Krakow boasts world-class culture and entertainment; the beautiful old town is centred around the beautifully-preserved 13th-century town square. It also happens to be one of the best destinations in Europe to party – you’re sure not to be bored here!

With everything going on in Krakow, it can be hard to make a decision on the best place to stay. There is simply so much choice of hostels that without a bit of help, you might get FOMO thinking you’ve chosen the wrong one. One thing’s for sure – you won’t be stuck in a grubby backpacker dorm where no-one talks to each other!

To make things easier, we’ve had a look at the best hostels on offer in Krakow, taking into account a number of aspects including budget, itinerary, and travel styles.

There’s so much choice, including a local chain, a number of party hostels, and some quieter locations if you want a night off from the hedonistic Krakow nightlife! So, let’s dive in and have a look at the best places to stay in Poland’s most captivating city!

The Best Hostels in Krakow: Round-up

Best overall hostel in Krakow – Mosquito Hostel
Best party hostel in Krakow – Greg & Tom Party Hostel
Best hostel for solo travellers in Krakow – The Little Havana Party Hostel
Best hostel near Main Square – Cracow Hostel
Best hostel near Wawel Castle – Ginger Hostel
Best hostel near Planty Park – Let’s Rock Hostel
Best hostel near Barbikan – Bubble Hostel
Best hostel near St Florian’s Gate – Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel
Best hostel near the Wieliczka Salt Mines – Hotel Galicja
Best hostel near John Paul II Krakow – Balice International Airport – Intro Hostel
Best hostel near Krakow Dworzek Główny (main train station) – Grand Central Hostel Krakow
Best hostel near Krakow main bus station – Greg & Tom Hostel
Best high-end hostel in Krakow – The Secret Garden Hostel
Best budget hostel in Krakow – Submarine
Best hostel with private rooms in Krakow – Tutti Frutti Hostel

Quick Summary: The Best Hostels In Krakow

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Mosquito Hostel

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Greg & Tom Party Hostel

  • Free breakfast, free city tour, bar
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The Little Havana Party Hostel

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Cracow Hostel

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Ginger Hostel

  • Free breakfast, free parking, towels included
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Let’s Rock Hostel

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Bubble Hostel

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Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel

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Hotel Galicja

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Intro Hostel

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Grand Central Hostel Krakow

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Greg & Tom Hostel

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The Secret Garden Hostel

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Submarine

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Tutti Frutti Hostel

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25 Best Hostels in Krakow

#1 – Mosquito Hostel

• Best overall hostel in Krakow •

Mosquito Hostel

Mosquito Hostel is the best overall hostel in Krakow

Why we like Mosquito Hostel…
There’s so much to love about Mosquito Hostel – it effortlessly combines partying and chilling to create a sociable atmosphere where you can easily make new friends or indulge in a bit of me time! We love the location, close to the main city centre attractions, and the discounted tours to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka salt mines too.

Mosquito Hostel is perfect for…
It’s better to ask who it’s not perfect for! The free nightly dinners (yes, that’s free), games nights, and events are the perfect way to kick off your trip to Krakow by making some new friends and maybe even head out for a few beers with them. Perfectly located for daytime sightseeing too.

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#2 – Greg & Tom Party Hostel

• Best party hostel in Krakow •

Greg & Tom Party Hostel

Greg & Tom Party Hostel is the best party hostel in Krakow

Why we like Greg & Tom Party Hostel…
This isn’t the last time we’ll be hearing from Greg & Tom on our list – which has been voted as one of the world’s best small hostel chains! It’s safe to say that this offering is everything you’d want from a party hostel – with regular events such as pub crawls and vodka marathons! The free breakfast will help soak up all that alcohol and kill off your hangover the morning after too!

Greg & Tom Party Hostel is perfect for…
If you want to have a few (okay, several) in your hostel before heading out to experience Krakow’s nightlife, there’s no better place to stay than this outrageous party hostel! You’re right by the centre so you can visit all the attractions when your hangover is gone. However, if you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing time, then perhaps continue reading!

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#3 – The Little Havana Party Hostel

• Best hostel for solo travellers in Krakow •

The Little Havana Party Hostel 

The Little Havana Party Hostel is the best hostel for solo travellers in Krakow

Why we like The Little Havana Party Hostel…
Picking just one party hostel in Krakow is a hard choice, and the pub crawls and events on offer at this charming but lively hostel mean that it’s a great place to stay if you’re travelling solo! We love the location – it’s less than 100m from the Market Square, as well as the best bars and clubs in the city!

