Best hostels in Bruges/Belgium
Belgium,  Western Europe

Best hostels in Bruges/Belgium

Do you plan to go on a trip to the beautiful and popular city in Belgium – Bruges? If so, read further to see the best hostels Bruges offers and save your money for accommodation while having a high standard and great service during your stay! Bruges offers great gastronomy and a lot of cafés and restaurants you can spend your money on, a lot of great sights and museums, so pity to spend a fortune just for accommodation! 

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country, and the seventh-largest city of the country by population. The historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO! Bruges a mild climate – with no great highs and lows. The summers are warm, without being hot. And the winters are cold, without being freezing. Be aware that rainfall in Bruges is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month. The best time to visit Bruges is the months of late spring and summer, namely the months between May and September.

It is oval and about 430 hectares in size. The city’s population is around 118 thousand inhabitants, of whom around 20,000 live directly in the city center. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and St Petersburg, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North. The national Brussels Airport, one hour away by train or car, offers the best connections.

Bruges has significant economic importance, thanks to its port, and was once one of the world’s chief commercial cities. Bruges is well known as the seat of the College of Europe, a university institute for European studies. Bruges is also known for its lace, a textile technique. Moreover, the city and its famous lace would go on to inspire the Thread Routes film series, the second episode of which, shot in 2011, was partly set in Bruges. Another movie, where you can discover Bruges very well, is a popular movie with Colin Farrell, named In Bruges.  

Best hostels in Bruges/Belgium

Bruges has most of its medieval architecture intact, making it one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The historic center of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Many of its medieval buildings are notable, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire reaches 115.6 m (379.27 ft), making it the world’s second-highest brick tower/building.

The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be the only of Michelangelo’s sculptures to have left Italy within his lifetime. Bruges’ most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 47 bells. The city still employs a full-time carillonneur, who gives free concerts regularly.

Bruges is home to many museums of various kinds. Its art museums include the Arents House, as well as the Groeningemuseum, which has an extensive collection of medieval and early modern art, including a notable collection of Flemish Primitives. Various celebrated painters, such as Hans Memling and Jan van Eyck, lived and worked in Bruges.

Bruges’ non-municipal museums include the Brewery Museum, Hof Bladelin, Choco-Story (chocolate museum), Lumina Domestica (lamp museum), Museum-Gallery Xpo: Salvador Dalí, Diamond Museum, Frietmuseum (a museum dedicated to Belgian fries), Historium (museum of the medieval history of Bruges), Lace center, St. George’s Archers Guild, St. Sebastian’s Archers’ Guild, St. Trudo Abbey, and the Public Observatory Beisbroek.

Best hostels in Bruges/Belgium

As you can see there is a lot of great places to be visited and seen in Bruges. Are you ready to see the best hostels you can find in this charming city? Let’s do it! Kindly just be aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 Snuffel Hostel

8.9 on Booking.com    9.4 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 58 USD Dorms from 20 USD

Snuffel Hostel

Set 800 m from the Market Square in Bruges, Snuffel Hostel is housed in a modern-style building with an interior garden and terrace. Free WiFi access is available. The hostel has a bar, where guests can try various types of Belgian beer. Snuffel Hostel offers rooms and a shared living area. Guests can also use the facilities in the shared kitchen.

Breakfast is available for all guests at no additional costs. The hostel has a multipurpose room where monthly activities take place. Luggage storage is also available in this hostel. If you want to explore the city by bike, you can rent them from here.

Snuffel Hostel

The hostel is 900 m from the Belfry of Bruges and 500 m from The Fries Museum.

Pros and Cons of Snuffel Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Great value for price
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Café and bar available
  • Garden and terrace available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Bike rental
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Towels for hire

#2 Lybeer Travellers’ Hostel

8.5 on Booking.com    8.6 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 56 USD Dorms from 28 USD

Hostel Lybeer Bruges

Hostel Lybeer Bruges is located in the Historic Centre of Bruges. The accommodation offers newly renovated rooms, daily activities, and a 19th-century lounge room with a bar where guests can enjoy a drink. The dorm rooms at Hostel Lybeer Bruges feature hypoallergenic bedding and high-quality beds. Each room has an individual design and a shared bathroom. They feature parquet flooring and free WiFi.

There is a shared kitchen at the property. The property organizes multiple activities per week, such as beer tasting, karaoke night, and a pub-quiz.

Hostel Lybeer Bruges

There is a supermarket only 180 m away from Hostel Lybeer Bruges. Bruges Train Station is 1 km from Hostel Lybeer Bruges, while Market Square is 500 m away. The Belfry tower is 600 m from the accommodation.

