In recent years Krakow has grown to be a popular stop on a backpacker’s route as well as a destination for stag and bachelorette parties. Poland’s second city is, like many European cities, harmonious marriage of past and present.

The Old Town and Wawal Castle are the obvious draw but there’s a vibrant café culture and excellent nightlife as well as the stunning architecture and historical attractions.

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Backpackers are spoilt for choice in the range of hostels in Krakow:

Greg & Tom Party Hostel (BEST PARTY HOSTEL)

HostelWorld (*9.4) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($11) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The sister to the previous hostel, this is a top choice if you’re in Krakow to party. Like it’s sister it too has plenty of awards to its name. If you want to meet people and not get much sleep, you’ll find plenty of like-minded spirits here.

It’s a feature of these two establishments that they serve not only an excellent free breakfast but also free dinner every day. There’s a different themed party night each day, a Nintendo Wii, and computers for guest use. The multilingual staff are particularly skilled at getting the best rates for tours and attractions.

Mosquito Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*8.8)

 Map Starts at ($15 ) for 12 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

An award-winning hostel in a superb location right next to the Traditional Food Market Stary Kleparz, close to the Central Station and the Main Square. Choose this if you want a convivial atmosphere with a relaxed party vibe.

Warm colors and comfortable custom-made furniture make you feel at home and the staff has to be highly commended for their standard of service and friendliness. Breakfast is free, there are tea and coffee all day, and plenty of organized activities.

The Little Havana Party Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.9) 

Map Starts at ($11) for 14 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Probably could just as easily be named party central, those looking for a good time in Krakow naturally gravitate to the Little Havana. With more than 120 beds and 3 bars, it is the largest hostel in Krakow and is located just 50 meters from the city’s party hub, Szewska and 100 meters from the Market Square.

Not the place for a good night’s sleep as the hostel sits atop two of its bars and the city’s most well-patronized clubs are all within 5 minutes walk. But there’s no sacrifice when it comes to comfort. Beds have excellent mattresses, the kitchen is very well equipped, and the communal areas are welcoming.

Let’s Rock Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.9) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($11) for 15 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

With its zesty color schemes and the music-themed mural, this hostel sure does live up to its name. It’s most striking feature, however, are not the orange or yellow walls, but the underground bar hewn out of the rock. There’s also a terrific and large outside space set out like a pub garden with chairs, tables, benches, and parasols.

These excellent communal areas play host to karaoke, vodka tastings, and more. Right in the heart of the entertainment district, Let’s Rock offers a good range of rooms from 4 berths to 14 berth dorms.

Pink Panther Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.4) 

Map Starts at ($12) for 14 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Don’t let anyone tell you Krakow isn’t a party town and the folks at Pink Panther Hostel will prove it. Every day is a party here with a different organized event every day of the week from pub crawls to beer pong to vodka tasting, but there’s also a free city tour included in the price of your stay.

The hostel is just a few steps from Krakow’s Market Square and not far from the central station. BE sure to take your shades as furnishings are all in jewel colors in the dorms and communal areas. Over 16s only.

Greg & Tom Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Map

 Starts at ($14) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

A previous winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hoscars, Greg & Tom Hostel is one of the most popular and commended hostels in not only Krakow but the whole of Poland. A very sociable gathering place, the hostel has large double rooms and spacious dorms.

There are three kitchens but breakfast and dinner is included in the price of your stay. Communal areas are very comfy and there’s a TV with 300+ DVDs as well as plenty of organized activities and tours to see the best of Krakow.

Ginger Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*9.4)

 Map Starts at ($14) for 12 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

A hostel for 18+ travelers only, it enjoys a terrific location five minutes from Wawel Castle and ten minutes from the glorious Old Town. Rooms are offered at a variety of rates, but all are spacious, bright, and comfortable with orthopedic mattresses.

Guests can meet other travelers in a communal lounge area or congregate for a continental breakfast in a very welcoming kitchen/dining area.

Deco Hostel

 HostelWorld (*8.7) Booking.com (*8.4)

 Map Starts at ($11) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

If an aesthetic appeal is what attracts you to a hostel, Deco Hostel will win your heart. As its name implies the style is Art Deco with the original historical interiors renovated to include modern comforts in its double and dorm rooms.

Located a 15-minute walk from the Market Square Deco presents excellent communal areas, especially a very well-equipped kitchen and pleasant garden. The staff are very helpful including assistance with booking tours.

Blueberry Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.4) Booking.com (*8.9)

Map Starts at ($15) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Designed to attract the solo traveler, Blueberry Hostel is small and cozy. Dark woods and a warm color scheme makes you feel right at home whether you’ve sat down to write an essay you need to hand in when you get home or to read a guide book.

It does feel like you are a guest in someone’s home rather than a hostel. The resident guide is reputed to be the guest in Krakow.

The Secret Garden Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.1)

 Map Starts at ($49) for 3 bed-private room

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Occupying a historic antique building in a secluded street in Kazimierz, all the main attractions are within easy reach from the Secret Garden Hostel. The single, double, and triple rooms make the most of the original architectural features and each is individually decorated and named according to the décor rather than being assigned a number.

The Violet common room is fitted with comfy sofas, TV and a movie and book library and there’s a well-fitted kitchen with everything you need for meal prep for life on the road.

Woodpecker Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.3) Map 

Starts at ($12) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

There’s a very homely feel to the Woodpecker and you can enjoy lovely views of the architectural beauty of the north end of Krakow’s Old Town out each window.

With just 32 berths in 6, 8, or 10 bedrooms, it is a cozy place rather than a place to meet travelers who are in Krakow to party. There’s a free vegetarian breakfast and the age is restricted to 18-50 years.

Bubble Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*9.0)

 Map Starts at ($12) for 12 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

One of the newest hostels in Krakow, Bubble has a good range of different room including dorm rooms and family rooms. Enjoying a central location near the Galeria Krakowska, the central station, the main attractions and entertainments, the attention to cleanliness is obvious throughout.

Bright and cheerful, with great views from the windows, there’s a fully equipped kitchen and nice, welcoming communal areas.


Krakow is a terrific choice for every kind of traveler, with hostels to suit all tastes and all budgets. Whether you’re in the city for exploring the architectural and historic charms of the Old Town or to immerse yourself in the party scene, Krakow will not disappoint on any front.