The Little Havana Party Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers will find it easy to make friends and get chatting here in the common areas, bar, or on one of the cliff-diving excursions that you can book here! There’s a huge kitchen for making shared dinners with your new friends, places to watch football on 2 huge projectors, or a foosball table to get competitive.

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#4 – Cracow Hostel

• Best hostel near Main Square •

Cracow Hostel 

Cracow Hostel is the best hostel near Main Square

Why we like Cracow Hostel…
This smart and clean hostel isn’t just near the Main Square – it’s the only one which is actually right in it! We love the fabulous view of the city centre, and the décor inside is pretty sweet too – with wooden beams and high ceilings. You’ll soon forget you’re in a hostel!

Cracow Hostel is perfect for…
If you want to be right in the centre of the action of the Market Square, there’s no better option than Cracow Hostel. It’s the perfect place to take in the atmosphere of the medieval plaza. It’s comfortable yet social, meaning travellers who like to chat but aren’t into party hostels will find a home away from home here!

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#5 – Ginger Hostel

• Best hostel near Wawel Castle •

Ginger Hostel 

Ginger Hostel is the best hostel near Wawel Castle

Why we like Ginger Hostel…
This modern and relaxed hostel is just a 5-minute walk from Wawel Castle, meaning it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to be close by. You’re 10 minutes from the old town, and there’s a bus stop outside for easy travel to the airport. We’re big fans of the tasty free breakfast!

Ginger Hostel is perfect for…
If you want to be close to one of the most popular attractions in Krakow, Wawel Castle, then you really couldn’t be better placed than at Ginger Hostel. You can see it from the hostel! For those who want to head further afield out of the city, the helpful staff will do their utmost to aid you in booking trips and/or giving directions if you want to fly solo!

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#6 – Let’s Rock Hostel

• Best hostel near Planty Park •

Let’s Rock Hostel 

Let’s Rock Hostel is the best hostel near Planty Park

Why we like Let’s Rock Hostel…
Planty Park is one of the city’s nicest green spaces, so if you want to be close to that, Let’s Rock Hostel is a great option. Swap the daytime tranquillity of the park for the nighttime debauchery here – with karaoke and pub crawls every night of the week – that’s not all, there are sangria nights and vodka tasting too!

Let’s Rock Hostel is perfect for…
If you love nature and parties, then combine your love for both by staying here! There are plenty of areas of the hostel depending on your style too – the beer garden is a little more relaxed, whereas the basement bar is a little livelier. It’s a great spot for pre-drinks before hitting Krakow’s clubs and bars.

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#7 – Bubble Hostel

• Best hostel near Barbikan •

Bubble Hostel 

Bubble Hostel is the best hostel near Barbikan

Why we like Bubble Hostel…
Bubble Hostel is a hop, skip, and a jump from the fortified medieval gate that is the Barbikan, meaning it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to that! There’s a great breakfast provided for free, providing plenty of fuel for a day of sightseeing in the Old Town, which is also close by.

Bubble Hostel is perfect for…
A quieter option than some of the hostels on this list, if you want some peace and quiet close to the heart of the city then Bubble Hostel is definitely worth checking out. There are areas for solo travellers to meet friends, and also private rooms which are privately suited to travelling families and couples who’d like their own space!

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#8 – Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel

• Best hostel near St Florian’s Gate •

Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel

Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel is the best hostel near St Florian’s Gate

Why we like Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel…
The second offering from Greg & Tom on our list, and we’re sure you’ll be interested after hearing just two words. Free beer! The on-site pub serves it every night, as well as a free evening buffet before the fun starts with the nightly events. Lie in the morning after, but not too late as you’ll miss the free breakfast!

Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re a beer lover, then Greg & Tom’s Beer House will be right up your street. Its location is pretty good too – on one of Krakow’s most famous streets close to the Market Square – so you won’t miss any of the action happening in the city centre. When you’ve had enough beer, why not consider booking a tour with the friendly and helpful multilingual staff?

