Budapest is the beautiful and bold Hungarian capital set along the banks of the Danube river. With history, great food and interesting sights to discover, the city is the perfect place to visit for a getaway full of fun and culture.
But knowing where to stay in Budapest can actually be quite confusing. The city is made up of three separate parts and straddles both sides of the river, so how do you know what part of the city is best for your trip?
There’s no problem though: we’ve found the best hostels in Budapest. And each of them offers something slightly different, so you can find the ideal place to stay to suit your trip.
If you need somewhere to stay for a city getaway with your other half, looking for a place to party hard in the city’s busy bars or just want somewhere clean and safe to sleep, we’ve got you covered.
So take a look at the hostels below, from the chic and stylish, to the cool and convenient.
The Best Hostels in Budapest: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Budapest – Flow Hostel
Best Party Hostel in Budapest – Hostel One Basilica
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Budapest – Meander Hostel
Best Hostel near Budapest Basilica – The Lazy Muggle
Best Hostel near Oktogon Budapest – Pal’s Mini Hostel
Best Hostel near to Margit Island – Aventura Boutique Hostel
Best Hostel near Budapest Keleti Train Station – Locamotive Light Hostel
Best High-end Hostel in Budapest – Maverick Hostel
Best Budget Hostel in Budapest – Avenue Hostel
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Budapest – Pal’s Hostel
Quick Summary: The Best Hostels In Budapest
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33 Best Hostels in Budapest
#1 – Flow Hostel
• Best Overall Hostel in Budapest •
Why we like Flow Hostel…
It’s clean and there are loads of top-notch facilities here – all set in a classic old building. It’s a modern and open-minded hostel with en suite dorms, as well as private rooms, all located just a few minutes from the Danube and centre of town. All adds up to the best overall hostel in Budapest.
Flow Hostel is perfect for…
Looking for a perfect all rounder of a backpackers hostel in Budapest? Here’s the one for you. It’s also pretty close to the major nightlife area of Budapest, so if you’re after good nights out you’ll find them here. It’s also well connected to public transport (two subway lines and one tram line are walkable).
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#2 – Hostel One Basilica
• Best Party Hostel in Budapest •
Why we like Hostel One Basilica…
When a hostel specifically says that they “like a party”, we can’t help but think it’s going to be the perfect place for good times. And that’s why we like this place: it’s unashamedly the best party hostel in Budapest since it’s party central. Right in the middle of Pest.
Hostel One Basilica is perfect for…
Great for people who are travelling on a shoestring budget, this top hostel in Budapest provides family style dinners to everybody before heading out on the town. The room rates here are affordable, but don’t expect to be getting a good night’s sleep: it’s all about partying at this place.
#3 – Meander Hostel
• Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Budapest •
Why we like Meander Hostel…
We like this place because it’s run by travellers, which usually means that the owners know a thing or two about what travellers want in a hostel. So it’s open minded and friendly, and welcomes weary travellers like family. How could it not be the best hostel for solo travellers in Budapest?
Meander Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers, of course! Although it’s not an all night party hostel, there’s still a great social element here, with boat parties, a basement bar, live music, games evenings, pub crawls and more besides make this Budapest backpackers hostel pretty much the place to meet new people. Family dinners too, of course.
#4 – The Lazy Muggle
• Best Hostel near Budapest Basilica •
Why we like The Lazy Muggle…
Not only is this the best hostel near Budapest Basilica – since it’s located pretty much right next to St Steven’s Basilica – but being located here means you’ll be within walking distance of a lot of other landmarks that makes sightseeing here a merciful breeze. We also love the friendly staff here.
The Lazy Muggle is perfect for…
We would say Harry Potter fans, but unfortunately, it’s HP-themed in name only. Other than that, this budget hostel in Budapest puts on great social events which is helpful when it comes to getting to know your fellow travellers. It’s not a sterile place by any means, it’s a place with a lot of heart and homely atmosphere.
#5 – Pal’s House Mini
• Best Hostel near Oktogon, Budapest •
Why we like Pal’s House Mini…
We like that this Budapest backpackers hostel is right near the lively centre of Oktogon. The hostel actually calls themselves “super central” and, situated on one of the busiest junctions of Budapest, we can’t help but agree; the liveliness of the city is just on your doorstep here.
Pal’s House Mini is perfect for…
If you want a little slice of everything the city has to offer, then picking the best hostel near Oktogon is a great idea for you. It’s in walking distance to cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as historic sites, including the Parliament building and Hero’s Square. It’s fairly small, but the rooms are spacious and immaculately clean.
