So you’re headed to Vienna and want to find the right hostel? Perhaps you’re backpacking across Europe and want to party and unwind with fellow travelers. Or maybe you happen to like the friendly atmosphere hostels can offer.
Whatever the case, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels in Vienna and the pros and cons so you can choose which suits your needs the best.
- Best Hostel for Budget Travelers — St Christopher’s Vienna
- Best Hostel for Families — Joe & Joe Vienna
- Best Hostel for Digital Nomads — Meininger Vienna Downtown Sissi
- Best Hostel for Partying — Wombats City Hostel Vienna
- Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers — Stadtaffe – Chic Hostel
- Best Overall Hostel — Hostel Ruthensteiner
Our Recommended Hostels in Vienna, Austria
1. Hostel Ruthensteiner
One of the best hostels in Vienna, Hostel Ruthensteiner is family-owned and run and has the privilege of offering a communal garden, barbecue, and kitchen.
Finding a place with a garden where you can enjoy a drink in the warm afternoon is already hard, but one as beautiful as this is near impossible.
Ruthensteiner’s history is much longer than others in the city, boasting of being a top-rated hostel since the late sixties.
One of its primary (and many) charms is its revolving art exhibits by local artists and in-house music concerts. You can enjoy the Viennese art scene practically in your room.
Another draw is their beautiful gardens, with handmade furniture and board game areas, including a massive chess set. There are two gardens at the hostel, and they all have inviting tree shades under which to unwind after a long day of walking around Vienna.
The Ruthensteiner is committed to sustainability, adding solar panels to power the showers in summer and buying from a local green energy supplier in winter.
Shared rooms in the hostel are big, with private lockers, linen, free WiFi, free maps, and facilities. Depending on your preferences, some shared rooms offer shared facilities, some have their own private bathroom, and there’s even a studio apartment with its own kitchenette, bathroom, and eating area.
The rooms have been designed by local artists and members of staff and they are all unique and stylishly decorated in themes that speak of Vienna in a trendy way.
2. Wombat’s City Hostel – The Naschmarkt
Another top-rated hostel in the capital of Austria, Wombats, is now an international chain with two Vienna locations but was started when owners, Austrian backpackers, developed the idea during a trip to Australia (hence the name).
They wanted to offer a hostel’s lively and communal partying experience while maintaining all the comforts of a hotel. Rooms at the Naschmarkt are spacious, with private bathrooms, and they are exceptionally clean.
The Naschmarkt has been awarded by HostelWorld for its cleanliness twice already. It’s also close to the city center, which you can reach either on foot or by public transport. The Naschmarkt is located next to a market of the same name that’s also a must-see in Vienna.
This place is ideal for those traveling alone who wish to make friends with other travelers from all over the world or groups of friends who want to hang out and sit back with a couple of beers in a festive atmosphere after sightseeing around Vienna.
3. Meininger Vienna Downtown Sissi
As its name says, this place is inspired by Austro-Hungarian Empress Sissi, and you’ll find a royal theme in its decor.
The Meininger Sissi is located near the Karmelitermarkt and the Old Town and is excellent for those who like walking around the city and experiencing the lives of locals. It’s also within walking distance of public transport, where you can catch buses, trams, and U-Bahn to reach the city center.
The Meininger is part of an international hotel chain though it was planned, and feels like, a hostel, offering shared rooms, affordable prices, common spaces, and kitchens for guests. All rooms have free WiFi, bathrooms, television, maps, linen, and telephone.
In the lounge, you can find a gaming area with foosball tables, a bar, and computers you can use for a small fee. And if you like to travel with your pets, the Sissi allows them to stay with you for a price.
The reception and the bar sell snacks and drinks 24 hours, and there is a paid breakfast service.
4. A&T Holiday Hostel
A relatively new hostel that opened in 2013, the A&T Holiday Hostel is massive, with room for 300 travelers in 75 rooms spread over six floors.
It was decorated in a modern style, with bright block colors and individual identities for each room. As it’s located in a newly constructed building, all rooms are light and clear, and some have views of a beautiful inner courtyard.
