Bruges is SUCH a beautiful city. Like, we cannot overstate that. Packed with tall old Baroque buildings, medieval churches and a warren of cobbled streets, Bruges is filled with old squares where you’ll find a ton of cafes, restaurants and loads of tasty food.
Bruges is the home of ‘French fries’ (there’s even the Frietmuseum dedicated to ’em) and is famous for its chocolate, after all. So get ready to eat, eat, eat! (And drink, drink, drink – there’s a lotta beer here, too!)
But since it’s such a well-known tourist city, can you even find somewhere to stay here on a backpacking budget?
The answer is YES. A million times yes. And to help you out we’ve made a list of the best hostels in Bruges, so you can easily find the one that suits you most.
So what are you waiting for? Peep our list of the top hostels in Bruges below!
Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Bruges
- Best Overall Hostel in Bruges – Snuffel Hostel
- Best Party Hostel in Bruges – Charlie Rockets
- Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Bruges – Lybeer Travellers Hostel
- Best Cheap Hostel in Bruges – Herdersbrug Hostel
- Best Hostel for Couples in Bruges – Hostel de Passage
- Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Bruges – Hi Europa Bruges
- Best Hostel with a Private Room in Bruges – St Christopher’s Inn
Best Hostels in Bruges
Spending a weekend in Bruges is the perfect amount of time to appreciate the city and one of these hostels would make for an excellent base while visiting. Check them out!
Best Overall Hostel in Bruges – Snuffel Hostel
- Free Breakfast
- 24 Hour Security
- Bicycle Hire
Cute name, huh? But it’s not that cute really. It’s a really good hostel in Bruges. In fact, it’s the best overall hostel in Bruges. Set inside a restored youth hostel, this place has 120 beds and a very lively atmosphere. Cleanliness level: Pristine.
It’s all modern minimal decor, which of course we love, but the convenience of this Bruges backpackers hostel is also 10/10. Loads of places can be got to by foot from here. Oh, and there’s a bar where you can get chatting to other backpacking peeps. OH, and there’s a free breakfast (a VERY good spread, might we add).
Best Party Hostel in Bruges – Charlie Rockets
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Luggage Storage
The best party hostel in Bruges maybe also has the best hostel name in Bruges. I mean, Charlie Rockets… what even? Anyway, yeah, it’s a lively place with a dang good bar. Cool thing: it’s set in what used to be an old cinema.
In the onsite restaurant they offer you a free beer with your meal, which is great, but in the bar downstairs there’s loads of games to play, a huge range of local beers, cocktails, all that jazz. Basic rooms, but you’re here to PARTY not sleep. It’s also 1 min away from the main square. Result.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Bruges – Lybeer Travellers Hostel
- Social Events
This hostel literally prides themselves on being the ‘homiest’ hostel in Bruges, and we wouldn’t say they’re wrong. This is a great place to meet and mingle with whoever else happens to be staying, making it a great shout for solo travellers.
There’s an onsite bar that’s really social, quiz nights, a good deck area where you can hang out – and generally an overall laid-back, happy vibe. The staff help a lot with that, which is always key in these sorts of places. Yep, definitely the best hostel for solo travellers in Bruges.
Best Cheap Hostel in Bruges – Herdersbrug Hostel
- Free Breakfast
- Free Parking
Newly renovated with en-suite bathrooms in each dorm, a big ol’ dining room and a lounge that overlooks the Boudewijn Canal, this budget hostel in Bruges may be a lil’ bit outside the city centre, but it’s good for a couple of nights – especially if you got your own wheels.
Sure, the rooms are a bit basic (and by basic, we’re talking utility cupboard), but if you’re really looking for a budget stay, this is the best cheap hostel in Bruges. Oh, and as a consolation, they do serve up a free brekkie.
Best Hostel for Couples in Bruges – Hostel de Passage
- Late Check-out
- No Curfew
Chic couldn’t get chicer in a Bruges backpackers hostel. Yep, this one’s definitely a hostel with personality – the lounge/bar downstairs is great for tasty, drinks and generally looking pretty dang cool.
We know couples love a bit of style and stuff (don’t they?) so we reckon this is probably the best hostel for couples in Bruges. Rooms are a little basic, but they’re still private, aren’t they? Location near the centre means you and your partner can be off and wandering Bruges’ boutiques and brasseries in no time.
