Vienna is one of the most beautiful European cities. I’ve compiled the perfect guide to help you make the most out of your stay.
It’s me, Lizzie again and this time around I want to help you discover the beautiful city of Vienna. Rich in history and stunning architecture, I have visited Austria’s capital too many times to mention. From the Vienna State Opera to the Schönbrunn Palace, there’s so much to see and do in the historic city centre. If you’re looking for the best hostels Vienna has to offer, I’ve got you covered!
Our Top 10 Hostels in Vienna
- Wombats City Hostel Vienna
- Westend City Hostel
- Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna
- A&T Holiday Hostel
- A&O Wien Hauptbahnhof
- Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz
- Do Step Inn
- Gartl Apartments and Hostels
- Space Home Hostel
- Hi Wien Myrthengasse
Live Like a King
Vienna Boutique Hostel
Vienna Boutique Hostel offers accommodation in the gorgeous Neubau district. The central location is perfect for sampling Austrian cuisine or seeing the sights. This is one of the best hostels in Vienna. It’s close to Lugner City; serving European and Austrian meals and Cafe Restaurant Journal is 50 metres away. This hostel is set a 10-minute train ride away from Schonbrunn Baroque Palace.
The rooms match the hostel’s historical surroundings, with red carpet and dark wood interiors. Don’t let the pictures fool you, you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep on these kingly beds. The 19th-century Habsburg Albertina Palace is located in a 5-minute drive away from Vienna Boutique Hostel and Vienna State Opera is a 25-minute walk away. A continental breakfast option is available every morning at this elegant Vienna hostel.
- Great Location
- Excellent for meeting people
- Luggage Storage
- Complimentary Drink
- Pricier than the average cheap hostel
Best 4 Star on a Budget
This 4-star Joe Vienna hostel offers guests a nightclub, a sundeck, and live performances throughout the week. The immaculate Schonbrunner Schloss Park is only ten minutes away. I loved the penthouse views from the upper levels of this gorgeous, eco-friendly concept building. With custom street art, a spacious cinema room, and one of the biggest rooftops in town. They serve delicious food and host great events throughout the week.
The staff at Jo&Joe are incredibly friendly and helpful and you’re withing walking distance of some of the best sights. This accommodation boasts a shared kitchen and private bathroom. A separate toilet and a shower are also provided, making this one of the finest Vienna hostels around.
- Laundry Facilities
- Great Restaurant
- Private Bathroom
- Free City Maps
- Not the cheapest hostel
Best Hostel with History
Boutique Hostel Zum Goldenen Kegel
If you want to splurge a little and stay somewhere a little cushier, I recommend staying at the Boutique Hostel Zum Goldenen Kugel. This amazing hostel is located in the 16th district of Ottakring, Vienna, in a 300-year-old building, 900 meters from the Wiener Stadthalle (city hall). Ottakring is very popular amongst travelers who are interested in good public transport, a beautiful old town, and breathtaking monuments. This Vienna hostel is just around the corner from Brunnenmarkt and offers various street stalls.
You’ll really get a sense of the rich history of the city in this hostel, just by stepping out onto the street. This hostel is simple, with minimal frills but perfectly comfortable and ideal for seeing the sights. The shared kitchen is large enough to host many chefs and is well maintained, so if you’re looking to make your own food, this is the perfect hostel.
- Great Staff
- Breakfast Buffet
- Variety of Rooms
- Average Price
- Not super fancy
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads
Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz
If you’re looking for an elegant but practical place to set up base while you work on the go, then look no further than the Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz. Located in the lovely stylish district of Leopoldstadt, the former Jewish quarter, near the Danube River, this colorful and creative hostel is for the solo travelers out there.
If you are looking for a Vienna hostel for solo travellers in Vienna city centre, this place is perfect. You can get social at their artistic lobby on comfy sofas, a lounge, and a game room with pool tables. In the mornings, a continental breakfast is served for an extra fee. Light snacks and drinks can be bought from vending machines. Bike rental can be arranged by Meininger Downtown’s 24-hours staff, and they also provide luggage storage.
- Great in house restaurant and bar
- Luggage Storage
- Game Room
- No bunk beds
- Shared kitchen
- Can be noisy if you don’t like party hostels
- Design wise this hostel is more basic
Best Hostel for Female Solo Travellers
Gartl Apartments and Hostel
As a female solo traveler, I want to make sure the hostel I’m staying at is comfortable and secure. Gartl Apartments Vienna ticks both of those boxes and then some making this the best hostel for women traveling solo. This charming, bespoke hostel is located in the Wien Meidling area, just next to the metro stop “Längenfeldgasse”. You can reach the historical city center within 10 min or stop by the famous Schönbrunn Palace in less than 5 minutes.
