16 Best Hostels in Eastern Europe

By on Published: January 10, 2019 | Last Updated: February 25, 2022 in Budget Travel Ideas, Eastern Europe, Europe with 2 Comments

The 16 Best Hostels in Eastern Europe

11 countries in 2 months is exactly the sort of moves you can pull in Eastern Europe with so many small countries packed in alongside each other.

And those are just the sort of moves I did pull recently, when I spent the best part of the summer enjoying this glorious part of the world.

Hopping from country to country, city to city, I was also determined (as ever!) to see this part of the world on a budget and, as always, backpacker hostels in Eastern Europe were my accommodation of choice!

And here are my pick of the bunch – the 16 best hostels in Eastern Europe I found.

Ordered by city, it should be able to find one for the destination you’re next heading to, so get ready to see more for less people…

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My stays in some of the following hostels were sponsored, which is clearly noted beside each entry, but, as always, all views are my own.

#1 Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia, Belgrade, Arka Barka 3

ArkaBarka Floating Hostel *sponsored*

One of the absolute must do things in Belgrade for backpackers is stay in a floating hostel.

Just along the river, and with the old fort of Kalemegdan clearly in sight, is an incredible barge backpackers, which is certainly one of the most unique and fun hostels in Eastern Europe!

Arkabarka Hostel is a gorgeous backpackers that boasts beautiful private and dorm rooms, all with unique hand-painted walls, days beds and delightful views.

Its quiet setting makes it super peaceful and its communal area, where free breakfast is served, gives the most delightful river views.

Sun yourself or catch a breeze from the wooden deck in summer or snuggle up in the free sauna during winter; either way, the top location, free bike hire and excellent wifi in this hostel make it a top pick for your Belgrade accommodation.

And it’s easy to get to as well, just hop on the number 84 or 15 bus from the central local bus station – Zeleni Venac.

READ MORE: 10 Brilliant Things to Do in Belgrade for Backpackers


#2 Berlin, Germany

Germany, Berlin, East Side Gallery

Circus Hostel

Circus Inn is a backpacker favourite when it comes to places to stay on a budget in Berlin and there’s no surprises for guessing why.

Yes this top hostel in Eastern Europe has it all!

From free wifi to free walking tours, its own café and even microbrewery, there’s tons of nightly fun to be had here, as well as a huge range of organised events during the day too.

With bike rental and a top location, Circus Inn is the place to stay in Berlin on a budget.

READ MORE: 10 Unmissable Things to Do in Berlin on a Budget


#3 Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia, Bratislava, Dream Hostel 2

Dream Hostel *sponsored*

And the best budget place to stay in Bratislava is, without a doubt, Dream Hostel.

Brilliant full stop, with some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever met, a gorgeous little bar area and some beautiful aircon dorms and private rooms, this hostel has a top location to boot.

READ MORE: 10 Brilliantly Cheap Things to Do in Bratislava, Slovakia


#4 Budapest, Hungary

Hungary, Budapest, Piano

Das Nest *sponsored*

When it comes to the best accommodation for budget travellers in Budapest, look no further than the awesome Das Nest hostel.

Totally unique, highly independent and with a determined alternative streak, this place feels more like a big house where you meet interesting travellers and artists who find it hard to tear themselves away from the gorgeous, air-conned, open communal area… at least I know I did!

Centrally located in Pest, with private rooms and dorms available, this is definitely one of the best hostels in Eastern Europe.

READ MORE: The Ultimate Budapest Itinerary for Budget Travellers


#5 Bucharest, Romania

Romania, Bucharest, Origo

Podstel Bucharest

Run by the lovely Daniel and friends, Podstel Bucharest remains one of the firm favourites on the Bucharest hostel scene.

Built by travellers for travellers, there’s a great community vibe here, and the gorgeous garden filled hammocks is the perfect summer chillout spot.

Located in a great part of the city, it’s only 15 minutes to the Old Town from the front door, 5 minutes from Unirii Square and a 15 minute walk to the Palace of Parliament.

But with yoga, music and workshops galore going on here, there’s a good chance you might not want to leave, not least because of the cosy onsite teahouse / café perfect for digital nomads.

