Our very own hand-picked top Krakow hostels are suited for all types of travellers.
They all offer something fun, cosy and memorable alongside clean, well-designed rooms. And that all-important social space!
And certainly, the first time visiting, we had some trouble to actually know what is a good location for a hostel to stay in. So, in this guide we will get to the bottom of that.
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
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Krakow.
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This guide will ensure your planning is made easier. All the necessary links are included to make booking faster and hassle-free.
Visit Krakow for the wonderful Old Town, Jewish quarter and 14th-century Gothic church. It’s becoming increasingly popular, so enjoy it whilst it retains a strong charm.
All you need to do is choose your favourite hostel and you’re all set!
What does this article include?
- 3 best hostels in detail (+ recommended for)
- Best party hostels in Krakow
- Pub Crawls to join
- Hostel locations on a map (+ sight)
- Discounts and promo codes
- Flights to Krakow
By the way, we have 5 Star Hostels all over the world!
Quick Introduction to Krakow Hostels
Average price for a bed: Poland in general is a great country to travel on a budget. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 5€ per night. A private room starts usually at around 15€ already. Cheap, right?! 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.
Party vs Chill: Krakow is big in the nightlife game. You can have epic nights out! Make sure you select the right type of hostel. In this list we share cosy, chill-out hostels as well as hardcore fiesta-party-hostels.
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 Krakow Hostels
We’ve already mentioned that you’re about to discover the best hostels in Krakow.
But you should also know we’ve found two awesome party hostels, too!
Exciting stuff, right? Then let’s go.
The 3 best hostels in Krakow are…
- Mundo Hostel – best hostel for solo travellers
- Draggo House – best pick for backpackers
- Ginger Aparthostel – top hostel for solo-female travellers
Rest assured these hostels have been chosen because of their facilities, design and that all important vibe.
All of the hostels mentioned have been placed on a handy map which you can find further down in the article. All major sights/attractions have also been added.
1. Mundo Hostel (around-the-world design)
Let’s take a look at the eye-catching, cosy Mundo Hostel.
This friendly hostel in Krakow boasts a wonderful atmosphere, comfortable rooms and competitive prices.
All of the rooms have been stylised on different countries. This is fun and we wonder which country you’ll choose.
Psst! Find out more about the rooms further down.
Mundo staff offer something you can’t buy: a warm and friendly atmosphere. Guests from all over the world also contribute of course, and this will no doubt include you!
Alongside a bustling bar, find music and food events also on offer here.
Perfect for solo travellers, we’d say.
So, those awesome rooms we mentioned earlier.
Would you prefer a mixed dorm in India or a double room in Hawaii? Twin rooms will take you to Mexico or China… and that’s only a few of the options.
Other super cool highlights:
- Free breakfast
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Stocked bar
- Bike rental
- Outside patio w/ all day free tea + coffee
We just had to include a photo of the delicious breakfast. Have you seen it yet?
This is also the place to enjoy local Polish cuisine. Join in a cooking class and feast on your masterpiece with the rest of the hostel.
Mundo host weekend BBQ’s and dinners for guests. Re-fuel and get ready for a few drinks in the bar.
Music events are always happening. This includes Polish music as well as artists from further afield.
Mundo Hostel is perfectly located amongst the Krakow attractions. That is, right between the Old Town and Kazimierz.
Mundo Hostel is the best hostel in krakow for:
- Solo travellers
2. Draggo House (dorm-only hostel)
Brace yourself for a beautiful Boutique and Design hostel in Krakow.
Number 2 on the list is the bright, spacious Draggo House.
This strictly no party hostel bans noise disturbance inside the hostel, yet encourages guests to make the most of the nearby pub scene.
Hence we deem this perfect for social butterflies that appreciate a good night’s sleep.
Good to know: this hostel offers only shared-style rooms.
Choose between 2, 4, 6 and 10 person rooms, all of which are mixed.
What do they include?
- Smart TV
- Dividing shades (lower beds)
- Personal socket + lamp
- Air Con
- Additional storage spaces
- Private bathrooms
- No ladders!
The design of these rooms has been thoroughly thought out and we absolutely love them!
Have a look at the picture below to understand why. Space, comfort, lighting and originality have all been taken into consideration.
Truly the only hostel in Krakow offering such awesome rooms!
There are actually so many things to mention about this hostel that we just know you’ll love.
Sometimes a list is the best way to portray a cool hostel such as this…
- On-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch + dinner
- Own pub w/ selection of craft beers
- Garden w/ BBQ area
- Spacious common rooms
- 24hr reception
Staff will help arrange pub crawls, a Free Walk and other fun events for you – just ask!
What’s more; Draggo House is just 50 metres from the cultural, party centre of Krakow. A super central backpacker hostel in Krakow.
Draggo House is the best hostel in krakow for:
3. Ginger Aparthostel (calling female travellers)
Last but not least, let’s introduce the third awesome hostel on our list.
