Hostels in Tartu, Estonia

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Get to know Tartu (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tartu. To help you make friends with Tartu before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Tartu, a very beautiful small city in the southern part of Estonia, is a famous student town because the University of Tartu is situated there. The university is one of the biggest and oldest in the Baltic countries and is popular for giving a very professional education. The river Emajõgi passes through the city and is crossed by many beautiful old and new bridges. One is called the Kaarsild (curved bridge); it is famous because many students have walked on the arch of the bridge, terrifying citizens.

Tartu has a very gorgeous old town filled with many old houses and beautiful views, including the City Hall also named the Raathaus. One can find a variety of classy cafes, restaurants, and small shops in the Old Town of Tartu. During the summertime, the square in front of the City Hall is filled with marvelous outdoor cafes where you can relax with an iced coffee or a cold beer.

It is possible to find different hotels and hostels in Tartu, ranging from quite cheap, small hostels to expensive and glamorous hotels. As it is such a small city (with a population of just over a hundred thousand inhabitants), it is not hard to find a place to stay, because if one Tartu hostel is full, the staff can definitely contact people from other Tartu hostels.

You should definitely consider visiting Tartu and Estonia on the whole because of the nice people and very beautiful nature you can find here!

Written by local enthusiast for Tartu hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Tartu hostels John Smith

FAQ about Tartu Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Tartu. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Tartu. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Tartu costs on average $25 for a dorm. A hostel in Tartu with private rooms costs on average $58. shows all 5 Hostels in Tartu. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Looming Hostel is the best hostel in Tartu for families.
Looming Hostel is the best rated hostel in Tartu for female solo travellers. compares prices for 5 hostels in Tartu, Estonia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Tartu such as
  • 1 hotel
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Tartu.

Your Packing List for Tartu

Your Packing List for Tartu

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Tartu and Estonia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Tartu Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Tartu, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$25 Average dorm price
$58 Average private room price
$24 Cheapest hostel in Tartu
Looming Hostel is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Tartu
Tamme Hostel is the best rated
3.4 Average rating of all hostels

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