History tells us that for centuries, every major civilization that existed in Europe wanted to get their hands on Belgrade. I can see why. The city is super cool (though I suspect that said conquerors wanted it for different reasons).

Serbia’s capital is located at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers, giving it significant importance in the region. Modern-day Belgrade is an open book for backpackers to explore.

As with any capital city in Eastern Europe, the hostels are plentiful and the quality of each one ranges all across the board. Some hostels are awesome; others not so much.

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the best hostels in Belgrade for 2020.

I have organized each of the best hostels in Belgrade into different categories so that booking the right hostel is easy and straightforward.

By the end of the hostel guide, you will have all of your Belgrade accommodation queries answered and sorted.

The goal is to put all of the best hostels in Belgrade in your hands so you can make the choice…

Let’s do it!

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Belgrade

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The 10 Best Hostels in Belgrade

Overall Best Hostel in Belgrade – White Owl Hostel Belgrade

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Located in a prime location, clean and with plenty of atmosphere: White Owl Hostel is the best hostel in Belgrade.
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Towels Included
  • That Location Tho

Verrrry tastefully decorated (someone’s got an eye for design, clearly) and set in a niiiice old building with period features and a retro-cool parquet floor, this is the overall best hostel in Belgrade. White Owl Hostel doesn’t hold this accolade for the modern design-y feel to the place alone – the fact it’s in an old building gives it this warm homely feeling too, which is something we can get on board with.

The location is also pretty dang amazing: countless (we mean it) places to eat and drink just on the doorstep in one of Belgrade’s best areas. Friendly staff, looks really cool, good facilities, can’t fault it. Best hostel in Belgrade 2020, hands down.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Belgrade – El Diablo Hostel

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Friendly, welcoming vibes makes El Diablo Hostel the best hostel for solo travelers in Belgrade.
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • 24-Hour Reception

We, like you, have no idea as to why they’ve named their hostel after the devil in Spanish – but we’ll go with it. Fine. It really doesn’t live up to its name since, because of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Belgrade. Yep, the staff are amazing here: funny, knowledgeable, and always up for a chat or a more in-depth conversation about Serbia or something related. It all helps to make this a top hostel in Belgrade, easily. Inside it’s all bright, cute and cosy… if a teensy bit basic, but that’s ok.

Best Cheap Hostel in Belgrade #1 – Hostelche

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Hostelche is the spot for budget backpackers. Hostelche is clearly the best cheap hostel in Belgrade.
  • $
  • Tour Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Location Location Location

Hostel… che. Huh? Is that Hostel Che as in Guevara? Or one word, hostelche, rhymes with squelch? Pfft, we dunno. What we do know is that, for your money, this already-cheap budget hostel in Belgrade gives you a lot: we’re talking free tea and coffee all day, free welcome drink (rakjia of course), free laundry (if you stay 3 or more nights), a great location with loads on the doorstep and Belgrade’s main street less than 1 min away, a not free but CHEAP breakfast… I mean, it’s easily the best cheap hostel in Belgrade, right? Somewhat lacking in interior design taste, however.

Best Cheap Hostel in Belgrade #2 – Manga Hostel

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Super cool deco, a/c rooms, and plenty to keep you going. Manga hostel is another one of the best cheap hostels in Belgrade.
  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Free Tea & Coffee

What’s manga about Manga Hostel? Nothing, as far as we can gather. But at this recommended hostel in Belgrade, you do get air-conditioned rooms as standard, free walking tours of the city, free tea and coffee whenever you want it, and a few cosy places to hang out and chill. Whilst it may not be the coolest hostel in Belgrade, it might be the chillest. Sure, it might be down an alleyway – but the location in Belgrade is really good otherwise. Sure, the showers might not be the best – but the staff are super welcoming. Loads more pros than cons here, a decent choice.

Best Cheap Hostel in Belgrade #3 – Spirit Hostel

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Close to the city center, comfy beds, and all around good value: Spirit Hostel tops off my list of the best cheap hostels in Belgrade.
  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • 24-Hour Security
  • Air Conditioning

Close to the city centre, clean, incredibly helpful staff – so far it’s ticking a lot of boxes for a top hostel in Belgrade, if not for the best hostel in Belgrade. Well, it came close (it’s certainly ONE of the best), but the decor’s a bit basic and in some places just looks a little bit dated. And the free breakfast is only available for private room guests (boo), though as far as private rooms go they’re not a bad price at all. But that location: right in the middle of Dorcol, one of the oldest parts of Belgrade. But yeah, ticks most boxes for a decent Belgrade backpackers hostel.

Best Party Hostel in Belgrade – Balkan Soul Hostel

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Looking for a good time? Balkan Soul Hostel is your ticket to the best party hostel in Belgrade.
  • $
  • Common Room
  • Air Conditioning
  • 24-Hour Reception

Chic decor in a period building (complete with retro staircase and other fittings and fixtures), amazing staff who want everyone to get together and have a good time, a great atmosphere, a very decent location: here’s the best party hostel in Belgrade. If you’re on your own, you’ll be sure to meet some new people and make some friends here. There’s a lot of communal activities, sometimes a pub crawl, sometimes eating together, other times just sitting around chatting in the common room – but those can be the best nights, right?

