Top hostels in Zagreb/Croatia
Croatia,  Southern Europe

Top 12 hostels in Zagreb/Croatia

Do you travel to Croatia and plan to visit Zagreb, the capital city? If so, we are here to show you the top hostels you can find in this charming city! If you looking for the best hostel or youth hostel Zagreb offers, you are in the right place!

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city in Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Every year millions of tourists visiting this vibrant city. The hottest months are July and August, the ideal time for visiting Zagreb from the point of weather in April and May and September and October.

Let’s look at some basic information about Zagreb:

The largest demographic boom in the history of the town become in the 1920s, when the population of Zagreb increased by 70 percent. During World War II, Zagreb became the capital of the Independent State of Croatia, which was backed by Nazi Germany and the Italians.

The history of Zagreb in World War II became rife with incidents of regime terror and resistance sabotage, and the Ustaša regime had thousands of people executed during the war in and near the city. The city was taken by the Partisans at the end of the war.

Top hostels in Zagreb/Croatia

From 1945 until 1990, Zagreb was the capital of the Socialist Republic of Croatia, one of the six constituent socialist republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The cargo railway hub and the international airport Pleso were built south of the Sava river. The largest industrial zone (Žitnjak) in the south-eastern part of the city represents an extension of the industrial zones on the eastern outskirts of the city, between the Sava and the Prigorje region.

The area between the railway and the Sava river witnessed a new construction boom after World War II. After the mid-1950s, construction of new residential areas south of the Sava river began, resulting in Novi Zagreb (Croatian for New Zagreb), originally called “Južni Zagreb” (Southern Zagreb). Today Novi Zagreb is divided into two city districts: Novi Zagreb-zapad (West Novi Zagreb) and Novi Zagreb-istok (East Novi Zagreb).

Let’s now look at what is the best hostel in Zagreb and what hostels are offered in this city all over. 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 Hostel Mali Mrak

9.0 on Booking.com    9.8 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 42 USD Dorms from 13 USD

Hostel Mali Mrak

One of the most unique and beautiful hostels on our website! Do you need a break from generic hostels and commercial routines? If you’re looking for a place with sublime atmosphere, local culture & genuine hospitality, then Mali Mrak may be the place you’re looking for!

Each floor has AC, the hostel is pet and bike-friendly (it is also home of Fenris, a unique dog, and mastermind). People with cars have free parking in a safe, public area. All beds have privacy curtains and individual power sockets. The house features 3 kitchens, one of them a huge outdoor kitchen located in the vibrant, green garden. You can even cook there while it’s raining. Don’t forget to bring padlocks for the lockers! 

Hostel Mali Mrak

Food is good and affordable in town, but cooking is a lovely thing and brings people together, so make good use of it :). If you’re visiting in late summer/early autumn, the garden is giving an abundance of grapes – you’re free to pick them as you sit, as they literally grow over our heads. The House itself is organic, cozy, and full of details, they do everything local and handmade, with lovely clean dorms that are constantly upgraded and decorated! 

Pros and Cons of Hostel Mali Mrak

Pros

  • Outdoor terrace
  • Quiet location outside the city
  • Garden available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bikes for rent
  • Pet friendly
  • Street parking available
  • Towels included
  • Not a party hostel

Cons

  • Farer from the city center
  • No female-only dorms available
  • Meals not available
  • Not a party hostel

#2 Boutique Hostel Shappy

9.1 on Booking.com    9.3 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 33 USD Dorms from 14 USD

Boutique hostel Shappy

Looking for a unique property with modern and cozy facilities, located right in the city center, and at the same time for a great price? Boutique Hostel Shappy is located in the heart of downtown Zagreb (Flowers square), offering you a quiet cozy safe place, seconds away from it all, in hotel-like luxury at hostel-like prices.

A 2-minute walk to the bustling hub of Zagreb, the central square. “Taste of Croatia” locally sourced buffet breakfast, free parking for private room guests, ultra-fast wifi, super clean linens, towels, and blankets in every room.

Boutique hostel Shappy
From the courtyard garden terrace, you can walk into the reception lounge with a big screen Smart TV, or to your luxurious smart-card private room, or squeaky-clean smaller room with shared bathrooms upstairs.

