Hostels in Bologna, Italy

7 hostels available. Prices start from $19 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Bologna

Party Hostel
"…NOT BEFORE H.13.00 and NOT AFTER 19.00!! ( 1.00-7 PM ) We have no responsibility in case of traffic in the streets, cancelation or delay of trains, buses and flights and everything not … More
from $28.90

Dopa Hostel

University District
Free Breakfast Privacy Curtains
Solo Traveller
"…Tourism tax not included - 2.00 EUR per person per night (to be paid just in cash). Cancellation policy: Free cancelation 48 hours before date of arrival. In case of cancellation made within … More
from $20.72

Il Nosadillo

Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…There is a couch in this area as well as two tables and chairs for socialising. Being as that it is the heart and gateway to rooms in the hostel, people tend to hang out and chat here so it is a … More
from $16.24
Digital Nomads Groups (10+ people) Solo Traveller
"…Common Spaces There are various kind of common spaces. On the ground level, there is a coffee bar with some cosy seating options and bookshelves. There you can order coffee, drinks, and snacks … More
from $17.31
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Our idea was to create a hostel according to the Australian model, where these are meeting points and where not only personal growth is fostered but also an effective exchange of knowledge, … More
from $17.79
Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest
"…Of course it is the opposite of a party hostel. Summary If you are simply looking for a bed to sleep for one night in the always-crowded city of Bologna, this establishment may be an option … More
from $16.57
"…Check-in is NOT AVAILABLE before 4 pm and after 6 pm Check-out max 9.00 No luggage service before or after the check in and check out For any delay extra charge of ten euro for hour The 6- … More
from $12.83

Hotels in Bologna

"…The Hotel Panorama is located in a restricted traffic area and it offers discounts for a nearby car park. The Hotel is also 500 meters from the Basilica of San Petronio and the Two Towers, the … More
from $29.29
"…Credit Card Accepted Check in: 13.00 pm Check out: 11.00 am City taxes not included (3,00 € per person per night)" …"…By car from Ancona (A14): Bologna San Lazzaro exit, then follow the … More
from $44.07

Astoria Hotel

Free Breakfast
"Best accommodation in Bologna - Good location. Good staff. Great breakfast. I wanted wine with breakfast." …"…They offer free wi-fi, air conditioning and well-equipped kitchenette, the … More
from $41.15
Via Romita 12/4 A ... More
from $52.68

Hotel Marco Polo

Free Breakfast
"…away from the n°5 exit of the tangenziale, so it's very close to the fair's area. If you're driving you can make use of a large garage below. The Hotel distants two kilimetres from the train … More
from $31.12

Hotel Fiera

Free Breakfast
"…Every standard room is provided with air-conditioning, satellite and pay TV, radio, direct dial phone and mini bar. Each bathroom is endowed with bath or shower, kit of amenities and hairdryer … More
from $29.68

Hotel Imperial

Free Breakfast
"…48 hrs cancellation policy Hotel reception open 24/24 we only close the principal gate and door at 01,00 night, guests can entry all the night Check-in time: 14.00 Check-out time: 10.00 Credit … More
from $60.01

Phi Hotel Emilia

Ozzano Emilia
Free Breakfast
"…These are essential requirements of today�s art of hospitality. You will find spacious and cosy modern rooms, an internal gym, a conference centre, the restaurant �La Corte dell�Ulivo�, an … More
from $54.10

Hotel Il Guercino

Free Breakfast
"…Hidden technologies and a lot of care in a harmonious and relaxing combination also with private terrace, air-conditioned, satellite TV, telephone and Internet point.New opening: Fitness center & … More
from $51.51

Hotel Holiday

Free Breakfast
"…) - Check-out entro le ore 11,00 (check-out by 11:00a.m.) Children are welcome. All children under 3 years stay free (when using existing bedding in the room). All children under 2 years stay … More
from $30.34

Hotel Accademia

Free Breakfast
"Our Hotel is located in the heart of the historical centre town, a few meters from Piazza Maggiore, the main square, and the central rail way station. Nearby the University area and a few … More
from $44.28
"Hotel Paradise is a 3 star hotel located in the center of Bologna, within easy reach of the city's major attractions. Just a few minutes from the station, the hotel is ideally located for both … More
from $44.60

Hotel Donatello

Free Breakfast
"…Check in from 12:00 to 00:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards. Taxes not included - occupancy tax from 1.50 EUR to 5.00 EUR per person per night. … More
from $40.47

Hostels in Bologna, Italy

7 hostels available. Prices start from $38.00 for a dorm bed.

Neighborhoods in Bologna

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Get to know Bologna (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 can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel.

Bologna, the oldest university town in Europe, is a fitting place for travelers, and especially backpackers. It is located right in the middle of the two famous destination and backpacker hot-spots; Florence and Venice.

Let us tell you, Bologna is one of these hidden gems in Italy you do want to visit. What can you expect?

