Vienna is a bastion of culture and history. This beautiful Baroque city a prime destination for everyone from architecture buff to art-lover and it does culture with a capital C.
But it’s not easy to stay in this city without wholly breaking your bank. Yes, all those beautiful streets, Viennese bakeries, galleries, and museums don’t come cheaply.
So we’ve put together this epic guide of the best hostels in Vienna so you can choose a budget-friendly option that’s right for you. Whether you want to be near the centre, stay in the cheapest place, or if you want to party, we’re here to help!
You might not think Vienna and hostels go together, but they do and there are a number of places to stay in Vienna that keeps things easy on the wallet. These are the coolest hostels in Vienna…
Editor’s note – Check out our 19 best day trips from Vienna and see what’s beyond Austria’s capital!
The Best Hostels in Vienna: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Vienna – myMOjOvie
Best Party Hostel in Vienna – Hostel Ruthensteiner
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Vienna – Wombats City Hostel Vienna – The Naschmarkt
Best Hostel near Schönbrunn Palace – Gartl Apartments and Hostel
Best Hostel near The Hofburg – Hostel Wien Myrthengasse HI
Best Hostel near Vienna International Airport – Wombats City Hostel Vienna – The Lounge
Best Hostel near Vienna Central Station – Meininger Vienna Central Station
Best High-end Hostel in Vienna – Porzellaneum
Best Cheap Hostel in Vienna – Hostel Hutteldorf
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Vienna – Augarten Hostel
15 Best Hostels in Vienna
Best Overall Hostel in Vienna
• myMOjOvie •
Why we like myMOjOvie…
The all-round amazingness of this place really helps secure its position as the best overall hostel in Vienna – and that’s what we like about it the most. It’s nicely decorated, the staff are really friendly, it’s peaceful (no parties here), and it’s easy to walk into the city centre from here. What’s not to like?
myMOjOvie is perfect for…
When it comes to a youth hostel in Vienna that’s quiet and accommodating without being overly extroverted and party-oriented, this one’s a great choice. So if you’re looking to stay in tasteful surroundings and get a good night’s sleep, look no further than the best hostel in Vienna 2018 – myMOjOvie.
Best Party Hostel in Vienna
Why we like Hostel Ruthensteiner…
Spotlessly clean isn’t exactly something you’d associate with the best party hostel in Vienna, but at Hostel Ruthensteiner this is the reality and we love it. The social vibe is strong here: there’s a bar, a slew of free-to-use musical instruments, and some other common areas for you to chill and hang out in with some new friends.
Hostel Ruthensteiner is perfect for…
Party-lovers and those looking to meet new people should definitely think about staying at this recommended hostel in Vienna. The atmosphere is one that is wholly conducive to socialising and having fun; though it’s not the typically chaotic party vibe you’d expect – it’s decidedly more laid-back here. Sound like you? Come on in!
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Why we like Wombats City Hostel Vienna – The Naschmarkt…
We like how nice this Vienna backpackers hostel is: the style of the interior design, the awesome common areas, the friendliness of the staff, the lively bar. All in all, due to those things, we’d say it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Vienna; though somewhat hotel-esque, the atmosphere is great.
Wombats City Hostel Vienna – The Naschmarkt is perfect for…
Digital nomads! There are some absolutely prime spaces for doing a spot of work on your laptop dotted around this youth hostel in Vienna – the sort of thing that, as someone who might often struggle to find good places to work, would feel like a breath of fresh air. Plus when you want to unwind, the bar is perfect.
Best Hostel near Schönbrunn Palace
Why we like Gartl Apartments and Hostel…
The best thing about this lovely Vienna backpackers hostel is its proximity to the amazing sight that is Schönbrunn Palace – that’s a really cool selling point of this place. On top of that we also love the apartment style of the rooms, which are unfussy and quite tastefully furnished.