All of their apartments boast a private bathroom, kitchen, and a view of the serene inner courtyard where you can kick back and enjoy your breakfast. This family run hostel caters to all group sizes. They offer shared dormitories (mixed and female), private double-bed apartments, and four to six-bed Family Apartments.
- Great value for money
- Excellent location
- Beautiful rooms
- Free Wifi
- Laundry facilities
- Female only dorms
- Not a place for mingling
The Best Party Hostel
Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt
If you’re in town for a good time not a long time then Wombats City Hostel Nashmarkt is the party place for you. The onsite WomBAR is one of the best spots in Vienna to have a few drinks, meet some new friends and blow off some steam. One of my favorite parts of the hostel experience is the social element. Meeting people from all over the world, who will later become your best friends.
There’s also a bevvy of cool events hosted there throughout the week. No one knows the city better than the friendly staff and they will help arrange a free walking tour and sightseeing. Best of all, this Vienna hostel is in a great location overlooking the city’s biggest market. I’d highly recommend having a stroll around this area, poking your head into the antique shops, get some delicious food, fresh from the farm.
- Great breakfast
- Games playroom
- Excellent location
- Free wifi
- There are cheaper hostels
Most Futuristic Hostel
Space Home Hostel
Most people visit Vienna to soak up all that rich history but if you’re looking for a slice of something futuristic, I recommend the Space Home Hostel. Thanks to the astronaut on the wall, you can’t miss it! Easily one of the most amazing hostels, Space Home offers cozy sleeping pods in a science fiction setting, which is enough to send any space travel fan to the moon.
The pods are clean and spacious and have a universal plug that can be used with any socket as well as 2 USB ports. There is also a small safe in the pod as well as lockers.
Once the doors on the pods have closed, they can only be opened using the keycard or by pressing a button when inside. This Vienna hostel has great shared areas too, spotlessly clean and well-stocked. A small towel was also provided as well as a remote (for the tv in the pod), headphones to listen to the TV, and a duvet.
- Unique Experience
- Excellent Location
- Great Staff
- Luggage storage
- Aesthetically pleasing building
- Close to Vienna Central Station
- Can be noisy at night
Best Cheap Hostel
Do Step Inn
Just like the name indicates, the Do Step inn is one of the most welcoming hostels in town. Located a mere 650m from the Mariahilfer Straße, the famous shopping street and a short walk from Westbahnhof Bus Stop, it’s hard to beat this amazing hostel on location. Westbahnhof Metro and Tram Stops are both a 5-minute walk away. Sometimes we prefer to save money on a hostel so that we can spend our time and money exploring the city’s museums or nightlife.
This cheap hostel provides guests with free wifi in public areas, bicycle rentals, vending machines, and a billiards table, not to mention the life-size chess board in the back garden. This a perfect hostel, cozy and cushy and all rooms except the dorm rooms can be reached via a separate entrance located just around the corner.
- Good Location
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Laundry Facilities
- Luggage Storage
- Close to Vienna Central Station
- A bit on the pricier side
Great for Solo Travelers and Large Groups
Some hostels cater to one niche but it’s rare to find one that can cater to the needs of solo travelers and groups alike. Well, Hostel Ruthensteiner does just that. This one of the best hostels in Vienna. The rooms are suitable for all types of travelers. Whether you choose a dorm, or private rooms, there’ll be clean linen and fast free wifi waiting for you.
You can do your own thing and enjoy your privacy or mingle in the two gardens and the in-house bar. The staff does well to create cozy vibes and maintain a warm and clean youth hostel. The common areas are perfect for mingling or simply relaxing with a book.
- 24-hour check-in
- Free Lockers
- Family Rooms
- In House Bar
- Great Common Area
- Modern rooms
- No frills, if that’s what you’re looking for
Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort
A&O Vienna Central Station
The a&o Wien Hauptbahnhof is a cheap hostel that offers modern rooms right next to the train station. A&O is a big franchise but they don’t cut corners when it comes to keeping guests happy. I’m a big fan of their hostels and have often stayed in their rooms throughout my travels around Europe.
