Lithuania’s capital might be little known to many people, but Vilnius is bursting with Baroque beauty, crumbling old lanes hiding edgy creativity, a bold and liberal atmosphere, and a complex history. There’s a whole lot going for this non-touristed Lithuanian city.

Erupting out of a pretty heavy Soviet era (there’s loads of museums about that), Vilnius is now complete with boutiques, cool bars, a lively nightlife plus a heck of a lot of charming streets to basically get lost down. A cool, fascinating place for any backpacker to explore.

But… where is Vilnius again? Seriously, are there even any hotels here let alone backpacker-friendly hostels for you to stay in on a budget?

YES! Loads of places! And we’ve made life super easy for you by sorting through all the best hostels in Vilnius so you can find the one that will suit you most.

Our handy list of the top Vilnius backpacker hostels awaits!

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Best Hostels in Vilnius

The Best Hostels in Vilnius

Before you start booking your accommodation, you have to figure out where to stay in Vilnius. The city isn’t the smallest and there are a lot of awesome neighbourhoods. Once you’ve decided on the best place for you, let’s have a look at the perfect hostel for you!

Best Overall Hostel in Vilnius – Mikalo House

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Mikalo House is our pick for best overall hostel in Vilnius
  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Cable TV
  • Outdoor Terrace

Mikalo House is a slice of homely cosiness with a super friendly host on hand to help you with whatever you might need – and quite easily the best overall hostel in Vilnius. (Possibly down to the amazing host).The social area is pretty cool here, plus the kitchen is (ALWAYS) a great place to get chatting to new people. This Vilnius backpackers hostel is also just a couple of minutes walk to the old town. Rooms are simple, but clean and well maintained.

Best Party Hostel in Vilnius – Jimmy Jumps House Hostel

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Jimmy Jumps House Hostel is our pick for best party hostel in Vilnius
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • No Curfew
  • Bar

With its friendly and fun atmosphere (I mean, couldn’t you tell from the zany name?) this top hostel in Vilnius was actually set up by a Canadian who loves to travel, so you can trust that the atmosphere here is one that a lot of backpackers can get on board with.And yep, it’s fun and the vibe is good for getting to know people. But in essence let’s be honest: this place is a party hostel. The best party hostel in Vilnius in fact. It’s all about drinking and good times. There’s a bar. And in the morning you get free waffles. Fine by us.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Vilnius – 25 Hours Hostel

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25 Hours Hostel is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Vilnius
  • $$
  • Late Check-out
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Free Parking 25 Hours

Hostel? Really? But that’s literally crazy. Anyway… this recommended hostel in Vilnius is super friendly and ultra clean, which are always things that help a hostel not be bad. No bunk beds definitely help too: no creaking!Vibe wise, well, it’s small and quiet, but it’s still a decent place to meet fellow backpackers. Plus if you want atmosphere you can head out into town with your new mates – it’s just a short walk to the old town, plus pretty close to the bus station too.

Best Cheap Hostel in Vilnius – Pogo Hostel

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Pogo Hostel is our pick for best cheap hostel in Vilnius
  • $
  • Book Exchange
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bicycle Hire

Set in a part of Vilnius that’s pretty much the ‘alternative’ area, this Vilnius backpackers hostel is a great shout if you like nightlife. But the hostel itself is pretty quiet, not in a dead way but in a chilled way.There’s not a lot of anything going on (activities or such like), but the staff are nice and the rooms are decent enough. Basically, if you’re looking for the best cheap hostel in Vilnius, well, here it is. As we often say, don’t expect the Ritz though.

Best Hostel for Couples in Vilnius – Downtown Hotel & Forest Camping

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Downtown Hotel & Forest Camping is our pick for best hostel for couples in Vilnius
  • $$$
  • Bar/Cafe
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Communal Kitchen

A super cute place, don’t be fooled by the name – it ain’t just forest camping (you can, however, camp if you like). The best hostel for couples in Vilnius, this place is set in a creative lil’ pocket of the city and it’s rustic and warm. Cute, like we said.So yeah, it’s not actually a forest: it’s a garden with loads of trees in it. But never mind. This recommended hostel in Vilnius is peaceful and has a lot of heart. There’s a fireplace in the lobby. The staff are nice and leave notes and earplugs next to your bed. The beer garden is a chill place to hang out and get chatting to locals, too.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Vilnius – Fabrika Hostel & Gallery

