Krakow is without a doubt one of the most up and coming backpacker cities in all of Europe.

It’s got amazing architecture, great hostels, epic nightlife, and most importantly – it’s very affordable.

But an influx of backpackers has created an influx of hostels, and now Krakow has a ton of them. Which is why we wrote this definitive guide to the best hostels in Krakow, Poland.

Our goal was to make it as easy as possible for you to find an awesome hostel. To do that we’ve taken the highest rated hostels and put them together into one list.

Then, to take this list even a step further, we’ve organized the best hostels in Krakow by YOUR needs. We understand that different people travel for different reasons and in different styles, and this list completely respects that.

So whether you are looking for the best hostel for solo travelers in Krakow, the best party hostel in Krakow, the best budget hostel in Krakow or anything in between – we’ve got you.

If you are traveling to Krakow on a budget, this is the best hostel-guide on the web. Period.

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Best Hostels in Krakow
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The 20 Best Hostels in Krakow

There are heaps of good hostels in Krakow, but what if you want more than good? What if you want to stay in one of the absolute best hostels in Krakow?

We’re here to help! We’ve carefully curated the top hostels in Krakow for you to choose between, and even split them into different categories to make your decision even easier. You’re welcome! But before you head off, make sure to figure out where to stay in Krakow first.

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Overall Best Hostel in Krakow – Mosquito Hostel

Mosquito Hostel Best Hostel in Krakow
Mosquito Hostel is an ‘itchin good time – best hostel in Krakow, Poland 2020
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Tour Desk

Don’t be put off by the name—there aren’t any blood-sucking bugs here! Mosquito Hostel is a vibrant and colourful place to stay. We love it so much that it’s our winner when it comes to the overall best hostel in Krakow in 2020 … and there’s a lot of stiff competition. The award-winning hostel has dorms and private rooms in various sizes and common areas include a modern and well-equipped kitchen with a dining room, a smokers’ balcony, and a chill-out room.

Wi-Fi is free and you will also get free breakfast and free laundry facilities. Cheap airport transfers and discounts on tours help you save even more money. And when it comes to socialising and activities, the diverse program of events is a fab way to meet people and make memories, with quizzes, competitions, drinking games, and more. Dorms are spacious and welcoming with plenty of storage space as well as large lockers.

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Krakow – Greg & Tom Hostel

Greg & Tom Hostel Best Hostel for Solo Traveller in Krakow
Greg & Tom Hostel is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in Krakow, Poland
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Café
  • Tour Desk

Not only is Greg & Tom Hostel our recommendation for the best hostel for solo travellers in Krakow but it’s also won a ton of awards, including the most secure hostel, the best small hostel, and the best hostel in Poland. You don’t need to just take our word for it that this place is seriously great! With members of staff who quickly become friends, a sociable vibe, and excellent common areas, it’s easy to meet buddies here. There are varied events to join in with too, and if you want to let your hair down more you’re welcome at their nearby party hostel too. There’s free breakfast each morning but, even more impressively, you’ll also get a free and filling evening meal too!

Best Party Hostel in Krakow – The Little Havana Party Hostel

The Little Havana Party Hostel Best Party Hostel in Krakow
Three on-site bars and nightly bar crawls make The Little Havana our pick for the best party hostel in Krakow, Poland
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Restaurant & Bars
  • Luggage Storage

Not only is The Little Havana Party Hostel one the best party hostel in Krakow, but the cool backpacker base is also one of Krakow’s biggest fun-time hostels. And that means tons of cool and interesting people to sink a few drinks with! There are three bars onsite and you can get grub from the hostel’s restaurant. Wanna take the party outside? Join the bar crawls! From beer pong and foosball competitions to karaoke nights and other drinking games, you’ll definitely have a laugh here. For days and nights off, the movie nights, sports shown on projectors, and budget tours are ideal. There’s a kitchen you can use and if you’re feeling a bit delicate in the mornings the free breakfast will set you right.

Best Cheap Hostel in Krakow #1 – Dizzy Daisy Downtown Hostel

Dizzy Daisy Downtown Best Cheap Hostels in Krakow
Low prices make Dizzy Daisy Downtown our pick for best budget/cheap hostel in Krakow, Poland
  • $
  • Café
  • Bike Hire
  • Laundry Facilities

It may not be the out and out cheapest hostel in Krakow but, in our opinion, Dizzy Daisy Downtown Hostel is the best cheap hostel in Krakow. Why? Well, apart from low prices for comfy beds in the eight- and ten-bed dorms, the hostel also has a great location in a peaceful part of town and handy conveniences. The common room has guest PCs and free Wi-Fi, and you can make yourself a free brew at any time. There are cheap laundry facilities onsite and the helpful staff members will give you loads of tips and help you book great tours. Bike hire, free luggage storage, a book exchange, and a terrace are just a few more things in its favour.