All shared rooms have private bathrooms, lockers, reading lamps, and four, five, or six beds. Linen is given at reception on arrival. There are also twin and three-bed private rooms.
Everything at A&T is new, as the building was constructed to be a hostel, not repurposed, and located near the city center for easy access both on foot and by public transport.
You’ll find vending machines, a pool, foosball tables, free WiFi, a lounge area, and a cafe bar serving snacks and drinks in common areas.
A&T encourages its guests to mingle and get to know each other in their lounge area, with comfy couches and plenty of space.
5. Gartl Apartments and Hostel
Gartl Apartments and Hostel stays true to its name in that all six-bed shared rooms have a private kitchen, lounge area, and bathroom, giving the feel (and privilege) of privacy and comfort even when sharing with other travelers.
Their private apartments, of course, offer the same amenities and give you privacy and independence in a minimalist, rustic design.
There are more private apartments than shared ones at Gartl, but the prices don’t change much if you travel as a couple. For solo travelers, the shared dorm room is their best option.
All rooms shared and private, have free WiFi, linen, towels (a rarity in the hostel world!), and access to the shared inner courtyard where you can sit around and relax on the upcycled furniture, under a tree shade, and enjoy the view of the beautifully curated garden.
For women solo travelers, the Gartl also offers women-only dorm rooms with the added comfort of a private kitchen and lounge.
Gartl is pretty new and family-owned and run. That might be the reason for its quiet charm and homeliness, making it perfect for families traveling with small children or elderly relatives and women traveling alone or in groups.
It’s located near Langenfeldgasse U-Bahn station, about ten minutes away by car or public transport from the city center.
6. Joe & Joe Vienna
A newer hostel to Vienna’s downtown scene, Joe & Joe Vienna brings modern comforts within its boutique accommodation that combines the various comforts of a traditional hostel, a hotel, and a vibrant party spot.
Located within the top three floors of the new HÜS building of Westbahnhof Station, Joe & Joe Hostel features 6 and 12-bed mixed dorms and an 8-bed female-only dorm, each equipped with ensuite bathrooms and private lockers.
Guests staying in a dorm room must be 18 years of age or older. However, if you are traveling with children, don’t worry. The hostel also features a great selection of private rooms welcoming guests of all ages, making Joe & Joe a great choice for solo travelers and families alike.
While the rooms are some of the best in the city, what truly makes Joe & Joe one of the best hostels in Vienna is its selection of onsite shared facilities and amenities.
Spread throughout the first two floors of the hostel are a 24-hour reception, a bar and restaurant, an event area, a snack kitchen, and a quiet area reserved for relaxation.
Meanwhile, the complex’s top floor is home to the largest freely accessible roof terrace in Vienna and is the perfect spot for enjoying a drink while admiring views of the city.
Guests are welcome to check in to the hostel between 15:00 and midnight. Check-out is at 10:00, but the hostel does offer luggage storage should you have a late departure.
7. Vienna Boutique Hostel
Perfect for travelers looking to blend the comfortable conveniences of luxury amenities with the budget-friendly nature of a backpacker’s hostel, the Vienna Boutique Hotel is designed to accentuate Viennese charms while providing budget-friendly accommodations without compromising its high standards.
The hostel offers 4 and 6-bed mixed dorms and 4-bed female-only dorm options. Each unit is equipped with 3.5 high meter ceilings, allowing for premium beds with a curtain, plug, 2 USB ports, and dimmable lights. The hostel also offers a superior private twin room with an ensuite bathroom for guests looking for a little more privacy.
Meanwhile, all hostel guests receive access to communal spaces, which include a common room with cable TV, a book exchange, security lockers, and a kitchen area with a fridge, freezer, and microwave.
The Vienna Boutique Hotel welcomes guests of all ages. However, those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The hostel also features onsite reception between 08:00 and 14:00. However, the owners typically stay onsite for all check-ins, which are welcome between 14:00 and midnight.
8. St Christopher’s Vienna
Located in Vienna’s Favorite district, just south of the downtown area, St Christopher’s is a budget-friendly hostel perfect for backpackers looking for a high-value stay just a short distance from the city’s top attractions.
