Best hostels in Sofia/Bulgaria
Bulgaria,  Eastern Europe

Best hostels in Sofia/Bulgaria

Heading to the capital city of Bulgaria? Check our list of the best hostels Sofia offers and save your money for accommodation! There is a lot of cute and comfy central located hostels in Sofia, so you just need to pick one of them! If you are a backpacker looking for a cheap accommodation in Sofia, you are on the right place!

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The city is at the foot of Vitosha mountain in the western part of the country. Being in the centre of the Balkans, it is midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, and closest to the Aegean Sea. Sofia has a humid continental climate, winters are relatively cold and snowy, summers are quite warm and sunny, but cooler than on the other side of Bulgaria. Springs and autumns in Sofia are usually short with variable and dynamic weather.

Sofia is the 13th largest city in the European Union. It is surrounded by mountains, such as Vitosha by the southern side, Lyulin by the western side, and the Balkan Mountains by the north, which makes it the second highest European capital after Madrid. The city is built on the Iskar river, and has many mineral springs, such as the Sofia Central Mineral Baths.

Best hostels in Sofia/Bulgaria

Sofia has been described as the ‘triangle of religious tolerance’. This is due to the fact that three colossal temples of the three world major religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism, reside inside the borders of the city, which are the Sveta Nedelya Church, Banya Bashi Mosque and Sofia Synagogue.

Being Bulgaria’s primate city, Sofia is home of many of the major local universities, cultural institutions and commercial companies. Sofia is one of the top ten best places for start-up businesses in the world, especially in information technologies. Sofia was Europe’s most affordable capital to visit in 2013.

In 1979, the Boyana Church in Sofia was included onto the World Heritage List, and it was deconstructed in the Second Bulgarian Empire, holding a lot of symbolic heritage to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

With its cultural significance in Eastern Europe, Sofia is home to the National Opera and Ballet of Bulgaria, the National Palace of Culture, the Vasil Levski National Stadium, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Serdica Amphitheatre. The Museum of Socialist Art includes a lot of sculptures and posters that educate visitors about the lifestyle in communist Bulgaria.

Best hostels in Sofia/Bulgaria

Public transport is well-developed with bus, tram and trolleybus lines running in all areas of the city. The Sofia Metro became operational in 1998 and becomes very wide until now with connection to the Sofia airport.  The master plan for the Sofia Metro includes three lines with a total of 63 stations.

Are you ready to see the best youth hostels Sofia offers? Let’s do it! Kindly 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 Hostel Mostel Sofia

8.6 on Booking.com    9.1 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 29 USD Dorms from 10 USD

Hostel Mostel Sofia

Hostel Mostel Sofia is set in a renovated building from the 19th century, enjoying a quiet location in the center of Sofia. A modern, shared kitchen is at guests’ disposal. Serdika underground railway station is a 10-minute walk away.

The comfortably furnished rooms have private and shared facilities. All rooms have access to free Wi-Fi and shared computers are available upon request. Guests may use the common living room which features a billiard table. A communal washing machine and dryer are available, while lockers are provided in the dormitory rooms. Hairdryer and ironing facilities are upon request.

Hostel Mostel Sofia

Hostel Mostel has a beautiful patio where guests can relax in nice weather, as well as a shared dining area. A 24-hour front desk and a bar can be found on site. Pub crawls and one-day excursions can be organized at the reception.

Sofia Hostel Mostel is a 25-minute walk from the bus station. Clubs, bars and restaurants can also be reached within a short walk. Sveta Nedelia Cathedral or the Archaeological Museum are close by.

Pros and Cons of Hostel Mostel Sofia

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Breakfast and dinner for free
  • Great value for money
  • Variable dorms and rooms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Meals available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Activities organized
  • Towels included
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Family rooms
  • Bicycle hire
  • Pet friendly
  • Children friendly
  • Street parking

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available

#2 Top Center Hostel

  8.9 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 33 USD Dorms from 18 USD

Top Center Hostel

TOP center – very comfortable private rooms are located just steps away from Serdika Metro Station. All major touristic attractions only minutes away. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, parks, markets, and malls. High-speed WiFi is also available!

Rooms are renovated with brand new beds and furniture. Only steps away from the main streets of Sofia’s downtown. he owner is available almost 24/7 to ensure a memorable and pleasant stay for all guests. He is able to give recommendations for everything in Sofia, Bulgaria!

Top Center Hostel
Private pick up and drop off from and to the airport is also possible with an additional charge. If you plan to have a tour of Bulgaria or just rent a car, please let the staff know!

