Hostels have always been very popular with young travelers because of their cost. They are the most inexpensive places to stay in Europe. Rates can run $20. to $40. a night, considerably less than that a hotel room per night. What you get is large dormitory type room you share with as many a 8 to 12 other people and a bunk or cot, with a pillow, blanket and clean sheets . There are shared baths and usually a large kitchen were you can cook your own meals. Many hostels do include a cooked breakfast in the price.

You will not have any privacy but, will meet fellow travelers from all over the world. Most hostels have meeting rooms for you to meet others and converse about your travels and yourself. many have gender segregated accommodations but, some have mixed gender availability. Hostels typically have lockout periods during the day, starting at 10:00 am in the morning and not reopening until 5:00-5:30 pm.  Many also have curfews and lock their doors at a certain time at night. This prevents people coming in late at night and disturbing others as these are not private rooms. Confirm if there is a curfew or not,  some hostels in large cities allow people to enjoy the nightlife and will them to come and go at night.

As the hostel industry has grown it has offered more upscale and family accommodations. Some have better furnishings and smaller rooms with just several beds. You can reserve a whole room for family traveling or if you want to be alone.

Finding Hostels and Reservations…


When booking at hostels you have a large organization called ➾ Hostelling International. They book reservations for tier locations all over Europe and if you plan to use them frequently you may even save more money by buying a membership.  There are also many independent hostels where you can book reservations. Go to the following web sites to book reservations and and get additional information.


Tirana Backpacker Hostel


Mountain Hostel Tarter


Austrian Youth Hostel Association
Hostel Ruthensteiner
Labyrinth Hostel
Muffin Hostel
Strawberry Hostel
Yoho Hostel


Hostel Trinity


Brussels & Wallonia Youth Hostels – Les Auberges de Jeunesse
Flemish Youth Hostels
Hello Hostel
Hostel Lyber Bruges
Sleep Well
St. Christopher’s Inn Hostel


Hostel Gonzo
Hostel Ville


Art Hostel
Canape Connection
Flag Hostel Varna
Hostel Lavele
Hostel Mostel
Levitt Smart Hostel


Croatian Youth Hostel Association


Cyprus Hostels


Chili Hostel Prague
Hostel ELF
Hostel One Prague
Hostel Prague Tyn
Old Prague Hostel
Prague Square Hostel


City Public Hostel
Copenhagen Downtown
Sleep In Heaven


Cheap Sleep Hostel


FUAJ French Hostels
Hostel Meyerbeer
Peace & Love Hostel
Villa Saint Exupéry
Village Hostel
Woodstock Hostel
Young & Happy Hostel


DJH Jugenherberge
East Seven Hostel Berlin
Euro Youth Hostel
German Youth Hostel Association
Germany Backpacker Network Hostels
JGH Berlin
Quartier Potsdam
The Circus Hostel


Greece Hostels


Universum Youth Hostel


Hosteling International Iceland
Iceland Hostels


Hostels in Ireland
Independent Holiday Hostels
Kinlay Hostel
Unique Irish Hostels
An Óige – Irish Youth Hostel Association


Academy Hostel Florence
Ciak Hostel
Florence Youth Hostel
Freedom Traveler Hostel
Hostel of the Sun
Sunflower Beach Backpacker Hostel
The Yellow Hostel


The Naughty Squirrel Hostel


Fortuna Hostel


Jugendherbergen – Luxembourg Hostels


Malta Hostels


Tiraspol Hostel
Montenegro Hostel


Stayokay – Dutch Youth Hostel Association


Shanti Hostel


Anger Hostel
Bergen YMCA Hostel
Norske Vandrerhjem – Norwegian Hostels
Voss Vandrarheim


Atlantis Hostel
Backpackers Hostel
Good Bye Lenin Hostel
Greg & Tom Hostel
Mosquito Hostel
Okidoki Hostel
Orange Hostel


Gallery Hostel Porto
Gold Coast Hostel
Hostels in Portugal
Lisboa Central Hostel
Oasis Hostel Lisbon
Tivoli Cinema Hostel
Rossio Hostel
Tattva Design Hostel


Friends Hostel
Kismet Dao
Old Town Hostel
Retro Hostel
Transylvania Hostel Cluj


Hostel San Marino


Downtown Belgrade Hostel
Green Studio Hostel
Hedonists Hostel
Hostelche Hostel
Manga Hostel
Star Hostel


City Hostel
Hostel Blues
Hostel Possonium
Kiwi Hostel
Patio Hostel
Red Star Hostel
Wild Elephants Hostel


Hostel Celica


Backpackers Spain
Home Hostels Valencia
Hostels in Spain
Oasis Hostel Seville
Oasis Palace Hostel


Sveriges Vandrarhem Förening – Swedish Youth Hostel Association
Svenske Turistfôreningen – Swedish Touring Club


Backpackers Villa
Balmer’s Hostel
Mountain Hostel
Swiss Hostels
Swiss Youth Hostels


Antique Hostel
Bada Bing Hostel
Cheers Hostel
Istanbul Hostel
Orient Hostel
Sultan Hostel
Turkish Hostel


Babushka Grand Hostel
Lviv Old City Hostel
Mini Hostel Kiev
Mini Hostel Lviv
Mini Hostel Odessa
Old Home Hostel
Podolski Hostel


Independent Hostels UK
UK Hostels


Clink Hostel
Smart Backpackers Hostel
Smart Russell Square Hostel
YHA – Youth Hostels of England & Wales


Scottish Independent Hostels
SYHA Hostelling Scotland


YHA – Youth Hostels of England & Wales