Pros and Cons of Boutique Hostel Shappy

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Great value for the price
  • Quiet location in the city center
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Towels included
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Not a party hostel

Cons

  • Limited front desk hours
  • Not a party hostel

#3 The Dots Hostel

9.3 on Booking.com    9.3 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 37 USD Dorms from 18 USD

The Dots Hostel

The Dots Hostel is a new hostel in the center of Zagreb. Assisting and kind staff will welcome you to the reception and provide you with all the necessary tourist information. Free WiFi is accessible in the whole property. Within walking distance of The Dots Hostel’s guests will find most major sights, while the Zrinjevac Park can be reached in 250 m.

Guests can enjoy common rooms – bar, dining room, friendly saloon and Internet corner. In the bar, they are serving drinks, hot and cold beverages, sandwiches and high-quality continental breakfast.

The Dots Hostel

This hostel offers spacious rooms and dorms with private and shared bathroom facilities. All rooms have safety lockers, sitting area and reading-lights by each bed.

Pros and Cons of The Dots Hostel

Pros

  • Variable rooms available
  • Towels included
  • Family rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Limited front-desk hours
  • No kitchen avaiable

#4 Kaptol Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com    9.4 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 42 USD 

Kaptol Hostel

Looking for a hostel, that looks like a hotel, offering free breakfast, family and double rooms for a great price? If so, is this property the right one for you! Ideally located just steps away from the Cathedral and the main square, Kaptol Hostel offers an on-site restaurant and a bar with terrace. The rooms are air-conditioned and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

All rooms have a wardrobe and a safety deposit box. At Kaptol Hostel there is a 24-hour front desk, and you can use a shared kitchen or relax at the common lounge area. Towels are included in the price, you can also hire a bicycle. You can have your dinner at the local restaurant as well! 

The vibrant Dolac Marketplace and Zrinjevac Park are in the immediate vicinity of the Kaptol Hostel. The historic Upper Town boasting nice city views can be reached in a 5-minute walk.

At the main square, there is a tram stop with connections all around the town. The main train station is 0.7 mi away, while the bus station is about 5 tram stops away. The shuttle bus to Zagreb Airport departs from the Main Bus Station every 30 minutes.

Pros and Cons of Kaptol Hostel

Pros

  • Fantastic location
  • Free breakfast
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bikes for rent
  • Towels included
  • Family rooms available
  • 24-hour front desk

Cons

  • Not a classic dorms available
  • Not a party hostel

#5 The Cherry Hostel

8.9 on Booking.com    9.2 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 57 USD Dorms from 17 USD

The Cherry Hostel

The Cherry Hostel is located in Zagreb, near one of the main roads, Savska Street. All major city attractions can be reached in a 20-minute walk or easily by tram in 7 minutes. There is also a bar and a terrace, while Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

Rooms are colorfully decorated and offer simple furnishings such as a desk and chair and a locker. The apartment is fully equipped for a self-catering stay. There is also a shared lounge where all guests can socialize and watch TV. You can relax in the Café bar known for its beautiful interior coated in leather, wood, and marble, where you can enjoy delicious coffee. If you are not a coffee fan, you can try local beer and spirits (rakija).

The Cherry Hostel

The closest restaurant is just 50 m from the property, while numerous other bars, shops, restaurants, and attractions can be found on Savska Street, just a few steps away. There is also a green park located just across the street.

Pros and Cons of The Cherry Hostel

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Bar available
  • Bikes for rent
  • Towels included
  • Family rooms available

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • No shared kitchen available
  • Limited front-desk hours

#6 Main Square Hostel

9.2 on Booking.com    8.9 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 38 USD Dorms from 13 USD

Main Square Hostel

Main Square Hostel Zagreb is a perfect place to start your search of the city because it’s located right by the Zagreb’s central square. All major Zagreb attractions are located nearby the hostel, within walking distance. The modern-style hostel offers beds in a dormitory and rooms with an attached bathroom with free WiFi access and a shared lounge.

Employees are at your service 24/7; they are willing to make your stay as pleasing and enjoyable as possible.

Main Square Hostel
Main Square Hostel  also offers linen & pillows, towels, dryer and washing machine, PlayStation 4, TV, air conditioned rooms, perfect location – right on the Central Qquare.

Pros and Cons of Main Square Hostel

Pros

  • Fantastic location
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Mini-supermarket available
  • Towels included
  • Daily activities

Cons

  • Possible noise from the street
  • Breakfast not includet

#7 Whole Wide World Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com    9.1 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 35 USD Dorms from 11 USD

Whole Wide World Hostel

Finally, let’s look at one of the party hostels Zagreb offers! Having the cheapest pub crawl in town, beer pong competitions and events every day of the week – if is this something you are looking for, is this property the right for you!