Their high standard promises spacious single, double and practical multi-bed rooms with 4 or 6 beds. Close to the Belvedere Palace at the main station, this is easily one of the best hostels in Vienna. The tour desk will help you orient yourself in the city. In good weather, you should enjoy the Vienna skyline from the roof terrace!
- Complimentary toiletries
- Good for women traveling alone
- Roof terrace
- Free luggage storage
- Free City Maps
- Free Wi Fi
How to choose the right hostel in Vienna?
Every time I go to Vienna, I discover something new. I’ve learned quite a few ins and outs and have gathered some of my best travel tips on visiting Austria’s capital city and how to find the best youth hostel.
1. Hostel Prices:
Vienna is a popular destination for a weekend city break. People like to come and see the sights, drink in the history, and the beer. Hostels are aware of this and raise the hostel prices to meet demand, so they might raise their prices for a weekend stay.
2. Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early:
Vienna is a popular destination all year round. People especially go in the winter to see the Christmas markets so don’t wait too long before booking your Vienna hostels.
3. Location Matters:
Unlike a lot of other European cities, hostels in Vienna are quite spread out. Some are located in the old town, while others are in Leopoldstadt and other districts. Each neighbourhood has its style as well as advantages and disadvantages. I recommend doing your homework and finding out which location best suits your trip. I personally love Leopoldstadt and Naschmarkt.
4. Hostel Atmosphere:
I recommend finding a place that fits the mood of your holiday. Are you in town to go sightseeing? Or to party? or to explore the city with the family. There are lots of different types of hostels, so make sure you find one that’s right for you.
5. Checking in and Checking Out:
Check-in and out can vary a lot but a lot of hostels now offer 24-hour checks so it’s worth checking before you start traveling. A lot of hostels allow you to leave your luggage there so you can check out and do some sightseeing before you have to catch your flight.
What is the average cost of a hostel in Vienna?
The price of Vienna hostels can vary dramatically but I’ve found that the average nightly price for a hostel in Vienna is around €27 a night. If you’re looking to save money, you can definitely find cheap hostels in Vienna.
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Finding a good night’s sleep in Vienna is a matter of comfort but also finding a fantastic location. I’d recommend staying in Vienna city center to take advantage of all the sights. There are also several places to stay around the Prater area if you want to take advantage of Vienna’s historical amusement park. Wherever you stay, we recommend getting a place next to a metro station to make it easier for you to get around.
Vienna is so rich in history and culture that it can be tough to to see everything. Luckily, I’ve picked three of the top things to see in the see.
This area hosts some of the best museums in the city. You can see Egon Schiele paintings and various works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and members of the Wien Werkstätte movement at The Leopold Museum. You can also see some great modern art at the MUMOK, including works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Art aside, the architecture is stunning and it’s worth grabbing a coffee in the courtyard.
Walk the Ringstrasse
Built to show off the best of the Habsburg empire, a stroll around the Ring is the easiest way to admire some of the city’s grandest buildings. If you walk between Karlsplatz and Schottentor you will see so much stuning architecture; the State Opera House, the Burggarten, the Hofburg, the National Library, the Art History, Natural History and World museums, Parliament, the Volksgarten, the Burgtheater, the Town Hall and the University. All in one walk!
Go See Klimt
‘The Kiss’ is arguably one of Gustav Klimt’s finest works, housed in Vienna’s beautiful Upper Belvedere Palace. The art work captures two lovers locked in an embrace in a meadow of flowers. The large painting is resplendent thanks to Klimt’s use of gold leaf and a background composed with gold, silver and platinum flakes. This larger than life artwork is absolutely mesmerizing. When I visited, I admired it for so long that I lost track of time.
If you plan on flying into Vienna via Schwechat Airport (Vienna International Airport), you’re in luck because the transport connections are stellar. You can get the RJ train into the city in about 15 minutes. At the time of writing, a ticket will cost you 4 euros and 30 cents. You could also drive in in roughly 19 minutes if you are driving.
The Vienna central station is called Wien Hauptbahnhof and it’s a little removed from the old town and the river. It’s roughly 10 minutes on the metro to the old town or 30 minutes on foot.
Vienna is densely populated with roughly 1.7 million inhabitants spread out across its 23 districts.
Graz is the second largest city in Austria and there are lots to see and do there too. If you’re looking to commute there, I recommend getting on the train as it’s only 2 hours and 37 minutes away. Otherwise, you can also take the car and it’s only two hours.