Travelling Europe soon? Then you’ll want accommodation that’s cheap but also comfortable. Hostels are the ideal accommodation type in Europe because they are readily available and safe. To help you find a hostel that’s a cut above the rest, we have prepared for you a useful guide below. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

What is a hostel?

Hostels offer low-budget accommodation for travellers. The difference between staying in a hostel as opposed to a hotel is that typically, you will book a bed for the night in a hostel as opposed to a room as you would with a hotel. So, you’ll share a room with other people and the bathrooms are usually dorm-style, so they have changing areas and several showers. 

The advantage to staying in a hostel is that the accommodation is cheap. The average price for a bed for a night in a hostel is around £20 but some hostels are even cheaper. 

The best hostels in Europe

Here are our picks of the best hostels in Europe. We have selected hostels from the following European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Zagreb, Reykjavik, Kotor and Ljublijana. If you plan on visiting other cities, we recommend you check reviews on TripAdvisor before handing over any money so you know what you are going to get.

Safestay Holland Park – London, Kensington.

Safestay Holland Park – London, Kensington.

Price: Rooms from £15 per night.

There’s no other hostel in London for the price where you can look out of your window and see nothing but trees and greenery. Safestay Holland Park is a mansion dating back to 1605 which has been modernised extensively over the years. The accommodation here is classy and comfortable and it is only a short walk away from Holland Park tube station.

Wombat’s City Hostel – The City, London.

Price: Rooms from £23 per night.

If you want to stay in the heart of London, Wombat’s City Hostel offers modern and classy accommodation from just £23 per night. The hostel is just a short walk away from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and Shoreditch, where bustling nightlife awaits. This hostel has around 120 rooms from twin to 10-bed dorms and there’s a female-only dorm too.

Ecomama Hostel – Amsterdam.

Ecomama Hostel – Amsterdam.

Price: Rooms from £20 per night.

Located in the centre of Amsterdam, Ecomama Hostel is a few minutes’ walk from the Waterlooplein flea market. The hostel offers bikes for hire and the managers regularly set up activity evenings such as film nights and pub crawls. The accommodation here is safe and tasteful, with double rooms with bathrooms, dorms and freestanding cabins. 

StayOkay – Amsterdam Vondelpark.

StayOkay – Amsterdam Vondelpark.

Price: Rooms from £17 per night.

The StayOkay hostel lacks the class of the Ecomama hostel, but it is in an arguably better location in the Vondelpark which is close to museums and the main canals. The accommodation here consists of two four and six-bedded rooms and several larger 10-bed dorms. The bathrooms are shared but clean and all rooms have individual lockers.

Les Piaules – Paris.

Les Piaules – Paris. hostel

Price: Rooms from £18 per night.

Les Piaules is located in the neighbourhood of Belleville in north-eastern Paris. This hostel has dorms which sleep four to eight guests or premium accommodation on the sixth floor, where travellers get to experience stunning views of Paris. The accommodation here is clean and welcoming and it has its own bar and reception and a café.

Generator Paris Hostel – Paris.

Generator Paris Hostel – Paris.

Price: Rooms from £16 per night.

Generator Paris is located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, so it’s a 15-minute walk away from Gare du Nord for the Eurostar. The accommodation here is modern and there are 916 beds to choose from and various types of shared room. The facilities here are cleaned daily and all rooms have lockers, mirrors and the usual amenities you’ll find in a bedroom. 

The Circus Hostel – Berlin.

The Circus Hostel – Berlin.

Price: Rooms from £15 per night.

The Circus Hostel offers excellent budget accommodation. It offers dorms and private rooms and penthouse apartments which offer stunning views of Berlin. All rooms have lockers and reading lights and the beds here are comfortable according to reviews. This hostel is located on the Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte so it’s close to nightlife and restaurants.

Miss Sophie’s Hostel – Prague.

Miss Sophie’s Hostel – Prague.

Price: Rooms from £38 per night.

Miss Sophie’s Hostel in Prague offers premium hostel accommodation. This hostel is located in Prague’s New Town a five-minute walk away from Wenceslas Square and the National Museum. The accommodation here consists of dorms, private rooms and apartments with dorms offering beds with their own shelf, power outlets and a locker beneath the bed.

Swanky Mint – Zagreb.

Swanky Mint – Zagreb.

Price: Rooms from £10 per night.

Located in the Zagreb city-centre, the Swanky Mint hostel offers true Croatian hospitality and stylish rooms. There’s five dorms here – offering several beds – and private rooms are also available. The facilities here are cleaned every day and it’s in an ideal location just a five-minute walk away from Zagreb’s main square and 15-minutes from the train station. 

Gallery Hostel – Porto.

Gallery Hostel – Porto.

Price: Rooms from £13 per night. 

Gallery Hostel is located in the heart of Porto just 15 minutes from the airport. There’s one female-only dorm and three mixed dorms to choose from and all rooms and dorms have their own bathroom. The facilities here are meticulously maintained and Gallery Hostel offers a free 90-minute guided tour every day which you can take advantage of.

Kex Hostel – Reykjavik.

Kex Hostel – Reykjavik.

Price: Rooms from £39 per night.

Kex Hostel offers stunning views of Mount Esja and it’s located close to local shops and amenities. The accommodation here is modern and comfortable, consisting of female-only and mixed dorms which sleep 8-16 people. This hostel has its own gym and a convivial lounge which hosts regular local musicians and other forms of entertainment.

Old Town Hostel – Kostor.

Old Town Hostel – Kostor.

Price: Rooms from £7 per night.

Old Town Hostel offers safe and comfortable accommodation Kotor’s Old Town. With rooms from just £7 per night, this is as cheap accommodation you’ll ever get. And yet, the accommodation here is characterful and of a good quality. There’s 12 dorms with 6-8 beds and each dorm has its own en-suite bathroom and a small kitchenette. 

Celica Hostel – Ljublijana

Price: Rooms from £10 per night.

The Celica Hostel is located a five-minute walk from train and bus stations, and shuttle busses provide transport from the main airport. On the first floor you will find 20 prison cells which have been redesigned to provide simple but tasteful accommodation. There are also two dormitories with seven and 12 beds and six rooms with en-suite bathrooms.