Welcome to Croatia’s beautiful capital, Zagreb. Tree-lined avenues dotted with outdoor cafes blend in amongst the numerous green parks, colorful squares, and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture.

Croatia is fast becoming one of Europe’s prime destinations for backpackers. A growing hostel scene has emerged to meet the demand. There are in fact so many accommodation options popping up all over the capital that it can be a challenge to find the best hostels in Zagreb.

Fear not!

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the best hostels in Zagreb for 2020!

This hostel guide breaks down the best hostels in Zagreb by category; easily sort out which hostel is right for you based on your own personal preferences and budget.

Whether you are looking for the best party hostel in Zagreb, a romantic hideaway, or just a cheap sleep, I am certain there is something for every traveler on my list.

I know how important it is to book a hostel with the confidence of knowing that you won’t be disappointed with the outcome. Here you will find all of the insider knowledge so making the choice of which hostel to book is straightforward and easy-as.

Zagreb is a truly fantastic city to get stuck into, but before you do, let’s get stuck into my ultimate guide to the best hostels in Zagreb…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Zagreb

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Welcome to my no-stress guide to the best hostels in Zagreb 2020!

The 10 Best Hostels in Zagreb

Overall Best Hostel in Zagreb – The Cherry Hostel

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Hip. Clean. Modern. Awesome. The Cherry Hostel is the best hostel in Zagreb.
  • $$
  • BBQ
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Free Breakfast

Could it be… the overall best hostel in Zagreb ? (to the tune of Prince). Yes, yes it could. And when we say that we mean it, and it usually boils down to the staff being amazing and at The Cherry Hostel they are even what could be described as extremely helpful. Yep. The place itself is clean and modern, too. The surroundings are chill though shops and stuff are nearby – the centre of Zagreb is about a 15 min walk. But that’s ok. More than makes up for it with the relaxed atmosphere. Easily the best hostel in Zagreb 2020 – if you don’t want to party, that is. If you go, say hi to Bear the dog, will ya? (There’s a reason it’s called Bear, I mean, wow).

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Zagreb – Hostel Mali Mrak Zagreb

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Funky vibes and an even funkier lounge area makes Hostel Mali Mrak the best hostel for solo travelers in Zagreb.
  • $$
  • Free City Tours
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Self Catering Facilities

Soo… at first we were like, wow this place is bright – seriously the walls are painted in like every single colour ever, which is a bit mental. But then, actually, it’s a wonderful place. Yes: WONDERFUL, alright? Especially the outside patio area, which has a kitchen, picnic benches, ivy and lights which give it a pretty magical feel – a great place to meet fellow humans who are also travelling, which is why we think it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Zagreb. It’s also not a beer-guzzling party hostel, so you are free to chill and meet new peeps at your leisure. Deffo a highly recommended hostel in Zagreb.

Best Cheap Hostel in Zagreb #1 – Hostel Chic Zagreb

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For the price and effort, Hostel Chic is the best cheap hostel in Zagreb.
  • $
  • Common Room
  • Towels Included
  • Bicycle Hire

Although it calls itself Chic we’re not entirely sure this would win the award for the coolest hostel in Zagreb. But it tries. It tries hard enough to definitely be counted as a top hostel in Zagreb, which is fine by us – the place is modern, quite newly done, clean, a little cosy in the dorm rooms, maybe a bit too much lime green paint, but… yeah. Price-wise (and what you get for that price) it’s pretty much the best cheap hostel in Zagreb. Staff are awesome. AC everywhere. The only downside is that it’s a bit short on toilets which could be slightly annoying when it’s fully booked.

Best Cheap Hostel in Zagreb #2 – Main Squae

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Main Square is a solid choice and another one of the best cheap hostels in Zagreb.
  • $
  • Towels Included
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Air Conditioning

Main Square couldn’t get more industrial even if it tried. The walls are grey polished plaster. The ladders to the dorm beds are made from welded-together pipes. Parts of the bathrooms look like they’re made from shipping containers. There’s plywood furniture everywhere. A lot of metal framework and stuff like that. Sort of like a warehouse. A bit. But if you like that sorta thing you’ll love this top hostel in Zagreb. To be fair it’s pretty cool, but more to the point the facilities are excellent and the location is decent, but the common room’s a bit small and the atmosphere isn’t overly vibing.

Best Cheap Hostel in Zagreb #3 – Hostel Explorer

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Finally, to round off my list of best cheap hostels in Zagreb: Hostel Explorer. Details below…
  • $
  • Historic Building
  • No Curfew
  • Late Check-Out

Right in Zagreb’s old town, the location of Hostel Explorer is great if you wanna, well, explore, so at least the name is consistent. It’s set in an old building, and the common area is sorta down in a cellar bit with original brick archways and walls and stuff which is cool – and cosy – but upstairs the dorms are a bit basic-looking with standard metal-frame beds, you know? The staff could be a little more present here, but generally, for a quirky-ish place to stay with a fairly central location, this Zagreb backpackers hostel is a nice choice.