Not too rowdy but deffo a lot of fun, it’s also nice and cheap: an ideal budget hostel in Belgrade.

Best Hostel for Couples in Belgrade – Hostel Home Sweet Home

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if you are looking for peace, quiet, and comfort, Hostel Home Sweet Home is the hostel for you. This is the obvious choice for best hostel for couples in Belgrade.
  • $$$
  • Common Room
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning

There is definitely a homely feel at Hostel Home Sweet Home, which is probably why they named it how they did. We like that – and we like the fact that this is a peaceful, quiet hostel. Combine that with tasteful, minimalist style decor and you have the best hostel for couples in Belgrade – the private rooms feel more like boutique hotel rooms really, which adds to it all for couples wanting a memorable place to have spent their travelling days. And for non-couples (or couples out for a bargain), the dorm beds are some of the cheapest around!

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Belgrade – Sun Hostel Belgrade

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Another solid choice for travelers looking for quiet and quality is Sun Hostel Belgrade: my top pick for best hostel with a private room in Belgrade.
  • $$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Towels Included
  • 24-Hour Reception

Oooo! Ahhh! The private rooms at Sun Hostel really are excellent. Yep, we said it: excellent. They’re like… well they’re tasteful, really nicely decorated, sort of like what you’d imagine your dream bedroom to be crossed with a design magazine. It’s very boutique but very homely at the same time. That’s why we’d say this is the best hostel with a private room in Belgrade. But wait, there’s more!

The vibe at this Belgrade backpackers hostel is also great, super social without being too much of a party-drinky-rowdy affair, so even with a private room, you can meet people in the communal areas.

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More Best Hostels in Belgrade

Hostel Skadarlija Sunrise

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Hostel Skadarlija Sunrise is a fine option if you want a cheap spot close to everything.
  • $$$
  • BBQ
  • Tour Desk
  • 24-Hour Reception

What is it with Belgrade and parquet floors? It’s not a problem for us (we love ’em) but, you know, just wondering, cause there’s a lot of them out there. Probably got something to do with buildings being old. Hostel Skadarlija is one of them, being named after a vintage district of the same name, so you can bet it’s a V pretty area to be in: leafy, cobbled streets and cafes with terraces.

Yep, sounds good to us. Added to the perf location close to the happening Belgrade nightlife, the vibe at this youth hostel in Belgrade is social and friendly, with a chill garden area and a bar to hang out in. Don’t let the $$$ scare you: it’s really only a tiny more pricey than other hostels – still a bargain.

Hostel Bongo

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Hostel Bongo is a good mix between value, comfort, and location. A top choice for sure.
  • $$
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • No Curfew
  • 24-Hour Reception

Mercifully, there ain’t a single bongo in sight at this top hostel in Belgrade. That would be… yeah. Let’s not think about it. Hostel Bongo is actually named after a character in a book by Erlend Loe – bring a book by him and get 10% off. Seriously. There’s a family vibe here, probably because it’s quite… cosy. Not small necessarily, but compact enough to make it feel close-quarters without being uncomfortable. It helps with the atmosphere, in fact, since no one’s rattling around in big cavernous common areas. The staff, you might expect, are great.

And the location is central so you’re close to all of the fun things to do in Belgrade, but the hostel is down a quiet side street. Win-win.

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What to Pack for your Belgrade Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

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1. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

2. 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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3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel is a must when traveling since most hostels don’t provide them. Plus as a backpacker, use of a towel will extend further than just showers, it’s a minimalist yoga towel and a great beach blanket/towel combo! The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is really the best solution for backpacking.

Luggage Travel Lock

4. Padlock: Keep your stuff safe, guys. Unfortunately not all dorm lockers share the same security standard. You’ll want a lightweight lock that can fit all the various dorm lockers you’ll clip it to. Having a padlock that is flexible and can fit a variety of locker styles is the best way to make sure none of your belongings wander away while you are out.

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5. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Universal Adapter

6. Universal Travel Adapter: Not every country has the same electrical plug style, so carry along a universal travel adapter. You’ll want one that covers varying voltage levels, has protection from power surges, a fried laptop is not fun, and enough ports so you don’t have to spend all day individually charging your devices.

Why you should travel to Belgrade

All things must pass: we have arrived at the final act of my guide to the best hostels in Belgrade 2020.

After reading this guide you should feel confident knowing that you have all of the important facts regrading the best backpacker accommodation in Belgrade.

I know how important it is to find the right place to stay. Whilst traveling in Belgrade, that need remains high. With so many hostels of questionable quality in the city, you now know where to find the very best.

I hope that you have found the perfect place for yourself on my best hostels in Belgrade list. One thing is clear: Belgrade has a hostel for EVERY backpacker.

The best options are now right in front of you. Booking your hostel will never be easier! Deciding which hostel is the best hostel in Belgrade for YOU is now in your hands.

Still have trouble getting sorted? Not sure about which hostel to go with. I understand…

In the case of uncertainty, I recommend that you just book my top overall pick for best hostel in Belgrade:White Owl Hostel Belgrade.

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Located in a prime location, clean and with plenty of atmosphere: White Owl Hostel is the best hostel in Belgrade.

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More Epic Hostels in Serbia and Europe

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

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Belgrade has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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