Set in the center of Zagreb, Whole Wide World Hostel is located near Britanski Square and provides free WiFi, a PC, and air-conditioned rooms. All rooms also feature lockers for each bed and are fitted with simple furnishings and large windows that provide a lot of light. Each floor features one shared bathroom. Don’t forget to take your own towel.

Whole Wide World Hostel

A shared fully equipped kitchen is at guests’ disposal. The reception features a safe and a tour desk. Feel free to bring your own alcohol into the hostel (NOT the bar) and make yourself at home. 

Pros and Cons of Whole Wide World Hostel

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Party Hostel
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Evening events

Cons

  • Towels not included
  • Party hostel

#8 Swanky Mint Hostel

9.1 on Booking.com    9.0 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 32 USD Dorms from 12 USD

Swanky Mint Hostel

In Swanky Mint you will be welcomed by a team of young travelers, meet locals in the adjoining bar and hang out with people from all over the world in the cool and quirkily decorated facilities. Dive into the perfect harmony of old and new Zagreb in the renovated 19th-century factory with eco-friendly facilities!

Located on the doorstep of the old town Zagreb, Swanky Mint offers dorms, private rooms, and studio apartments, sunny terraces, common rooms with fully equipped adjoining kitchen and a seasonal pool in the form of a green oasis just a few steps away from the bustling city center.

Swanky Mint Hostel

Offering free WiFi, linens and towels, lockers, ensuring security and privacy in all the rooms and dorms, as well as AC and TV, Netflix in deluxe private rooms, Swanky Mint is a place to make fun and (in)appropriate memories to last you a lifetime. When you arrive tired and hungry, make sure to check out the adjoining restaurant Soi Fusion which was proclaimed the best new restaurant in Zagreb. 

Pros and Cons of Swanky Mint Hostel

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Meals available
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Daily and evening activities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Family rooms
  • Pet friendly
  • Street parking available
  • Towels included

Cons

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#9 Bubu Hostel

9.3 on Booking.com    8.9 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 33 USD Dorms from 10 USD

Bubu Hostel

Bubu hostel Zagreb is a happy and relaxed place in Zagreb. When you feel like going out of bed, you can enjoy a free sauna, coworking space, you can hang at the reception or chill in the common area. 

All rooms at the hostel feature with a nice and comfortable bed with curtains to have your privacy. Providing female, male and mixed dormitories with shared and private bathrooms. If you prefer even more privacy, the hostel provides private rooms as well. 

Bubu Hostel

They don’t just offer a clean bed but offer you little private paradise in unique beds where you can enjoy total privacy. They will give you free brochures and all the info about Zagreb and what’s new in town. Come to the Bubu hostel and make yourself at home!

Pros and Cons of Bubu Hostel

Pros

  • Shared kitchen
  • Quiet location
  • Towels included
  • Big park nearby
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Family rooms
  • Sauna available

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Front-desk limited hours
  • No female-only dorms available
  • Farer from the city centre

#10 Palmers Lodge Hostel

8.3 on Booking.com    8.9 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 32 USD Dorms from 10 USD

Palmers Lodge Hostel

 One of our best sellers in Zagreb! Offering rooms and dormitories with reading lamps and power plugs for each bed, the Palmers Lodge Hostel is set in the historic center of Zagreb, just 15 minutes’ walk from the central Bana Jelačića Square. Main Train Station is just 300 m or 1 tram stop away.

Free Wi-Fi is provided in the common areas of the hostel. All rooms and dormitories are air-conditioned and come with parquet floors. The upper floor rooms are accessible via stairs only.

Palmers Lodge Hostel

The common lounge is equipped with a PlayStation 3, while a number of restaurants is easily accessible in the city center. During the summer season, owners can organize day trips to Plitvice Lakes, pub crawls in Zagreb and similar activities.

Pros and Cons of Palmers Lodge Hostel

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Towels included
  • Garden
  • Parking available
  • Pet friendly
  • Bicycle hire
  • Family rooms
  • Female-only dorms available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily and evening events

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Meals not available

#11 Hostel Temza

8.6 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 33 USD Dorms from 9 USD

Hostel Temza

Hostel Temza is located in the historical area of Zagreb city center right between Main train station Main bus station and center. A/C is in the whole hostel. Up to 42 people could be accomodated in both shared and private rooms, all of which are spacious, cozy and quiet.