Best Cheap Hostel in Krakow #2 – Atlantis Hostel

Atlantis Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
Next up on my list of best cheap hostels in Krakow is Atlantis Hostel
  • $
  • Café-Bar
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Luggage Storage

Atlantis Hostel has a wide choice of private rooms and mixed dorms with lockers, making it a recommended hostel in Krakow for all types of travellers. In the heart of Krakow, you’ll be greeted with a big smile and treated to Polish hospitality throughout your stay. CCTV adds to your peace of mind and there’s free luggage storage, tea and coffee, maps, Wi-Fi, and computers that you can use. Cook up a storm in the kitchen and chill in the common room.

Best Cheap Hostel in Krakow #3 –  Hostel Centrum Sabot

Hostel Centrum Sabot Best Hostels in Krakow
Hostel Centrum Sabot is another one of the best cheap hostels in Krakow.
  • $
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage

Hostel Centrum Sabot is a centrally located budget Krakow backpackers hostel, found between the main station and market square and close to the highlights of the Old Town. There are bargain beds in ten-bed dorms and private rooms for two, three, and four. Being cheap doesn’t make it dull or shabby, though—there are free walking tours and bar crawls, a shared kitchen, a lounge, free Wi-Fi, a washing machine, and luggage storage. You deffo get heaps of bang for your buck here making it one of the best budget hostels in Krakow.

Best Hostel for Couples in Krakow – The Secret Garden Hostel

The Secret Garden Hostel Best Hostel for Couples in Krakow
Romantic vibes make The Secret Garden Hostel our pick for best hostel in Krakow for couples
  • $$$
  • Café
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Tour Desk

Even the name is enchanting: The Secret Garden Hostel. The best hostel for couples in Krakow, this romantic and secluded hideaway can be found in the atmospheric old Jewish quarter. There are only private rooms here, each with its own unique décor and designs. Some rooms are en-suite while others share bathrooms. You can still meet other travellers; the hostel has a shared kitchen and spacious dining area where you can hangout throughout the day. Free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a tour desk, airport transfers, and luggage storage also make this place appealing.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Krakow – Mundo Hostel

Mundo Hostel Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Krakow
Free Wifi, chill vibes and decent work space make Mundo hostel a great hostel in Krakow for Digital Nomads
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar-Café
  • Laundry Facilities

A cool place to stay, we also think that Mundo Hostel is the best hostel for digital nomads exploring Krakow. The vibe can be as casual, chilled, or sociable as you make it, and it’s possible to combine work, rest, and play here. Need some inspiration to hit those deadlines? Just look around you—the global themes are sure to help you remember why you work when on the road. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel as well as different seating areas both indoors and outside, and there’s also a guest computer in case you have dreaded technical issues. Fax services are also sometimes handy for those who travel with their work.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Krakow – Pink Panther’s Hostel

Pink Panthers Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
Pink Panthers is the best hostel with private rooms in Krakow due to their excellent prices…
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Tour Desk

Pink Panther’s Hostel is all about social fun and partying. Pre-game in the lively bar before painting the town red on the nightly bar crawls, show off your beer pong skills, and feel a bit posh at the wine and Champagne evenings—and all with great company. You won’t be lonely for long in the lounge and kitchen as there’s always a buzz of activity and loads of people around. Lockers, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free tea and coffee are other pluses. It’s no wonder that it’s among the best hostels in Krakow for 2020.

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More of the Best Hostels in Krakow

And, if those six fabulous Krakow hostels weren’t exactly what you were looking for, here are even more top hostels in Krakow so you can find just the right place for you. Lot’s of travellers come to Krakow for a weekend – whether it’s for partying, exploring or chilling, the following hostels will be the best accommodation for your short trip.

Greg & Tom Party Hostel

Greg & Tom Party Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Games Room

If you want a wild time in Krakow, you can’t go wrong with a stay at Greg & Tom Party Hostel. As the name says, it’s a top party hostel in Krakow, with its own funky bar, themed parties every night of the week, pub crawls, and tons of cool activities and events. When it comes to food you’ll be spoilt at this top hostel in Krakow – the hearty breakfast has hangover-busting foods, and there’s a buffet a bit later on if you just can’t get out of bed first thing. The free dinner in the evening—yes, FREE!—loads you up with carbs for your night ahead. No need to worry about your stuff while you’re living it up, thanks to the security lockers, CCTV, and key card access to each dorm. With a shared kitchen, lounges with TVs and Wiis, free Wi-Fi, tour booking services, luggage storage, and more, what more could you want?! Just don’t bank on getting much sleep here!

Luneta Warszawska Hostel

Luneta Warzawska Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$$
  • Games Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage

If you and your pals, BFF, love interest, or family are looking for somewhere that bit different to the norm to stay in Krakow, Luneta Warszawska Hostel could be perfect. Located in an old fortress, it combines original features and modern comforts. This cool youth hostel in Krakow certainly has lots of character! Book a private room for two or eight and take advantage of the shared cooking facilities, common room, kids’ play area, laundry facilities, and free Wi-Fi.

