Hostels in West Götaland Hostels in West Götaland

You are looking for hostels in West Götaland? 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 West Götaland 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 West Götaland.

All Cities in West Götaland

We list every single hostel in West Götaland and the world. In total, we have 21 cities in West Götaland 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 West Götaland 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 West Götaland. 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 West Götaland

West Gotaland is a county on the southwestern coast of Sweden. West Gotaland borders the Swedish counties of Varmland, Orebro, Ostergotland, Jonkoping and Halland. It is also bordered by the Norwegian county of Ostfold, lakes Vattern and Vanern, and the Kattegat sea area. The capitals of West Gotaland are Gothenburg and Vanersborg; Gothenburg is on the southern half of the province, near the coast of the Kattegat, while Vanersborg is more central, on the Vanern Lake. Gothenburg is the main harbour and has a significant port. Other cities include Linkoping, Boras, Trollhatten, and Skara, to name a few.

Travellers can get to West Gotaland via train from Stockholm (3 hours), Oslo (4 hours), and Copenhagen (3.5 hours). You can connect from Copenhagen directly to the trains, which make this an attractive choice for international travellers. There is an international airport in Gothenburg; Landvetter is 20km southeast of the city and has flights from various international and European destinations.

Budget hostel accommodation can be found in Gothenburg. Look for the words “vandrarhem,” which means “hostel,” in Swedish. In other towns in the West Gotaland county, consider a guesthouse, or “gasthus” or bed and breakfast instead of a hostel, as traditional backpacker hostels are rare in the small towns.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, you can begin to explore this rich, historical region. The land has been inhabited since prehistoric time, and there are significant dolmens near Vattern Lake. There was British/Celtic influence on the region as well, and West Gotaland is generally considered the place where Christianity came to Scandinavia; there are several ancient churches dating back to the 11th century, most notably the Husaby castle where King Olof Skotkonung was baptised.

West Gotaland is also known for having some of the best oysters, lobsters, and prawns in the world. There is also a coral reef off the coast; outdoor enthusiasts and scuba divers can take a boat out from Gothenburg. The lakes are also well worth visiting, and anyone keen to fish in Vattern Lake should note that no fishing license is required, unlike most other lakes in Sweden. There are hiking trails along the coast as well; south of Gothenburg is Sandjobacka, a rugged yet beautiful landscape, but otherwise hikers should plan to ferry across to some of the islands in the archipelago, for example Marstrand, Halso, and Bjorko, for the best hiking experience.

West Gotaland is an outdoor lover's paradise, yet still has the culture and history of a European city! Whatever you choose to do in West Gotaland, you will enjoy it!

expert for West Götaland hostels

Handwritten by local expert for West Götaland hostels Jakob Lombardi

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

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 West Götaland?

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 West Götaland 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 West Götaland 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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