Welcome to your ultimate guide to best hostels in Skopje, North Macedonia. It is packed with super cool hostels to choose from, including perfect locations, and a bunch of the coolest things to do in Skopje.
Average price for a bed per night: You are lucky, hostels in Skopje are good and cheap!
A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ and 7 € per night. You can score a private double room for as little as 20€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
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.
Location: Skopje is quite small. Whether you are staying close to the bus station, in the city center or the Debar Maalo area, everything is actually close. Our best tip would be staying in the Debar Maalo area.
Here’s the local life, super cool bars and restaurants – and it is the bohemian part!
Scams: We hear there’s the typical “That hostel is closed” – scam by taxi drivers. Do not fall for it. When arriving, taxi drivers may approach you, ask you if you need a taxi and where you are staying. Once you told them, they will try to convince you, your hostel is closed, and they offer you a different place.
Worldwide this is common scam; don’t fall for it. Just smile, say you are ok and keep walking.
Our #1 hostel is NORDIC Hostel. It is our selected 5 Star Hostel in Skopje. In fact, it’s the only one.
There are several reasons why this is your top choice.
Perfect for couples: The private rooms are wonderful, kept in a simple, Scandinavian, minimalist design.
The double rooms easily challenge a hotel. Just have a look.
The only downside: the private rooms are on the same level as the common area. Most likely you cannot sleep before 11pm, this is when the common area is closing. For us this was totally fine, since we mingled anyway, no one went to bed that early.
Perfect for Solo-Travelers: The pods add the bits of privacy to the dorm. The dorms are actually quite big, with up to 10 beds. However, thanks to the pods it feels like you have your own tiny private room.
Each N-box capsule has its own power socket, reading lights, two lockers big and small, curtain. Also worth to mention is the High-speed WiFi access.
We especially loved the rooms (dorms and privates alike) and the ambiance in the stylish common area.
The minimal design and open space really invites to have a seat and chat.
What about the location of NORDIC Hostel?
It is a 15 minutes walk to the very downtown of Skopje. Although this might seem like a disadvantage, the truth is actually, it’s a better location. This neighborhood is called “Debar Maalo”, a residential area with many hip restaurants and bars at night.
You won’t find touristic prices here, which makes it even more interesting, right?!
The staff at Lounge Hostel Skopje is local experts that will help to create a unique experience during your stay. Alongside eye-catching interior and a welcoming atmosphere, this is the “hostel to be”.
The bunk beds in the dorm are very basic.
Yet, they added the privacy curtains. The extra point goes to Lounge Hostel!
Rooms and dorms to choose from are:
6 Bed Dorm mixed
8 Bed Dorm mixed
The eclectic design is a serious eye-catcher. Have a look on all the vintage decoration here. We especially love the type writer!
Whilst the design is clearly unique and some great add-ons like the curtains pop-out, it is still the staff that gets most attention and thankful comments. The staff at Lounge Hostel is really outstanding, and you always have the feeling they go the extra mile.
Once in a while, when the staff has free time on hand, they run their own little pub crawl.
It is nothing like an official pub crawl actually, just guys and girls heading out for a drink.
What about the location of Lounge Hostel?
Very central, max 5 minutes to the main square downtown and 10 to the Old Bazaar.
The neighborhood is called Debar Maalo, one of the most beautiful and hippest areas. You remember, the same area as NORDIC Hostel. Nearby there are plenty of restaurants offering Macedonian cuisine.
Refer to our map for more info about the location.
In comparison with the NORDIC Hostel, the location is 5 minutes (walking) closer to the city centre aka. the main square. The design points however goes to Nordic Hostel. And when it comes to comparing the rooms and dorms, Nordic makes the race.
We recommend both hostels for the same type of traveler.
Location: The modern Unity Hostel is in the heart of Skopje, a 5-minute walk from the Main Square, Old Bazaar, Kale Fortress and Museums Quarter. The City Park and many bars, clubs and restaurants are reachable within a 5 minute walk.
Hostel 42 shines through its staff. This is why people love it here. The team knows Skopje like the back of their hand.
Hostel 42 also offers big apartments for groups of 6. This is a great choice for groups then.
Perks at Hostel 42:
Location: Hostel 42 is located in Skopje, a 5-minute walk away from the main square, the Old Bazaar and the Kale Fortress. The hostel is 700 m from Stone Bridge and 700 m from Macedonia Square. The football stadium is is a 2-minute walk away. Skopje Alexander the Great International Airport is 17 km away.