The 24hr reception, guest kitchen and great local advice on hand, all make Podstel Bucharest one of the best hostels in Eastern Europe.

READ MORE: The 6 Places to Visit in Romania Before It’s Too Late!


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#6 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Buza Bar

Hostel Angelina

I stayed in Hostel Angelina – which is perfectly located in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

This means you can just run down the stairs to the Main Square in a few minutes – ideal if you want to get some pics early in the morning before the crowds descend!

A dorm room here isn’t cheap – setting you back around 40 euros in peak season – but this is pretty standard for Dubrovnik dorms in the summer (yes these are some CRAZZZY prices) and this place does have a guest kitchen and nice terrace which makes it a good option for saving money on drinks and food.

READ MORE: How To Visit Dubrovnik for Less than 80 Euros


#7 Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine, Kiev, St Sophia's Cathedral

Hostel Factory

Without a doubt, the best hostel in Kyiv can be found at Hostel Factory.

As the name suggests, this place is a quirky, lowkey joint – but the staff here are so friendly and accommodating that it totally makes a great choice!

My private room was also very comfortable and the price exceptional, plus the guest kitchen and lounge space were a welcome find!

READ MORE: 13 Amazing Things to Do in Kyiv, Ukraine


#8 Kotor, Montenegro

Montenegro, Kotor, Cycling

Pupa Hostel

With a great location very nearby to the Kotor bus station and boasting marina views, Pupa Hostel is brand new on the Kotor backpacker scene and it shows.

Dorms are large but clean, and each bed has a curtain, reading light and charging station.

There’s a kitchen too, super-fast wifi and some very friendly, helpful staff!

READ MORE: The Complete Backpacker Guide to Kotor, Montenegro


#9 Krakow, Poland

Poland, Krakow, Tutti Frutti Hostel

Tutti Frutti Hostel *sponsored*

If you want to be in the heart of the Old Town – and the action – then there’s few better locations than that of Tutti Frutti Hostel in Krakow!

Right off the Main Square, making it just a few minutes away if you do want to grab those early morning snaps, this independent backpackers boasts a cosy vibe, free wifi and good guest kitchen.

READ MORE: 3 Days in Krakow : Budget Travel Itinerary


#10 Mostar, Bosnia Hercegovina

Bosnia, Mostar, Street Art


When it comes to top places to stay in Mostar on a budget, I highly recommend Musala – a cute house, turned budget accommodation spot, a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.

Delightfully close to the bus station, the owner here – Sasa – is a Mostar local and full of helpful information and stories that he’s more than willing to share.

READ MORE: Why I Loved Mostar



#1 Good Camera – You will be pretty much snapping non-stop during your time in Eastern Europe and will need a good camera to do this gorgeous part of the world justice. I highly recommend the Sony A6000, which I use for all my travels and love, not least because it’s light, compact and robust!

#2 Good Walking Shoes – There will be a lot of walking in Eastern Europe, it’s as simple as that! Make sure your feet are comfortable therefore with a pair of New Balance Trainers. Perfect for stylish city strolling as much as monastery mounting, I love mine!

#3 Good Guidebook – I’m still a massive fan of the Lonely Planet Guidebooks and do think their Eastern Europe edition is well put together and able to save you a lot of money if you want to learn about the history of this area of the globe, but not continually pay for a guide!

#4 Good Water Bottle – All that sightseeing is thirsty work, so make sure you have a metal water bottle that you can refill as you go, because most Eastern Europe tap water is drinkable… and free!

#5 Good Backpack – And to carry your water bottle, camera and guidebook, you’re going to need a decent backpack that will help you balance the weight as you walk and sightsee. In my opinion you can’t go past the Bobby Anti Theft Backpack, which is also perfect for helping you avoid pickpockets too.



#11 Novi Sad, Serbia

Serbia, Novi Sad, Varad Inn 3

Varad Inn Hostel *sponsored*

As far as I’m concerned there’s only place you should stay in Novi Sad and that’s the fabulous Varad Inn Hostel.

Recommended by Lonely Planet’s Eastern Europe guidebook, as well as me!, this family-run guesthouse, set in a heritage building, is perfectly located below Novi Sad’s Fortress in the gorgeous Old Town.

