You are looking for hostels in Sweden? 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 Sweden 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 Sweden.
All Cities in Sweden
We list every single hostel in Sweden and the world. In total, we have 94 cities in Sweden 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 Sweden. 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 Sweden
Wherever you are in the southernmost part of Sweden, you will not have too many problems finding hostels and accommodation. The three main cities where you will find a lot of hostels are Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala. Otherwise there are hostels scattered all over the place with one or two in many of the different towns along the way.
Stockholm is the capital city and you will want to spend a good couple of days here. They do incredible free walking tours around the city which are highly recommended by most hostels so ask your reception on where to go. They will give you a very detailed history into Stockholm, royalty, scandal, bloodbaths and of course, the history behind the term Stockholm Syndrome. It is also recommended to go visit the Vasamuseet. Voted as one of the best museums in the world, it isn't hard to see why when you walk into the museum and are met with an original viking ship dredged up from the bottom of the ocean where it sank 20 minutes into its maiden voyage. Take a trip to Gamla Stan, the old town and take a stroll down the cobbled streets. Follow it up with a night out too. Stockholm's nightlife is quite a fun scene. There are an abundance of hostels in this city so do your research about what area you want to stay in before you arrive.
Uppsala is the big university town and as such can be quite fun place to visit. There are some stunning palaces and cathedrals to visit around the town. It also has quite a nice café and food scene as well. It is worth spending a day or so here to explore and you can ask at your Uppsala hostel about specific places that are good to and get some food and drink.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and is a great place to spend the weekend. Hostels can often be booked out so make sure you have somewhere to stay before you arrive by booking your hostel in advance. There are plenty of parks to explore and some beautiful architecture. If you have some extra time head on down to the archipelago for the day as it is home to some spectacular scenery. All of the cities put on their best fronts during the summer months when there is a stack of extra daylight and plenty to explore. In the winter months, it is well worth heading to northern Sweden to explore, just make sure that you rug up, because it gets very cold!
One of the best trips you will have in Sweden is heading up into the Arctic Circle and experience the northern lights in some of the most amazing scenery ever. One of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the world is in the Abisko National Park as the night sky is clear on most nights. You can fly into Kiruna from here and take the train over. Kiruna is also famous for the Ice Hotel they build there every winter. While it is quite expensive to stay in the ice hotel, you can stay in a hostel and go for a wander around the outside of the ice hotel and explore some of the more common areas. Both of these places are home to only a couple of hostels each and they can be quite popular so make sure you book a couple of months in advance to get the most amazing experience northern Sweden has to offer.
Handwritten by local expert for Sweden hostels Globetrotter
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I wasn't thrilled by Stockholm, but any trip to Sweden requires a stay in the capital, and it is pretty. You need maybe two days to look around. Wander around the islands, they are pretty. Skansen is ok, it's an outdoor museum of old Scandinavian buildings and real live animals. Spend half a day here. Walk the …
Visby was one of the stops on a cruise we took from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg. Visby was, by far, a definitely highlight of the cruise. Our ship was too big to dock in the harbor, so we had to take the lifeboats from the ship to the harbor. That was fun. It was so beautiful in Visby, and the medieval city and the …
Helsingborg is a beautiful place! Easy to commute to Copenhagen. Only a short stay this time, but will definitely be returning!
I have visited Karlskrona once and loved it so much that I am hopefully going again this year.
FAQ on Hostels in Sweden
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 Sweden?
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 Sweden 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.
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.