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#9 – Hotel Galicja

• Best hostel near the Wieliczka Salt Mines •

Hotel Galicja

Hotel Galicja is the best hostel near the Wieliczka Salt Mines

Why we like Hotel Galicja…
The Wieliczka Salt Mines are one of the most popular attractions close to Krakow. Most people do a day trip, but if you want to stay close and beat the crowds, then Hotel Galicja is a great place to stay! It’s ten kilometres from the city centre, and you’ll feel really special when you receive a free welcome drink and fresh flowers!

Hotel Galicja is perfect for…
Those who want to spend a lot of time exploring the Wieliczka Salt Mines without the stress of travelling to and from Krakow will be delighted with Hotel Galicja. The private rooms are more costly than many of the hostels in central Krakow, but the little perks such as a free breakfast sweeten that a little!

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#10 – Intro Hostel

• Best hostel near John Paul II Krakow – Balice International Airport •

Intro Hostel

Intro Hostel is the best hostel near John Paul II Krakow – Balice International Airport

Why we like Intro Hostel…
If you can’t get a hostel near the airport, what can you do? Well, try a hostel with airport transfers, of course. Which is exactly what Intro Hostel offers! If you have an early or late flight, the transfers will take away the stress of travelling, leaving you to enjoy being right in the city centre action, and able to enjoy the best bars, clubs, and attractions!

Intro Hostel is perfect for…
Stress heads who get short of breath even thinking about the logistics of travel will be grateful that the helpful staff at the hostel can sort their transfers, meaning all they have to do is be in the right place at the right time! Solo travellers will love Intro Hostel too, as it’s really easy to meet new friends and have a good time here.

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#11 – Grand Central Hostel Krakow

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Grand Central Hostel Krakow

Grand Central Hostel Krakow is the best hostel near Krakow Dworzek Główny (main train station)

Why we like Grand Central Hostel Krakow…
It’s only a short walk from Krakow’s main train station to this relatively recent addition to the Krakow hostel scene, making it the perfect place to stay if you’re travelling to or from the city by rail. The common room is cosy so that you can relax and enjoy the company of others, but if you’re looking for something a little livelier, you’re never far from a pub crawl!

Grand Central Hostel Krakow is perfect for…
Travellers who have early morning or late-night train connections will be thankful that they are just a short walk from the station, taking all of the stress out searching for their hostel after a long day of travelling. The young and dynamic team have created a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that solo travellers will love!

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#12 – Greg & Tom Hostel

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Greg & Tom Hostel

Greg & Tom Hostel is the best hostel near Krakow main bus station

Why we like Greg & Tom Hostel…
Greg & Tom again?! Well, yes actually. Their third offering on the list is just a short walk from the main bus station, so it’s the perfect place to stay if you are travelling to or from the city by bus. Not only is it the closest hostel to the station, but it’s also one of the top-rated hostels in the city according to Hostelworld guests!

Greg & Tom Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re worried about making your bus or finding your hostel when you arrive, then staying here will erase any worries. It’s also perfectly placed for travellers who want to make the most of visiting the Old Town and city centre attractions, as well as the vibrant and exciting city nightlife!

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#13 – The Secret Garden Hostel

• Best high-end hostel in Krakow •

The Secret Garden Hostel 

The Secret Garden Hostel is the best high-end hostel in Krakow

Why we like The Secret Garden Hostel…
This peaceful and intimate hostel is a world away from the party hostels in the Old Town and is found in a renovated antique building in the Jewish Quarter. If you want a bit of luxury mixed with a friendly atmosphere, the private rooms on offer at the Secret Garden will tick all the right boxes. We love the free coffee and tea!

The Secret Garden Hostel is perfect for…
Couples or families travelling in Krakow who don’t mind splashing out a little extra for a slice of luxury will find that the Secret Garden perfectly suits them. There’s a social side to the hostel too, with a relaxing living room decorated in purple, or if it’s sunny outside, head into the tranquil garden.

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#14 – Submarine

• Best budget hostel in Krakow •

Submarine 

Submarine is the best budget hostel in Krakow

Why we like Submarine…
You’re travelling on a budget in Krakow, but you don’t want to compromise on quality, comfort, and you definitely want a social aspect to your hostel, right? Then, Submarine is the perfect choice for you. The comfortable dorms and privates are very reasonably priced, and we love how close it is to all the major sights!

