You are looking for hostels in Bulgaria? 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 Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria.
All Cities in Bulgaria
We list every single hostel in Bulgaria and the world. In total, we have 46 cities in Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria. 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 Bulgaria
Bulgaria in recent times has become a more popular tourist destination. It's rich history and amazing nature make it the perfect destination to get a mixture of everything during your holiday. Like many of the other countries in this area, Bulgaria was occupied by the Romans, which has left some incredible architectural monuments and recently discovered ruins to explore. They were then occupied by the Turks Ottoman Empire for five hundred years until they were liberated; they were also invaded by the Nazis during World War II. Interestingly, the Bulgaria monarch let the Germans into the country in a plight to keep its citizens safe. This also extended to the Jewish community, of which all were saved from the concentration camps by the King lying to Hitler about requiring a Jewish slave workforce to do construction during this time. After World War II, the country then fell under the rule of Stalin's communist regime until they were liberated from that in the nineties. Since then, the country has regained its identity and become a far safer travel destination.
Bulgaria is a beautiful country to explore and you are going to get yourself an adventure here. As they say in Bulgaria, tourist information directing you to anywhere other than to a beach or a vodka is going to be hard to find. This is not a lie, so if you want to get off the beaten track and explore some of the good stuff, be prepared to take multiple forms of transport. Internet forums on how to get to and from places are going to be your best friends in this venture.
Unless you start at the beach with a vodka on the east coast, most people will fly in to the capital city, Sofia. This city has a rich history. The ruins of the Roman city of Serdika have been found here when they were constructing a new train line. There are beautiful churches and other buildings to see here too. The main stretch of Vitosha Street is where you will find all of the bars and restaurants.
The second-largest city is Plovdiv, and it also has a rich Roman history. You will find the ruins of one of the largest stadiums and an amphitheater here that are both very cool to visit. The old town has some pretty cool buildings and ruins to explore as well. You can either fly into here or take a bus in from Sofia or the east coast.
Outside of the major cities you should definitely get yourself into the mountain ranges. The Rila Monastery is a must-see and if you have the time, navigate three buses to get to the Seven Lakes region and do some spectacular hiking. Definitely ask your Bulgaria hostel for help on how to get here, as it can be a little on the complex side.
In the winter, Bansko is the local hot spot for skiing. It is fairly easy to get to from any of the local airports, as they all run shuttle buses to here.
There are quite a few hostels in Bulgaria, but the majority of them are in Sofia, Plovdiv, or in the coastal towns in the east. Book in advance in the high seasons, especially in some of the smaller towns, as there aren't as many Bulgaria hostels here and the destinations can be quite popular.
Handwritten by local expert for Bulgaria hostels Globetrotter
Travel Tips for Bulgaria - from the Community
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I am Bulgarian and live abroad, but I come every summer to Varna where I spend my summer holiday. I've always loved Varna and will always love that beautiful, gorgeous city full of life and offer everything I need for enjoying my time there. Varna for me is the most beautiful city in Bulgaria! It has amazing beaches …
Veliko Turnovo is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has the second largest university in Bulgaria, which gives it a young, vibrant feeling. There is so much history to see.
Sofia is one of the best cities in Europe, it has variety of interesting places to go and party. Girls are nice, if not the best, and I'll go to visit again for sure!
Plovdiv is incredible, one of my favorite cities in Europe. There is so much to see in the old town, and the residents of Plovdiv are so nice and relaxed. The highlight of Bulgaria, for me.
FAQ on Hostels in Bulgaria
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 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.
How much are hostels in Bulgaria?
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 Bulgaria 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.
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.
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.