Pros and Cons of Top Center Hostel

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Café & Bar available
  • Towels included
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Family rooms
  • Bicycle hire
  • Street parking

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Only cash payment upon arrival

#3 10 Coins Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com    8.9 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 50 USD Dorms from 8 USD

10 Coins

10 Coins Hostel is a comfortable family hostel which is situated in a quiet district close to the city center. It is located in a detached building which consists of three floors. Visiting the hostel, you will be pleasantly surprised by the prices.

10 Coins Hostel offers comfortable dorm rooms for the guests. All rooms are clean and spacious with cozy beds, fresh bedclothes, The towels are provided for the guests and there is free Wi-Fi available. Each floor has a kitchen, dining table, shower, and toilet. The entrance to the hostel territory is from the street and the hostel is surrounded by a high fence with an iron locked door.

10 Coins

10 Coins Hostel is situated near the park. There are many bars and restaurants with Bulgarian and international cuisine, a fantastic and cheap Chinese restaurant, a supermarket, an open fruit and vegetable market, ATM, a bank, pharmacy within walking distance from the hostel. 10 Coins Hostel location is ideal for safe parking and quiet sleep!

Pros and Cons of 10 Coins Hostel

Pros

  • Shared kitchen
  • Towels included
  • Bicycle hire
  • Children friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Breakfast not included
  • Limited front-desk hours
  • Farer from the city center

#4 123 Hostel

8.4 on Booking.com    8.8 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 44 USD Dorms from 8 USD

123 Hostel

Hostel 123 is magic please set in a quiet street close to the biggest university of Bulgaria so the area is full of restaurants and small places to have a drink or two. The huge Boris garden and Zaimov park are very close to the house. The Sofia University, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Opera, National Theater, National Library – all are within 5 -10 minutes of walking distance. The stop of the metro going directly to the Airport is 500 m away from the hostel. The central Train and Bus station is near to it as well.

There are small dorms with 4 and 6 beds and cozy private rooms at the best prices with free breakfast. The lovely garden and common room are the places to get to know each other both with fellow travelers and the staff. The garden and the common room are closed after 11 pm, so you will have a really good night’s rest.

123 Hostel

City tour, Pub crow, Rila monastery, Seven Lakes, etc. budget day tours are easily organized at the reception. The hostel is right in the city center with reliable high-speed free Wi-Fi all over the place.

Pros and Cons of 123 Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included
  • Great value for money
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Activities organized
  • Shared kitchen
  • Towels included
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Limited front-desk hours

#5 Moreto & Caffeto

8.4 on Booking.com  8.5 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 19 USD Dorms from 9 USD

Moreto & Caffeto

The hostel is located in a safe, relatively quiet district on the edge of the center of Sofia, 15 minutes walk from the main old center and the attractions there. Close is the beautiful South Park, as well as frequent public transport links to Vitosha mountain and other parts of the city. For food and drink, there are supermarkets, restaurants, and bars nearby.

The hostel is decorated by many different artists and contributors to provide an interesting environment and a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are fresh and clean, with metal-framed, sturdy beds, and high-quality mattresses. Many of the rooms, including the main dorm, have a balcony and plenty of light.

Moreto & Caffeto

There are frequent board game nights, movie nights (with drinking games), family dinners, amazing pancakes for breakfast (if we are in the mood, of course), and so on.

Pros and Cons of Moreto & Caffeto

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Bar & Café available
  • Activities organized
  • Shared kitchen
  • Towels included
  • Bicycle hire
  • Street parking
  • Pet friendly

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Farer from the city center
  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Limited front-desk hours

 

2 Comments

  • Sharon

    It’s fascinating how many hostels don’t include female-only dorms, is that the same in other countries? This is the first time I’ve come across that.

    Some of these hostels look fabulous, especially the first one – it looks more like a hotel. I’ll need to bookmark this page as Bulgaria is on my bucket list and I hate the hassle of finding accommodation. Thanks for making it so easy to navigate and giving both pros and cons. 

  • edahnewton1

    Hey nice article you have there. As a tourist having a suite that will meet my needs and guarantee my comfort is my utmost priority. Having go through the various excellent features of hotels I Sofia Bulgaria, I am convinced that the Moreto Caffeto will be suitable for me due to its proximity to the mountain which will definitely be an experience to reckon on and it’s pet friendly nature, I think Sofia city will definitely be my next city to explore in this year’s summer holiday.

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