After publishing our big guide to best hostels in Vienna, it was time to have a closer look on Salzburg.
An icy mountain view on winter or an amazing city adventure during summer? Whatever season you choose to visit, we got you!
From great buffet breakfast to beer drinking nights. From good location deals to awesome facilities. We give you only the coolest hostels in Salzburg.
We handpicked exactly 3 – yes, only 3! This is all you need! Skip the research, we did the for you already and visited the places first-hand.
- Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center – for groups
- Yoho International Youth Hostel – for backpackers and solo-traveller
- Sishaus – View at Mozarts – for female solo-traveller
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
Because we care for you and your travels, we offer only the best.
The best Salzburg hostels that will not only give you a good night sleep but also facilities and activities that will add color to your adventure in the city.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in Salzburg
- best hostels for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Salzburg
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Salzburg
The average price for a bed: Hostels in Salzburg cost 18€ – 35€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 60€ up to 85€ per night. 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 (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.
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 Hostels in Salzburg
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Salzburg.
- Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center – Best Hostel for Small Groups
- Yoho International Youth Hostel – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers and Party Travelers
- Sishaus – View at Mozarts – Best Hostel for Female Solo Travelers
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center
Choose to stay near the famous composer Mozart’s birthplace, choose to stay at Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center.
Just a few walks from the hostel, you are able to reach the famous Mozart’s birthplace including the Festival Hall, Mirabell Palace, and Salzburg Cathedral.
Not only will you love the location but just like us, we know you will definitely love the panoramic mountain and city view from the hostel terrace.
Be it in summer or winter, you surely don’t want to miss capturing the majestic view of Salzburg from the hostel.
Rooms are clean, trendy and modern that gives guests a warm and comfy stay. Rooms are designed for all sorts of travelers. From Backpackers, business travelers (like us), families, groups to solo travelers, all are welcome at Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center.
You can choose to stay among their single, double or shared rooms that you can get with affordable deals. They have mixed and female-only dormitories, too.
We know it’s hard to catch a pet-friendly hostel but you’re in luck because the hostel accepts pets upon request. So you don’t have to worry about your fur-babies.
Amenities you can enjoy at Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center:
- FREE WiFi
The hostel offers an amazing breakfast buffet with unlimited coffee and drinks you surely want to take advantage of. But if you’re in the mood of cooking your own, you are free to use the fully equipped hostel kitchen.
You would also want to visit their bar and grab a beer or two and maybe more. Take time to meet and win new acquaintances from the different parts of the world. Or you can choose to relax and solemnly enjoy catching shooting stars at the hostel roof terrace.
They also have a playroom offering a billiard table, table football, and even karaoke. Just like us, you would definitely love the singing part.
Location: The hostel puts you right close to the historic old town and the city’s shopping center, Zentrum im Berg. Making it easy for you to travel and explore the city on foot.
Public transportations like busses are also near and within reach from the hostel. Putting you to great access to the city.
A great choice for:
- Small Groups
2. Yoho International Youth Hostel
The only hostel in Salzburg with daily screenings of “The Sound of Music”, Yoho International Youth Hostel is your home away from home.
In their pursuit of making you feel the warm vibe of your home, their very friendly international and multilingual staff are always happy to help you out with anything you might need.
Their assistance and service are highly commendable. They can assist you in choosing the best room that suits you or your group well.
From 3-8 bedrooms to twin and double rooms, to a private ensuite, these rooms are all equipped with keycard operated lockers and showers. Plus we guarantee that they’re all budget-friendly.
You can also grab the local Austrian and international food served at the YoHo Bar or you can get an ice-cold Stiegl if you will.
And for the best, don’t miss out your free guest shot and the happy hour deals while you’re at the bar.
Amenities you will love at Yoho International Youth Hostel:
- FREE WiFi
- Book Exchange
Just like what we did, you can also prepare your own preferred meal at the shared kitchen for better budgeting strategy. Laundry service is also available at the hostel so you can pack lighter than you planned.
Though Salzburg has many to offer, in times you feel you don’t want to go out, the hostel made activities to keep you entertained.
You can keep yourself busy with board games, book exchange, DVD rentals and of course, The Sound of Music screening played at the common area and in the bar.
And to make sure that you go home with every bit of Salzburg, let the hostel give you the best tours in the city by choosing their tourism partners. Definitely a must-try during your stay.
Location: The Central Station and other public transportation like the buses are with walking distance from the hostel. Other famous landmarks like Baroque Museum, State Theatre, Mozarteum and Mozart’s Residence can be reached by foot.
