Athens was one of the coolest backpacking experiences I’ve had in a while. Maybe because my expectations were so low (more on this later), but overall the city has some incredible sights, some amazing hostels, and is pretty cheap!

But with dozens of hostels available in Athens, it can be super overwhelming to know where to stay. Which is exactly why I wrote this list of the best hostels in Athens.

With the help of this article, you’ll be able to easily find and book and amazing hostel in Athens, so you can spend you time in Greece exploring this amazing country!

Let’s jump into it!

Quick answer: What are the Best Hostels in Athens?

The Acropolis - top tourist attraction in Athens

What to look for in your Athens Hostel

Before heading to Athens, I was told a lot of the same things. ‘You won’t like it’, ‘Athens sucks’ or ‘It’s gross’ or ‘dangerous’.

And they could not have been more wrong!

Sure, while Athens has some character, and might be a bit rough around the edges, it’s truly a fascinating city with enough history, architecture, and delicious cheap food to be a mini-backpackers paradise.

But there are a ton of different hostels in Athens, each of which caters to a different type of traveler. Here are a few things I took into consideration when putting together this list.

  • Location – Deciding where to stay in Athens is key. It is a fairly large city and the public transportation is meh at best. While it’s by no means essential, stick to the more backpacker-friendly areas if possible will save you some time and headache.
  • Price – Given Greek’s economic turmoil, you think they would be giving rooms away, but truth be told while Athens is affordable, it isn’t quite dirt cheap. Having said that there are some ways to cut down your budget while staying in the hostels, mainly…
  • Amenities – One of the best travel hacks (and #70 on this list) is booking hostels that provide free breakfast. Thankfully a ton of these hostels offer some kind of free breakfast, or at least free towels, laundry, or shots! Whatever it may be, these little freebies add up.
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The 20 Best Athens Hostels

Overall Best Hostel in Athens – Acropolis View Dream

Overall Best Hostel in Athens - Acropolis View Dream
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Late Check-Out
  • Laundry Facilities

The overall best hostel in Athens in 2020 is Acropolis View Dream. George is the perfect host and would move heaven and earth to make sure his guests had a good time at Acropolis View Dream. Backpackers are blown away by the high standard of service the Acropolis team offer and their knowledge of the area is second to none.

For an Athens backpackers hostel, Acropolis sets the bar high; super clean, great guest kitchen and free WiFi throughout the building is just the start. FYI you can only pay for your stay in cash.

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Athens – Athens Backpackers

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Athens - Athens Backpackers
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

The coolest hostel in Athens for solo travellers is, simply, Athens Backpackers. This place deserves the title of the best hostel in Athens in 2020 and quite possibly the crown of top backpacker accommodation in Greece as a whole! For solo travellers looking to find a crew in Athens, Athens Backpackers is the place to stay.

With a rooftop terrace and sports bar and bang in the middle of Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis, it doesn’t get much better than this! Athens Backpackers have a happy hour every night from 7pm-8pm offering free shots and crazy discounted cocktails!

Best Cheap Hostel in Athens #1 – Hostel Zeus

Best Cheap Hostel in Athens #1 - Hostel Zeus
Hostel Zeus is awesome and budget-friendly – making it the best cheap hostel in Athens
  • $
  • Bar Onsite
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

The best cheap hostel in Athens is, without a doubt, Hostel Zeus. Simple, spacious and in the perfect spot, Hostel Zeus is the best budget hostel for travellers backpacking Athens on a budget. Hostel Zeus does offer guests free WiFi but it’s only accessible in the common areas.

In terms of location, Hostel Zeus is bang on, a one minute walk from Acropolis and the Monastiraki flea market is only 5-minutes away on foot. Being at the heart of Athens doesn’t come cheaper, cleaner or more welcoming than this!