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Bruges – HI Europa Brugge
- Breakfast Buffet (FREE)
- Outdoor Terrace
Are you travelling long term with a laptop in tow? Then you need to get yourself to this Bruges backpackers hostel if you need to get some work done. It’s the best hostel for digital nomads in Bruges. We’ll tell you why.
It’s got lots of bright, open spaces with lots desk space (as it’s called, otherwise we just call ’em tables). There are grassy gardens outside to recline in and ponder on life when you need a break. And don’t forget the bar a gin and tonic when the sun goes down.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Bruges – St Christopher’s Inn
- Outdoor Terrace
- Bicycle Hire
This is a usually pretty cool chain of hostels, and this branch of St Christopher’s Inn… in Bruges… is no different. The downstairs area looks like an antique shop – all eclectic things like mirrors and clocks around tables in the Bar.
Upstairs the rooms are pod beds with power points, but the private rooms are where it’s at. They’re clean and modern and pretty-nice-hotel quality. So, yes, this is our choice for the best hostel with a private room in Bruges. Free walking tours is a nice plus to get to the city. They also have a happy hour. That makes us happy.
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 Bruges
For when a hostel just won’t cut the mustard, this small round-up of the best budget hotels in Bruges will mean that there is something on our list for everyone. If you want to book a romantic trip with your partner and need to keep to a budget, or if you just wanna chill in a decent hotel for a reasonable price, there are plenty more places to stay in Bruges.
- Free Breakfast (BUFFET)
- Laundry Facilities
- Outdoor Terrace
This budget hotel in Bruges is set in the historic part of the city (I mean, which parts aren’t historic?) and you’ll find it down a cobbled street with medieval churches nearby. Pretty dang scenic if you ask us.
The hotel itself is very modern, wooden floors and big ol’ beds and some rooms even have open fireplaces – talk about stylish. This hotel caters for everybody, that means making it accessible for differently abled people. It also has a free breakfast buffet, which makes for a great start to the day.
- Free Parking
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
Surrounded by woodlands, this spacious hotel overlooks a garden which makes it a pretty chill spot to stay in. However, it is a short drive from the city centre. But there are regular buses that go to town from nearby, so it’s not all bad.
Staff at this budget hotel in Bruges help you out with things like navigating the buses (important) and they’re generally really nice. We’d recommend this Bruges hostel to anyone on a European road trip – it’s much easier than navigating the roads of the inner city.
- It’s A Boat
- Free Parking
Have you guessed from the name that this budget hotel in Bruges is a boat? Well, it IS literally a boat. And it’s located quite centrally on one of Bruges’ famous canals. Quirky little hotel. Not got for tall people. But one of the coolest hotels in Bruges.
There’s even a little terrace to have a tea (or coffee) on. It’s cosy and warm and super clean. Even when it rains it’s still a cute place to stay. Not as comfy as a hotel room, obviously, but this one’s all about the experience. And the owner’s on hand to answer any Qs should you have any.
What to Pack for your Bruges Hostel
Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.
1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Hostels are increasingly meeting backpackers’ demands for potable (drinkable) water. Now is better than ever to start traveling with a reusable water bottle! Aside from cutting down single-use plastic, The Active Roots stainless steel water bottle will also keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day long and it’s sized perfectly to fit an entire bottle of wine. ‘Nuff said.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Power Bank: Everyone knows the mini heart attack when your phone is about to run out of power. Surviving long bus rides without charging stations can be agonizing, which is why every backpacker should have this Anker Power Bank. You can charge your phone up to 5 times, or plug in two devices simultaneously. With high-speed charging and enough power to keep you going for days, you can conquer even the biggest adventures without a problem.
5. 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.
6. Headphone Splitter: Don’t be those awkward people sharing one earbud on the bus, as you show off your in-depth music knowledge to your new friend. A headphone splitter is a great item to bring traveling, it works fantastic on those long bus rides or easy dorm Netflix nights when you want to relax and connect with someone.
Why you should travel to Bruges
Now you know all there is to know about the best hostels in Bruges!
So, it turns out that you really CAN stay cheaply in this stunning Belgian city. And not all of them are typical hostels either – some of ’em are actually pretty boutique feeling as well.
And for extra choice, we’ve thrown in a few of the best budget hotels in Bruges, just to give you that extra choice and freedom from a hostel vibe.
But if you can’t choose, don’t worry! It’s all about Snuffel Hostel. This is the best overall hostel in Bruges and a good balanced place to stay for just about anyone. Have fun!
Travel Safety Tips for Bruges
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Over to you
By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Bruges 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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