Croatia has grown as a destination for holidaymakers and backpackers over the last few years. Once you witness its beautiful landscapes, friendly locals and diverse cities bursting with history and culture, it’s easy to see why. Situated on the Dalmatian Coast, Split is the second largest city in Croatia following Zagreb, the country’s capital. Perfectly located for backpackers interrailing around Europe and hopping from city to city and country to country, the popular city can be reached by land air or sea. For this reason, there are many low-cost hostels that cater to the needs of backpackers, offering simple and clean form beds or private rooms for an additional rate. To guide you through the mind-boggling range of options, we’ve rounded up some of the best hostels in Split for backpackers, from quiet and quaint to lively and loud.

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Hostel 101 Dalmatians

HostelWorld (*8.4) Booking.com (*9.7) Map Starts at ($18) for 8 bed-dorm

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

If you have a little more cash to splash, 101 Dalmatian is a fun, comfortable and friendly place to stay. With glowing reviews from guests on TripAdvisor, the hostel offers great hotel amenities, such as free, high-speed wifi, free parking, air conditioning, a dry cleaning and laundry service, as well as a bar/lounge and restaurant on site. A little further out than some of the other hostels on the list, the 101 Dalmatians is located a 10-minute bus ride or 20-minute walk to Split old town. The bus station is conveniently located just 50 metres from the hostel and also offers a direct line to Split airport. Although a hostel with mainly dorm-style rooms, private rooms can be arranged for groups or families. If you’re a solo traveler, this hostel has a great common room with a games console, Netflix and other entertainment where you can get to know others and make friends.

Fun fact: The hostel is named due to having exactly 101 beds, each of which is named after an island, with interesting facts about each island, such as population, latitude and longitude, on each bed wall.

Old Town Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*8.4) Map Starts at ($14) for 6 bed-dorm

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

Similar to the Downtown hostel, Old Town hostel sits within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a 1400-year-old Roman imperial structure and a Unesco Heritage site. Find all of Split’s major tourist destinations right on your doorstep, from lively bars, quaint restaurants, cozy cafes and shops. If you are looking for a more lively hotel right in the heart of the city, this hostel welcomes “party people and heavy boozers”, so much so, that they kindly advise that it may not be suitable for children under the age of 17, adults over 50 and families during peak summer months. Old Town hostel also offers free cancellation if booked more than 7 days in advance, perfect for backpackers who may decide to change course or stay somewhere else for a little longer.

Downtown Split

 Booking.com (*8.7) Map Starts at ($14) for 8 bed-dorm

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

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Croatian culture, then the Downtown hostel is a perfect choice. Located within the old city walls in the heart of the old town’s Diocletian Palace and just meters from the sea, this hostel is a popular choice for backpackers looking to experience the more authentic side of Split. Although a fantastic spot for discovering the historic landmarks of Split, it is important to note that due to its prime location right in the center of the hustle and bustle of the old town, this may not be the right choice for you if you are looking for a quieter stay.

Split Hostel Booze & Snooze

HostelWorld (*8.0) Map Starts at ($12) for 11 bed-dorm

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

From one end of the spectrum to the other, this lively hostel certainly lives up to its name where the emphasis for guests here is definitely more on boozing than snoozing. Made up of predominantly young guests who are looking to party their way around Split, with a little bit of sightseeing thrown in for good measure, Split Hostel Booze & Snooze certainly know how to cater to their market by offering a no curfew policy, free organised social events and only a few minutes to a plethora of beaches, bars and clubs. Ideal for those on a tight budget, there are a number of cheap food markets within walking distance and the average cost per night of this hostel is priced at just £8.91.

Please note: Due to the high-octane nature of this hostel, they no longer accept bookings for people over the age of 36.

Split Guesthouse & Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.6) Map 

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

Voted one of the top rated hostels for 6 years in a row, Split Guesthouse is perfect for social solo travelers who want to meet other backpackers in a welcoming and friendly environment whilst exploring the city of Split. With a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor and 86% “excellent” and 12% “very good”traveler reviews from previous guests, this family-run hostel will make you feel at home, with home cooked meals and endless amounts of free tea and coffee. The owner also gives guidance on where to go and may even escort you himself to cool, underground gems in Split that are off the common traveller’s route. The hostel also hosts regular, informal nights, such as pub crawls, karaoke and dinner nights so if you’re traveling alone, you’ll soon have a new set of friends with which to explore the city.

Grand Hostel LerO

HostelWorld (*9.5 )  Map Starts at ($80) for double room 

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

Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or part of a small group, the Grand Hostel LerO achieves a homely feel whilst having all the modern facilities, such as wifi and air conditioning, that a hostel needs. Run by brothers from the local area, they are very welcoming and able to give you recommendations and insider info on hidden gems and things to do in Split. Just a seven-minute walk from the town centre and a stone’s throw from the coast, this hostel offers the ideal base for backpackers visiting Split.

Al’s Place

HostelWorld (*8.7) Map Starts at ($26 ) for 6 bed-dorm

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

If you’re looking to stay somewhere where you can meet other backpackers but it without being a party hostel, then Al’s Place boasts an intimate, relaxed vibe with a pleasant common area that is sociable without being overbearing. With only 14 beds, this intimate yet friendly hostel is open from Easter to October and is the perfect base for solo travelers who want to make the most of being in a central location. Located in the heart of the old town, this hostel is just a 2-minute walk from the seafront and under 10 minutes from all of the main ferry terminals, bus and train stations. The English and German speaking staff can all point you in the right direction of things to do, after all, they themselves have traveled through five continents and as backpackers, will know exactly what you are looking for.

So, whether you are a backpacker who is simply looking for a comfortable place to rest your head in between a few days of sightseeing before heading off to your next destination or a solo traveler looking to make the most of your time in Split by forging friendships with fellow travelers and testing out the nightlife in Split, there are an abundance of affordable hostels on offer to cater to your preferences. Now that you know all of the best hostels in Split, you can plan your next backpacking adventure to the coast of this breathtaking country and enjoy the sights and soak up the culture and atmosphere that the truly wonderful city of Split has to offer.


Author bio: Isobelle Miller is a student and freelance writer. It was during her first year of studying that she discovered a love for writing which sparked her desire to explore the world of freelance. Following a gap year travelling around Europe, Isobelle began growing her impressive portfolio whilst working on behalf of the Immigration Advice Service and writing numerous articles for a range of sectors, including travel, business, digital, finance and fashion.