Hostels in Austria Hostels in Austria

You are looking for hostels in Austria? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Austria hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Austria.

All Cities in Austria

We list every single hostel in Austria and the world. In total, we have 59 cities in Austria 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.

All Austria hostels on a map

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 Austria. 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.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Austria

Austria is a small, beautiful country that is mighty in history and rich in food and culture! Austria belongs to the Schengen Zone and European Union and uses the Euro as its currency. German is the official language, but as in many Western European countries, many are also fluent in English. It is a generally safe country, with easy access to public transportation, breathtaking buildings and views, marvelous balls that are world renowned, and historical music and monuments.

Getting around Austria is easy (for major cities or points of interest). They have a vast public transport system. Remember, that as is true with many European countries, generally, the further out you book from when you plan to leave, the cheaper it is to get around from city to city, especially when traveling by train. When visiting Austria, two of the most popular destinations are Vienna and Salzburg.

Vienna (Wien) is the capital of Austria and a popular tourist destination all year round (mainly in the spring/summer for the beautiful botany and in the winter for the renowned Advent markets). When visiting Vienna, there are many palaces from which to choose -- Schonbrunn, Hofburg, and Belvedere, among others. At all of these palaces, you are allowed free entry to the gardens (which -- generally during the months when the flowers are blooming -- is the most spectacular part), but if you want to go into the buildings, an entrance fee is required. You can also attend a Mozart concert at Schonbrunn Palace. Other points of interest in Vienna include the Spanish Riding School, the parliament, art museums, opera houses, Saint Stephen's Cathedral, and the Naschmarkt (a large food market). Unfortunately, Vienna is also known for its large smoking population (the smoking in public seems to be worse in the colder months).

While Vienna is beautiful, it is more urban than other parts of Austria. Salzburg contains more natural beauty, mixed with a cityscape to enjoy (including the large Hellbrunn property that was featured in "The Sound of Music"!). Salzburg is quite picturesque, especially along the river in the city center, and visiting the major sites like Hellbrunn Palace, the salt mines, Mirabell Palace, Hohensalzburg Castle, and Monchsberg is a must! Don't forget your student ID, as many places offer student discounts! Additionally, Hitler's Eagle Nest is just twelve miles from Salzburg, if you fancy a visit. If you are into airplanes or Red Bull, at the Salzburg Airport there is a Red Bull hangar you can visit!

There are many other cities and places to visit in Austria, like Innsbruck (most famous for skiing and the Swarovski museum), Graz, Linz, and Melk. Whether you are into music, architecture, nature, history, extreme sports, or art, you can certainly find something to tickle your fancy in Austria.

There are a lot of accommodation options, including resorts, hotels, camping, guesthouses, and hostels in Austria. There is something for every budget. Austria hostels tend to be of a regular standard and are abundant in all major cities. If you are traveling during the peak season (from June to September), it is worth booking in advance, as places book up quickly, and prices tend to go up as the date nears.

An interesting fact is how an uneducated woman took Austria from a depressed economy with no military to a thriving country -- this woman is Maria Theresa (Habsburg). You will notice in Vienna that she has the tallest statue in the entire city and people still adore her (because she was one of the greatest rulers of all time). She united Europe by marrying off her nineteen children (creating peace rather than war), made the Austro-Hungarian economy boom, and built up the military! She is a true heroine.

expert for Austria hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Austria hostels Kari

Travel Tips for Austria - from the Community

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 Austria. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Austria. 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!

FAQ on Hostels in Austria

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and 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 comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Austria?

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 Austria here on 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.

When to book hostels?

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.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Austria safe?

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.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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