One of the most gorgeous cities on the Adriatic Coast, Split is one of Croatia’s must-see travel destinations.

And with tons to do and see and plenty of hostels to choose from, Split has lots of options for the budget traveler.

Which is exactly why we wrote this article of the best hostels in Split.

With the help of this guide, you’ll know exactly which of the best hostels in Split, Croatia is best for you.

This is because we have organized the top hostels into different categories, to make it easy for you to pick!

Whether you are looking to party, get some work done, get some privacy, or just find the cheapest dorm bed available, our list of the 15 best hostels in Split is here to help you book your hostel stress-free.

 

Best Hostels in Split
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The 15 Best Hostels in Split

There are a ton of hostel options for budget travellers in Split so we’ve trimmed the fat, and taken the highest-reviewed hostels and put them all into one, easy to pick list.

These are our picks for the best hostels in Split Croatia in 2020.

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Overall Best Hostel in Split – Grand Hostel LerO

Grand Hostel Lero Best Hostel in Split
Grand Hostel is our best overall hostel in Split, Croatia
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Gran Hostel LerO is the overall best hostel in Split in 2020 for sure! Incorporating everything the modern hostel needs while maintaining a homely feel LerO’s is the best hostel in Split regardless of your travel style. Set in a gorgeous Secession Villa right on the Dalmatian coast LerO’s is a wonderful home base for travellers in Split. The dorms are simple but spacious and comfortable and offer incredible views of the impressive city skyline. Each and every guest gets a welcome drink on arrival and the team are happier to help make each and every guest’s stay as positive and memorable as possible.

Located in the Old Town, Splits oldest neighbourhood you’ll find LerO’s at the foot of Marjan hill.

Best Party Hostel in Split – Split Backpackers

Split Backpackers Best Party Hostel in Split
Run by young travelers, Split Backpackers is the best party hostel in Split
  • $$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

If you’re down for a good time in Split you should head to Split Backpackers. Well, surely we’re all down for a good time in Split. If you’re keen to party in Split then Split Backpackers is defo for you! True to their motto guests come as backpackers and leave as friends. There’s nothing quite like a night on the Croatian rakia in order to cement new friendships on the road! Run by young local guys and girls Split Backpacker is a fun and friendly youth hostel in Split! Split is a super seasonal city so know that things to get quite quiet around here once the sun sets on the summer.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Split – CroParadise Green Hostel

CroParadise Green Hostel Best Hostel for Solo Traveller in Split
CroParadise Green Hostel is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in Split
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

The best hostel for solo travellers in Split is the much-loved and super popular CroParadise Green Hostel. Green, green and more green you may need to don your sunglasses when you walk through the door; this place is bright! Bright it may be but super welcoming, affordable and chilled out it is too. Making it incredibly easy for solo travellers to find a new crew CroParadise is a really sociable hostel. If you wanna find the gang you should head to the common room, or hang out in the CroParadise cafe. Just 50m from the ancient Diocletian’s Palace, CroParadise puts solo traveller at the heart of action making it a top hostel in Split!

Best Cheap Hostel in Split – Backpackers Fairytale

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Backpackers Fairytale is the best cheap hostel in Split, Croatia
  • $
  • Cafe
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

If you’re looking for the best cheap hostel in Split you should seriously check out Backpackers Fairytale. Offering a comfortable and quiet night’s sleep while never lacking on the social side, Backpackers Fairytale is a brilliant youth hostel in Split for travellers on a tight budget. The staff at Fairytale are super friendly and will instantly become your new besties in Split. Creating an on-point hostel vibe, the Fairytale team can hook you up with day trips, bus tickets and more from their tours and travel desk. FYI, they have a dog called Tia who is the cutest!