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Fabrika Hostel & Gallery is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Vilnius
  • $
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Security Lockers

One of the coolest hostels in Vilnius, this place is all minimalist and modern industrial chic, which is pretty stylish we gotta say. There’s loads of benches with stools, and tables and chairs, making it good if you’ve got a laptop and you’re raring to go with some hardcore emailing.So, yeah, it’s the best hostel for digital nomads in Vilnius, too. This place is also close to the city centre, so you can easily escape from your new workspace if you need to and head to a local cafe or do a lil’ bit of shopping or something.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Vilnius – B&B&B&B&B

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B&B&B&B&B is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Vilnius
  • $$
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Cafe/Bar

Nice, nice, nice, very nice, and probably actually the coolest hostel in Vilnius, we might just wanna move into this place it’s just THAT chic. Seriously. Quirky little design touches like wooden palettes, houseplants everywhere, old floorboards – and is that a skate ramp inside…?Even the bar is cool. And they play loud music at the weekends. But DANG this is the best hostel with a private room in Vilnius. They are literally like stylish little city apartments. Cool, spacious, fun… I mean, we could go on about this TOP hostel in Vilnius…

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More Best Hostels In Vilnius

Haven’t found the right hostel for you yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got even more coming your way! Remember to plan your trip beforehand, so you don’t end up stressed because you might miss out on something.

Hostel Jamika

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Hostel Jamika
  • $$
  • Bar
  • Games Room
  • Book Exchange

A great place to meet people and get together with some fellow travellers, this recommended hostel in Vilnius features a nice lil’ backyard area to socialise in which is always fun. The hostel also puts on events like trips to the flea market, movie nights and burger days… and it has a bar. I mean, we’re IN!!!Probably one of the best social hostels in Vilnius, this place also comes WITHOUT bunk beds (always a plus for us) – instead they have actual beds with privacy curtains around them. There is a vague music theme here: Bob Marley features quite a lot.

Hostelgate

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Hostelgate
  • $
  • Foosball
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Cable TV

Hostel Gait is an easygoing, chilled out place to stay. It boasts big common areas where you can chill with a cup of tea or coffee or whatever. You can even chill in the hostel SAUNA. Whaaat? Yep, that’s right, there is one here.Located next to the Gate of Dawn in the old town, staying at this top hostel in Vilnius means being just a short stroll from churches and other stuff in the area. The helpful staff will also give you insider tips to find proper Lithuanian places to eat and drink.

Filaretai Hostel

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Filaretai Hostel
  • $
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Luggage Storage
  • Communal Kitchen

This Vilnius backpackers hostel is set inside a BIG building and although it’s a lil’ bit outta town, you can still get to the old town pretty easily by using your feet to walk there. Yep, but this place is big: 84 beds big to be exact.There’s a kitchen here to make yourself some snacks and stuff. And unless you’re lucky you’re probs not gonna make a lotta new friends, but it’s a decent place to stay and the decor is pretty cool too. A good place to stay if you’re already WITH friends, we reckon.

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What to Pack for your Vilnius Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Travel Pocket Soaps

1. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.

Travel Pillow

2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest.  Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.

Active Roots Water Bottle

3. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste –  save the planet by filling up your bottle.

Headphone Spltter

4. 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.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

5. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: You’ll have some pretty sorry roommates – it happens from time to time. These noise-canceling earbuds help mitigate the damage. The comfortable and ergonomic design won’t hurt your ears while sleeping no matter how long you keep them in. Increase the quality of your sleep by listening to some relaxing music at night or just enjoy the silence.

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6. 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.

Why you should travel to Vilnius

So there you have it. Don’t you feel enlightened about the best hostels in Vilnius now?

There are loads of cool places to suit the equally cool Lithuanian capital – from hostels that ooze design led cool to places primed and ready to party.

Whether you want to be near the old town and its cool bars or further out of town in a chilled hostel, we reckon you’ll find a hostel here that’s right for you.

But if you still can’t decide? Don’t worry! We totally understand…So for an easy decision, we’d say just go for Mikalo House, easily the best overall hostel in Vilnius.

Now you’ll have a base from where you can truly discover one of Europe’s lesser-known gems. Enjoy!

Mikalo House best hostels in Vilnius

Travel Safety Tips for Vilnius

And don’t forget to sort your travel insurance before heading to Vilnius! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

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More Epic Hostels in Lithuania and Europe

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

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Over to you

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