The hostel also offers bike rentals during spring and summer so you can explore the city with your own phase and schedule. Might as well ask other guests to join you so it would be more fun to know more of Salzburg together.
A great backpacker Hostel in Salzburg for:
- Solo Travelers
- Party Travelers
3. Sishaus – View at Mozarts
Situated just right across the Mozart’s residence, Sishaus – View at Mozart‘s definitely proved its name with its location. Giving you the exact perfect view of Mozart’s home.
Centrally located, the hostel is located in Christian Doppler’s birth house, the man who invented the Doppler Effect.
At Sishaus – View at Mozarts, you are entitled with so much like a small fridge, a kettle, desk, shower and seating area on your own room.
Mini-market and shops are available at the hostel to make it more convenient for you if you might need anything. You can also prepare your own meal at the hostel kitchen when you’re in the mood and prefer your own.
Remember to take note that the hostel offers a vegetarian or buffet breakfast you should try. There are also free cereal, bread, and milk that kids will definitely love.
Within the hostel, you will be amazed to find a barber and beauty shop that offer affordable deals for hostel guests.
During the summer, you can get bike rentals around the hostel and stroll down the city with all the time you have.
While in the winter, you should definitely try and learn to ski. Like us, this should never be missed out in your list in Salzburg.
Amenities you have access at Sishaus – View at Mozarts:
- FREE WiFi
- Boutique / Barber Shop
- Laundry Service
Location: As for the location, being at the heart of the city, you are in great access and ease to some of the famous landmarks.
Just within a few walking distances are some of the most popular destinations in the city. Some of the few to mention are Marionette Theatre, Dreifaltigkeitskirche, Mozarteum, and Kapuzinerberg & Capuchin Monastery.
This is one of the best hostels in Salzburg for
- Female Solo Travelers
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Salzburg
Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Salzburg. In this chart, we compare the main facilities and things to expect.
It will help you to take a decision.
|Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center||Yoho International Youth Hostel||Sishaus – View at Mozarts|
|WiFi||Free (Good)||Free (Good)||Free (Good)|
|Breakfast||Big Buffet Breakfast (extra)||Simple Buffet Breakfast (included)||Simple Breakfast (included)|
|Location||Just a short distance to Salzburg Old Town||5 min to Downtown (quiet area at night!)||Adjacent to Mozart’s Residence|
|Special||Roof Top Terrace with Amazing View of the Mountains||Daily Screenings of “The Sound of Music”|
Barber and Beauty Shops Within the Hostel
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||Yes||Lift Available||No|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Booking.com|
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about the cheapest hostels in Salzburg?
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 Salzburg.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Salzburg
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use than 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 into what to expect.
Best Hostels in Salzburg for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Salzburg for solo-travellers?
Offering guests continental and buffet breakfast, you can surely boost your day at Yoho International Youth Hostel Salzburg.
Not only do you enjoy the daily screening of “The Sound of Music”, you can also take advantage of the hostel bar to grab your snacks or a few beers.
And to give you a comfortable night sleep after a long tiring day at the city, rooms are installed with soft and cozy beds.
Being a lone traveler, have a chance to meet and win new friends at Yoho International Youth Hostel Salzburg. Join other guests in cycling tours and add another city adventure in your bucket list.
They also have hiking activities offered at the hostel. Salzburg has amazing mountains so you will definitely appreciate and love the city more. Seeing the other side of Sazlburg.
Party Hostels in Salzburg
To warm-up your drinking nights, grab a few beers or two at Yoho Internatinal Youth Hostel Salzburg bar and just simply enjoy the rest of the night.
Aside from being the best hostel for Solo Travelers, Yoho Backpacker Hostel Salzburg also makes it to the best hostel for party.
From beers to cocktails, from wines to champagnes, you can definitely feel the Austrian vibe at the hostel.
Not only do you meet travelers from around the world, but you also get to meet the amazing locals of Austria.
Live sports broadcast are also played at the hostel aside from the daily screenings of “The Sound of Music”.
But if you wish to kill the rest of the night, other cafes and bars can be reached within a short walking distance from the hostel.
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: a 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:
- Meininger Hostel Salzburg City Center: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- YoHo International Youth Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Sishaus – View at Mozarts: Booking.com
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Salzburg 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.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Salzburg. 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 coolest Salzburg 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 on this list:
- Mozart’s Birthplace
- Mirabell Palace
- Salzburg Cathedral
- Schloss Hellbrunn
- Fortress Hohensalzburg
Flights to Salzburg?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Austria and Europe for that matter.
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.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Salzburg.
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We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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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