Vienna, the capital of Austria, is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious cities in Europe. The city is host to one of four UN Headquarters, dozens of historical buildings and attractions, and hosts tens of international conventions and seminars annually. Notably, Vienna is considered one of the cheapest cities in the world, which makes it a favorite for many backpackers. If you’re looking to pass through the city on a backpacking tour, you might want to check out these 10 hostels:

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Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

 HostelWorld (*9.3) Booking.com (*9.0) Map Starts at ($18) for 10 bed-dorm

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

Arguably one of the most popular hostels in Vienna amongst tourists, the Ruthensteiner is just the perfect place to spend a few nights on a stop in the great city. Its location is perfect – between the buzzing CBD, and the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and accessibility is not a problem with both the metro and streetcar stations just nearby. The house offers:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchen and BBQ
  • Musical instruments
  • Well-stocked bar and lounge
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Beautiful sights of the city

Wombats City Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.4) Booking.com (*8.5) Map Starts at ($15) for 8 bed-dorm

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

Wombats City Hostel is one of the most modern and stylish hostels in Vienna, and its location, right on the flashy Mariahilferstrasse street further boosts its sophistry. The hostel is relatively cheap, despite the location, with charges starting from €20 per night exclusive of breakfast. Getting to the Wombat from anywhere in the city is easy, as the hostel is only 50 meters away from the Westbahnhof Railway Station. The establishment offers:

  • Private showers and toilets
  • Bar
  • Guest kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Added security with smartcard access to rooms and lockers
  • 24-Hour reception with no curfews or lockouts
  • Free WiFi

A&T Holiday Hostel

HostelWorld (*7.5) Booking.com (*7.9) Map Starts at ($20) for 4 bed-dorm

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

A&T is one of the few hostels in Vienna that target young people. The ultramodern establishment is large and opulent and though its 2.5km from the city center, is close enough to the transport links that movement won’t be a hassle. Rooms contain between 2 and 6 bunk beds and start at only €20. Offerings include:

  • Free storage
  • Private shower and toilets
  • An entire floor dedicated to women

Do Step Inn

HostelWorld (*7.9) Booking.com (*7.9) Map Starts at ($27) for 5 bed-dorm

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

Do Step Inn is easily one of the most affordable and convenient hostels for backpackers in the city. The Inn, located right in the city center, allows boarders to bring their own food and drinks and has fully furnished dorm rooms with 4-8 beds each. Bigger, more private rooms, for individual and couples are also available on demand. General services on offer include:

  • Free city maps
  • Free items such as linen, towels,
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Free luggage storage and locker facilities

It is worth noting that the establishment does not have a bar or restaurant and only offers free self-catering facilities.

Westend City Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.0) Booking.com (*8.0) Map Starts at ($15) for 10 bed-dorm

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

Westend City is another contemporary hostel located in the heart of Vienna. Matter of fact, the hostel is just next to the Mariahilferstrasse streets, one of Vienna’s most famous shopping avenues. The Westbahnhof Train Station is also very near in case you need to move around. The premise’s accommodation is mainly unisex dormitories with capacities ranging from 2-11. Basic services offered:

  • 24-Hour reception
  • Free city maps plus helpful advice and recommendations from staff
  • Laundry equipment
  • Spacious lounge

PS: The shared dorms are only available for people less than 40 years. If you’re older, you may need to book a private room which is more expensive.

The Meininger Group of Hostels in Vienna (Downtown Franz)

HostelWorld (*8.7) Map Starts at ($16) for 6 dorm-bed

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

Meininger Hotel Group is a major player in the hospitality industry throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The company operates 3 budget hostels in Vienna, namely: Meininger Hotel Vienna Central Station, Meininger Downtown Franz and Meininger Downtown Sissi. These establishments are located in or near the city’s business districts so commuting shouldn’t be a problem. Charges for the cheapest private rooms during regular seasons start at $25 and some of the services and facilities offered are:

  • Free Internet
  • City maps and guides
  • Private Showers
  • Bicycle hire and parking space
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Enhanced security with keycard access to rooms, floors, and lockers

Notably, due to the popularity of the Meininger Group, their facilities are almost always fully booked so you may want to book in advance if interested.

Hostel Wien-Brigittenau

HostelWorld (*7.8) Map Starts at ($21) for 4 bed-room

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

Offers shared rooms with 2-6 bunk beds and have a complete Youth Hostel which gives discounts to registered members of the International Youth Hotel Association. Wien-Brigittenau is conveniently situated on Adalbert Stifter Street, just on the outskirts of the city. No worries, however, as the train station is only a few meters away from the premises. What they offer:

  • Free storage for luggage
  • Free bike parking
  • Cable and W-Lan Internet in the main lobby
  • No curfews or lockouts

Chichilli Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.0) Booking.com (*7.6) Map Starts at ($22) for 10 bed-private

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

The hostel is located in the district of Dobling, just a few yards away from the U4 and U6 underground railway lines and across the street from a streetcar stop. It’s also located in an old 19th-century building which gives it a classic feel and makes it one of the most homely hostels in Vienna.

  • Cheap accommodation (starting at €38 per night for private room)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Can host groups of up to 20 people.

On the flipside, the hostel does not accept credit cards – only cash – and can only be accessed from 1400 to 2300hrs local time. Some may also have issues with their few toilets and bathrooms, one for each gender.

MyMojoVIE Apartments

HostelWorld (*9.7) Map 

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

Based in an old Viennese building (there are lots of those in the city), MyMojoVIE hostel is an effortless mix of vintage and chic. The rooms are mainly small and homely, with the bigger ones for families and groups located in the top floors. The hostel is on the Kaiserstrasse street, just a few minutes from the MuseumPlatz, one of Vienna’s major attractions. Getting to and fro shouldn’t be an issue as there’s a railway station in the vicinity. Offerings include:

  • Free personal items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, towel)
  • Private kitchen
  • Access to tablets/computers and TV sets
  • Cheap laundry services on request

Hotel Praterstern

HostelWorld (*8.2) Booking.com (*7.9) Map Starts at ($37) for 1 bed-private

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

Located in the quiet Mayergasse area, just a few minutes from the city center, the Pratersten hotel is one of the more modern hospitality facilities in the city. The hotel is built on a modern building, complete with a flower garden and skating range. There are also a variety of rooms, from single to family and group-sized rooms. The cheapest rooms cost €20. Some facilities on offer:

  • WiFi (surcharged on the room fee)
  • No curfews
  • Allows pets (yay!)
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Cable TV
  • Airport Transfers
  • Currency Exchange

Unfortunately, the hostel doesn’t accept card or bank payments, so you need to carry cash if dropping by.

Conclusion

Vienna, what more can we say about the city that gave us Sigmund Freud and Beethoven and whose influence in modern music and culture is unparalleled? I mean, it’s actually the cheapest city to live in among the big European cities and has a decent football team too! Anyways, the hostels listed above are quite popular and inexpensive, especially if you’re traveling in a group. Of course, you need to do some due diligence and check out reviews from fellow travelers before making a booking.

Lastly, if you’re planning to visit anytime soon, make sure to not leave without visiting the Naschmarkt, Vienna Woods, the Donauturm and most importantly, the State Opera. These are just some of the biggest attractions, and you can ask your hostel staff to recommend more.

Which of these hostels have you ever been to?


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