Best Hostel for Couples in Split – Hostel Dioklecijan

Hostel Dioklecijan Best Hostel for Couples in Split
Great for all types of backpackers, we recommend Hostel Dioklecijan specifically for couples due to their nice private rooms
  • $$
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours & Travel Desk

If you’re travelling to Croatia with your lover you should totally check out Hostel Dioklecijian, the best hostel for couples in Split. This super cute hostel has a range of private ensuite rooms and whole apartments too if you fancy taking over! Hostel Dioklecijian is a great budget hostel in Split for couples, offering fairly priced private rooms throughout the year. The neighbouring indoor market is a must visit and you’ll defo find yourself buying one of everything! There’s always one person in the couple who is a shopaholic, is it you?!

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Split – Adria

Adria Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Split
While nothing can take the place of a co-working space, Digital Nomads can get some work done here and enjoy the perks of staying on the Adriatic!
  • $$
  • Free WiFi
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

Offering free, fast and reliable WiFi, as well as incredible views of the Dalmatia coast, Adria is the best hostel for digital nomads in Split. Lying just a matter of steps from the cool Adriatic Sea digital nomads can really live the dream while staying at Adria. Soon to be offering guests use of kayaks, Adria offers digital nomads the perfect work-life balance. A little away from Split city centre, Adria is a peaceful and inspiring environment to work in. The dorms are perfectly kept, cosy and comfortable. Other must-have digital nomad facilities like a guest kitchen and laundry facilities are also on offer at top hostel in Split, Adria.

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More Best Hostels in Split

Hostel Like Me

Hostel Like Me Best Hostels in Split
Hostel Like Me
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Late Check-Out

If you’re keen to stay in the historic old town of Split, also known as Veli Varoš you should check out Hostel Like Me. This highly recommended hostel in Split offers everything the modern backpacker could need including free WiFi, free bed linen, access to the guest kitchen and a late check-out service too. The dorms are minimalistic but comfortable and clean. The staff are really helpful and enjoy sharing their local knowledge with backpackers new to Split.

Bell Tower Hostel

Bell Tower Hostel Best Hostels in Split
Bell Tower Hostel
  • $$$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Late Check-Out
  • Air Conditioning

There is a lot to love about Bell Tower Hostel. A simple but homely Split backpackers hostel, Bell Tower is a great shout for travellers who want a relaxed and quiet stay in Split. Located in a friendly neighbourhood, guests at the Bell Tower are surrounded by shops, cafes and tourist hotspots galore. The team have recently renovated the guest kitchen which is sparkling clean and fully equipped. If you wanna learn about Split or need a hand arranging onward travel just holla, the Bell Tower team can help, no worries!

Downtown Split

Downtown Hostel Best Hostels in Split
Downtown Split
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Outdoor Terrace

Downtown Split is a highly recommended hostel in Split that is in one of the best locations, within the old city walls. If you’re a culture vulture wanting to immerse yourself in the most authentic side of the city then Downtown is the best hostel in Split for you. Placed in the heart of the Diocletian Palace and a matter of metres from the sea there is always something going on at Downtown. The dorms are simple, affordable and comfortable. Again, Downtown Split is quiet in the down season but no less charming,

Hostel Split

Hostel Split Best Hostels in Split
Hostel Split
  • $$
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport Transfer

Having hosted over 5000 backpackers in the summer of 2017 alone it’s safe to say that Hostel Split is the coolest hostel in Split in terms of vibe. Always busy and always bustling, for solo travellers or anyone in fact who wants to find a new crew in Croatia you better head to Hostel Split. Offering a warm welcome for all, Hostel Split is a classic backpackers hostel. If you’re heading to Split with your buddies and fancy a night away from the dorms why not treat yourself to a private dorm at Hostel Split; sleeping up to 4-people in a private room it’s a great way to divide the costs.

Design Hostel 101

Design Hostel 101 Best Hostels in Split
Design Hostel 101
  • $$$
  • Cafe-Restaurant
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

Design Hostel 101 is a great Split backpackers hostel for travellers with a keen eye for style and a little more cash to splash. Housing up to 101 backpackers every night Design Hostel is always busy and bustling, in a good way. Fun, friendly and chilled out, the Design Hostel 101 team have got the vibe bang on. Interestingly, each of the 101 beds is named after a different island; comfortable and educational, what more could you want?!