HI is one of the few hostels in the Southern area of the city.
You will pass Mother Theresa’s Memorial House and Skopje City Museum when going to the city center.
In summer months, HI hostels organizes an open-air summer cinema in their own garden; super fun! It is basically a big screen, good movies and drinks.
The design is mostly quirky and eclectic. A great hostel choice for real backpackers!
Perks at HI Skopje Hostel:
Location: Featuring a 600 m2 large garden with an open-air summer cinema. The centre of Skopje is a 10-minute walk away. Hi Skopje is just 2.5 km from the Main Bus and Train Station. Skopje International Airport is 25 km away. Free private parking is provided.
It is basically two rooms in a building used as a hostel. The first hand experiences we heard were not very pleasant.
Perks at Hostel Valentin:
24 Hour Reception
Location: In Skopje, Hostel Valentin 2 enjoys a location 450 m from the Main Train Station and a 20-minute walk from the Macedonia Square. The nearest shop, restaurant and café can all be found within 200 m.
Skopje Downtown Hostel offers private rooms and dorm rooms with balcony and bathroom. All rooms have clean, comfy beds and linens.
It is located in a quiet residential area so you can have a good night sleep after a very tiring day.
Staff and owners are hospitable, accommodating and helpful. The kitchen is spotless and the common area outside was so comfy where you can hangout and meet new backpackers.
Perks at Skopje Downtown Hostel:
Location: Located in Skopje, 900 m from Stone Bridge. Popular points of interest near Skopje Downtown Hostel include Museum of the City of Skopje, Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and Museum of Macedonia.
Skopje is a very safe city; for male and female travelers alike.
The only thing we recommend to pay attention to is scams.
It does not happen often, however it is good to know that they exist.
A few individuals think they can take advantage of foreigners and try to scam you for paying more, bringing you more expensive food than you ordered and such.
Also, be aware of the taxi scam, the one of “your hostel is closed”, “your accommodation does not exist anymore” etc.
When arriving to the bus station or airport, a taxi driver can approach you, asking if you need a ride to your place. Once you tell them the address or name of the place, he/she will try to convince you the place does not exist anymore/ is closed/ or full – or whatever.
They will then want to offer you a great place they know.
They will get a cut from your payment to the new hostel or accommodation; and you are left in a bad hostel or accommodation paying twice the price for a night: the one you already booked and your “new” one.
So, to sum it up, YES, Skopje is safe to travel.
It is safe at night too! They only downside are the annoying scams.
How to get around Skopje
Skopje is fairly small.
It is very walk-able and easy to get around.
It is actually also a perfect city for biking since it is quite flat.
There is regular buses connecting all dots around the city. A bus ride is cheap, it costs less than 1€. You can buy your bus ticket directly on the bus or at the bus station ticket shelter.
Wondering how to get from the center to the Airport? Jump to the section “airport in Skopje“.
Things to do in Skopje
Okay, now that we have covered all the cool hostels in Skopje, what is there to do?
There is a couple of activities in Skopje, and fun things to do.
Staying at hostels is a great experience. It is nothing compared to hotels.
Are hostels in Skopje safe?
Not all hostels in Skopje are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Skopje. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Skopje for solo travellers?
Good to know: Many cheap flights to Skopje arrive after midnight. Sometimes there are no shuttles around this time. If this is your case, we recommend to send an email to your hostel, asking about pick-up service from the Airport. The so-called airport shuttle. Even if they do not offer this service by their own, they always work with reliable taxi drivers they trust.
We did this the first time we arrived in Skopje. It worked perfectly. The ride was 15€ for 2 people.
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We really, really enjoy the city, and we really enjoy the hostel scene here.
Skopje is a fantastic city for a city break, jam-packed with culture, cool things to do, and fun hostels to stay at. Now, Skopje is not the romantic kind of city like Paris, it does not have the epic nightlife like Amsterdam, and no beaches likes Barcelona.
However, there is something about it. It is unique, and you will feel it once you’ve arrived. The bizarre city center is something to remember.
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Alright, we’ve now covered the capital of Northmacedonia.
Yet, there is more epic destinations around. From Skopje you can travel easily by bus to Ohrid in Northmacedonia too, Tirana in Albania, Pristine in Kosovo, Thessaloniki in Greece and Sofia in Bulgaria.