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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.
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Most Krakow hostels are located in
Kazimierz, Old Town, The Main Market Square
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Krakow? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Krakow alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Krakow. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
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.
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 Carl
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 $13 for a dorm. A hostel in Krakow with private rooms costs on average $53.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Krakow. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Krakow. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Krakow has an interesting old town and Jewish quarter, with plenty of good shops, museums, cafes, and historical sites, but the most interesting parts of Krakow are the rivers (with economical boat rentals) and barges, bicycling paths, hot air balloon rides, and especially its network of long-distance hiking trails that link Krakow to nearby parks, castles, and historic sites throughout the region.
It's a lovely city to walk around. Take comfortable flat shoes because most of the old town streets are cobbles.
This is a beautiful, small, and easy city -- the best one in Poland! You can easily discover the whole city by walk just in one day. Its cobbled narrow streets are full of life; you can find shops, fast food restaurants, hostels, bars, and clubs every other minute, but in spite of this Krakow hasn't lost its essence nor its charm. You can't miss a visit to Kazmierz, the old Jewish district -- it's a must!
Krakow is one of the best cities in the world to party in and see. It has lots to see, lots to do, and lots of nice places to drink and party. Every day of the weekend you can go out and people will be out someplace, you just need to know where to find it. The people are helpful and friendly and I always want to come back.
Krakow itself deserves almost two full days to be enjoyed at its best. The main market square is wonderful, especially magic in the evening. During the day, there's a great market where you can find local cheap handicrafts. In the centre of the square there is also a covered gallery with a large choice of amber jewelry. You should use Krakow as a base to visit Oswiecim (Auschwitz) in one hour and a half of train journey -- one of the top spots of our European trip.
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It's a great place -- very picturesque, good opportunities for day trips to other nearby places and cheap restaurants, accommodation, bars and clubs. Get the Krakow "in your pocket" guide (available at Empik department store on main square). It's updated every two months and is crammed with details on the best bars, clubs, restaurants, day trips, and sightseeing with detailed maps.
The food was good and cheap and I found the locals in the small pubs very friendly.
Great place, atmosphere like no other! The market square (Rynek) is wonderful in summer evenings. Definitely go there! Lots of clubs and fun.
I did visit Krakow in December and I was freezing. However, even so it was a very nice experience. Covered by snow, Krakow looks very beautiful and classy. Wawel Castle was free when I visited there (maybe because it was near Christmas?). The best experience in December is the Christmas Market at Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square). The stands (that are in the shape of wine barrels) sell quite nice mulled wine.
If you visit Krakow for the first time you will certainly want to return. The people are among the friendliest anywhere in the world and in winter, when it snows, it's like being in a fairytale.
Visit Krakow in December and you will miss the tourists and get to see the real city. It is beautiful, most days were clear, and you can walk or take the tram everywhere if you are close to Rynek Glowny. Go see the Zoo (outside of town), hike -- there are maps of hiking trails available at any tourist center, go to Wawel Castle and the Krakow National Museum (they have a Rembrandt and a da Vinci as well as tons of other amazing art), and get to know the tiny little shops. If you try to learn any Polish at all -- prosze, dzienkuje, dobranoc, etc. -- people will help you and won't treat you any differently than the locals (for the most part =) ). I cannot recommend Krakow and Poland itself more highly.
You cannot miss going to Krakow. Really amazing city, many things to see and visit. I loved just wandering along the streets. Although if you go in December you may get frozen (believe me). Nightlife is good yeah, but don't go to the typicsl clubs foreigners go, you'd miss the best... Let local people recommend you where to go. Oh, a funny thing, pubs are always hidden at the end of corridors and things like that... pretty curious. Krakow it's defintely worth a visit!
Krakow is a wonderful and magical city, especially at night in the summer. Food is cheap, fresh, and good quality, and people are friendly (except for bank staff). For a solid evening meal, check out Me Kong restaurant just off the north side of the main square.
Krakow is pleasant and I found the people to be friendly. The market square (Rynek) and the Castle (Wawel) are beautiful places to see. There is an English pub called The John Bull near the Rynek and many other places for travellers, but check the clientele before you commit to buying a drink or staying, some places are where locals go to enjoy themselves and you may get a frosty reception.
Krakow is nice but far too touristy, ignore the hoards of tourists and head for Warsaw.
Krakow is incredible. The nightlife is magnificent, the people are really nice, and incredibly remains relatively cheap.
Krakow was not the best place we visited on our three-week trip. We found the people unfriendly for the most part, and only found one nice looking area of the city.
Don't go in summer, it's full of dumb tourists. Go in spring or autumn instead.
Krakow is my favourite place to go in the summer! If you have never been to Krakow in the summer you should go this year! The atmosphere is great in the main square in the evenings and the clubs are the best!!
The parties and clubs in Krakow are great. The city has a great atmosphere and very friendly people.
Don't miss the Saturday night parties in the center of Krakow!
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