Oleandry Hostel

Oleandry Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $
  • Restaurant
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free Parking

Oleandry Hostel is one of the best budget hostels in Krakow. It’s within a short walking distance of the historic and bustling Market Square. A terrific central base for budget backpackers, it has dorms for four and ten and there are bathrooms on every floor. Sleeping more than 200 people, you can make tons of new mates if you want to. Hangout in the TV room and get creative at mealtimes in the kitchen to save even more dosh. Wi-Fi is free, there’s parking outside, and you can easily store your luggage here if you have a late departure.

Woodpecker Hostel

Woodpecker Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Tour Desk
  • Laundry Facilities

Woodpecker Hostel is a top hostel in Krakow for travellers who prefer the laid-back and chilled-out life to the party scene. Get a good night’s sleep in a six-, eight-, or ten-bed dorm; your bed will already be made when you arrive and all guests have a locker. There’s a basic breakfast included each morning and you can re-energise with free tea and coffee all day long. It’s an especially attractive Krakow hostel for alternative travellers.

Let’s Rock Hostel

Let's Rock Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Tour Desk

A lively Krakow backpackers hostel where the party mood reigns supreme, it’s tough to feel bored at the energetic Let’s Rock Hostel! There’s always something going on, from karaoke nights, sangria tastings, movie evenings, and vodka sessions. Get merry here before heading out to the local clubs and pubs to live it large. The common room and kitchen are open around the clock; it’s ideal for night owls! Free stuff includes breakfast, hot drinks, Wi-Fi, and lockers.

Chilli Hostel

Chilli Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $
  • Lockers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Airport Transfers

A cheap and cheerful youth hostel in Krakow, Chilli Hostel may be situated a little out of the heart of the city, but it’s very well connected by public transport. If you’re feeling energetic you can walk too. Airport transfers and 24-hour reception make this a great alternative to spending the night at a Krakow hostel near the airport. There are mixed dorms for eight and private rooms for two. The TV room is a top place to mingle or unwind.

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Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel

Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Restaurant-Bar
  • Bike Hire

Another top hostel in Krakow from Greg & Tom, the Beer House Hostel is lively, fun, clean, secure, sociable … pretty much everything you’d expect from a top-class hostel. The onsite bar and restaurant serves tasty food and more-ish drinks, but why pay when you can have stuff for free? Yep, you can start your day with a free breakfast then tuck into a free community dinner every evening. That’s not all, though, folks; beer is free too for an hour every night! Mix it up and make your own meals in the kitchen if you like. The common room has bags of space, with a TV, PS3, free tea and coffee, a free-to-use PC, and free Wi-Fi. Plus, there are tours and activities for an even greater stay.

Bubble Hostel

Bubble Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Luggage Storage
  • Laundry Facilities

The chilled Bubble Hostel is a fairly new youth hostel in Krakow. It has mixed and female-only dorms as well as private rooms, and common areas include clean bathrooms with hairdryers, a modern kitchen and dining area, and corridor seating, Dorms are spacious and have lockers and loads of natural light. You’re sure to feel at ease here. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi, keep on top of the essentials with the laundry facilities, and book tours with ease.

Ginger Hostel

Ginger Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Luggage Storage
  • 24-Hour Reception

Another great youth hostel in Krakow, Ginger Hostel sits by the river and is just a short walk from the Old Town. It has a variety of dorms and privates to suit different budgets and expectations. All beds are comfy and everyone in a dorm has a locker. The large common room has a kitchen at one end, a dining table, a breakfast bar/work desk, beanbags, and a homey sofa. Flick on the TV or chat with others; it’s your call. There’s plenty of choice at the breakfast buffet, included each morning for free.

Blueberry Hostel

Blueberry Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Café
  • Tour Desk

The six-bed dorms at Blueberry Hostel are comfy and stylish with an olde-worlde charm. And, no ladders! You won’t find any bunks here. Most dorms have a table and chairs, and there are small seating areas around the hostel as well. Breakfast is free and you can show off your cooking skills in the kitchen. It’s a recommended hostel for a weekend in Krakow for people who plan to spend most of their days out and about discovering the city and want a comfortable place to return to each evening. The friendly staff members help to make this place special.

Cracow Hostel

Cracow Hostel Best Hostels in Krakow
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Café
  • Book Exchange

Affordable prices, a great location, friendly members of staff, a sociable yet laid-back and low-key vibe, and good facilities make this a popular Krakow backpackers hostel. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are free and handy features include a tour desk, a book exchange, and tea and coffee making facilities. The large common area is cheery and has a TV, kitchen corner, and different seating areas, and there’s a further lounge that feels like you’ve visited a friend at home. People who work remotely will like the quiet computer area.

What to Pack for your Krakow Hostel

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Active Roots Water Bottle

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AR Towel

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Universal Adapter

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Travel Pocket Soaps

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Why you should travel to Krakow

There you have it! The definitive list to the best hostels in Krakow, Poland.

With the help of this guide, you’ll be able to easily pick a hostel that best suits your travel style, so you can focus on what matters – exploring this amazing Polish city.

Still can’t pick one hostel? Don’t worry, just book at Mosquito Hostel. It’s our pick for best hostel in Krakow for 2020.

Mosquito Hostel Best Hostel in Krakow

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More Epic Hostels in Poland and Europe

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Over to you

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

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