Hostels in Zurich, Switzerland

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Get to know Zurich (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. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Zurich.

Guess what? Zurich is also named and spelled Züerich - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is located on Lake Zurich. Even though it's the largest Swiss city, it is quite compact and can easily be explored by foot. It does not really matter which of Zurich's several suburbs you choose for your stay since public transportation is abundant and efficient, and Zurich hostels are all conveniently located.

It is nice to stay in a Zurich hostel close to the Limmat river (in which you can swim during summer) or on Lake Zurich even though these will be the most expensive options. Be aware that Zurich is generally a very expensive place to stay, both in terms of accommodation and living cost.

Getting from any of Zurich's hostels to almost anywhere you'd like is easy, just walk or take a tram or a bus. Public transport is always on time (the Swiss get angry if a train is more than 30 seconds late) and very efficient. You can get to almost every Swiss city within 2 hours from Zurich Hauptbahnhof (main station) if you are interested in traveling within Switzerland. If you are planning on traveling around a lot, get a “Halbtax Billet” which allows you to travel for half price on all Swiss trains.

We also highly recommend taking a boat cruise around Lake Zurich. You can visit the neighboring city of Kusnacht and enjoy the picturesque scenery on your trip. Do not forget to eat some of the legendary Swiss cheese while you are there.

Written by local enthusiast for Zurich hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Zurich hostels Mona

FAQ about Zurich Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Zurich. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Zurich costs $63 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Zurich costs $193. (based on price comparison)
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Zurich 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 Zurich, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
7 Total number of hostels
$63 Average dorm price
$193 Average private room price
$49 Cheapest hostel in Zurich
Viktoria Budget Hostel is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Zurich
Most Zurich hostels are located in
Altstadt, Hochschulen, District 2
8 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Faellanden (8 Km / 5 mi.)
Kloten (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Oberglatt (12 Km / 8 mi.)
Hasliberg (12 Km / 7 mi.)
Winterthur (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Baar (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Zug (22 Km / 14 mi.)

Travel Tips for Zurich - from the Community

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 Zurich. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Zurich. 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!

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