Bed linen is included in the price and our bathrooms are large and clean with hair dryers. There is a lounge area with a TV where you can sit and relax. They have a kitchen, equipped with all cooking utensils such as a microwave, cooker, fridge…

Hostel Temza

Facilities also include (free lockers), laundry and amazing garden terrace in the very center where you can sit and chill. Breakfast is not included.

Pros and Cons of Hostel Temza

Pros

  • Shared kitchen
  • Terrace and garden available
  • Parking available (for a fee)
  • Pet friendly
  • Bicycle hire
  • Family rooms
  • Bar crawls

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Towels for hire
  • Front-desk limited hours

#12 Funk Lounge

8.2 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 36 USD Dorms from 8 USD

Funk Lounge

Funk Lounge hostel is a happy, relaxed, friendly and clean hostel in Zagreb with good vibes and chilled atmosphere! With the highest standards of quality, cleanliness, security, comfort, and style, Funk Lounge is the perfect accommodation during your visit to Zagreb. Funk Lounge offers private rooms and dormitories. All private rooms and dorms are air-conditioned, have en suite bathrooms and key card hostel entry and room access.

The hostel is centrally located and within a walking distance to ‘Old Town of Zagreb’ and Zagreb’s most beautiful park ‘Maksimir’, city ZOO and ‘Dinamo’ football stadium. With the transportation right to our doorstep, Zagreb is accessible and easy for you to explore!

Funk Lounge

Funk Lounge also offers breakfast at additional price of 3 €, you can book it upon arrival. In Funk Lounge hostel we have lounge bar with relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, good music, delicious drinks and affordable prices. Don’t forget to try ‘rakija’ shot and cheap but excellent Croatian beer at our lounge bar!

Pros and Cons of Funk Lounge

Pros

  • Shared kitchen
  • Terrace and garden
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Parking available (for a fee)
  • Meals available
  • Pet friendly
  • Bicycle hire
  • Family rooms
  • Every day activities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Towels included
  • Party hostel

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Party hostel – possible noise in the night

 

8 Comments

  • Danijel

    Hello, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I have been to Zagreb a few times and it is really a beautiful country. Because of a job, I need to go there this summer if this situation with a virus passes. You give me some very great ideas of which hostel to stay, they are pretty affordable yet quality and nice.

    • Renata

      Hello Danijel!

      It is nice to hear from you!

      You are right the hostels in the list are affordable and we are sure you would have great time in them if you decide to go to Zagreb and choose some of the hostel.

      If so, we would be happy to hear from you about your personal experience.

      Have a great time and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  • Bai Asha

    Hello, Your guide is awesome on top 12 hostel  in Zagreb. While reading I know that Zagreb is the capital and the largest city in Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Every year millions of tourists visiting this vibrant city. It I get a chance to visit Zagreb I will stay in Hostel Mali Mrak. Thanks for sharing.

    • Renata

      Hello!

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment!

      It is always great to show some interesting information to backpackers or travellers, therefore we are happy to provide some useful information to you as well!

      Have a great time and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  • Benny

    finding a good article does not come by easily so i must commend your effort in creating such a beautiful website and bringing up an article to help others with good information like this. i really do feel like visiting all 12 of the hotels that you have reviewed here but then it is going to cost a lot. thank you for this post

    • Renata

      Hello Benny!

      Nice to hear from you!

      We are happy to provide some useful information for you, sometimes we have the same feeling to visit all the listed properties, but this is hardly possible. Hostels in Zagreb are definitely worth visiting, no matter which one you choose.

      If you go there, hopefully, you will provide us with your own personal experience.

      We wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  • Smoochi

    The fact that i have come to learn something tangible from this post is satisfying. The make of your website is nice and the simplicity of the color selection makes it beautiful. the beauty that comes from just looking at the pictures of these various hotels is amazing. which should i visit first? i am confused.

  • Renata

    Hello!

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment!

    You are right, hard to choose one property for your visit in Zagreb, so we would recommend the first one as it is the best valued hostel by former visitors as well so you probably cannot make a mistake by this choice. We are happy that you ask, hopefully the travel ban is over soon and we can travel to such places soon.

    Have a great time and we wish you all the best!

    Bye Renata

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