The Best Backpacker Hostels in Sarajevo, Bosnia

The common area at Hostel Balkan Han is a great place to meet fellow travellers
The common area at Hostel Balkan Han is a great place to meet fellow travellers
Sam Bedford

You’ve come to the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina for the history, architecture and scenery – but there’s no reason you should have to put up with sub-par digs. Here’s our selection of Sarajevo’s best budget-friendly hostels.

Hostel Rania


Hostel Rania_b_223411543
Courtesy of Hostel Rania /

Bang in Sarajevo’s charismatic Old Town, this cheery little hostel has a mix of dorms and a couple of great value private rooms ideal for pals or couples. Get chatting to manager Dino at reception to snuff out the best bars and lunch spots in the area before you settle in with a beer in the brightly painted living room where a youthful crowd of guests swap tips and plan shared excursions.

Hostel Vagabond


Hostel Vagabond_f2674d68
Courtesy of Hostel Vagabond / Expedia

There’s an air of university common room to the lobby living area at Vagabond; well-worn sofas, a lunch table, drinks fridge and a blackboard of the week’s tours and activities. Rooms are snug but feel homey with brightly printed duvets and original wood beams in some. You’re right in the city’s pedestrianised zone, around Ferhadija Street, close to the Old Town’s Turkish-influenced bazaars and picturesque mosques.

Hostel Walter Sarajevo


Hostel Walter Sarajevo_37b51f92
Courtesy of Hostel Walter Sarajevo / Expedia

Scenes from – and passages about – Sarajevo are sweetly muralled onto walls and ceilings in Hostel Walter’s industrial-chic rooms, where wrought-iron bunk beds and plump white pillows feel a cut above the usual hostel offering. It’s less than 10 minutes’ walk from the city’s historic bazaar, the Baščaršija, but there’s a calm, home-from-home feel thanks to its bright-white decor, modern bathrooms and petite garden with a barbecue.

Hostel One Love


Hostel One Love_b_174919026
Courtesy of Hostel One Love /

Slightly uphill from the Old Town but still close by, One Love has a bright, no-frills cheeriness – think poppy-print bedding and graphic murals of hands forming a heart. Everyone has the use of a homey kitchen and bathroom, while there’s a sweet balcony off the common room with lovely views over the city rooftops. Bunks have partitions that make them feel extra private, but there are top-value doubles and twins, too.

Hostel Gonzo

Hostel, Hotel

Hostel Gonzo
© Hostel Gonzo /

Hostel Gonzo may be quite far from central Sarajevo and the Bascarsija Old Bazaar, but it more than makes up for this with quality touches throughout. Don’t fancy bunking? Get a group together and rent a private apartment, complete with balconies and comfy lounges. Planning on staying during the ski season? You’re in luck, as the hostel has facilities for storing and renting equipment. A free pickup service is available from both the train and bus station whilst guests have access to Wi-Fi, board games and a ping pong table.

Haris Youth Hostel


Haris Youth Hostel Dorm
Courtesy of Haris Youth Hostel

Haris Youth Hostel claims to be the oldest hostel in Sarajevo, having opened in July 2003. It might be why what makes its welcome such a warm one – making guests feel like they’re part of one big family. That said, with a total capacity of just 20 guests, it never feels overrun or too noisy. Choose between staying in the five-bed dormitory, twin rooms or apartments. There’s an onsite cafe and outdoor terrace with good city views – perfect for hanging out with friends, or making new ones!

Hostel Franz Ferdinand

Hostel, Hotel

Hostel Franz Ferdinand_01529fc3
Courtesy of Hostel Franz Ferdinand / Expedia

Named after the assassinated Austro-Hungarian Archduke, rather than the Scottish band, this excellent hostel is a just few minutes on foot from Sarajevo’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs. A five-minute walk to Bascarsija, guests can pick between a private room and a dorm. Throw in the self-catering facilities, communal lounge with free lockers, a continental breakfast and the opportunity to rent a bicycle and this place looks like seriously good value.

Hostel Balkan Han


Hostel Dorm
Courtesy of Hostel Balkan Han

Another hostel with a history lesson: during the Ottoman times, a Han was a place passing traders would bed down for the night and water their horses. Though Hostel Balkan Han doesn’t have horse-washing facilities these days, it remains a fitting place for modern-day globetrotters to pass the night. Put your feet up and swap travel stories in the shady garden filled with benches and hammocks, or rustle up some supper in one of the well-equipped communal kitchens.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.


Holiday Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article