3 Best Hostels in Vienna – Solo-Traveller Havens, Fun Staff and Artistic Design

Are you heading to Vienna, Austria, soon but haven’t yet sorted out accommodation? Never fear; we bring you the 3 best hostels in Vienna, carefully selected by us.

After all, sometimes it’s the hostel that really makes a trip memorable.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt - best for Female solo travelers
  2. JO&JOE Vienna - best for Solo travelers
  3. Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner - best for Backpackers

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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

In this article, you’ll discover so many awesome things including:

These hostels are suited to backpackers, female solo travellers and couples to name a few.

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 Vienna. Do you want more details on neighborhoods and hotels? Then read this guide to where to stay in Vienna for first-time visitors. It includes maps and recommendations for all types of travelers.

Quick Introduction to Vienna Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 14€ up to 22€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. If you are really lucky, you can get prices as low as 9€ per night.

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

Type of hostels: Vienna offers a wide range of hostels. From budget backpackers to upscale hip hostels. There are not a lot of boutique hostels in Vienna, though. Nevertheless, we are confident in this list; you will find the perfect place for you.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Vienna are …

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

  1. Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt – best for Female solo travelers
  2. JO&JOE Vienna – best for Solo travelers
  3. Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner – best for Backpackers

We put all accommodations on the map, incl. our own tips for restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: JO&JOE Vienna
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt
🥳 Party Hostel:St Christopher's Vienna
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Vienna Boutique Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: JO&JOE Vienna
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

1. Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt (onsite bar + impeccable service)

First up is a fantastically located hostel nearby all the major sightseeing sites. This is by far the best location hostel Vienna has to offer.

Welcome to trendy Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt.

It is one of the most famous hostels in town. This cool hostel in Vienna is run by travelers, for travelers. You know you’re in good hands when the staff has backpacked the world.

They care for you and your feedback. How else would the hostel have become so popular?!

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Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt one of the best hostels in Vienna

Important Note: there is a minimum age requirement of 18 years.

Did you see how spacious the rooms are? Go and have a quick look at the pictures; we’ll wait here. That’s right: you can choose from many mixed/female-only dorms with or without a panoramic view.

Ready-made beds are a luxury, and you’ll find them here. Perfect if you plan to arrive a little late. Note that the beds in the dorm do not have any curtains on them.

There are so many big reasons you should consider staying here.

Let’s look at some of them:

  • It has been awarded for being clean – twice!
  • All rooms have their own private shower + toilet.
  • Reception is 24 hours + you’ll find no stupid rules here
  • The social atmosphere is second to none

By now, perhaps you are already convinced… but we’ll continue. The WomBAR serves cold beer and a friendly smile. It’s possible to eat here too, and this is where you’ll find an all-you-can-eat buffet breaky for an extra fee.

There are games, three happy hours, and frequent events happening here so

make sure you don’t miss out!

A warm welcome at Wombats goes one step further by handing over a welcome drink as you check-in. Pretty nice, huh?

As we mentioned earlier, this is the best location hostel Vienna has to offer. Walk for a few minutes, and you’ll be in Vienna downtown, surrounded by cool things to see and do and shopping streets.

Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt is the best hostel in Vienna for:

  • Friends
  • Small groups
  • Party Traveler
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Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt one of the best hostels in Vienna Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt one of the best party hostels in Vienna Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt one of the best hostels in Vienna2. JO&JOE Vienna

JO&JOE Vienna  is our top hostel pick for solo travelers in Vienna.

Here, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • a garden
  • a shared lounge (with karaoke, billiard, and table tennis)
  • a terrace 
  • a restaurant and bar
  • a shared kitchen
  • 24/7 reception
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JO&JOE Vienna Dorms JO&JOE Vienna Rooftop

One of our favorite areas in this hostel is their roof terrace: it’s huge, has a beer garden, and the bar is made out of converted shipping containers – the view of the city is also pretty awesome. There’s always something going on during the evenings, and the drinks and food are delicious.

This is definitely a good option for party hostels in Vienna as well. They have different events and activities organized daily, from DJ sets to live music, beer pong tournaments, and parties.

Location: Vienna hostel on the  Westbahnhof (the major railway station). Restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, and small parks surround the area. This is a very well-connected location as the U3 station, and 18/60 tram station are also nearby.