Fantastic food and a very local experience as it is not a super touristic destination.

You can experience the Italian lifestyle first-hand without the tourism glasses.

The intact architecture of the historic town center is dotted with iconic towers, from a time where the local elite showed off by building these competing residences. There are local cultural sights and museums, but the university steals the show. Or maybe you're more interested in the food and eating your way through town in search of the best dining spots. Learn the local tricks of the good life, find a cafe, sit back, and take in the world rushing by.

Bologna is an absolute foodies heaven. Seriously. Keep an eye out on the daily menus. They are around 10€ and include these fantastic dishes you came to Italy for in the first place. Bologna's center isn't huge, yet the city is sprawling, so things certainly do get busy around town at peak times.

Yet despite the city having so much going for it, there aren't many visitors here compared to the rest of the Tuscan north and not-so-distant Venice.

Hostels in Bologna

Most likely you will arrive at the main train station in Bologna, named Bologna Centrale. Every airport shuttle, every local and obviously the trains arrive to the main train station. Unless you arrive by car, this will be your arriving point.

The very city center is just 10 minutes down the road. Most hostels are dotted a maximum of 10 minutes walk away from the main train station.

This is really one thing you do not have to worry about. In case you are arriving by car, make sure you pick a Bologna hostel slightly outside the very center. Usually there is free parking space. Use the filter to check for hostels in Bologna with parking.

The Bologna hostels are all spacious and have plentiful outdoor space thanks to their suburban or even small-town settings. They are popular with Italian scouting and school groups, but also attract independent solo-travelers visiting Bologna.

6 Cool Things to do in Bologna, Italy

I want to share a few things I absolutely enjoyed myself in Bologna.

1. Climb the leaning towers

It is not only Pisa that has a leaning tower in Italy.

At the square "Piazza di Porta Ravegnana", you find the famous Torre degli Asinelli and its twin tower. You can climb up this tower with its 498 steps. From the top you have a complete view over the whole city. Absolutely wonderful.

2. Mercato di Mezzo - Indoor Market

The Mercato di Mezzo is located in the very heart of the city. It's translation literally means middle Market. It is the cities oldest market.

As you can expect from any great Italian city, this market offers great eats, wine products and delicacies you only dreamed of so far.

3. Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

You can see this Sanctuary from all over the city. It is sitting on top of the forested hill Monte della Guardia.

The trail for going up here takes you along a scenic route with a total of 666 arches. Bring your camera as you will find many photogenic spots. From the city center it took us around 1 and a half hours to hike up here.

You can also take a bus which is very affordable. Needless to say, the view from Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca and the basilica itself is worth the trouble.

4. Bike Trip around Tuscany

Since Bologna is very well connected with many major cities in Europe, it is easy to get here for a city break.

Visit Bologna and spend a weekend enjoying a bike trip around Tuscany. There is the scenic landscape, wine fields and tastings, many rural restaurants, and even the famous Ferrari and Ducato Museum.

5. Nightlife and Bars

Historically, Bologna is a student city. This is no surprise as it is home to the oldest university town in Europe.

The University district comes with a great nightlife. There are numerous nightclubs and bars with great live music, open until 4am. Around the streets Via del Pratello and Via Zamboni you can find many budget restaurants and bars.

6. Aperitivo Bar

Before heading out to explore the nightlife in Bologna, I highly recommend to hop inside a wine bar for an Aperitivo. An authentic Aperitivo, Italian Style. This means snacks and a drink before dinner time. Every area (even city) in Italy has its own Aperitivo rule. Do not apply your previously learned Aperitivo skill from Rome to Bologna; it won't work.

In Bologna, the time for an Aperitivo is anywhere about 6pm - 8pm.

Some Hostels in Bologna offer their own Aperivito experiences. This is also a great way to bond with your hostel mates. Tell them about this Aperitivo culture and head out to the city. There are many wine bars for aperitivo. Ask the hostel staff for their best recommendations.

Personally, we really enjoyed:

  • Camera A Sud
  • Gessetto Bar
  • Osteria del Sole

Flights and trains to Bologna

Bologna is very well connected by train and air connection.

There are direct train connections to Milano, Florence, Verona and Venice. This is what makes it so easy to stop here for a night or two. As for flights, there are many budget airlines flying into Bologna, Italy.

How to get around Bologna

As stated earlier, Bologna itself is quite small. It is very walk-able.

Many hostels offer bikes for rent as well. Personally, this is my preferred way to see Bologna. It is a very bike-friendly city and in the very city center you have very little traffic. In fact, every Sunday the city center is car-free and you can walk on the streets.

Bologna 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 Bologna, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 7
Average dorm price $56
Average private room price $158
Cheapest hostel in Bologna Bologna Bed & Breakfast with $48.5
Party hostels in Bologna Verdi Plaza (2 in total)
Most Bologna hostels are located in University District
Average rating of all hostels 8.3

FAQ about Bologna Hostels

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