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• Best Hostel near Margit Island, Budapest •
Why we like Adventura Boutique Hostel…
It’s got a boutique vibe and quirky interiors that make it a cosy place to hang out – think parquet floors, chilled out reading corners and mezzanine floors to hide away on. We like that about this hostel, but we also like the themed rooms, from Japanese-style to a cosmic space theme.
Aventura Boutique Hostel is perfect for…
Want to be near the tranquil Margit Island during your Budapest stay? Then it makes sense to choose the best hostel near Margit Island in Budapest! Anyone longing for green space, a jogging route or a Japanese garden along the water’s edge should head to this top Budapest hostel. You’ll also be pretty close to rail links and heaps of museums.
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• Best Hostel near Budapest Keleti Station •
Why we like Locomotive Light House…
With its well equipped kitchen, stylish rooms, warm atmosphere – as well as quirky decor (oh, and the fact that it’s located in a historical building) – we can’t help but sort of fall in love with the charming Locomotive Light Hostel. The location in downtown Budapest is something we definitely appreciate, too.
Locomotive Light House is perfect for…
Fans of convenience. That’s right: this Budapest backpackers hostel is really close to Budapest’s international train station, meaning you’ll be able to ditch your bags and get out exploring the city in no time. The best hostel near Budapest Keleti train station also really near to metro, tram and bus routes which makes getting around super easy.
#8 – Maverick Budapest
• Best High-end Hostel in Budapest •
Why we like Maverick Budapest…
We like just how downright stylish and beautiful this place is. In fact, it’s a fully renovated royal mansion built by the Hapsburg dynasty that makes it feel more like a luxury hotel than a Budapest backpackers hostel. No bunk beds, period features, big airy spaces, immaculate and opulent decor. What’s not to like?
Marverick Budapest is perfect for
If you count yourself more as a flashpacker than a backpacker, or you simply feel like treating yourself to unique hostel experience, then staying at the best high-end hostel in Budapest is probably a great idea. You’ll feel right at home in these supremely Instagrammable interiors.
#9 – Avenue Hostel
• Best Budget Hostel in Budapest •
Why we like Avenue Hostel…
We like the value for money going on at this budget hostel in Budapest. For a very affordable price, you get a pretty stylish hostel to stay in, and that’s something we can really appreciate. In fact, there’s such a great eye for design going on here that we’d say it’s the best budget hostel in Budapest.
Avenue Hostel is perfect for…
Looking for a bargain of a place that doesn’t skimp out on comfort and coolness? Then going for Avenue Hostel is a good option for you. With its funky plywood and metal frame beds, as well as the general industrial chic aesthetic, high ceilings, tiled bathrooms, cute hangout spots and parquet floors, it’s one of the coolest hostels in Budapest.
#10 – Pal’s Hostel
• Best Hostel with a Private Room in Budapest •
Why we like Pal’s Hostel…
We like the focus on privacy here that’s still well within many backpacking budgets, making this a great place to stay if you’re on a shoestring. But the high quality of its rooms are the reason we’re saying it’s the best hostel with a private room in Budapest. There are also spacious apartments on offer – great for sharing with friends.
Pal’s Hostel is perfect for…
This Budapest backpackers hostel is perfect for anybody who simply loves being in – and exploring – a city. Rooms feature views across St Istvan’s Basilica, plus it’s also close to the Chain Bridge, where you can also hop on one of three metro lines making it super easy to get around.
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#11 – Shantee House Hostel
Why we like Shantee House Hostel…
With its clean and cosy environment, we like that this Budapest backpackers hostel is a little further out of the city than others, for more peace and quiet. And though it may be a little far out, it’s well connected, with 24 hour public transport practically on the doorstep.
Shantee House Hostel is perfect for…
Enjoy a little bit of outdoor living? Then this top hostel in Budapest will definitely interest you. There’s a lovely garden at this place, complete with hammocks where you can while away the hours with a book. There’s even a yurt available as one of the ‘room’ options here, which is cool.
#12 – Retox Party Hostel
Why we like Retox Party Hostel…
We like how unashamedly party-hostel this place is. It’s right in the middle of Budapest’s nightlife area, with lots of bars and clubs to choose from nearby. Set in the middle of an old building with a courtyard, this top hostel in Budapest also comes equipped with its own backpacker bar.
Retox Party Hostel is perfect for…
Looking for a place to simply party in the city? Then this Budapest backpackers hostel is for you. In addition to the almost anything goes philosophy of the owners, there are also handily no check out times, no curfews and a lot of fellow fun loving guests to meet and party with.
