I will always have Lucerne in my heart.
You are looking for hostels in Switzerland? 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 Switzerland 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 Switzerland.
We list every single hostel in Switzerland and the world. In total, we have 128 cities in Switzerland 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.
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Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Switzerland. 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.
Switzerland is a beautiful country that is rich in food and culture! There are three regions of Switzerland -- a French, German, and Italian region (however, all of these languages vary a bit from the "traditional" languages, and are known as Swiss French, Swiss German, and Swiss Italian, so it will sound a bit different). In some regions, some speakers will also use Romansh; however, many Swiss also utilize English. Switzerland is a popular tourist destination because of its renowned beauty (the Alps, lakes, and Medieval buildings) and safety (it is one of the safest countries in the world). It is also notable that Switzerland is more expensive than other Western European countries, so make sure to stock up on Swiss Francs (the local currency). Strangely, while Switzerland does not belong to the European Union, it does belong to the Schengen Zone (which will count toward your visa days in the EU/Schengen Zone).
While Bern is the capital of Switzerland, most think of Zurich or Geneva when they hear Switzerland. These cities are worth a visit, as are smaller cities such as Lucerne and Lauterbrunnen and the Swiss Alps. Recently, Kandersteg has become popular due to the mountain "roller coaster" you can ride during the summer months (they had to think of another fun attraction in this Alps town when there wasn't enough snow for skiing!). Whether you are interested in nature, thrilling experiences (like base-jumping, riding the mountain roller coaster, skiing, water rafting, paragliding), big cities, food (especially chocolate!), or architecture, you are sure to find what you are looking for somewhere in Switzerland (but obviously visiting some sort of mountainous town is a must!). Some of the cities offer free entrance to cultural sites, like the city walls in Lucerne, and this helps to offset the high prices of everything else.
There are a lot of accommodation options, including resorts, hotels, camping, guesthouses, and hostels in Switzerland. There is something for every budget. Switzerland hostels tend to be of a regular to high standard. If you are traveling during the peak season (from June to September), it is worth booking in advance, as places book up quickly, and prices tend to go up as the date nears.
Getting around Switzerland is fairly easy, whether you choose a train, bus, or vehicle (or fly into certain airports located in larger cities like Zurich, Geneva, Bern, Basel, and Lugano; Swiss Air serves little chocolates on their airplanes!). Switzerland tends to be well known for its easy access to public transportation, so aside from very small towns that are out of the way, it is easy to get there by train or bus. Remember that similar to the rest of Europe, when using public transportation, especially trains, the further out you book from when you plan to leave, the cheaper it is to get around. You can also select a tour company, as many go through Switzerland, including those like BusAbout and Top Deck that are aimed at younger audiences.
An interesting aside about the country is how paranoid Switzerland is -- they are prepared for war at all times and have one of the most skilled special forces in the world (why do you think the Vatican hires Swiss guards?). Regardless of this, Switzerland is a very safe country with so much to see and do (including eating their famous Swiss chocolate)!
Handwritten by local expert for Switzerland hostels Kari
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I will always have Lucerne in my heart.
One of the best cities we visited. Returned several times. The Carnival in March called 'Fasnacht' is possible the best festival in Europe. It runs from a Sunday night/Monday morning until the Wednesday. It is crazy fun. People walk around in costume and they play a lot of music. Big street parades. If you are …
Geneva is nice but very upscale. Definitely take the train around the lake to nearby Leysin and stay at the Hiking Sheep. If you get there for a summer celebration, you can watch the fireworks from a cliff looking over the lake.
Kandersteg is my favorite village in Switzerland. It is less crowded than Interlaken and seems less commercial. Mountains are close and there are many hiking trails with great views. The tourist office can suggest hikes and/or tell you about earning a gold, silver, or bronze hiking pin by completing six for each level.
Lugano is the best place to go in all of Europe!
I backpacked around Europe for six weeks last year with a friend, and Gryon was by far our favourite place. Even if you plan on staying there a day, you will stay for a week.
Lausanne is a beautiful city, filled with young people, mostly university students. I definitely recommend going there, and the nightlife is fun as well.
I've visited Lauterbrunnen twice and am captivated by this town and its amazing setting. One of my top five favorite natural setting in the world. In the fall the constant sound of the many waterfalls was very serene. In the winter this place was even more beautiful. The second time without the rain I was able to …
The main reasons people come to Zermatt are for the Matterhorn and the skiing. There are great views of the Matterhorn and other mountains from the town (and better views from Kleine Matterhorn and Gornergrat) and most of the skiing is in the difficult range.
Go out on the Marktgasse. Bars close early, so start early. Clubs can be located within reach. Zurich is a great city, enjoy it and be respectful.
OMG Gimmelwald Switzerland is the most beautiful place I have ever been.
Bern is fun to walk around in, there are lots of cute fountains, but the Bear Pits are slightly depressing. I liked the art museum, but after one day I thought that I had seen most of the city.
Switzerland is a place that is not to be missed. Absolutely one of the most beautiful on the planet. Interlaken is the town to visit as most others are boring shopping malls. This place has everything for a really nice rest in between big cities as well as some of the most amazing outdoor activites you could imagine.
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 Switzerland 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.