Ginger Aparthostel is more than just a place to sleep! Here you’ll find a cheerful atmosphere and comfortable rooms.
Each bed has been designed with individual space in mind. The splash of bold green on the walls really adds personality.
This is the best hostel in Krakow for female solo-travellers that like to mingle…
The 6-bed female dorm comes with your very own private bathroom.
Note: this is an over 18s hostel only.
All rooms – private, 6-bed, 8-bed and 12-bed dorms – include:
- Luggage storage
- Individual lighting
- Private bathroom + extra communal shower and WC
Looking forward to the free breakfast? You should be! Choose between a French or continental style each morning.
A little birdie tells us that there are often tasty snacks awaiting you in the kitchen.
Enjoy the views and sip hot tea with fellow travellers.
The social space is large, with great window views. Ideal for anyone wishing to catch up on their online work.
There is a great selection of books, games and DVDs to entertain you.
Not quite exciting enough?
Don’t panic – weekly events and parties are organised for all types of guests. It’s pretty impossible to get bored here.
Ginger Aparthostel is located 5-minutes from Wawel castle, and 10-minutes from the Old Town.
We deem Ginger Aparthostel the best hostel in Krakow for:
- Solo-female travellers
- Digital nomads
Best Party Hostels in Krakow? Greg & Tom Party
Good news for you – Krakow offers up some truly great party hostels. So good, in fact, we had to choose two.
The nightlife in Krakow is pretty darn good, so it’s important to start your night with a bang.
Let’s explain why Greg & Tom Party Hostel is our number one.
Well, surely you’re keen to hear about the party-related events.
How about pub crawls and vodka marathons?! Perhaps it’s best to start with a games afternoon and see where the night takes you.
It could lead you in many directions including karaoke, Sangria Fiesta, Polish eve and an all-year-long carnival. Cripes!
Make sure you line your stomach with a generous FREE dinner beforehand.
Hangovers and tired eyes will recover fast at the outrageous free breakfast. This includes fried bacon and eggs. You heard right!
Amazing inside knowledge: if you oversleep and mix breakfast, there is a free buffet from 11 am – 7 pm!
Option two is the buzzing The Little Havana Party Hostel.
This hostel has the most beds (128) and bars (3!) than any other hostel in Krakow.
Surely it’s impossible not to make friends here!
There are activities galore here; it’s just a case of pacing yourself and making the most of it all.
Join a classic pub crawl, beer pong tournament and boat party.
If you’re low on energy, there are plenty of other social events such as movie nights, football matches, trivia night and walking tours.
Downside: sorry guys, no stag parties accepted at this hostel.
On that note: Sex in hostels? 4 dos and donts to remember
Pub Crawls in Krakow
Oh yes, my friend, Krakow is a huge party city, nightlife is really big. There is many, many pub crawls you can join. In fact, many hostels offer their own pub crawls to join.
Either way, you can find all popular Krawls directly here.
Get your ticket beforehand, so it’s not sold out.
More party tours in Krakow: This Krakow Crawl is a Pub crawl like no other.
Start your night off with an open bar for one hour with unlimited, Beer, Rum, Gin, Vodka and shot. Get to know your group and maybe some strangers with their very own Pub Crawl Bingo.
The local party guides then take you to 5 of Krakow’s best bars and clubs and you receive free priority entry and a free welcome shot. You won’t forget a thing as this crawl has a professional photographer with us the entire night.
This ain’t your grandma’s birthday party; Enjoy!
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Krakow. They all expired already and we would not give you discount codes that are not valid any more. We are always working on getting new promos for our readers.
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Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Krakow and all other destinations first.
Yet, you can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of the 3 Best Hostels in Krakow and Sights
Eager to know where all the aforementioned hostels are located? Need fun ideas for your time in Krakow?
We are way ahead of you!
Below is a handy map with everything pinpointed – the 3 best hostels, party hostels and top sights of Krakow all in one place.
Sights in Krakow we’ve included are:
- Wawel royal castle
- Krakow old town
- The main square
- Planty krakowskie
- Kraków Barbican
- St. Mary’s Basilica
Here is a handy link to help you book a full-day Auschwitz-Birkenau guided tour.
There are many different trips to Auschwitz available. Have a browse and choose your preferred tour here.
Flights to Krakow?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over the world and Europe, including Krakow, London and all these great places.
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 full review of Kiwi.
More Destinations in the area
If you happen to be exploring for some time in this region of the world; check out our collection of 5 Star Hostels in Europe.
We did also collected the:
- 3 best hostels in Warsaw
- best hostels in Bratislava, Slovakia
- best hostels in Vienna, Austria
- 3 cool hostels in Kiev, Ukraine
- 3 great hostels in Berlin, Germany
Find all our guides to 3 best hostels in here.
Over to you
Right then, hopefully by now, you’re well on your way to an awesome hostel experience in Krakow, Poland.
The greatest hostels in Krakow, as well as the best party hostels, have been delivered to you.
Now you know where to stay in Krakow.
Any questions left?
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We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
Also, we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by.
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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