I've visited Novi Sad a couple of times and love it!
You are looking for hostels in Serbia? 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 Serbia 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 Serbia.
We list every single hostel in Serbia and the world. In total, we have 36 cities in Serbia 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 Serbia. 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.
Serbia has a long, rich, and turbulent history and a very proud people to match. The area was originally settled by the Thracians in around the fortieth century BC. It was then at some point conquered by the Greeks, then the Romans, and then the Slavs moved in during the Byzantine period. In the fifteenth century the Ottoman's moved in and held rule over the region for five hundred years before they then joined the wrong side of World War I and II.
They then merged with surrounding countries to form the communist Republic of Yugoslavia under the rule of the beloved Tito. After his death, wars started happening between the different areas of the Yugoslavia Republic, which started the separation into the country borders we see today. Kosovo attempted to separate also and become and independent state as well, but the Serbs wouldn't let them, so now -- despite the UN and several other countries recognizing it as independent -- the Serbs still insist it is a part of their land, creating massive conflicts and sparking the NATO bombings during the Kosovo War. Serbia then split from Macedonia and is now the Serbia we know today.
These days, the Serbs love a good party to embrace their freedoms. They usually celebrate in places called kafanas and drink their local drink, rakia. A side note, the rakia is good but potent -- it can be anywhere between forty and eighty percent, so pace yourself if you don't want to wind up on the floor!
The capital city is Belgrade, which also used to be the capital city of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. There is loads to see and do here, and the city has quite a charm to it from the older, Western-style buildings, to those built in the Communist era of Yugoslavia, to the bombed buildings from the conflict with NATO in the nineties that are still rundown and haven't been fixed. It is home to some interesting museums about history, and also a museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla for science or engineering buffs.
The other two cities outside of Belgrade that are worth a visit are Novi Sad in the north, and Niš in the south. Novi Sad is home to some lovely architecture and churches and is also home to the massive EXIT Music festival. Niš has more historical significance, as it's the birthplace and home of Constantine the Great -- you can see ruins of the mosaics from his palace floors at Mediana. There is also the infamous skull tower the Ottomans erected after Serbia's clash with the Turks during the first Balkan War. You can also visit a concentration camp from the Nazi occupation.
Getting from city to city is quite easy and the buses run quite frequently, however if you want to venture outside of the main areas and into the incredible countryside things become a little trickier and English becomes a whole lot scarcer. That said, if you have the time to spare, it is worth the venture.
There are Serbia hostels in all of the major cities and all over the country. Just check on the Serbian page to see which locations offer hostels before you start planning your trips. Otherwise, Serbia hostels are plenty and fairly good in the bigger cities. Just make sure if you are there for a festival, you book well in advance to avoid missing out! Otherwise, enjoy what this amazing country has to offer!
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I've visited Novi Sad a couple of times and love it!
Every time I want to return to Belgrade! Belgrade is a nice city where I want to walk all the night through.
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 Serbia 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.