You are looking for hostels in Kosovo? 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 Kosovo 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 Kosovo.
We list every single hostel in Kosovo and the world. In total, we have 5 cities in Kosovo 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 Kosovo. 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.
A new and small country, Kosovo has had an interesting recent history. After being occupied by the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, Kosovo then was part of Yugoslavia and had to fight with the other countries to gain its independence and freedom. The Serbians, however, were not willing to part with this land, creating a large conflict. Approximately 95 percent of the Kosovo population are ethnic Albanians, descendants of the Illyrian people, yet Serbia still staked its claim to the land. Ethnic cleansing of Albanians began and people started fleeing the country, mostly to the neighboring countries, especially Albania. The UN and NATO got involved and started fighting against the Yugoslav and Serbian troops. Over half a million people of both Albanian and Serbian descent were displaced from their homes during this time. Eventually, after years of fighting, Kosovo declared its independence in 2008. This is supported by the UN and formally recognized by 112 of the 193 countries that are members of the UN. There is peace for now but still a long way to move forward.
Despite the recent war in Kosovo, the people here have moved on. You will find that it is now a fairly safe place to be in the major cities of Prishtina and Prizren. The locals, in fact, welcome and encourage people to come to their country because they are such a proud people. Do keep in mind that the war is a touchy subject with many of them and they don't like to discuss their experiences. It is a topic that should be approached with some tact and consideration.
Prishtina is the capital city and the economic heart of the country. Despite there not being a lot to look at in the way of touristic things to do, you will find a large number of really nice cafes, restaurants and bars here to hang out in. The locals really enjoy this as a pastime.
Prizren is the second largest city and the cultural heart of the country. It is here that you will find the old ruins of the castle on the hill, stunning architecture in the mosques and a chilled-out vibe of the river running through the town with all of the quaint bridges. They have a documentary film festival here known as Dokufest, which is incredibly popular with the locals and not to be missed if you can get there in August.
These are the only places where you can really find hostels right now as the country is still new and developing its tourism. There are only a couple of hostels here so you need to book in advance to make sure you get a hostel room or bed. Buses getting into and out of the country usually go via Prishtina if coming from Macedonia or Serbia and via Prizren if coming from Albania. Be cautious, however, if you are traveling through this region because it is not advisable to go from Kosovo into Serbia. Traveling from Serbia to Kosovo is fine, but vice versa is not recommended due to the conflict about Kosovo. Serbs still strongly contest whom the land of Kosovo belongs to, so some of the border patrol officers on the Serbian end have been known to rip pages out of passports with Kosovo stamps on them and deface passports. If the option is there, you are better off leaving via Albania, Montenegro or Macedonia instead.
Handwritten by local expert for Kosovo hostels Globetrotter
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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 Kosovo 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.