Submarine is perfect for…
If you want to save your cash for visiting the sites, and let’s face it, an extra beer or vodka each night, then you’ll be right at home in this cheap and cheerful option. Solo travellers will easily make friends too – as well as the common areas, even the dorms have a table which is perfect for playing cards around with your roommates!

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#15 – Tutti Frutti Hostel

• Best hostel with private rooms in Krakow •

Tutti Frutti Hostel

Tutti Frutti Hostel is the best hostel with private rooms in Krakow

Why we like Tutti Frutti Hostel…
If you want a private room while staying in Krakow, this modern and clean hostel is an incredible option – Not only are there twin rooms, but there’s a 2-bed apartment and a 5-bed private room – perfect for large groups of friends who want to stick together! We love how the hostel is laid out, meaning that when you’re done partying, you don’t have to hear everyone else continuing long into the night!

Tutti Frutti Hostel is perfect for…
Groups of friends or couples who are travelling together and don’t want to share their space with strangers will be right at home in Tutti Frutti Hostel. For such a nicely decorated and characterful hostel, the rooms are extremely reasonably priced, meaning that you’ll be able to have a couple of extra beers in the evening!

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#16 – Pink Panther’s Hostel

Pink Panther’s Hostel 

Pink Panther’s Hostel

Why we like Pink Panther’s Hostel…
This very pink hostel is a traveller favourite, thanks to their Royal Pub Crawl, often preceded by wine nights or beer pong evenings in the hostel! Cool common areas and free city tours mean that solo travellers will easily make friends here – and not all of the activities revolve around alcohol.

Pink Panther’s Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers who want to be close to the city centre and have an opportunity to make friends and partake in nightly activities will find the Pink Panther a perfect fit for them. If you’re a bit of a chef, there are dumpling making evenings here too – definitely a useful skill to take home!

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#17 – One World Hostel

One World Hostel 

One World Hostel

Why we like One World Hostel…
This stylish and atmospheric hostel is an excellent place to meet other travellers – there’s space for almost 100 people here in dorms ranging from 2 – 12 people. If you’ve been travelling for a while and are missing home comforts, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a TV room complete with games consoles, where you can get competitive with other guests!

One World Hostel is perfect for…
Social butterflies will be right at home here thanks to the large number of guests, making for an electric and vibrant atmosphere! You’re close not only to the city centre attractions but also the train and bus stations – as well as having a view over Planty Park.

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#18 – Chilli Hostel

Chilli Hostel 

Chilli Hostel

Why we like Chilli Hostel…
A little walk away from the historic centre, this warm and clean hostel is located in the Kazimierz District, which is home to trendier and more high-brow bars than you’ll find in the city centre. We love that you can stay in touch with friends and family by using the hostel’s free Wi-Fi!

Chilli Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated and want to avoid the stag parties and student style drinking in the city centre, staying in an area where you can just enjoy a couple of drinks before heading back to a comfortable bed is exactly what you’ll get at Chilli Hostel!

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#19 – Tramp Aparthostel

Tramp Aparthostel 

Tramp Aparthostel

Why we like Tramp Aparthostel…
Tramp Aparthostel offers a mixture of spacious and comfortable rooms and dormitories, with a view of the historic Wawel Castle. We love that a delicious breakfast is included in the price and that you don’t have to shell out any extra for city taxes, which are included in the hostel price!

Tramp Aparthostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking for intimacy and comfort from your hostel during your trip, then Tramp Aparthostel will be an excellent choice! It’s just 750 steps from the central railway station too, so if you have an early morning or late night connection, you won’t have to worry about uncomfortably lugging your backpack or suitcase through the cobbled streets!

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#20 – Hostel Centrum Sabot

Hostel Centrum Sabot

Hostel Centrum Sabot

Why we like Hostel Centrum Sabot…
This conveniently located hostel is an excellent place to stay if you want to be right in the thick of the city centre attractions. Our favourite thing though is that it’s right opposite the fruit and vegetable market – perfect for preparing a delicious meal in the fully-equipped kitchen!

Hostel Centrum Sabot is perfect for…
If you enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients in a nice kitchen, then the Hostel Centrum Sabot should definitely be on your list. It can get tiring eating out all the time, or worse – having Super Noodles for every meal to keep costs down! If you want to head further afield, the hostel offers tours to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mines, as well as walking tours in the city.

