Hostels in Lugano, Switzerland

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

Lugano, which has been developed heavily in the last twenty years, is the third-largest financial center in Switzerland after Zurich and Geneva. Worth seeing is the Parc Civico with its lush southern vegetation, which also houses the Villa Ciani. The city has a distinctly Italian character, especially the old town with the promenades Via Nassa and Piazza RiForma. Other attractions are the two hills of Lugano -- the mountains Monte San Salvatore and Monte Bre. You can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the city from Lake Lugano and the Ticino Mountains. The mountains are accessible both by train and on foot. You can also visit the picturesque village of Gandria and the Villa Favorita.

Lugano has several museums -- the Museum of Art, the Culture Museum, the Cantonal Art Museum, the Cantonal Museum of Natural History, and the Swiss Customs Museum. You should definitely visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. The church is first mentioned in writings dating back from the ninth century. The splendid Renaissance façade was completed in the early sixteenth century. Other interesting churches are the Parish Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, the Church San Rocco, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

If you're looking for nightlife and clubs, you will be disappointed and you may even find Lugano somewhat boring. It is a peaceful and quiet city with great infrastructure. As such, there are not many Lugano hostels, as it is a rather small and non-tourist city. However, you can find a few Lugano hostels in the center of the city, all of which are quite expensive for normal hostel standards but normal for Switzerland. It is a very expensive country, so you cannot expect to find very cheap Lugano hostels. To compensate the high price, the hostels in Lugano are very good and they offer more than the average hostels do.

Written by local enthusiast for Lugano hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Lugano hostels George Traveller

FAQ about Lugano Hostels

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

A hostel in Lugano costs on average $41 for a dorm. A hostel in Lugano with private rooms costs on average $155. shows all 2 Hostels in Lugano. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 2 hostels in Lugano, Switzerland. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Lugano such as
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Your Packing List for Lugano

Your Packing List for Lugano

Pack smart, not hard

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

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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Lugano 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 Lugano, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
$41 Average dorm price
$155 Average private room price
$34 Cheapest hostel in Lugano
Youth Hostel Lugano Savosa is the cheapest
Most Lugano hostels are located in
8.8 Average rating of all hostels

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Ascona (22 Km / 13 mi.)
Locarno (22 Km / 14 mi.)
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Travel Tips for Lugano - from the Community

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