Average price for a bed: Hostels in Zurich start from 34€ per night up to 41€ per nights for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 72€ up to 173€. 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.
Winterthur vs Zurich: As you may notice further down, our #1 hostel is actually located in Winterthur – a beautiful small city just 25 minutes from Zurich. It’s an fantastic hostel in an area well worth visiting. Honestly, we think it’s better than any hostel in the centre of Zurich.
Our #1 recommendation in the nearby city of Winterthur is the new Hostel Depot 195 Winterthur. Set close to the Winterthur Old Town in an industrial building, this is an old-meets-modern accommodation great for backpackers.
It really is the best choice out of all central Zurich hostels. The ONLY one we really recommend!
It’s fun, well located and a great place to meet other travellers. Oh and you can rent a snazzy bicycle here, too!
Don’t forget: Zurich is only 25-minutes away by train and will cost you around 13€ each way.
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about cheapest hostels in Zurich?
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 Zurich.
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Zurich.
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 Zurich for Solo Travellers?
If you’re looking for a great hostel for solo travellers in Zurich, you’ve already discovered it.
We did already tell you that there really is only one great hostel in Zurich, and we meant it.
Whether you’re a backpacker, female or male solo traveller, we stand by that Depot 195 is social, comfortable and safe.
If you want to get social head to the bar, or let the conversation flow whilst relaxing on the rooftop. However if you are looking for some down-time, opt for an affordable private room and rent a bicycle for the day.
Oldtown Hostel Otter also has a bar on the ground floor open to guests and the public, yet quiet time is strictly after 10pm.
So! Instead of heading to Zurich especially for an all-night party, head to either one of our hand-picked hostels for the option of meeting people at the bar and take advantage of the central location to party close by in the city.
Party in the city, enjoy a great night’s sleep at the hostel – perfect!
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotel and hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.
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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 always carry in your backpack.