Pros and Cons of Lybeer Travelers' Hostel

Pros

  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Café and bar available
  • Outdoor terrace available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Breakfast is not included
  • Towels for hire
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

#3 St Christopher’s Inn – Bauhaus Hostel

8.1 on Booking.com    8.5 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 48 USD Dorms from 16 USD

St Christopher's Inn Hostel at The Bauhaus

Situated in a complex of six UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brugean step-gable houses and surrounded by Bruges‘ historical center, St. Christophers Inn – The Bauhaus offers the best party atmosphere and beer selection of any Bruges hostel. St Christopher’s Inn offers free hiking tours and a 24-hour front desk. The simply furnished rooms have bunk beds. A shower is fitted in the shared bathroom.

Each morning a continental breakfast buffet is served in the breakfast room. You can enjoy a broad variety of craft beers at the Bauhaus bar, pizzas are also offered. Free city-maps are available. Bicycle rental and other activities like beer tasting events in the hostels are offered.

St Christopher's Inn Hostel at The Bauhaus

Shopping street Steenstraat and the Groeninge Museum are 1.1 km from St Christopher’s Inn. The windmills are a 5-minute walk. Bruges Central Station is 12 minutes by bus. Market Square with the Belfry of Bruges is just a 13-minute walk. 

Pros and Cons of St Christopher's Inn - Bauhaus Hostel

Pros

  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Café and bar available
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor terrace available
  • Activities organized
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bike rental
  • Street parking for a fee

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels for hire
  • No female-only dorms 

#4 HI Europa Brugge

8.1 on Booking.com    8.1 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 113 USD Dorms from 26 USD

Europa Hostel Bruges

Europa Hostel Bruges offers accommodation 1 km from the city center and is close to the train station. The main tourist attractions are all within a 20-minute walk. Facilities include living-room, cozy bar, TV room, gardens, and playground. WIFI-Hotspot. Free private parking is available on site.

The hostel has Wireless Highspeed Internet access in the lounge! You can connect your laptop or use the internet kiosk. Meet other travelers in the lounge or on a sunny day outside on the terrace. Guests can enjoy a free buffet-style breakfast in the morning and the on-site bar in the evening with a variety of Belgian beers to choose from. You can play table tennis at this hostel, and bike hire is available.

Europa Hostel Bruges

Bruges’ city center is 2 km away and various public transport methods can be taken to get there. Brussels airport is a one-hour train ride away.

Pros and Cons of Hi Europa Brugge

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Bar available
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor terrace available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Bike rental
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Farer from the city center

#5 Hostel de Passage

    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 74 USD

Hostel de Passage

Offering a restaurant, Hostel Gran Kaffee Passage is located in Bruges. Free WiFi access is available. The accommodation is 450 m from the Church of Our Lady. Passage is the place to be…for it’s character, personality, wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere, and typical Belgian Cuisine. It is also Bruges’ most central Hostel.

Each room offers a private entrance and shared bathroom facilities. Extras include bed linen. At Hostel Gran Kaffee Passage you will also find a bar.

Hostel de Passage

If you fee like visiting the surroundings, the hotel is 280 m from Bruges Concert Hall, 600 m from Market Square, and 600 m from Belfry of Bruges.

Pros and Cons of Hotel de Passage

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Towels included in the price
  • Rooms have private entrance
  • Bar and restaurant available
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor terrace available
  • Family rooms

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • No classic dorms available

 

3 Comments

  • Michel

    Your post has made me wish we could travel at the moment, but with lockdown it is difficult. That picture you have of Belgium at the top of the article looks magical.

    I was amazed to read that the population for Bruges is 20 000 and the size is only 430 hectares. I guess being from South Africa, I am used to wide-open spaces, and people spread out a bit more.

    Nevertheless, it looks like a great city to visit with loads to do, and it can be a relatively cheap holiday especially on a budget as I see rooms go from only 28 USD.

  • Kit

    I know Bruges quite well, it is a pretty city that is worth a visit if you are in the country. Just one or two days in Bruges to enjoy walking by the canals and visiting some of the old buildings and churches is well worth it. It’s quite a small town though so I’m not surprised the hostel list is short. Is that all the options available or just the top few?

  • Philebur

    Hello there thanks for sharing such informative review. No doubt hostel accommodation is way better and cheaper than renting an apartment especially in Belgium. Regarding the fact Bruges is home to many museums of various kinds I think it is a wonderful city to visit in Belgium. Also the hostel accommodation are really comfortable and really nice

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