A great choice for

  • Solo Travelers
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  JO&JOE Vienna Views JO&JOE Vienna Event

3. Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner (family run home-from-home)

Here is a hostel that is shrouded in a fantastic atmosphere with wonderful staff: Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner.

The mixture of cozy vibes, family-style, and art exhibition creates this fantastic Hostel in Vienna for backpackers. There is plenty of social space here, making it a perfect choice for solo travelers looking to meet new people.

The rooms are suitable for all types of travelers.

Whether you choose a dorm, private or intimate private, there’ll be clean linen and fast wireless waiting for you.

You can expect the following:

  • City Spymaps
  • free lockers (also before check-in and after check-out)
  • speedy WiFi
  • in-house bike rentals
  • 2 beautiful gardens
  • kitchen
  • BBQ
  • book exchange
  • board games
  • a good time at the in-house bar.
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Hostel Ruthensteiner one of the best hostels in Vienna

Having a good night sleep is guaranteedAs this is a family-run hostel, there’s no doubt you’ll get a warm welcome. In fact, it’s claimed to be the coolest hostel in Vienna since 1968!

Why? Let’s see…

  • There are beautiful gardens on-site.
  • The relaxed bar serves micro-brewed hostel beer
  • Bikes are available for rent
  • Musical instruments are waiting to be played
  • Luggage storage

Pretty enticing, we know. But that’s not all there is that makes this hostel a must-see. For one thing, you can enjoy a beer during happy hour for just 2.30 euros!

Art exhibitions are constantly revolving here, too. No need to leave the premises when you’re surrounded by beautiful paintings.

Super cool: musicians and bands are encouraged to get in touch about playing at the hostel.

On a more unique note, Hostel Ruthensteiner has iPads for rent. It’s never been easier to jot down those important travel moments.

This renovated 1800s building is very close to the Vienna central station, just 4 minutes by walk! Also, it is located between the historic city center and Palace Schönbrunn. That’s what we call: the perfect location.

Hostel Ruthensteiner is the best hostel in Vienna for:

  • Solo travelers
  • Social butterflies
  • a family hostel in Vienna
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Hostel Ruthensteiner one of the best hostels in Vienna

Hostel Ruthensteiner one of the best hostels in Vienna

Cozy private room at hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna, renovated Dorm
The renovated Dorm at Hostel Ruthensteiner – ready for Check In?

Best Hostels in Vienna for Solo Travellers

As a solo traveler, you’re looking for certain things to have a great hostel experience, right? For example, if you’re a female solo traveler, security, safety, and luxury might be really important to you.

In Vienna, it’s possible to find all of that and more! In fact, we have three great options for adventurous solo travelers.

JO&JOE Vienna

As mentioned previously, we think JO&JOE Vienna is the best hostel in Vienna for solo travelers looking for safety and quiet surroundings.

It’s a big hostel and really focuses on creating activities and events to facilitate socializing between guests.

But if you prefer peace and quiet, the hostel has dedicated floors where you’re guaranteed privacy as well.

The neighborhood is super safe, too.

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JO&JOE Vienna Views

Prime Rooms – Boutique Hostel

One more cozy option before you go: Prime Rooms – Boutique Hostel. This one has a real WOW factor.

Not only is it the smallest hostel in Vienna, with just 10 beds, but the owners also call it their home! They spend most of their time at the hostel to welcome travelers and show them a good time.

It’s the ultimate hostel for solo travelers looking to make deep connections in an intimate space. Plus, so much more, including:

  • Free tours, yoga & daily dinners
  • Private garden w/ badminton, table tennis, chill area
  • DJ parties
  • Handmade wooden beds
  • Home cooked breakfast

To top it off, food and drinks are locally sourced, and there is a sauna!

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Best Party Hostels in Vienna

Hands up if you’re looking for new friends, lots of laughs, and cheap, tasty beer..! Oh, and PARTY!!!

In that case, you better make your way to St Christopher’s Vienna or Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt to discover the best party hostels in Vienna.

Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt

The on-site womBAR serves cheap drinks and food, and there are often cool events happening here.

The staff will help arrange free walking tours and sightseeing before you’re welcomed back to relax in the many social spaces and comfortable rooms.

Best of all, Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt is in a great location overlooking Vienna’s biggest market.

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Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt one of the best party hostels in Vienna

St Christopher’s Vienna

St Christopher’s Vienna is our personal favorite pick for party hostels in Vienna because we love their bar! Hostel guests get a 25% discount on food and drinks which is great because the drinks are cheap to begin with.