The hostel offers 4 and 6-bed mixed and female-only dorm rooms, along with an 8-bed female-only option, each with an ensuite bathroom. Each of the hostel’s dorm beds comes with linen, security lockers, key card access, a reading light, and an outlet.
Alternatively, guests looking for added privacy can book one of the accommodation’s private room options, which range from a single to 6-bed private room with an ensuite.
Guests must be 18 years of age or older to book one of the complex’s dorm beds. Meanwhile, guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian and are required to stay in one of the property’s private rooms.
For added convenience, St Christopher’s Vienna features a 24-hour reception and an onsite bar and restaurant, which offers 25% off food and drink deals to hostel guests. The property also offers excursions and tours for a convenient way to explore the city.
Check-in starts at 15:00, while all guests are asked to check out by 11:00. The hostel does offer baggage storage for guests looking to explore a little more before their departure.
9. Stadtaffe – Chic Hostel
Set within the quieter Josefstadt neighborhood, Stadtaffe – Chic Hostel is the perfect accommodation choice for visitors looking for a relaxing respite within a budget-friendly stay while remaining within close proximity to the city’s top attractions.
The hostel features a massive selection of 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-bed mixed and female-only dorms, each equipped with a private bathroom, private lockers, and a lamp and power outlet located adjacent to each bed. Each room is also available to be rented out for larger groups or guests seeking more privacy.
All guests staying at the hostel receive access to communal spaces, which include a self-catering facility with a fridge and microwave, a common room, and an outdoor terrace where you can admire breathtaking views of Vienna.
Onsite reception is only open between 15:00 and 22:00. However, the complex’s express check-in and check-out provide maximum convenience regardless of your time of arrival or departure.
The hostel also features 24-hour security, making it a great and safe option for solo travelers.
10. Palace Hostel Schlossherberge
Set within a 12-hectare park in the Vienna outskirts, Palace Hostel Schlossherberge features one of the most beautiful locations of any of Vienna’s accommodation options, including some of the most breathtaking views of the cityscape.
Despite being slightly more removed from the city center than other hostel features on this list, the Palace Hostel Schlossherberge is set adjacent to a bus stop, making accessing the region’s popular attractions as simple as if you were staying right downtown without the bustling evening activity that comes with it.
The Palace Hostel features 41 small dorm rooms with 4 beds and an ensuite bathroom. Each room also features private wardrobes and lockers., while communal spaces include a spacious garden, a laundromat, free parking, and a games room with table tennis, foosball, and a minigolf court.
And if these entertainment facilities are not enough, the adjacent park also serves as a fantastic spot for a picnic, yoga, mountain biking, or even just sunbathing.
The property offers 24-hour access and check-in, although guests arriving after 21:00 are asked to let the reception know ahead of time.
FAQs About The Best Hostels in Vienna
What is the best hostel to stay in Vienna near Schönbrunn Palace?
Located in the heart of downtown Vienna, Hostel Ruthensteiner is just 2.5 km from the city's top attraction – the Schönbrunn Palace. The palace is about a 10-minute drive or 15 minutes by public transit, depending on traffic conditions, or about 30 minutes for those making the journey by foot.
What are the best hostels in Vienna for solo travelers?
Austria features many hostels well suited for solo travelers, each offering a unique experience. Hostel Ruthensteiner and Wombat City Hostel are two of the most popular amongst guests looking to meet other solo travelers, while the Stadtaffe – Chic Hostel promises a quieter and secure spot to unwind after a day of adventuring.
How much are hostels in Vienna?
Hostel prices can vary greatly in Vienna depending on the facility and travel season. Still, for a traditional budget-friendly hostel, visitors can expect to spend between 20 and 30 EUR per night.
What's the best neighborhood to stay in when visiting Vienna?
The best neighborhood to stay in depends on the type of experience you are looking for. Visitors wanting to stay near the region’s popular attractions will want to stay within the heart of the downtown area, in the Innere Stadt District. Meanwhile, those looking for a quieter place to base at lower prices can book their stay in the Leopoldstadt district.