Cicada Hostel

Cicada Hostel Best Hostels in Split
Cicada Hostel
  • $
  • Cafe
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

Cicada is a great budget hostel in Split. Small and cosy, Cicada Hostel is perfect for travellers who wanna get out and about in the daytime and crash out at night. Just a 10-minute walk away from Dioklecians Palace Cicada Hostel puts backpackers right at the heart of the action in Split. Housing up to 14-people per night Cicada Hostel is the best hostel in Split for travellers who like a more reserved and relaxed place to stay.

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Old Town Split

Old Town Hostel Best Hostels in Split
Old Town Split
  • $
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Common Room

Old Town is a top hostel in Split and comes highly recommended by all who visit and it’s easy to see why. Offering everything the 2020 traveller could need, from a guest kitchen to free WiFi, from laundry facilities to air conditioning, Old Town ticks all the boxes. Old Town is the kinda youth hostel in Split where you instantly feel at home. The kinda place where guests and staff all cook dinner together and everyone is greeted like an old friend.

Apinelo Hostel

Apinelo Hostel Best Hostels in Split
Apinelo Hostel
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Security Lockers
  • Air Conditioning

Ideal for couples in particular Apinelo Hostel is a highly recommended hostel in Split. Offering mostly private rooms and apartments Apinelo Hostel gives you the privacy of a hotel and the social nature of a hostel. Win-win right?! Located within an easy walk of Split’s train station and ferry port Apinelo Hostel is a great youth hostel in Split for travellers on a flying visit. New to the scene, Apinelo is a wonderful Split backpackers hostel.

Mediterranean House

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Mediterranean House
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

As a highly recommended hostel in Split Mediterranean House is adored by all who visit. Ideal for travellers of every style Mediterranean House offers both private ensuite rooms and open dorms too. Just a 3-minute walk from Diocletian’s Palace, Mediterranean House is the dream for travellers who are keen to soak up the culture.  Mediterranean House is set in a gorgeous, traditional Mediterranean stone mansion in the very centre of Split’s historic old town. A real home from home, Mediterranean House is a top hostel in Split.

What to Pack for your Split Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Headphone Spltter

1. Headphone Splitter: You’re the one with the Netflix account and your friend wants to watch too? But you don’t want to share headphones? And you’re good people who wouldn’t disturb your dorm mates? That’s not going to be a problem with this Headphone Splitter! Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time, so both of you are able to listen to music or watch shows simultaneously. It comes in handy and won’t weigh you down.

best toiletry bag for one bag travel

2. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

Travel Pocket Soaps

3. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: When dirtbagging around the globe, hygiene sometimes comes a bit short. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap can wash your hands, clothes or anything else, wherever you are. The soap strips are dry and super thin but dissolve in contact with water, so you can even take it easily through security in a carry-on.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

4. 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!

Powerbank

5. 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.

Active Roots Water Bottle

6. Active Roots Water Bottle: With the Active Roots water bottle, you’ll reduce your single-use plastic consumption. Most hostels are starting to provide water stations to keep you hydrated on your travels, which is miles better than buying disposable bottles at the 7-11.

Why you should travel to Split

You are going to love Split.

And with the help of our insider guide to the best hostels in Split, you’ll be able to easily find a kick ass hostel that suits your travel style!

So which of the top hostels in Split are you going to book? The best party hostel in Split? Or the best hostel for solo travelers in Split?

Still can’t decide? Easy, just book with Grand Hostel LerO. Their impressive reviews, good value and list of freebies make them a no brainer as our pick for top hostel in Split for 2020.

Going on an extended Croatia adventure? Be sure to check out this awesome post on the best hostels in Croatia.

Grand Hostel Lero Best Hostel in Split
Grand Hostel LerO

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More Epic Hostels in Croatia and Europe

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

Planning an epic trip all across Croatia or even Europe itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Split 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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