After all, sometimes it’s the hostel that really makes a trip memorable.
In this article, you’ll discover so many awesome things including:
- Introduction to Vienna hostels
- Best hostels in Vienna
- Best hostels in Vienna for solo travellers
- Best party hostels in Vienna
- Full map with all hostels and sights
- How to get here
Yes you did see correctly: our 5 star hostel in Vienna is Hostel Ruthensteiner and we just know you’re going to love it.
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.
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.
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.
Type of hostels: Vienna offers a wide range of hostels. From budget backpacker to upscale hip hostels. There is not a lot of boutique hostels in Vienna though. Nevertheless, we are confident in this list you will find the perfect place for you.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (+ best websites for finding hostels)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Vienna
Let’s delve into these wonderfully welcoming and friendly Vienna hostels.
- Hostel Ruthensteiner – the 5 Star Hostel
- Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt – perfect for friends
- Gartl Apartments & Hostel – a female solo traveller haven
1. Hostel Ruthensteiner (family run home-from-home)
So let’s kick start with a hostel that is shrouded in a fantastic atmosphere with wonderful staff: Hostel Ruthensteiner.
It’s the mixture of cosy vibes, family-style and art exhibition that creates this fantastic 5 Star Hostel in Vienna.
There is plenty of social space here which makes it a perfect choice for solo travellers looking to meet new people.
The rooms are suitable for all types of travellers.
Whether you choose a dorm, private or intimate private there’ll be clean linen and fast wireless waiting for you.
You can expect:
- City Spymaps
- free lockers (also before check-in and after check-out)
- speedy WiFi
- in-house bike rentals
- 2 beautiful gardens
- book exchange
- board games
- and of course: a good time at the inhouse bar.
(All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper to book on the official website)
As this is a family run hostel, there’s no doubt you’ll get a warm welcome.
In fact, it’s claimed to be the best 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 historic city centre and Palace Schönbrunn.
That’s what we call: perfect location.
Read our full review of Hostel Ruthensteiner for even more reasons to stay here.
Hostel Ruthensteiner is the best hostel in Vienna for:
- Solo travellers
- Social butterflies
(All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper to book on the official website)
2. Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt (onsite bar + impeccable service)
Second 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 travellers, for travellers. 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?!
Important Note: there is a minimum age 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, 3 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?
Like 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, as well as shopping streets.
Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt is the best hostel in Vienna for:
- Small groups
3. Gartl Apartments & Hostel (privacy and peace)
Last but not least we have a quiet, spacious accommodation called Gartl Apartments & Hostel.
As the name suggests, alongside dorm rooms, there are in fact some apartments available which are a great option for large groups and families.
Female solo travellers will also love it here: it’s quiet, modern and the female dorm faces a lovely courtyard on the ground floor.
Some might say it lacks the usual hostel feel and is more like an apartment.
What’s important is that there is a full equipped kitchen that can also be used as a gathering space.
They do also have laundry facilities for the guests, too.
All of the dorm rooms are on the same floor with the kitchen and bathrooms, so it’s easy enough to stop and chat with other travellers.
Note: personal check-in is from 15:00 to 18:00. After this it is automated.
If you’re looking for some peace, you’re in luck.
The city is quite far away but the metro station is literally across the road. Therefore we’d recommend this hostel to anyone looking for a chilled time with added privacy.
The staff is keen to help you with anything you need, so don’t be afraid to ask!
A few other inclusions:
- Free WiFi
- Towels + linen on every bed
- Lockers in every room
- Easy access to an ATM, pharmacy + grocery store
Gartl Apartments & Hostel is the best hostel in Vienna for:
- chilled Female solo travellers
Best Hostels in Vienna for Solo Travellers
As a solo traveller there are certain things you’re looking for in order to have a great hostel experience, right?
For example, if you’re a female solo traveller security, safety and luxury might be really important to you.
In Vienna, it’s possible to find all of that and more!
As mentioned previously, we think Gartl Apartments & Hostel is the best hostel in Vienna for female solo travellers looking for safety and quiet surroundings.
It’s a small hostel that discourages partying because of the location and compact social spaces.
The neighbourhood is super safe, too.
Alternatively, if you’d like to be a bit more central but maintain that homely feel; check out MyMOjOvie Hostel.
You’ll quickly realise how cosy this place is with its inviting living room and tea and coffee facilities.
Solo travellers will love it because it’s both social and private. It feels like home!
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 Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt to discover the best party hostel in Vienna.
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, this party hostel is in a great location overlooking Vienna’s biggest market.
Any Discounts for hostels in Vienna?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Vienna, Austria. We know, sorry about that!
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We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
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
- State Opera Vienna
- Schonbrunn Zoo
- Museum quarter
Looking for fun activities and like to plan ahead? Here are some ideas:
- Head to a Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert OR
- a Mozart & Strauss concert
- Take a guided tour of the Vienna Spanish Riding School
- Join a Vienna at First Glance Walking Tour
- Take advantage of the 1 Day Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus
Flights to Vienna?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Vienna, Prague, 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.
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. Check out Flixbus. They connect all the world with bus lines.
Austria and Vienna itself is right in the heart of Europe. Once you are here, it is very easy to get around and experience even more beautiful European cities.
These are the cities nearby Vienna we recommend to visit:
- Salzburg, Austria (guide coming soon)
- Munich, Germany – find here the 3 best hostels in Munich
- Prague, Czech Republic – read our guide to the 3 best hostels in Prague
- Krakow, Poland – our guide to the 3 best hostels in Krakow, Poland
- Bratislava, Slovakia
- Budapest, Hungary
- Graz, Austria
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
Find all our guides to the best hostels in the world here.
Here you find all 5 Star Hostels worldwide.
Over to you
So there you have it; the best hostels 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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How to book the Best Hostels in Vienna?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Vienna!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel 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