gothic and Renaissance. .

Our favorite hostels in Vilnius are:

  1. Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping - best for Female solo travelers
  2. Jimmy Jumps House - best for Social butterflies
  3. Mikalo House - best for Backpackers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

But we’re not here to talk about architecture (unless you really want to). Let’s get on with our guide to the best hostels in Vilnius

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

What we cover in this article?

  • cheapest hostels in Vilnius
  • best hostels in Vilnius for solo traveler
  • discounts and promo codes
  • How to book?
  • All hostel and sights on a map
  • FAQ
  • Flights
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    Quick Introduction to Vilnius

    Average price for a bed: Hostels in Vilnius cost $13 – $16 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average price of around $42 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

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

    Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). 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.

    Transportation: Public transport is reliable and safe, and roads are well-maintained for those looking to rent a car (which is relatively affordable). Hitchhiking is an option, and it is relatively easy and safe.

    If you’re looking for a way to explore Lithuania and its neighbors, buses are a great option – as for taxis; their prices tend to add up, so try to avoid them.

    Safety:  In Lithuania, violent crimes are almost unheard of. But scams and pick-pocketing are commonplace in Vilnius, especially in crowded areas like bus stations and public transportation. Always keep your belonging safe and not easily accessible to other people.

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    The 3 Best Hostels in Vilnius are …

    Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Vilnius.

    1. Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping – best for Female solo travelers
    2. Jimmy Jumps House – best for Social butterflies
    3. Mikalo House – best for Backpackers

    These are our favorite hostels in Vilnius. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

    Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

    🦸 Solo Traveler:Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping
    🎒 for Backpacker:Mikalo House
    🙎‍♀️ Female Solo Traveler: Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping
    🧘 Cozy Hostel: Mikalo House
    👫 For Socializing:Jimmy Jumps House

    1. Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping

    Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping is our top pick for the best hostel in Vilnius for female solo travelers.

    Here, you’ll find:

    • A terrace
    • A shared kitchen
    • A bar 
    • A camping area (with BBQ grills for rent)
    • A garden

    With its lush trees, beautiful garden, and peaceful atmosphere, Forest Hostel is perfect for a much-needed break. At this cozy château, guests can enjoy free coffee and tea from 8 to 11 am in a very laid-back and relaxed environment.

    Forest Hostel is the perfect place for those looking for a laid-back and cozy stay with plenty of nature to enjoy.

    Location: at the base of a hill in the center of Vilnius, only a 10-minute walk away from the Old Town. Travelers can enjoy the rustic and warm neighborhoods while they take a stroll to St. Anne’s Church and the Vilnele River in the artistic part of Vilnius called Užupis.

    Major tourist spots are also within walking distance, making it a great choice for vacationers looking to explore the city.

    The best choice in Vilnius for

    • Female solo travelers
    • Solo travelers
    Book Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Downtown Forest Hostel Garden Downtown Forest Hostel Dorms Downtown Forest Hostel

    2. Jimmy Jumps House

    Jimmy Jumps House is our top pick in Vilnius for social Hostels.

    On-site, you’ll find:

    • 24/7 reception
    • Tour desk
    • A common lounge
    • A terrace
    • A bar
    • A kitchen

    Jimmy Jumps offers the perfect mix of practical and fun features for backpackers. After leaving your shoes at the entrance (everything is always clean thanks to the practice), access free Wi-Fi, enjoy hot waffles for breakfast and even charge your laptop inside your locker (so you can leave your electronics at the hostel without worrying).

    Book Jimmy Jumps House here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Jimmy Jumps

    Plus, the hostel can arrange guided tours by locals, pub crawls, Machine Gun tours, and even something called a ‘forest saunas’ tour.

    The rooms are furnished and decorated in bright colors, creating a feel-at-home atmosphere. You can socialize and meet other travelers in the common room and outdoor terrace. 

    Note: Large groups of more than 8, or male groups of more than 5, need to write to the hostel before booking just to ensure that they aren’t a bachelor or party group since the hostel likes to maintain a calm and social atmosphere. 

    Location: This hostel is situated in the heart of Vilnius Old Town, making it easy for visitors to explore the area’s biggest attractions. Just a 5-minute walk away, you’ll find the main square and the town hall, plus a range of enticing restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs. Don’t forget to stroll to the majestic Gediminas Tower and Vilnius Cathedral, both within walking distance.

    A great choice for

    • Social butterflies
    Book Jimmy Jumps House here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

      Jimmy Jumps Kitchen Jimmy Jumps Dorms

    3. Mikalo House

    Mikalo House is our favorite backpacker‘s hostel in Vilnius.

    This hostel has the following facilities:

    • A shared kitchen with free tea and coffee
    • A barbecue area
    • A yard

    Mikalo House offers a range of walking tours at no cost, making it a great way to experience the local area. The hostel itself is cozy and homely, with spacious and bright rooms tastefully decorated with all modern amenities. 

    The staff members are incredibly friendly and personable, providing great advice and guidance.

    Book Mikalo House here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Mikalo House

    There is plenty of space in the rooms but take into consideration that the only common area is the yard which makes it hard for guests to gather during colder months.

    Location: 10 minutes away from the bus and train stations, Mikalo House is situated right in the middle of the old town of Vilnius, mere steps away from the city square, its traditional market, and various restaurants, cafés, and bars.

    It also offers an easy connection to the nearby airport.

    This is one of the best hostels in Vilnius for

    • Backpackers
    Book Mikalo House here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

      Mikalo House Kitchen Mikalo House Dorms

    Best Hostels in Vilnius for Solo Travelers?

    The best hostel in Vilnius for solo travelers is Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping. It has awesome facilities, right in the middle of nature, with great and easy access to the rest of the city and all of its main sights. 

    Although the vibe is very laid-back, it also has a great social environment. 

    Book Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Downtown Forest Hostel Patio

    What about the cheapest hostels in Vilnius?

    Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Vilnius.

    1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Vilnius
    2. add your dates
    3. Order the listings by price

    Simple as that.

    Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

    Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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    How to book?

    The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

    We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

    Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

    We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Vilnius best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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    Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Vilnius.

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    Over to you

    Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

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