Hostels in Lake Garda Hostels in Lake Garda

You are looking for hostels in Lake Garda? 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 Lake Garda 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 Lake Garda.

All Cities in Lake Garda

We list every single hostel in Lake Garda and the world. In total, we have 7 cities in Lake Garda 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 Lake Garda 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 Lake Garda. 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 Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the biggest freshwater lake in Italy and is an area within the autonomous province of Trentino-South Tyrol, but it also borders with the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

The lake is an incredibly popular tourist attraction, in fact, it is amongst the most popular ones all over Italy, with almost 8% of tourists within the country choosing it as their holiday destination. This is not surprising when one takes into consideration the amount of activities that the region has to offer, but it is harder to find a hostel here than you might expect.

Many visitors arrive in the area for a relaxing holiday near the water. With pleasant and family friendly beaches all around its shores, Lake Garda is an ideal place to swim, sunbathe, and relax between May and September. Although the water is accessible for swimming almost all around the lake, the best beaches are located in Desenzano, Punta San Vigilio, and Spiaggia Baia del Vento. While there aren't many hostels, here you have all the facilities necessary to make your stay enjoyable, with restaurants, changing cabins, and water equipment rentals right on the beach.

Another reason to visit the lake is to enjoy the wonderful healing water of one of the thermal bathes on the southern side. A place for recreation and cure, the Parco Termale del Garda in Lazise and the Terme in Sirmione are both ideal destinations for those who enjoy a bit more upper scale bathing facilities.

There is plenty to do here for those longing for a more active holiday as well. With the mountains nearby and the lake at an arm's length, one can think of any sport from hang-gliding to canoeing and they will find it here. The most popular options are still cycling around the lake or going hiking for some amazing panoramas.

Moreover, the area boasts with an incredibly rich cultural heritage. All along the shore of the lake, one finds tiny medieval villages with cute little castles, as well as impressive palaces from all eras in history. If you are here for sightseeing, definitely put Scaliger Castle in Sirmione and the village of Arco on your list and you won't be disappointed!

Last, but not least, Gardaland, Italy's oldest and most important amusement park is located right on the shores of the lake, in Castelnuovo del Garda. With adventure rides, ferris wheels, and a sea life aquarium, the place is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained.

Even though the region of Lake Garda is known as an upper class holiday area, if one plans well, it is possible to make use of some of the hostels' budget offers around the area. Castelletto di Brenzone and Peschiera del Garda are two places that are definitely worth checking out if you are planning to stay in the area and are looking for affordable accommodation.

expert for Lake Garda hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Lake Garda hostels JudyM

Travel Tips for Lake Garda - 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 Lake Garda. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Lake Garda. 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 Lake Garda

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 Lake Garda?

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 Lake Garda 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 Lake Garda 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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