The second largest city of Norway, Bergen is a pretty poppin’ place. Complete with a charming old town centre, it’s nestled in the mountains but also overlooks the sea, making it a pretty dramatic place to stay.
Another reason to stop off here is ‘cause it’s the gateway to fjord country! But there’s plenty of other things to do in Bergen – namely hiking, and lots of it. Boat trips, too!
But whoever heard of hostels in Bergen, right? Are there even any places for backpackers on a budget to stay cheaply in this Norwegian city?
Yeah, there are! And we’ve categorised the best hostels in Bergen so you can easily find somewhere that’s right for you.
So let’s have a look at the top Bergen backpackers hostels!
Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Bergen
- Best Hostel for Couples in Bergen – HI Bergen Hostel
Best Hostels in Bergen
If you are visiting Norway, then Bergen makes a wonderful base. Let’s check out these awesome Bergen hostels.
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Best Hostel for Couples in Bergen – HI Bergen Hostel
- AMAZING VIEWS
- Free Bicycle Hire
- Free Breakfast
This place is set on Mount Ulriken so you’re pretty much guaranteed some ace views from here looking out across the city and surrounding mountainous backdrop. Perfect if you wanna go hiking.
You can also rent a free bike from this recommended hostel in Bergen, which is cool. But if you were looking for somewhere to stay with your partner, soak up some romantic views and do cute stuff like hiking and cycling together, then this is the best hostel for couples in Bergen.
- 24 Hour Security
- Linen Included
- Cable TV
This place has a great location – just a 10 min walk from where the airport shuttle bus drops you off, which is super handy. Plus it’s also about a 10 min walk to the old town centre, which is great, too.
Being the best overall hostel in Bergen, there’s a mix of things that make it so good. It’s secure, it’s got a very well equipped communal kitchen, and is a good place for backpackers on different budgets (thanks to the range of rooms on offer). Loadsa toilets and showers here means NO QUEUES.
Marken Gjestehus Hostel is one of our favourites in Bergen but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.
- Security Lockers
- No Curfew
- Communal Kitchen
Whilst nowhere in Bergen (apart from actual bars) can boast being crunk central, this is a good shout for the best party hostel in Bergen. It’s got a good vibe thanks to a comfy lounge where it’s easy to get chatting to backpacking peeps.
This budget hostel in Bergen is also pretty much in the middle of the city, making it easy to find places to eat (but mainly drink) nearby, so you can head out with your new mates and find a bar you like best – there are plenty.
Bergen Budget Hostel is one of our favourites in Bergen but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.
- 24 Hour Security
- Luggage Storage
- Outdoor Terrace
RIGHT in the middle of the city centre, this top hostel in Bergen is a literal stone’s throw from the famous fish market – as well as the cute old town of Bergen.
Staying here is a good choice if you’re travelling by yourself. The staff are super helpful, and will answer any question you throw at ‘em, plus the whole place is generally comfy and friendly. Yep, definitely the best hostel for solo travellers in Bergen.
Bergen YMCA Hostel is one of our favourites in Bergen but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.
- Free Parking
- Free Laundry Facilities
- Free Waffles!
If you were looking for a Bergen backpackers hostel that gives you some good value for money, look no further than Intermission hostel. Yep, this place seriously has a lot of perks that help make it the best cheap hostel in Bergen.
So we’re talkin’ free tea and coffee as well as biscuits, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they serve up heart-shaped Norwegian waffles topped with brown cheese and jam. There’s also a cheap breakfast. Oh and a free laundry service.
Intermission Hostel is one of our favourites in Bergen but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.
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Best Budget Hotels In Bergen
But if you’re not into a dorm room right now, and you’d rather stay somewhere a lil’ more… plush and private, don’t worry. We’ve only gone and sorted through the best budget hotels in Bergen to give you even more choice. Peep ‘em below.
- Lounge/TV Area
- Outdoor Terrace
- Soundproof Rooms
This is pretty much a basic budget hotel that offers clean and comfortable rooms. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but it isn’t exactly luxury either. A pretty solid choice we reckon.
And actually the location is great – right near the central station, plus there are a load of good bars and places to eat nearby. This budget hotel in Bergen also has an automated check-in system and a friendly hostel-esque atmosphere, complete with a shared fridge.
- Shared Lounge
- Baggage Storage
- Shared Kitchen
Halfway between a hostel and a hotel, there are shared bathrooms here as well as a washing machine for guests to use – just in case you were missing that communal hostel atmosphere.
It’s actually more like a Bergen backpackers hostel than you’d think: there are even dorms here, plus a few chilled communal areas (nice and clean, too). The location is nice too, close to public transport and the funicular railway.
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What to Pack for your Bergen Hostel
Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from us, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straight forward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art we have perfected over many years.
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Why you should travel to Bergen
That’s the end of our handy list of the best hostels in Bergen.
There are a few places to choose from that will definitely suit you. From smaller hostels to one with a seemingly endless supply of bathrooms…
And since there aren’t zillions of hostels in Bergen, we threw in a couple of the best budget hostels in Bergen to help make your decision a little easier.
But if you still can’t find a place to stay in Bergen?
No worries! We’d say just go for Marken Gjestehus Hostel, our top pick for the best overall hostel in Bergen.
FAQ about Hostels in Bergen
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Over to you
By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Bergen 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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