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 Overall Hostel in Bergen – Marken Gjestehus Hostel
- Best Party Hostel in Bergen – Bergen Budget Hostel
- Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Bergen – Bergen YMCA Hostel
- Best Cheap Hostel in Bergen – Intermission Hostel
- 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.
Best Overall Hostel in Bergen – Marken Gjestehus Hostel
- 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.
Best Party Hostel in Bergen – Bergen Budget Hostel
- 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.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Bergen – Bergen YMCA Hostel
- 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.
Best Cheap Hostel in Bergen – Intermission Hostel
- 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.
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.
Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!
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.
What to Pack for your Bergen Hostel
We don’t often travel without these essentials.
1. 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.
2. Headphone Splitter: Being stuck on a bus or plane with only one phone that has good music or shows downloaded can be pretty annoying if your travel buddy wants to share headphones. With this Headphone Splitter, you won’t have to listen with only one ear anymore. Your friend can plug in their headphones at the same time, so both of you are entertained (on both ears!).
3. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.
4. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: Soap can be very useful on long travels, but it’s hard to carry around. It might get taken off you at the airport or leak in your backpack. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap is the perfect solution for every backpacker with a thought for hygiene. The dry soap is super handy, and it definitely won’t leak (there’s nothing to leak). One box contains 50 leaves of soap, making sure that you’ll be clean, even on longer adventures.
5. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.
6. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel on your travels is a game changer. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is perfect for travellers who are looking for a lightweight, quick-drying and extremely soft option. The antibacterial material is super water-absorbent and resists odor buildup because of its antimicrobial material. Ain’t technology cool?
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.
Travel Safety Tips for Bergen
Don’t forget to wrap up warm!
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More Epic Hostels in Norway and Europe
Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to 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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