Vienna has a reputation for being a pricey destination, so save your money for opera tickets and fancy schnitzel dinners by staying in one of Vienna’s best hostels. From sociable hostels in the buzzing seventh district to more relaxed places to stay in the calm Jewish Quarter of Leopoldstadt, these are the best hostels to choose.
Vienna is famous for its classical music, charming coffee houses and imperial history, but visiting its many sights can come at a price, and staying in cheaper accommodation will help you stay on budget. As well as cutting costs, after a day of eating Vienna’s famous Sachertorte cake and riding in horse-drawn carriages, staying in a hostel will give you the chance to meet new people and even make your own meals. The best hostels in Vienna range from vibrantly decorated, centrally located places to accommodation in the city’s green outskirts.
Wombats City Hostel – Naschmarkt
The Double rooms at Wombats City Hostel – Naschmarkt come with a view | Courtesy of Wombats City Hostel – Naschmarkt / Hostelworld
If you’re making a quick trip to Vienna but don’t want to miss out on any of the city’s main attractions, this is the hostel for you. Wombats City Hostel’s Naschmarkt location is situated at the famous Naschmarkt (literally ‘munching market’), making it the perfect address from which to discover Vienna on foot. The hostel is set up with mixed and female-only dorms of four to six beds per room, though be aware that they only accept guests over the age of 18. Get fuelled up for a day of sightseeing with their breakfast buffet, or make your own in the guest kitchen, and be sure to come back for a drink at the in-house bar in the evening. The hostel organises a number of activities, so prepare to be entertained by events ranging from comedy nights to pub quizzes.
Wombats City Hostel’s second location in Vienna is slightly further out of the centre, but only a block from the nearest subway station. The hostel is located close to Neubau, Vienna’s hip seventh district, so classy bars are a short walk away. Alternatively, you could choose to enjoy a beer from the hostel’s bar, either in the classic Viennese courtyard or in the lounge space, where arched ceilings, comfortable sofas and hundreds of exposed light bulbs hanging from the ceiling create a relaxed, cosy environment. There’s also a fully kitted-out guest kitchen. As with the Naschmarkt location, simply decorated mixed-sex and female-only dorm rooms are available for travellers aged over 18.
Hostel Ruthensteiner was built in the 1840s, and has since played a significant role in Viennese history. After being opened as a student residence in the late 1960s, it served as a refuge for a large number of immigrants fleeing the Eastern bloc, many of whom stayed in the hostel while waiting for visas to Australia, South Africa, Canada or the USA. Today, surrounded by chic cafés, vintage second-hand shops and dimly lit bars, Hostel Ruthensteiner is the perfect base for exploring central Vienna. Their child-friendly policy, mixed and single-sex dorms with six to 10 beds, as well as private rooms, makes this hostel appealing to a wide range of visitors. Grab one of the microbrewed hostel beers, light the communal barbecue and chill out in the green courtyard to enjoy a perfect Viennese summer evening.
For a calm location that’s still close to the action, Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz is the Vienna hostel to book. Located in the beautiful Jewish quarter of Leopoldstadt, this stylish hostel is only a 30-minute walk to the historic centre. Though the rooms are clean and modern, the artworks that decorate the walls take you back a century with their depictions of imperial Austria. Guests over 18 can book the mixed or female-only dorms with four to six beds each. The breakfast buffet includes an array of fruit, cheese, meats, jams and cereals and is served in a sprawling common room filled with natural light. There’s also a communal kitchen. Nearby Augarten, a pretty public park, is a 10-minute walk from the hostel and is well worth checking out.
If you don’t mind staying a little outside the city, Palace Hostel is in a wonderful location to make the most of Vienna’s green surroundings. Step into its gardens with a morning coffee to watch the mist clear over panoramic views of the city below, or enjoy breakfast – using fair trade and organic ingredients – on the terrace. This hostel is perfect for families or individuals looking to enjoy the outdoors during their stay in Vienna, with mountain biking and Nordic walking trails starting right from the doorstep. What’s more, with just a 35-minute subway ride you can still be in the city for a day of sightseeing. There’s a games room, bike rental, a minigolf course and a ping-pong table.