The atmosphere is highly social, and you won’t run out of things to do and new people to meet here.

Keep in mind that people under the age of 18 can’t stay at the hostel unless they are traveling with a legal guardian and opt to stay in private rooms. Minors also aren’t allowed in the bar after 8:00 pm.

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St Christopher's Vienna St Christopher's Vienna Dorm

Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz

Welcome to Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz, a lovely stylish hostel in Leopoldstadt, Vienna’s second district near the Danube River. Colorful and creative hostel for those lovely solo travelers out there.

Visitors can choose from female-only dorms and single and private rooms.

If you are looking for a hostel for solo travelers in Vienna, this place is perfect; get social at their artistic lobby with comfy sofas, a lounge, and a game room with a pool table.

See you all there!

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Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz in Vienna, Austria. Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz in Vienna, Austria.

Westend City Hostel

Westend City Hostel is right at the doorstep of  Vienna’s downtown. This place is perfect for travelers interested in visiting the Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s, the city hall, and the museum’s quarter. Visitors can choose from mixed dorms, family rooms, and private rooms.

Westend City Hostel is one for groups of travelers and backpackers in Vienna.

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Westend City Hostel, best hostel in Vienna, Austria. Westend City Hostel, best hostel in Vienna, Austria.

Where to Stay in Vienna Cheap

If you happened to search for a ‘cheap hostel in Vienna,’ you’re in luck! It can be tempting to opt for the cheap places to stay in and only look for a cheap Vienna stay.

Of course, there are plenty more options for cheap lodging in this beautiful city. Also, bad locations – or seemingly cheap areas to stay in – are often far from the city center and top sights.

Yet, if you’re still set on finding out where to stay in Vienna cheap and cheerfully, here’s an idea:

  1. Open Hostelworld with a full list of where to stay in Vienna on a budget
  2. Order the listing by price
  3. Choose the cheapest hostel in Vienna

Simple as that.

Any Discounts for hostels in Vienna?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Vienna, Austria. We know; sorry about that! You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always in your inbox. We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

Forget searching for ‘Vienna hotel cheap’ (and boring); Airbnb is a hostel hotel hybrid. Here you’ll find places up there with the comfort and design of affordable hotels in Vienna.

Map of best Vienna hostel locations + TOP sights

Prepare for the beauty of Vienna to unfold before your very eyes: on a handy map! It’s always great to know where your chosen hostel will be in relation to everything. Find all of the aforementioned best hostels in Vienna pinpointed below.

The top sights in Vienna included on this map are:

  • Schonbrunn Palace
  • The Hofburg
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Prater
  • State Opera Vienna
  • Schonbrunn Zoo
  • Hundertwasserhaus
  • Naschmarkt
  • Museum Quarter
  • Stadtpark

Looking for fun activities and like to plan ahead? Here are some ideas:

  1. Head to a Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert OR
  2. a Mozart & Strauss concert
  3. Take a guided tour of the Vienna Spanish Riding School
  4. Join a Vienna at First Glance Walking Tour
  5. Take advantage of the 1 Day Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

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FAQs

Alright, here we list your most asked questions.

What are the best hostels in Vienna?

Here at hostelgeeks, we have found 3 best hostels in Vienna, Austria, for you.

What are the best hostels in Vienna for solo travellers?

For all the solo travellers out there, we found 2 more hostels in Vienna:

What are the best hostels in Vienna city Centre?

Our top 3 best hostels in this guide are right in the city centre for you to explore this beautiful Austrian city.

Shortcut for you:

See you all there!

Flights to Vienna?

We enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com, and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe, including Vienna, Prague, and London…

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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How to get to Vienna?

Vienna is really well connected. As mentioned, try Kiwi.com to find flights here. Since Vienna is surrounded by many cool destinations, you can easily get here via bus or train too.

Austria and Vienna itself are right in the heart of Europe. Once you are here, it is very easy to get around and experience even more beautiful European cities.

Read: 16 best places to visit in Europe in winter.

These are the cities nearby Vienna we recommend visiting:

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Over to you

So there you have it; the best hostels and budget accommodation in Vienna. We hope this article has made your planning and preparation that much easier!

Are you left unsure about something? Do you have any questions?

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! Here we ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

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

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