With dorms, privates, ensuites, a small guest kitchen and cute courtyard, this is a wonderfully chilled spot, with some of the friendliest staff ever!

Staying 3 nights, I had a hard job to pull myself away from the lightening wifi speed, relaxed feel and the new Serbian friends I made here!

READ MORE: The Complete Backpacker Guide to Novi Sad


#12 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Plovdiv, Old Hostel Entrance

Hostel Old Plovdiv *sponsored*

Right in the heart of the Old Town, just a few minutes’ stroll from all the main attractions in this gorgeous city is the excellent Hostel Old Plovdiv.

Set in a beautiful heritage building, this is more like a boutique Bed and Breakfast than a hostel, with a gorgeous little courtyard out the back and some beautiful period features in all the rooms.

Beds are comfy and rooms are airconned – there’s even a sprig of lavender on your pillow!

Honestly, this is one of best budget accommodation options I’ve found in the whole of Eastern Europe and an absolute steal.

READ MORE: Plovdiv: Weekend You’ve Never Thought Of


#13 Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Dakura Hostel, Outside

Dakura Vintage Hostel *sponsored*

Located in the Dejvice area of Prague is the amazing Dakura Hostel – an absolute gem of a find in Prague.

Set in a historic building built in 1922, which was once a public bathhouse, this “vintage” hostel oozes character and charm, with its Art Deco interior design and beautiful period features.

Spacious, immaculately clean and with a gorgeous garden area that is perfect for relaxing in, I loved the quiet and chilled vibe of the hostel, the friendly staff and the fantastic transport options it had (both tram and metro stops are just a 3 minute walk from the front door) to all the main attractions.

READ MORE: The Perfect Prague Itinerary for Backpackers


#14 Sarajevo, Bosnia Hercegovina

Bosnia, Sarajevo, Me and Coloured Buildings

Doctor’s House

When it comes to the best hostel in Sarajevo, look no further than The Doctor’s House.

Situated just slightly up the hill from the city’s main Cathedral and Square, this is a gorgeous homely place, with super friendly staff and great guest kitchen.

I liked the short walk to get here from the centre too as it gave me the perfect opportunity to experience something other than downtown Sarajevo and to get a feel for a real local suburb.

READ MORE: 15 Amazingly Cheap Things to Do in Sarajevo, Bosnia


#15 Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Sofia, Street Art

Hostel Mostel *sponsored*

The award for the best backpackers in Bulgaria’s capital has to go to Hostel Mostel – a superb backpackers located very near the centre of Sofia with great staff and a super friendly atmosphere.

Prices include free breakfast, free dinner, free beer, free wifi and free unlimited tea / coffee – now you can’t say fairer than that!

I also loved how spacious the dorms were and how each bed included its own privacy curtain as well as lockable charging box – ideal for valuable electronics – definitely one of the best hostels in Eastern Europe!

READ MORE: 10 Beautiful Things to Do in Sofia, Bulgaria


#16 Timisoara, Romania

Romania, Timisoara, Statue

Downtown Hostel

Timisoara was a complete surprise to me and all the more delightful for it.

Planned as just a stopover on my way to Serbia, I was nevertheless delighted to stumble upon a gorgeous wide-street city with more parks and squares and church bells chiming than I could imagine!

This great city also had some top cafes like Bio Fresh and Mokum Café, as well as plenty of quirky statues and a very authentic vibe.

If you do end up in Timisoara, then I can highly recommend Downtown Hostel. Centrally located, it’s the perfect place to stop for a night or 2.

READ MORE: 10 Best Things To Do in Romania for Backpackers




And there you have it, my list of the 16 best hostels in Eastern Europe I stayed in.

Which country or city in this part of the world are you headed to next?

Don’t forget to check out more on the blog, because there’s lots of tips about travelling in Eastern Europe waiting to be discovered there!


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  1. Sarah says:

    This has totally come at the right time as my next long term trip is a tour of Eastern Europe – I am also a budget traveller…
    I’m so going to Das Nest! It sounds awesome! I’m pinning for when the time comes to book! Xx

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