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#21 – Express Hostel

Express Hostel 

Express Hostel

Why we like Express Hostel…
This fun and friendly hostel is a hop, skip, and a jump from the Main Square and not much further from the Main Railway Station. The hostel has a superfast internet connection, so you can get all of your shots of the city centre on Instagram to make your followers jealous!

Express Hostel is perfect for…
Travellers who care a lot about the design of their hostel will like Express Hostel, as the large and open spaces let in a lot of light. There’s tea and coffee on offer, as well as a range of breakfasts, so it’s perfect for filling up before a long and busy day of sightseeing either in or around Krakow!

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#22 – Good Bye Lenin Hostel – Revolution

Good Bye Lenin Hostel – Revolution 

Good Bye Lenin Hostel – Revolution

Why we like Good Bye Lenin Hostel – Revolution…
This classy, comfy, and spacious hostel is a great option if you’re on a budget – not only are the beds very reasonably priced, but you’ll be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi, breakfast, linen and towels, and tea and coffee, all for the attractive price of absolutely nothing!

Good Bye Lenin Hostel – Revolution is perfect for…
As well as budget travellers, those on a budget will appreciate Good Bye Lenin Hostel – Revolution, as the spacious dorms make it easy to start conversations with who you’re sharing with. Many include chairs and tables rather than just beds cramped together! And, it’s super clean too.

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#23 – Draggo Hostel

Draggo Hostel

Draggo Hostel

Why we like Draggo Hostel…
Foodies will love Draggo Hostel as the on-site restaurant serves some of the best breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that you’ll find anywhere in the city! As the restaurant isn’t just open to guests, it’s a great option to meet locals – who knows, you might even get to learn and practise a little bit of Polish?!

Draggo Hostel is perfect for…
It’s not just foodies who’ll have a great time at Draggo Hostel. The well-connected hostel will make sure that you don’t miss any parties or events happening nearby. The on-site bar serves craft beers and spirits, meaning it’s a great place to have pre-drinks with fellow travellers before heading out on a pub crawl or to a club!

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#24 – Flamingo Hostel

Flamingo Hostel 

Flamingo Hostel

Why we like Flamingo Hostel…
This peaceful hostel is a haven among the party hostels, who would prefer to sleep after a busy day of sightseeing than necking a few pints or shots! We love that it’s just a 5-minute walk to get to Wawel castle and that everything else in the centre is easily reachable on foot. Flamingo even offers tours.

Flamingo Hostel is perfect for…
If you know what you want to do when in Krakow, but aren’t entirely sure how to go about it, then Flamingo is a good place to stay thanks to the friendly staff, who are always on hand to provide recommendations for the city’s best restaurants, activities, and nearby tours. The hostel doesn’t allow stag parties, so if you’re on one – try somewhere else on our list!

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#25 – Pillows Party Hostel

Pillows Party Hostel 

Pillows Party Hostel

Why we like Pillows Party Hostel…
This comfortable friendly hostel will see to it that you have the best pillow to suit you for a good night’s sleep. We love that you don’t just get a free map of Krakow when you stay here, but a guidebook too! The on-site bar is a great place to get acquainted with other travellers.

Pillows Party Hostel is perfect for…
If you really care about where you rest your head (and who doesn’t?), then Pillows Party Hostel is a great choice! Although it’s billed as a party hostel, a lot of guests have commented that it’s quite quiet, so if you are looking to party in Krakow, maybe considering one of the other options on our list!

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Conclusion

So, that’s all from us. We think you’ll agree that our list is pretty extensive and detailed, so there’s sure to be something on here that will perfectly suit your trip – and most importantly, your bank account!

It would be such a shame to not have the best time ever in one of Europe’s most interesting and lively cities now, wouldn’t it?

Hostels are a great way to travel, especially in a city like Krakow where it’s all about meeting other travellers and having a great laugh! They’re also a great way to save yourself some money for onward travel in Poland, or simply just to see the city’s sights and enjoy the food and drink on offer.

Don’t forget our overall top choice in Krakow – Mosquito Hostel! We hope that whichever of the great hostels on this list you end up choosing, you have a fantastic break in Poland!

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Aiden Higgins

Aiden travels for two things - food and sports! An avid football-fanatic, Aiden eats his way through Europe while catching every football he can manage! When he is not chasing matches around the continent, Aiden lives in Birmingham, UK.

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