You are looking for hostels in Ukraine? 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 Ukraine 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 Ukraine.
All Cities in Ukraine
We list every single hostel in Ukraine and the world. In total, we have 44 cities in Ukraine 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 Ukraine. 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 Ukraine
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Although Ukraine is not the first country in Europe that comes to people’s mind when thinking of travel, it is certainly worth a visit. From cities with typical Soviet architecture to beautiful old towns in European style and from mountains in the West to great beach destinations in the south, Ukraine is cheap and has a lot of places to see.
Since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, traveling in the country has become a lot cheaper than it already used to be. Nowadays, the cost of traveling in Ukraine is competitive with, for example, traveling around Southeast Asia. Hostels in Kiev’s city centre only require a handful of dollars, while a bus or metro ride to anywhere in the city won’t cost more than some change. Traveling in Ukraine is a great value.
In basically all big cities, there are many hostels to choose from. Hostels in Ukraine are cheap compared to other European countries, just like the cost of travel. Many hostels offer both dorm and private rooms. In smaller towns and in the mountains, there might be fewer hostels, but other budget accommodations are easy to find since Ukraine is a poor country.
While traveling around Ukraine via overnight trains and unscheduled minivans might not be for everyone, a city trip to Kiev or Lviv is recommended for everyone. Lviv is unlike what you would expect from Ukraine. It has a beautiful, European-style old town, arguably even one of the most beautiful old towns. Ivano-Frankivsk is another beautiful city in the western part of Ukraine with a beautiful old-time charm. The architecture in Kiev is much more like what you would expect to find in a former USSR country, including many high and grey residential buildings. The city centre, however, is very pleasant to walk around. Many Western stores can be found mixed in with local brands and the architecture is certainly not as boring as in the suburbs. The Soviet residential buildings in the suburbs can, however, be of interest to some visitors. Kiev is also a very green city. There are many parks throughout the city where you can relax and buy an ice cream or a drink. In particular, the park on the river bank is enchanting and large. From Kiev, you can also book a trip for 1 or 2 days to the nuclear accident-site of Chernobyl as well as the abandoned city of Pripyat.
As a rule of thumb, you can say that the further east you travel in Ukraine, the less developed the country is and the more you will stumble upon architecture from the Soviet times. For those interested in this type of architecture, a visit to cities like Kharkiv (Kharkov in Russian) might be of interest.
In the south, Odessa is the city most worthy a visit. It’s a big city with an enormous sand beach which serves as a popular summer beach destination for citizens of several countries in the region. It’s also well known for its nightlife and many popular clubs. In addition, Odessa is one of Europe’s biggest sex tourism destinations; many girls from Ukraine’s countryside come to Odessa to find Western men to marry and be able to leave Ukraine. Fake marriage is not unheard of.
Finally, for those who want to see something besides cities, the Karpaty mountains in the west are a nice destination for hiking and spending time in nature.
Handwritten by local expert for Ukraine hostels Martin Straatman
Travel Tips for Ukraine - from the Community
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Kiev is great, but has nothing in common with Prague. It is very interesting, cheap, and safe, but I would not really call it beautiful except for the Orthodox churches. Those make it an Orthodox Rome and the monastery is superb. The city itself reminded me more of Moscow but smaller. English usually does not help …
Simferopol a beautiful city with spacious parks and gardens, ideal as a central point for the Crimea. Plenty of busses to all towns on the Crimea cheap and very frequent.
FAQ on Hostels in Ukraine
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 Ukraine?
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 Ukraine 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.