Gartl Apartments and Hostel is perfect for…
Being the best hostel near Schönbrunn Palace, culture-seekers and history-lovers will love this place – the incredible palace is walkable from this top hostel in Vienna. Also, those looking for more of an apartment-feeling experience than traditional hostel lodgings will enjoy the self-contained independent vibe of this hostel in Vienna.
Best Hostel near The Hofburg
Why we like Hostel Wien Myrthengasse HI…
Though you have to pay an additional nightly supplement in order to stay here if you’re not a member of Hostelling International, it’s the location of this youth hostel in Vienna that really turns our head. With the centre of town just a few minutes’ walk away, including the iconic Hofburg, this is a great place to explore the culture of the city.
Hostel Wien Myrthengasse HI is perfect for…
If you enjoy a spot of culture and sightseeing then staying at the best hostel near The Hofburg would be a great idea for you. To make it even easier there’s free bicycle hire – plus a free breakfast to fuel up on before you embark on a day of touring the city.
Best Hostel near Vienna International Airport
Why we like Wombats City Hostel Vienna – The Lounge…
It’s not that this hostel is actually anywhere near the airport; it’s because it’s right next to Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station, which features a regular and direct bus link to the airport, that we say it’s the best hostel near Vienna International Airport. What we like about it? This award-winning hostel is stylish, sociable and welcoming.
Wombats City Hostel Vienna – The Lounge is perfect for…
Those interested in convenience will love the proximity of this place to one of Vienna’s major train stations (which also means airport links). However, if you’re also interested in a properly pleasant hostel experience at yet another quality branch of Wombats hostels in Vienna, then this place is for you.
Best Hostel near Vienna Central Station
Why we like Meininger Vienna Central Station…
We like the reliability of the Meininger chain of hostels, so this one – the best hostel near Vienna Central Station – comes as no surprise; but that’s not a bad thing. The place is like a hotel crossed with a hostel, clean, minimalist, with hotel-quality private rooms. Combine with proximity to the main train station in Vienna for extra points.
Meininger Vienna Central Station is perfect for…
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay and you don’t particularly mind about missing out on the usual hostel vibe, this branch of Meininger would be a good choice for you. Equally, if you want to catch an early morning train and don’t want the stress of navigating halfway across town to do so, staying here the night before would work very well.
Best High-end Hostel in Vienna
• Porzellaneum •
Why we like Porzellaneum…
Whilst Vienna is surprisingly lacking in what we’d call ‘high-end’ hostels, Porzellaneum happily fits the bill when it comes to prestige and little bit of decadence. Set in a building that was founded in 1874, we love the architecture and little historical touches that make this place quite a unique Vienna backpackers hostel.
Porzellaneum is perfect for
Though the best high-end hostel in Vienna might conjure images of cutting-edge design and minimalism, if you aren’t bothered about that and would rather stay somewhere with a bit more character (and without the high-end prices) this youth hostel in Vienna would be great for you. And if history is your thing – here’s your hostel!
Best Cheap Hostel in Vienna
Why we like Hostel Hutteldorf…
What we love the most about this place is the price – obviously. It’s also got 60 years of experience under its belt: this is the oldest independent hostel in Vienna and it shows – in a good way, of course. The location isn’t all that, but a 20-minute ride on the U-bahn puts you in central Vienna.
Hostel Hutteldorf is perfect for…
If you’re not expecting the Ritz, don’t mind simple surroundings and also aren’t too fussed about being in the centre of town, then this is the best cheap hostel in Vienna for you. The price is genuinely great here, so if you’re on a tight budget it’s definitely a strong contender.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Vienna
• Augarten Hostel •
Why we like Augarten Hostel…
The best thing about this Vienna backpackers hostel is its classically Viennese interior – newly renovated, and effortlessly mixing the modern with the classical, this place is the best hostel with a private room in Vienna. It’s not so much that the private rooms themselves are stunning, more that the setting in this building is very nice indeed.
