The 7 Best Hostels in Vienna

Updated on: 21/02/2024 by Mike

Vienna has some of the highest hostel standards in Europe and some of them offer very good value starting from as little as €15 per night for a bed in a dorm room. As Vienna is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Europe, you would expect it to have a lot of hostels, but it only has 36 hostels according to Hostelworld. I've narrowed this down to what I think are the 7 Best Hostels in Vienna.

Best Hostels in Vienna - Quick Answers

Quick Introduction to Hostels in Vienna

Here are a few things you should consider before booking a hostel in Vienna:

  1. Price - Prices start as low as €15 per night but expect to pay €20 to €35 per night in a mid-sized dorm room.
  2. Location - Since Vienna is such a large city, it's best to stay in a central area close to the city's main attractions and nightlife. (All hostels listed below are in central locations.)
  3. Amenities/Services -Every hostel in Vienna provides free Wi-Fi, and a few include breakfast in the price, but if you require more specialized services, do your research to locate the hostel that best matches your requirements.
  4. Staff - The majority of Vienna hostels have excellent staff. They are usually very friendly and will give you excellent recommendations for restaurants, bars, and clubs, among other things. However, my advice is to study reviews to ensure that the hostel you select has friendly and helpful employees, as rude or unhelpful staff might ruin your hostel experience.

The Best Hostels in Vienna

Here’s my comprehensive guide to the 7 best hostels in Vienna:

1. Wombats City Hostel Vienna The Naschmarkt

Wombats City Hostel Vienna

Wombat's Vienna Naschmarkt is the best hostel in Vienna and is also one of the best hostels in Europe. It is centrally located, making it convenient for all of Vienna's major tourist attractions.

The centre is only a few minutes away on foot or through the neighbouring U4 station (Kettenbrueckengasse).

This Hostel prides itself on cleanliness and it has paid off as they have won the Hostelworld award for the cleanest Hostel Chain Worldwide twice.

wombats city hostel vienna the naschmark

With keycard access to the front door, rooms, and locker, you can be assured of the highest level of security. All of our rooms have comfortable wooden beds, a private shower, and a toilet.

Free Wi-Fi, free bed sheets, free use of our travel guidebooks, free luggage storage, a complimentary welcome drink at the bar, and free lockers are just a few of the perks. Their vibrant womBAR offers low-cost drinks and meals.

Dorms from €20.70, Privates from €60.30

2. Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

Hostel Ruthensteiner is within a 5-minute walk from Westbahnhof train station and within walking distance of both the city centre and the magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace. After a long day of sightseeing, the hostel is ideal for unwinding and making new friends.

Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

The hostel has a cosy bar that serves its own micro-brewed Hostel Beer and has a happy hour every evening from 7 to 8 p.m.

Because of its bustling bar, Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of the best hostels in Vienna for partygoers.

They also provide a fully equipped kitchen for guests' use, as well as a beautiful courtyard in which to unwind. Bike rentals and city tours can be arranged at the front desk.

Dorms from 19.30, Privates from €31.90

3. MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz

MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz

Between the Danube Canal and the Danube, MEININGER Downtown is located in bustling Leopoldstadt, Vienna's second district.

MEININGER Downtown is a hostel that feels more like a hotel. Schottenring is just around the block, and you can take the metro or tram from there.

meininger vienna downtown franz

The hotel/hostel is housed in a sleek, building. All of the rooms are designed in a modern style and appear to be quite fresh.

A games room and a guest kitchen where you can prepare your own meals are among the various common rooms.

Luggage storage, vending machines, 24-hour reception, key card access only, and bicycle rental are among the other amenities and services available.

MEININGER Downtown is one of the best hostels in Vienna for couples and small groups.

Dorms from €13.50, Privates from €53.00

4. Palace Hostel

Palace Hostel Vienna

Palace Hostel Schlossherberge is 25 minutes (by public transportation) from Vienna's city centre.

They provide incredible and breathtaking views of the city. The hostel has excellent public transportation connections. A bus stop is located directly outside the hostel's entrance.

Palace Hostel Vienna

In front of the hostel is a large park where you can sunbathe, picnic, or simply relax. You have access to a chill-out room with cable TV, table tennis, and tabletop football. There's also a minigolf facility on the premises.

Free wifi, free city maps, bicycle rental, luggage storage, and vending machines are among the amenities.

They provide 4-bed mixed and female-only dorms (2 bunk beds) with en-suite bathrooms (shower and WC) and come equipped with wardrobes and lockers.

Dorms from €25.20, Privates from €71.90

5. A&O Wien Stadthalle

AO Wien Stadthalle Vienna

A&O Wien Stadthalle is around 900 meters or one subway stop away from Westbahnhof station.

The ancient city centre, with its many well-known tourist attractions, is easily accessible thanks to excellent public transportation connections. If you wish to explore Vienna on your own, A&O has its own bike rental service.

a and o wien stadthalle vienna

A 24-hour reception desk, a guest kitchen for your use, a hostel bar, a pool table, and common rooms are all keycard accessible for further security. Modern and spacious rooms are available at the A&O Wien Stadthalle.

Dorms from €18.40, Privates from €47.30

6. Hostel Hutteldorf

Hostel Hutteldorf Vienna

Hostel Hütteldorf is located directly across from a metro station, which takes you to the city centre in 20 minutes.

The hostel is located on the outskirts of the forest, with several walking and biking trails as well as a huge garden.

hostel hutteldorf vienna

Free WiFi, Free Internet terminals, Free Lockers in every room, Free Luggage room, Free City maps, and Free table tennis are just a few of the amenities offered by the hostel.

Hostel Hütteldorf is one of the best hostels in Vienna for backpackers who are on a tight budget as a bed in a dorm room starts at  €16.00 per night.

Dorms from €15.50, Privates from €79.90 (4 people)

7. A&O Wien Hauptbahnhof

a&o Wien Hauptbahnhof

The new Central Station is only 100 meters away from A&O Wien Hauptbahnhof. The historic city centre may be reached in just a few minutes thanks to this excellent link. Those coming by train will appreciate the hostel's central location.

AO Wien Hauptbahnhof Vienna

The hostel's most notable feature is definitely its gorgeous SkyBar, which is located on the building's rooftop and offers panoramic views of picturesque Vienna.

24-hour reception, free WiFi in public areas and all rooms, vending machines, key card access, and luggage storage are just a few of the amenities available.

Dorms from €29.30, Privates from €74.80

Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Vienna

I hope that this list of the best hostels in Vienna assists you in selecting a hostel that best meets your needs during your visit to Vienna. In general, the quality of hostels in Vienna is high and there are many different types of hostels in Vienna, however, there are a few exceptions.

Hopefully, this guide will assist you in avoiding awful or mediocre hostels, guaranteeing that you have a pleasant stay. My favourite hostel in Vienna is Hostel Ruthensteiner.

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