You are looking for hostels in Albania? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Albania hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Albania.
We list every single hostel in Albania and the world. In total, we have 29 cities in Albania for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Albania. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Albania is a land of contrast. The south is dominated by beautiful pristine Mediterranean coastline. While the north is more akin to village life, a place where folklore comes to life and where mountains loom over tiny villages. Huge lakes and waterfalls also dot the interior.
Albania may not be the first place you think of when you want a Mediterranean getaway. But make no mistake the southern coast of Albania, in particularly Sarandë is rapidly growing in popularity and it's easy to see why! Here you can swim in crystal clear water, bathe on golden sand and taste the local beers at one of many beachfront bars. And what's more is you can do it all for a fraction of the price when compared to other European countries.
Sarandë has an increasing number of hostels. Most hostels in Sarandë are located a very short walk outside of the main stretch of town and only a stone's throw from the beach. They are mostly located in new buildings and tend to offer good quality facilities.
Sarandë makes an excellent base for seeing other locations around southern Albania, most notably the Roman ruins at Butrint, the impossibly beautiful Blue Eye Springs in Muzinë and other gorgeous beach locations such as Ksamil. Albania has a cheap and efficient bus system that makes traveling a breeze, just be sure to travel during the day to avoid any trouble.
Tirana, the capital of Albania is somewhat charmless in comparison to the rest of the country. Old stereotypes of mobsters and shady dealings seem to come to life here. Tirana has a raging nightlife scene as well as some national museums, which make for an interesting day of city exploring. There are a number of well equipped hostels, especially in the centre of town along Rruga e Dibrës and the surrounding streets.
From Tirana, it is possible to make a number of day trips to cute little traditional Albanian towns or to see some of Albanians best beaches such as Durrës. Durrës itself is actually a large modern city with a small historical centre. There are a couple of guesthouses and hostels in Durrës, though these tend to be more expensive than elsewhere is Albania.
Heading north, you will find the real, wild Albania. The north is shrouded in legends and mystery. Small farming villages tell fanciful stories of times past and still to this day practice blood feuds. Theth is just one of many such small villages in the north where it is possible to experience some real Albanian life. Theth is located within a beautiful national park, boasting mountains, waterfalls, and a multitude of hiking trails. The town of Theth is small, really small, and the facilities are basic. The town has only a couple of camping spots and one guest house, all of which are located along the town's main road. Facilities at the camping sites in Theth are basic and without many luxuries such as wifi.
If roughing it in remote villages is not your thing, there is always Lake Shkoder. Authentic experiences are abound in this part of Albania, it is also possible to take a ferry across the lake to Kosovo, for some extra adventure. Hostels in Shkoder are of similar quality to elsewhere in the northern regions of Albania and tend to be located slightly out of town. But not to worry the locals tend to be helpful despite any language barriers and will direct you to accommodation.
Albania really does have something for everyone. Whether that be relaxing on a beach, sampling the local cuisine or getting off the beaten track for a more authentic experience in one of Albanians many small traditional towns. You can find here and what's more hostels in Albania are affordable and for the most part well established.
Handwritten by local expert for Albania hostels Chloe
Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Albania. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Albania. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Albania here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.