#13 – Das Nest Budapest
Why we like Das Nest Budapest…
A rooftop apartment that’s been renovated to become a hostel, Das Nest is a super cosy place which is why we love it so much. There’s a big kitchen here, as well as three different common areas, which makes it easy to get chatting to people whatever you’re up to in your day.
Das Nest Budapest is perfect for…
This place is perfect for people who want a chilled out place to stay, but somewhere that still has a little bit of sociability to it. It’s not a party hostel, but they do organise activities around the city itself. This youth hostel in Budapest is also located near cafes, bars and restaurants.
Why we like Wombats City Hostel Budapest…
We like that – since it bears the Wombats franchise name – this place is a pretty solid option when it comes to an all round good hostel in Budapest. Not only does have a super location (close to Andrassy Utca and metro lines), but it’s also clean, friendly and spacious. There’s even a budget friendly all-you-can-eat breakfast!
Wombats City Hostel Budapest is perfect for…
Clean and comfortable, this branch of Wombats is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere that’s well maintained and managed. The kitchen is very usable and well equipped, the staff can help you out with sightseeing (plus food and drink related tips), and in the evening there’s a bar here, too.
#15 – Grandio Party Hostel
Why we like Grandio Party Hostel…
Another Budapest party hostel, we like this place because it’s very, very open minded that welcomes pretty much everybody and anybody into their welcoming arms for a good old party. Staying here means fancy dress parties, open mic nights, spa parties and a whole range of other themed and non-themed good times.
Grandia Party Hostel is perfect for…
The perfect place for people who want to, let’s be honest, get drunk, have a good time and meet fellow travellers. You can spend your time in the courtyard nursing a hangover, or head out with some new friends to try out some caving (if you’re up for it). It’s for people who are fun and social.
#16 – Vitae Party Hostel
Why we like Vitae Party Hostel…
We like this one because of its sociable mindset and welcoming atmosphere. It’s not quite as messy and raucous as some of the other top party hostels in Budapest, and the staff work hard to create a good balance between partying and sightseeing. It’s a sensible party hostel, we’d say.
Vitae Party Hostel is perfect for…
If you want to meet other travellers and make some friends, without having to down a hundred beers in the process – all whilst still managing to get some sleep – then this party hostel in Budapest is the one for you. Cheap family dinners and three kitchens make it good for those on a budget, too.
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#17 – Big Fish Budapest Hostel
Why we like Big Fish Budapest Hostel…
This small hostel has a big heart and that’s why we like it. It’s brightly coloured with brand new beds and large windows that let in plenty of light, so it never feels too cramped. The informative staff are equally lovely and create good vibes, which is something we can get on board with.
Big Fish Budapest Hostel is perfect for…
Are you someone who loves convenience? Well, this is the place for you: Andrassy Utca and a metro stop are nearby. Plus other things like a post office and a supermarket make this location even better. It’s a good budget hostel in Budapest since it also offers up things like movie nights and free coffee.
#18 – Fifth Hostel
Why we like Fifth Hostel…
We like how this place has been newly renovated. Sometimes hostels can look nice but have some grubby looking corners or bits of mould that somehow magically escape the photos, but this one really is just sparklingly new. It also comes packed with top notch facilities that make staying here a breeze.
Firth Hostel is perfect for…
Perfect for solo travellers looking to stay somewhere homely whilst still remaining in the middle of the city, this hostel is set in a former apartment in an old building. It’s run by a local who’s very warm and welcoming, and who’ll make sure you’ll have a good time during your stay.
#19 – Unity Hostel @ Udvar
Why we like Unity Hostel @ Udvar…
We really love the fun and lively vibe at this youth hostel in Budapest; it’s set above a pub. And this is something we can certainly condone. There are lots of rooms at this place too, which makes it a good atmosphere especially when the hostel’s running at full capacity.
Unity Hostel @ Udvar is perfect for…
This is a recommended hostel in Budapest for keeping costs low, so if you’re on a budget, take note. There’s a kitchen for every dorm, meaning you’ll be able to rustle up your own meals. It’s also near to many pubs and clubs, as well as tourist attractions, meaning you won’t have to pay much for public transport.
Why we like 11th Hour Cinema Hostel & Apartments…
We like this place because of the heritage involved: this cool hostel in Budapest is set in a historical part of town inside an equally historic building, meaning you’ll really be able to soak up the history and culture of the Hungarian capital with ease. The courtyard is also a cool place to hang out in.