Augarten Hostel is perfect for…
If you don’t mind being a little bit further out of Vienna’s central area, like a touch of class (it might be the coolest hostel in Vienna), and enjoy a spot of privacy in a clean private room, then this former hotel turned top hostel in Vienna is one for you. The nearby Augarten is a lovely green space for a stroll on a sunny day.
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Why we like Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz…
What we like about Meininger hostels is that they’re pretty reliable. Though somewhat characterless, we sometimes prefer a simple, uncluttered stay in a hotel-like space without the ghastly hotel prices that can hit you in a European capital. The location, close to a U-bahn stop, makes getting into Vienna’s centre easy, too.
Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz is perfect for…
If you like a hostel that’s practically more like a hotel than a hostel, then this branch of Meininger is for you. Simple minimalism coupled with cleanliness is the name of the game here and if that sounds more your thing than socialising in a hotchpotch common room, then you should probably look at staying here.
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Why we like Westend City Hostel…
We love the cosy and traditional hostel atmosphere at this clean lodging – it’s something that’s falling by the wayside with more modern, stylish hostels, so it’s nice to see that. Plus the location, next to one of Vienna’s most buzzing shopping areas, makes for a great opportunity to both shop and people-watch!
Westend City Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re into exploring a part of the city that isn’t all old-world and tourist sights, and perhaps if you’re a fan of shopping too, the location of this Vienna backpackers hostel will suit you: it’s right next to Mariahilferstrasse, which is one of the city’s busiest shopping streets. But for a slice of culture, there are also a few museums just nearby.
• Do Step Inn •
Why we like Do Step Inn…
This hostel’s old-school, old-world charm is something that we find really endearing. The cafe/common area downstairs looks like a traditional central European eatery and it truly makes you feel like you’re in Austria. Set in a characterful old building the ceilings are accordingly high and the windows are big, making it nice and bright.
Do Step Inn is perfect for…
If what you’re looking for is a bit of character in your Vienna backpackers hostel, then you should consider staying at Happy Hostel. As long as you don’t expect anything new and chic, you’ll enjoy this place. Keen shoppers will also love the fact that Mariahilferstrasse is just around the corner.
• Happy Hostel •
Why we like Happy Hostel…
Describing itself as ‘the best place for happy people’ this recommended hostel in Vienna is situated in a quiet residential area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s tourist hotspots. What we love most of all is the no-frills affordability of the place. Proceeds for their pay-what-you-can breakfast goes to charity, which is lovely.
Happy Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re not fussy about where you stay, or you’re not too interested in staying somewhere that you can put up on Instagram, and are looking for a welcoming, almost homestay-esque experience, then you’ll probably enjoy staying at simple Happy Hostel. Those on a budget will also find this place helpful!
Why we like Westbahnhof Hostel One…
Besides the ace location – right next to major Viennese railway station Westbahnhof – this budget hostel in Vienna has a great social vibe which is cultivated and maintained by the friendly staff. Meeting people from all over the world in a convenient location in one of Europe’s most famous cities – sounds great, right?
Westbahnhof Hostel One is perfect for…
Solo travellers! Looking to meet people? Then this is a great Vienna backpackers hostel to stay at. And if you’re a fan of being located somewhere with some great travel connections, then that’s just a bonus, isn’t it? Plus, though not included in the price, the tasty breakfast buffet here is pretty good, too.
Final thoughts on the top hostels in Vienna
As you can see, there’s more choice in Viennese hostels than you might first think. Just because the city is all Baroque marvels and big slices of history, doesn’t mean there aren’t humble places to stay in Vienna!
Any one of our choices for the best hostels in Vienna would do you very well as a base for exploring this supremely cultural city.
Imagine a day of sightseeing, grabbing a coffee to watch the world go by, then returning to one of these cool Vienna hostels to recharge before finding somewhere fun to drink and dine.
And if you can’t decide where to stay or what one of our categories might suit you best, then there’s always the best overall hostel in Vienna – myMOjOvie – to host you on your travels. Have a pastry on us while you’re exploring this storied city, won’t you!
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