Hostels in North Macedonia Hostels in North Macedonia

You are looking for hostels in North Macedonia? 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 North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia.

All Cities in North Macedonia

We list every single hostel in North Macedonia and the world. In total, we have 13 cities in North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia. 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 North Macedonia

Macedonia, also known as the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), is a really enjoyable country to visit. It is home to the birthplace of Mother Teresa, and also is the homeland of Alexander the Great (despite massive feuds with the Greeks about this notion). The massive feuds with the Greeks also extend to the naming rights of "Macedonia." The Greeks state that it is a part of their territory and that FYROM has no right to use this name. FYROM claims that Macedonia was an area much larger than just in Greece and that thirty-eight percent of what was known as the Macedonian region is now situated within its borders. Anyway, what this now means is that until the FYROM bow to Greece's demands of changing their name and relinquishing claims to Alexander the Great, they will neither become a member of the European Union, nor will they be considered a part of NATO, despite having a large number of "guest troops" as a part of the NATO team. Regardless of all of this tension, the Macedonian people just get on with it. You won't find a lovelier or more hospitable group of people.

This territory has been occupied throughout history by a range of different empires from the Byzantines to the Romans and then the Ottomans, and then it became a part of Yugoslavia. It has only been in recent years that the people in this country have experienced freedom.

The capital city is Skopje. For thousands of years, this city has been a central point along the trade route from Rome to Constantine. It has been leveled to the ground and destroyed three times in history by earthquakes. The last one -- in the mid-twentieth century -- saw the Russians and the British come to their aid with medical supplies and construction units. Because of this, the majority of what you will see in Skopje is very new; there is little in the way of older buildings. These extend to the the arch bridge and the fortress in the Old Town. There are also loads and loads of statues here -- more than they know what to do with, so some are even on the tops of the buildings. Many of the new buildings, monuments, and statues are reminiscent of monuments you will find in other parts of the world.

If you are looking for a place to chill out and relax during your stay, Lake Ohrid is a nice change of pace. You can get buses here multiple times a day from Skopje and there is also a service from Tirana in Albania.

In addition to the main destinations for Macedonia, there is still loads to explore, especially in the way of natural features. The Matka Canyon is also a must see, as it is spectacular.

There are a load of different Macedonia hostel options for staying throughout the country. Make sure that you book in advance for high seasons in places like Ohrid that are very popular and don't have many hostels. The Macedonia hostels generally tend to be quite small and homey. The staff have a pretty good idea about bus connections and getting around the country. It is generally straightforward working the public transport system.

The currency here is in denar, although some Macedonia hostels do accept Euros as payment. It is recommended that you always carry Euro on you to change, as it is difficult to exchange currency in neighbouring countries. It will also be difficult to change money if you arrive on a late bus from a neighbouring country, so bring food with you on the bus so you have access to snacks.

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

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 North Macedonia?

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 North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia 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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