Best Party Hostel in Zagreb – Whole Wide World Hostel and Bar

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Looking to get down/sleep at a bar (kinda)? Whole Wide World Hostel and Bar can scratch that itch as it is the best party hostel in Zagreb.
  • $
  • Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24-Hour Reception

It’s deffo the ‘and Bar’ bit in this hostel’s name that piqued our interest when it comes to a party. And we weren’t wrong: a great atmosphere, great staff, organised pub crawls, beer pong tournaments, and something they call “The Greatest F’n Game Show Ever” – it all adds up to the best party hostel in Zagreb. Basically, it’s all about fun here, and if you’re up for it you’ll have a dope time, for sure. I mean, there’s free earplugs, free pancakes (on Tuesdays, inexplicably), free goddamn breakfast, comfy beds… The list goes on. If you don’t have a good time here you’re an idiot. AND it’s one of the cheapest available.

Best Hostel for Couples in Zagreb – Hostel Shappy

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Cute private rooms make up for the strange name: Hostel Shappy is the best hostel for couples in Zagreb.
  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning

Hostel… Shappy? Shappy? Fine, whatever, maybe they meant ShaBBy, like shabby-chic? That thing middle-aged people talk about as if it’s still new even though it peaked about 8 years ago? Cause the decor at Hostel Shappy is a bit like that, though more simple and elegant as a result. Yes, elegant. It’s a quiet place a little away from what some might call the madness of the city centre, so it’s the best hostel for couples in Zagreb – a little slice of couple-y heaven. Cute private rooms, cute courtyard, nice staff, clean; let’s say pleasant overall. Awesome coffee also. Bit pricey tho.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Zagreb – Swanky Mint

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Cool working spaces and fast internet makes Swanky Mint my top pick for the best hostel for digital nomads in Zagreb.
  • $$$
  • Pool
  • Bar & Cafe
  • The Name

Swanky Mint. Swanky Mint. Swanky Mint. Nothing. Can’t understand it. Name aside, this place is actually to be fair quite swanky. It’s pretty spacious, for one, with loads of space for your little laptop or whatever you work on – and since you’re working, you can afford the extra P this place costs, right? We say it’s the best hostel for digital nomads in Zagreb cause of, yeah, a) all that space, b) quite a nice place to be in, c) it’s right in the old town so you can take loads of Insta-friendly pics, d) bar downstairs is not only travellers, so you’ll feel a bit more ‘authentic’ which is what we all crave, right?

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Zagreb – Adriatic Train Hostels Zagreb

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Looking for an experience you can find only in Croatia? Adriatic Train Hostels is by far the coolest and best hostel with a private room in Zagreb. Oh yeah, it’s a train!
  • $
  • It’s A Train
  • Location Location Location
  • 24-Hour Reception

AdriaticcTrain Hostels is, like, a thing – only in Croatia, though we’ve seen the idea before. What idea? Turning an old sleeper train into a hostel, that’s what. As such you can see pretty quickly why we think it’s the best hostel with a private room in Zagreb. Sure, it’s unique, and you might be thinking, ‘oh you’re only saying that cause it’s a train’ – partly true only. It’s also got an amazing location right close to the centre (right next to King Tomislav Square), is much more comfortable than you’d expect it to be, has super friendly staff… A youth hostel in Zagreb with a difference.

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More Best Hostels in Zagreb

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The Wallaby Hostel

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Last but not least: The Wallaby Hostel: My final pick for one of the best hostels in Zagreb 2020. Don’t play too much beer-pong please…
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • 24-Hour Reception

You can tell by the name (it’s also Australian-owned) that this is gonna be a typical sorta Zagreb backpackers hostel – you can party, you can chill, it’s a bit basic, feels like a large communal house. There’s beer pong every night, which of course if you got your own plans you don’t have to partake in, but if you like getting your pong on you’ll probs love it here. Location-wise it’s a quick tram ride to the centre. Certaily there are an endless list of things to do in Zagreb so you’ll be plenty busy.  Finally, the rooms can get a bit hot, but this is a budget hostel in Zagreb and it’s a fun place so… so yeah.

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What to Pack for your Zagreb Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Universal Adapter

1. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter charges your devices in (pretty much) every country – definitely a lifesaver when travelling around the world. The plug also regulates the power output depending on which device you’re charging. No more fried hair dryers or electric razors!

Active Roots Water Bottle

2. 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.

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3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Playing Cards

4. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

5. 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!

Travel Pillow

6. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.

Why you should travel to Zagreb

Well guys, that’s all I got: you have made it to the end of my guide to the best hostels in Zagreb 2020.

As Zagreb continues to gain popularity with backpackers, you can be sure that even more hostels will pop up. Certainly there will be some winners and some losers in the new crop, and I’ll have to update this list!

Until then, you are now in full possession of my ultimate list of best hostel in Zagreb 2020.

The goal in writing this guide was to put all of the best accommodation options on the table. Hopefully you were able to sort out your ideal hostel from list.

Booking your hostel should be easy now that you know your choices intimately.

Backpacking Zagreb is bound to be one hell of a good time (be sure to check out the awesome nightlife to be found here!).

Remember, where you stay matters. That last thing I want for any fellow traveler is to wind up with a less-then-awesome place to stay.

All of the best hostels in Zagreb are at hand. It is up to you now which one to book…

Still not sure of which place is best for you? Feeling conflicted? No worries…

In times of uncertainty, I advise you to just book my top pick for the best overall hostel in Zagreb: The Cherry Hostel.

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

Happy travels guys!

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Hip. Clean. Modern. Awesome. The Cherry Hostel is the best hostel in Zagreb.

Travel Safety Tips for Zagreb

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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 Zagreb.

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Over to you

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