This hostel is only a short walk from the beautiful University of Vienna campus, which is also the location of one of Vienna’s best Christmas markets – ideal if you’re visiting in the festive season. If you’re not a fan of bunk beds, the Campus Hostel could be the choice for you. The mixed-sex and female-only dorms, decorated in muted tones, have four single beds per room. For a good coffee to start your day, head to Coffee Pirates, one of Vienna’s best artisanal cafés, only a seven-minute walk away. The hostel is family-friendly and has a guest kitchen, and for an extra charge they rent bikes. There’s also a tram stop nearby, offering easy access to the city centre.
Located close to Vienna Central Station, this hostel is ideal for those arriving by train late at night or leaving early in the morning. It’s well-connected to the city centre, which is only a 10-minute subway ride away. Open to travellers over the age of 18, this hostel offers mixed and female dorms with a maximum of eight beds. The colourful dorms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, hairdryers and individual storage lockers. It’s a sociable place to stay, with a games room with table tennis, foosball and pool tables – which you can play while enjoying a typical Viennese beer from the bar. Their breakfast buffet, which includes boiled eggs and an array of jams, cheeses and meats, is offered daily from 6.30 to 10.30am. Check out is until 11am, but if you still have some exploring to do, you can store your luggage at the front desk after you check out.
Every corner of this boutique hostel is decked out with quirky touches, from the fairy lights above the beds and the coffee tables made of tree trunks, to the murals painted by artists from all over the world. Offering a free welcome drink, free saunas on Sundays and a garden to chill out in, the hostel is a home away from home. They can accommodate 10 guests across three rooms (a mixed dorm, a twin and a double), so make sure to book well in advance. And while it’s a little bit outside of the city, it’s still well connected – just a 35-minute train from the centre.
Do Step Inn – Westbahnhof has a communal kitchen - perfect for those wanting to save some money | Courtesy of Do Step Inn – Westbahnhof / Hostelworld
Do Step Inn is located just outside the vibrant seventh district, which is a hotspot for students and young people in Vienna. This hostel is great for those who want to save some money and prepare their own meals, as bringing your own food and drink is no problem here. The beautiful communal kitchen, which is decked out with rustic-looking red-brick walls, has everything you need to create home-cooked food on the cheap. Elsewhere, the unusual furniture, which is made of repurposed sewing machines, tractors and pallets, gives this hostel a quirky and individual look. It’s only a 10-minute walk from Do Step Inn to Vienna’s favourite student and travellers’ bar, The Travel Shack, so you’ll have no problem finding your way home after a night of partying. Be aware that the mixed dorms (five to eight beds) are spread across separate buildings.
The Westend City Hostel is hard to miss – surrounded by the more sober appearance of the elegant old buildings of Vienna, this hostel stands out with its funky purple facade. Centrally located in the sixth district, it’s well connected for everything from coffee shops and boutiques to the bustling Museums Quartier, and just minutes from famous shopping street Mariahilferstraße. It’s a little basic, but this hostel covers the essentials well, and has a garden in the courtyard, a breakfast buffet and 24-hour reception. Rooms range from private single rooms to colourful dorms with 12 beds. Be aware that they only accept cash payments and charge extra for linens.
The entrance of this hostel has more character than most. With a sprawling red carpet, surrounded by tall brass vases and a check-in counter that looks like a Rubik’s cube, there’s a lot going on in the entrance hall of the a&t Holiday Hostel. The hostel’s large communal areas make it ideal for groups, and the breakfast buffet spread (not included) features a selection of breads, cheeses and meats. It’s a great place for solo women travellers to stay, as they have an entire floor just for female visitors. Located outside of the centre, it’ll take you about 20 minutes on the subway to get into town. Be aware that there is no communal kitchen.
This family-run hostel is located in the residential 19th district, and has more of a homely feel than some of Vienna’s more central hostels. Housed in a classic old Viennese apartment, the mixed dorms have tall ceilings, hardwood flooring and patterned bedding. The bunk beds have not two, but three beds stacked on top of each other, making the most of the space available. Chichilli is situated close to the Danube Canal, and a pleasant walk along the water will get you into town within an hour. If you’re in more of a rush, take the 20-minute subway ride. Reception closes at 10pm, so arrive earlier or call to let the owners know – they live right next door.