Best Cheap Hostel in Athens #2 – Athens Studios

Best Cheap Hostel in Athens #2 - Athens Studios
Athens Studio also makes our best cheap hostels in Athens list…
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

Athens Studios is another top budget hostel in Athens as they not only have a free breakfast every morning but great discounts on booze at their bar. The dorms are light, airy and spacious, Athens Studio is near perfection for travellers looking for a top budget hostel in Athens.

They have 24-hour reception and check-in so no matter what time your flight gets in you can rest assured that your super comfy bed will be ready and waiting. The dorms also have air conditioning, much needed in the sweltering Greek summers.

Best Hostel for Couples in Athens – Athens Quinta

Best Hostel for Couples in Athens - Athens Quinta
Athens Quinta is one of the top hostels for couples in Athens
  • $$$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Air Conditioning

If you’re travelling with your lover be sure to book a room at Athens Quinta, the nicest hostel in Athens for couples. Offering spacious double rooms in their classic 20th-century Athens townhouse, Athens Quinta is overflowing with charm and character.

There is a definite hostel vibe here but no crazy party scene, making it a perfect Athens backpackers hostel for couples looking to soak up the culture and make cosy memories together. The Athens Quinta team are fabulous and always on hand to help guests find all the hidden gems Athens has to offer.

Best Hostel in Athens with a Private Room – Dioskouros

Best Hostel in Athens with a Private Room - Dioskouros
Nice views from the quaint rooms make Disokouros the best hostel with a private room in Athens.
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

Dioskouros can be found in the charming and authentic Athens neighbourhood of Plaka and is next door to the Acropolis Museum. In terms of location, Dioskouros is an ideal Athens backpacker hostel.

Dioskouros is a small but spacious hostel, they can only house up to 50 people per night making it a fairly intimate affair. The private rooms even have little balconies that overlook Athens’ sides streets, the perfect place for couples wanting a touch of romance in their Athens holiday itinerary.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Athens – BedBox

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Athens - BedBox
Bedbox Best is our pick for best hostel for Digital Nomads in Athens
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Free Storage Lockers

Easily the best hostel for digital nomads in Athens is BedBox. Digital nomads have different needs when it comes to hostels but BedBox is the perfect fit; a cool cafe and bar onsite, massive guest kitchen and free WiFi throughout the building too.

Each bed even has its own plug so digital nomads can work from the comfort of their bunk if they wish. BedBox may just be the coolest hostel in Athens for it is stylish and clean-cut while still being homely and laid back. For digital nomads heading to Athens BedBox is a win-win!

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More Top Athens Hostels

Hanging around in Athens awhile before moving on to some other breathtakingly beautiful areas of Greece? Then you may want to consider these other choices of Athens’s best hostels as you float around the city.

City Circus

Cool Party Hostel in Athens - City Circus
  • $$$
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Laundry Facilities

The design-hostel is a great way to break the ice with your fellow backpackers and for everyone to let loose and laugh. The dorms are spacious, clean and have super comfy beds; City Circus is a highly recommended hostel in Athens.

The onsite bar is a super chilled little hangout spot and the ideal place to start drinking before you hit the nightclubs and live music venues of Athens!

Athens Hostel with a View – Soph & Chris Northern Backpackers

Soph & Chris Northern Backpackers - Athens accommodation with a view
  • $$$
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Self Catering Facilities

The highlight of any stay at Soph & Chris Northern Backpackers is to rise early to watch the sun come up from the comfort of the beanbags at the rooftop bar. The rooftop terrace offers epic 360-views over Athens and the sunrise is the most photogenic part of the day…the sunset is pretty sweet too.

Soph & Chris Northern Backpackers is a great youth hostel in Athens if you’re looking for an on-point hostel vibe, clean dorms, and a friendly face to welcome you.

Another Top Budget Hostel in Athens – Pella-Inn

Pella Inn - Another top budget hostel in Athens
  • $
  • Bar Onsite
  • Free Walking Tour
  • Outdoor Terrace

Pella-Inn is the definition of cheap and cheerful and was a close contender for the best budget hostel in Athens in 2020. The Pella-Inn team offers guests a free walking tour of Athens which is brilliant; a great way to explore the Greek capital and meet new friends!

