Hostels in HungaryHostels in Hungary

You are looking for hostels in Hungary? 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 Hungary 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 Hungary.

All Cities in Hungary

We list every single hostel in Hungary and the world. In total, we have 38 cities in Hungary 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 Hungary 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 Hungary. 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 Hungary

Hungary, a member state of the European Union, is situated in the heart of Europe, with Austria bordering it from the West, Romania and Ukraine from the East, Slovakia from the North and Serbia from the South. It is a landlocked country with about 10 million inhabitants, out of whom 2 million live in the capital city of Budapest. Hungary has most of the luxuries that can be expected from the EU country, but is still on the cheap side, with hostel accommodation being one of the most economic in the whole region. Food and transportation are reasonably priced as well and the frugal traveler will be happy to find that Hungary offers a wide range of budget transportation facilities to destinations all over Europe. These include amazing flight bargains, long distance bus rides adjusted to the student's wallet and efficient train and inter-railing possibilities.

Most of Hungary's hostels are located in the capital of Budapest. It is by far the most visited place in the country. The hostels are typically located in old but atmospheric buildings alongside normal residential flats and in general, offer only a few rooms and a cosy vibe. On average, there is more emphasis on keeping the prices down than offering luxurious conditions or extras that will blow your mind. Party hostels are becoming more and more popular and new ones are emerging every once in a while. Most hostels in Budapest are centrally located, around the Nyugati, Oktogon, or Deak ter area of the Pest side, with excellent public transportation available to all corners of the city.

A lot of the young visitors arrive in the city because of its famous ruin bars and excellent party facilities, while older guests and couples love the city for its romantic atmosphere and outstanding thermal spas. In the summer, there are several festival taking place, with the most famous one, Sziget, attracting thousands of people from all over the world. For the duration of this festival, Budapest hostels are normally full, so it's advisable to book in advance.

However, Hungary has a lot more to offer than just Budapest. The country is famous for its unique 'Puszta' or the Great Hungarian Plain where one can still observe the traditional life of the Hungarian herds-people. The country boasts the biggest lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton, which can offer a relaxing holiday on the cheap. All around the lake, there are several, normally family-run hostels available. Some people like to exploit the density of them for making bike or hiking tours around the lake and sleeping in diverse hostels every night.

The East of the country offers some excellent hiking trails, with some of the best ones located along the "National Blue Trail" and some historic cities like Debrecen or Eger, which all have some great economic hostels and an opportunity to step back in time and observe what Hungary used to be like hundreds of years ago. In the region, there is a UNESCO protected limestone cave system, which might also serve as a good destination for a weekend get-away.

In the North of the city, there are some smaller towns of historic and religious importance, like Visegrad with the royal castle of the Hunyadi family and Esztergom, with the biggest cathedral of the country. Both cities offer small and cosy hostels. The previous capital of Székesfehérvár is also highly recommended for the enthusiasts of history, while for those with a real interest in Hungarian folklore, the Southern cities of Mohacs and Kalocsa might be excellent choices.

Hungary is also famous for its excellent cuisine, with some of the Hungarian hostels offering an insight into the traditional Hungarian cooking. While gulyás and stuffed cabbage are absolute musts to try while in the county, it might also be a good idea to participate in a wine tasting tour either in the Eger or Tokaly regions.

expert for Hungary hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Hungary hostels JudyM

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Travel Tips for Hungary - from the Community

Oh man, so far no one from the community has left a comment or travel tips for Hungary. How about you kick start the discussion here? Gather your best backpacking recommendations for Hungary and jot them down below. The community thanks you.

You should try the Hungarian speciality "Langòs" and the bar "Cactus Juice". I cannot remember where it is, but you can find it on every tourist map. - There are a lot of vegetarian restaurants in Budapest.

Keszthely is a beautiful town at the shore of lake Balaton. It's nice and cosy but totally full of tourists, so it has lost part of its "essence." It's a good place to stay for a few days, though. I really liked it!

FAQ on Hostels in Hungary

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 Hungary?

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 Hungary 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.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Hungary 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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