Hostels in Krakow, Poland

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Get to know Krakow (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 Krakow. To help you make friends with Krakow before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Krakow is also named and spelled Kraków - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Main square, Old Town, Krakow

Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and a magnet for tourists and travelers. The city is made up of 18 districts, with “District I Stare Miasto“ (including the Old Town) in the very center. Central Krakow is extremely tourism focused, with little else going on. If you want a taste of the rest of life in urban Poland, head out of the center and visit areas around the city as its neighborhoods are diverse. To see the work of communist designers visit Nowa Huta for a large scale planned neighborhood. For greenery visit Zwierzyniec, on the west side, and stroll through the lush forest and hills.

Most Krakow hostels are located in the Old-Town, many near the Main Market Square. This area is great for seeing the central tourist attractions and just a short walk from the main train station (Krakow PKP - the bus station is right behind it as well). It's also easy to get here from the airport via local train. Be careful if taking up anyone offering hostel beds at the station, as always with strangers you run the risk of getting ripped off, or they may try and convince you that your hostel is now closed (which we assure you, it most likely isn't). There are also hostels in Krakow outside of the center, for instance in Podgórze, the area of the World War II Jewish ghetto. These tend to be more low key, though it's best to check reviews and choose a place according to your party spirit or desire to sleep.

Written by local enthusiast for Krakow hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Krakow hostels Carl

FAQ about Krakow Hostels

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

A hostel in Krakow costs on average $23 for a dorm. A hostel in Krakow with private rooms costs on average $61. shows all 79 Hostels in Krakow. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Mundo Hostel is the best hostel in Krakow for couples.
Chilli Hostel is the best hostel in Krakow for families. compares prices for 79 hostels in Krakow, Poland. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Krakow such as
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Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Krakow.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Krakow

Your Packing List for Krakow

Pack smart, not hard

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

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.

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Krakow 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 Krakow, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
79 Total number of hostels
$23 Average dorm price
$61 Average private room price
$8 Cheapest hostel in Krakow
Hostel ALEX&TSA is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Krakow
Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel is the best rated
Most Krakow hostels are located in
Old Town, Kleparz, Kazimierz
4.7 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Krakow - from the Community

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