Pella-Inn is in a great little spot, within easy walking distance of Athens’s major things to see like Monastiraki Square, Plaka, and the Acropolis. If you’re keen to make new travel buddies in Athens be sure to find your spot at the Pella-Inn bar, the best bit of the hostel some may say; new friends and cold beers, bingo!

Students & Traveller’s Inn

Students and Travellers Inn - nice Athens backpacker accommodation
  • $$
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Late Check-Out
  • Tours & Travel Desk

The outdoor terrace is the best thing about Students and Traveller’s Inn, with a bar in the corner and vending machines for snacks you literally don’t need to leave the hostel! But then again, why would you stay in when major Athens landmarks like Temple of Olympian Zeus and Syntagma Square are basically on your doorstep?!

The doors of Students & Traveller’s Inn open out onto Kydathineon, Athens’ best shopping street. With its great reviews, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best hostels in Athens.

The Artist Formerly Know as Athenstyle – Safestay Athens

The Artis Formerly Know as Athenstyle - Safestay Athens
Athenstyle is one of the coolest hostels in Athens
  • $$
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

Safestay (the artist formerly known as Athenstyle) is the coolest hostel in Athens as you get an awesome view of Acropolis from their rooftop bar. The Athenstyle team are super clued up about Athens and will happily customise your city map for you to make sure you make the most of your time in the Greek capital.

If you’re staying in Athens for a while perhaps think about booking one of the Athenstyle apartments, great if you’re travelling as a group or for digital nomads who want a little more space to work in. Athenstyle are committed to recycling and making their hostel the most eco-friendly hostel in Athens.

A Boutique Hostel in Athens – Cosmopolit Hotel

A Boutique Hostel in Athens - Cosmopolit Hotel
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
  • Late Check-Out

Hotel by name and name only, Cosmopolit Hotel is a great youth hostel in Athens for travellers looking for a touch of class. The breakfast room is far more luxurious than many other hostel breakfast halls. The Cosmopolit team offers guests a free walking tour of the city too, a great way to get to grips with the winding streets of Athens.

There’s definitely a more cosy, homely feel to Cosmopolit, if you’re looking for a wild night perhaps look elsewhere

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Zorbas

Zorbas - nice place for backpackers to stay in Athens
  • $
  • Free Walking Tour
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Air Conditioning

Zorbas is a highly recommended hostel in Athens for backpackers in Greece on a budget. They offer free walking tours of the city which goes a long way in making Zorbas a hostel with great value for money in Athens.

The reception has one of the Zorbas team on hand 24/7 to help guests in any way they can; Zorbas has no lock-out and no curfew, great news for the night owls. On top of this, they can help you arrange flights, buses, and tours throughout Greece. Zorbas is a top Athens backpackers hostel for every style.

Athens Choice

Athens Choice - a friendly Athens backpackers
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Tour
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite

Athens Choice is a brilliant youth hostel in Athens with a tonne of freebies for backpackers. The free breakfast and free city walking tour is just the start of it, throw in free WiFi, free city maps and all your linen included in your bed rate and you’re onto a winner.

As one of the best hostels in Athens, Athens Choice has a 24-hour reception so if you need a helping hand day or night the Choice team will be more than happy to help. Be sure to hang out at the Athens Choice bar if you’re keen to meet new people to hang out with, perhaps even tag along with too!

SmallFunnyWorld

Small Funny World Best Hostels in Athens
Highly reviewed – Small Funny World is one of the coolest hostels in Greece!
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

SmallFunnyWorld is a top hostel in Athens for backpackers on a budget looking for a mix of culture and party. SmallFunnyWorld is only a few minutes walk from Monastiraki Station and is easy to find. The team is on hand to help you make the best itinerary for your stay in Athens.

The free breakfast is an added bonus, just make sure you get up before 9 am else you’ll go hungry. SmallFunnyWorld sits next door to a rocking pub so if you fancy partaking in the greek drinking culture you don’t have too far to fall into bed!