11th House Cinema Hostel & Apartments is perfect for…
Besides its very Instagrammable exterior, and all the cool historic buildings around it – perfect for anyone who’s all about showing off on social media – it’s also near to two metro lines, which makes exploring the city very easy. The apartment style rooms are good if you’re arriving with a few friends, too.
Why we like Adagio Hostel 2.0 Basilica…
The hipster coffee shop at Adagio Hostel 2.0 Basilica is something that we really like, let alone the fact that this is everywhere else one of the coolest hostels in Budapest. We love the wall art, brightly coloured rooms, high ceilings and wooden floors – it’s like something you’d see on Instagram.
Adagio Hostel 2.0 Basilica is perfect for…
Location wise, if you’re wanting to be near to Hero’s Square – which is pretty much the centre of Budapest – then look no further than this recommended hostel in Budapest. The staff here are also super friendly, and will make you feel safe and looked after; perfect for solo travellers.
#22 – Home Plus Hostel
Why we like Home Plus Hostel…
Modern, clean and contemporary: yes, we like this cool hostel in Budapest. It’s a new hostel, and comes with design led interiors to match. They’re definitely doing a good job of it. The staff here keep everything running smoothly, making it easy to simply recline in the cool social spaces on offer here.
Home Plus Hostel is perfect for…
Close to the Parliament building, the Danube as well as Margit Island, this is a recommended hostel in Budapest if you’re looking for a good location. It’s also affordable, making it a great option for a budget hostel in Budapest. The social events help you get to know fellow travellers, too.
#23 – Essential Hostel
Why we like Essential Hostel…
Although this place is centrally located, we like that it is actually set in quite a local part of town, yet St Stephen’s Basilica is practically a stone’s throw from this Budapest backpackers hostel. There are local amenities and interesting sights to explore just on the door step of this hostel.
Essential Hostel is perfect for…
Sociable backpackers who want to meet other travellers! This place is all about its social events, which include the Free Food Friday (yes, you read that right) as well as fun pub crawls. The hostel lounge has a decidedly friendly atmosphere and comes complete with a TV and games to play.
#24 – Bazar Hostel
Why we like Bazar Hostel…
This place is affordable, yet provides a high quality of service – sometimes when somewhere has a budget price, it skimps on service, but not here! And we like that a lot. The location of this Budapest backpackers hostel is great too, near good transport, bars, cafes as well as nearby sights, too.
Bazar Hostel is perfect for…
Located inside a building that’s over a 100 years old, this place is perfect for history lovers who like to stay quite literally inside a slice of a city’s history. Backpackers will like this place because of its free coffee, movie projector, big common space and staff who take you to things like Escape Room and caving.
#25 – Absolut City Hostel
Why we like Absolut City Hostel…
A cool hostel in Budapest with funky tiled walls, bright and modern spaces and a general fun but stylish aesthetic, we like the vibe at this place. The location, on the Pest side of the Danube, means being close to the city’s famous nightlife, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
Absolut City Hostel is perfect for…
If you’ve got a focus on cleanliness, you’re in luck – this Budapest backpackers hostel also has high standards when it comes to keeping things clean. Think freshly laundered sheets, a sparklingly clean kitchen area, and also comfortable beds. You won’t have to worry about getting a good night’s sleep here.
#26 – Good Mo House
Why we like Good Mo House…
Serving up a slice of Hungarian culture, we like how authentic this place is when it comes to being cheerful and friendly. The staff here will help you see the best parts of the city, being well informed about hidden gems and locals’ hotspots. Isn’t that the best way to discover a city?
Good Mo House is perfect for…
Spacious and modern – and with different types of rooms on offer (including good privates) – this recommended hostel in Budapest is perfect for those who want a little bit of their own space whilst getting to know fellow travellers in the common areas. The bunks are very well made. And as a bonus, there’s a free breakfast.
#27 – Full Moon Design Hostel
Why we like Full Moon Design Hostel…
Close to the Parliament building, we like that this hostel leans a little bit more towards being a boutique hostel rather than a youth hostel in Budapest. The private rooms have a stylish, boutique feel to them and the dorms at this cool hostel in Budapest are pretty chic and very spacious, too.
Full Moon Design Hostel is perfect for…
With a vibe that suits not only a backpacker, but also couples or even business people in the city for work, this has got to be one of the best hostels with a private room in Budapest. Besides that, there’s still a social atmosphere here, with good common spaces to meet fellow guests.