A Quieter Spot to Stay in Athens – San Remo

A Quieter Spot to Stay in Athens - San Remo
  • $
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Late Check-Out

San Remo is a top hostel in Athens tucked a little walk away from the hectic touristy centre. San Remo is quite a popular backpackers spot, so be sure to book your bed as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The San Remo team have free city maps for every guest and are always more than happy to take the time to share directions and local tips on how best to explore Athens, especially if you have a limited travel budget in Greece. The dorm rooms are simple, basic but the beds are comfy and the room clean, ideal really!

Pagration Youth Hostel

Pragration - a top youth hostel in Athens
  • $
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

Pagration is a great youth hostel in Athens if you want a calm and quiet stay in the Greek capital. Pagration Youth Hostel is in the charming, authentic Greek neighbourhood of Pagrati and is a 15-minute walk away from the heart of the action, Syntagma Square.

Pagration is super close to internet cafes, although WiFi is free throughout the building, a few supermarkets, and cheap pubs too. Pagration Youth Hostel has a decent selection of dorm rooms and a few female-only rooms too.

A Conveniently Located Hostel in Athens – Fivos

A Conveniently Located Hostel in Athens - Fivos
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Late Check-Out

Fivos is clean, affordable and in a great location making it a top hostel in Athens in 2020. Far from flashy, Fivos is cheap and cheerful, with a free breakfast too.

Fivos offers a full travel agency service, your wish is their command. Be sure to have a chat with the team to find the best discount deals. Fivos is ideally placed only 50 metres away from Monastiraki Train Station which makes getting around Athens a snap and also connects you to the port and international airport.

Hostel Lozanni

Hostel Lozanni - a cheap hostel in Athens
  • $
  • Bar Onsite
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Late Check-Out

Hostel Lozanni is a recommended hostel in Athens in 2020; it is super popular and backpackers always leave happy. Hostel Lozanni has been recently refurbished and is super clean, the beds are ultra-comfy and the dorms spacious and bright.

The onsite bar is a great little hangout spot for backpackers to mingle and share stories. If you find yourselves staying up chatting ’til the early hours, don’t worry, there’s a late check-out option for all! If you’re looking to extend your stay in Greece be sure to pop by the tours and travels desk for a little adventurous inspiration!

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What to Pack for your Athens Hostel

Not sure what to pack for Greece? We don’t often travel without these essentials.

Powerbank

1. Power Bank: Showing up to a new city, after a 14-hour bus ride, with a dead phone and no directions to your hostel is a half-awake, messy nightmare. Putting a good power bank in your pack is the best and easiest way to keep your important electronics charged up for those long travel and sightseeing days.

Luggage Travel Lock

2. Padlock: Theft happens in hostels, so keep a padlock to clip on your locker. This padlock can also double to keep your pack shut while in-transit. No need for keys (which can easily be lost or stolen too), you just have to remember a three-digit number to unlock your travel essentials.

AR Towel

3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

4. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: These simple earbuds will help you out. Keeping out most of the surrounding sounds, you can either choose to listen to some relaxing music or no sound at all while falling asleep. This can be a life-saver in some unexpected party hostels. Make sure you’re well-rested for the next adventures!

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6. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

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Why you should travel to Athens

Don’t listen to the haters – Athens is superb! Visit the Acropolis, drink some ouzo, eat some moussaka, and enjoy a fascinating European city at an affordable price. You’ll quickly come to realise what makes this city so special.

Hopefully, this list helps you figure out exactly which hostel you are going to book. And in case you are having a hard time picking, remember that Acropolis Dream View Hostel is our top hostel in Athens for 2020!

Acropolis landmark in Athens

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More Epic Hostels in Greece

Hopefully, by now, you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Athens.

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We’re now at the end, so I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Athens has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure! Athens is pretty damn dope, so make sure you soak it up!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments! Especially if we missed out on any more awesome Athens hostels – we like to stay updated.

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