#28 – Baroque Hostel
Why we like Baroque Hostel…
Certainly one of the more high-end hostels in Budapest, we like this historical hostel for its ornate period features (think high ceilings and double doors) and also for its location inside an old apartment. Antique furniture abounds in this Budapest backpackers hostel, making it a different sort of place to rest your head.
Baroque Hostel is perfect for…
Looking for a bit of luxury? Then keep this cool Budapest hostel in mind. Packed full of original features and with parquet floors and beautiful private rooms, it’s also the sort of place that’s definitely not a party hostel. So if you’re on a couples break, or want some peace and quiet, here’s the place for you.
#29 – Hipster Hostel
Why we like Hipster Hostel…
We like the strong retro vibes at this cool hostel in Budapest. Hipster Hostel features parquet floors, up-cycled furniture and colour pops in a former posh apartment. It’s also located in a student area; we always love the affordable restaurants and bars in these sorts of areas – and it’s no different around this hostel.
Hipster Hostel is perfect for…
There are a selection of rooms on offer, meaning private rooms too, which make it perfect for couples, we’d say. There’s even a ‘honeymoon suite’ with its very own separate entrance. Unique nightlife away from the usual spots in Budapest make it great for those who like to explore the alternative side of city life.
#30 – Budapest Budget Hostel
Why we like Budapest Budget Hostel…
Light and bright interiors, clean and comfortable, an attractive price point – what’s not to like about this budget hostel in Budapest? We like that it’s safe and secure, almost hotel-like, as well as cheap; but it’s also quite universal so that people of all ages and budgets are allowed to stay here.
Budapest Budget Hostel is perfect for…
Looking for a quiet, safe place to sleep that’s close to interesting sights and museums of the city? Then this recommended hostel in Budapest is for you. It’s most definitely not a party hostel, but there’s still a common room and a sun terrace where you can say hello and get chatting to fellow guests.
Why we like LOL Boutique Hostel City Centre…
We like the combination of decor going on here: it’s got a rustic courtyard area and period features that are mixed with contemporary colour pops and even a huge modern underground common space, complete with ping pong table. It’s a cocktail of flavours, from graffiti to minimalism, which makes it a fun place to stay.
LOL Boutique Hostel City Centre is perfect for…
There are so many different types of rooms at this Budapest backpackers hostel that it’s perfect for almost anybody – from large double rooms with skylights to female only dorms. But perhaps the best thing is that it’s located very close to the city centre, making it a good base to explore Budapest.
#32 – Marco Polo Top Hostel
Why we like Marco Polo Top Hostel…
Offering simple no frills accommodation in the centre of the city, we like that this place is an unfussy place to lay your head and enjoy Budapest. It’s clean, it’s cheap, and it’s well located. It may not be Instagrammable, or a super social party hostel, but it makes for a great base.
Marco Polo Top Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers! Yes, that’s right. The friendly and helpful staff here really make a difference when it comes to arriving here by yourself, so it’s a great hostel for solo travellers in Budapest. It’s also secure: each bunk comes with a privacy curtain and a large locker, meaning peace of mind for you and your belongings.
#33 – Avail Hostel
Why we like Avail Hostel…
This top hostel in Budapest is located on a busy street close to lots of the city’s famous ruin pubs, but the rooms here are thankfully quiet for a good night’s sleep. We like the location here, of course, but the fact that you can return without it feeling like a mad party hostel is also something we appreciate.
Avail Hostel is perfect for…
Looking to stay somewhere that feels super friendly? You’ll find that here. The owner here is very welcoming and he’s also super knowledgeable: he knows a lot about his city, which will definitely help when you come to explore what Budapest has to offer. The warm atmosphere is a bonus if you’re travelling by yourself, too.
Closing thoughts on the best bargain hostels in Budapest
So there you have it! A whole huge helping of the best hostels in Budapest. The city is jammed full of top places to stay so it should be easy to find the ideal spot for you to sleep.
There’s such a magnetic mix of architecture, layers of interesting history and warm-hearted people that you’re going to have a busy few days getting under the skin of the city and seeing all there is on offer.
Of course, Budapest might appear complicated with its various different areas, but there are cool ruin bars to hang out in and top sights to see all across the city. Wherever you stay, getting around is simple on foot and the easy-to-use public transport. Its also more affordable than other European capitals so you can really enjoy your time without counting your pennies too much!
But, if you’re still finding it hard to figure out where to stay in Budapest, go with the flow and try out our best overall hostel in Budapest, Flow Hostel. If you’re looking for a place to get your party on, check out our epic guide to the best party hostels in Budapest.
Budapest is such a fun city – you’re going to have the best time!
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