Krakow is Poland's second-largest city and is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Europe. Krakow is renowned for its excellent and cheap nightlife scene, its beautiful Old Town with one of the largest old town squares in Europe. Also, it is only 30 Km from the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
Quick Overview of the best hostels in Krakow
Here’s an overview by category of the awesome hostels mentioned in this article. Scroll down to see a full description (and images) of each recommended hostel.
General Info on Hostels in Krakow
Krakow has some very unique hostels. As Krakow is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Europe, there is a large selection of hostels (100 hostels according to Hostelworld) but we have narrowed this down to the best six. These hostels are ideal places for both backpackers and budget travellers to stay. All the hostels listed below have wifi included and all offer a bed in a dorm room for between €9 to €14 per night. The overall standard of hostels in Krakow is very good.
1. Check-in/Check-out times
Check-out time for most hostels in Krakow is between 10 am and 12 noon. Check-in time for most hostels is normally after 2 pm. Please note that nearly every hostel in Krakow offers Free Luggage storage before or after you check-in or out.
Some hostels in Krakow still have a curfew in place, normally 12 midnight. But more and more Krakow hostels are getting rid of this outdated policy.
Some hostels close from 12 noon to 4 pm for cleaning.
4. Free breakfast
Only some hostels in Krakow include breakfast in the price. If it is included in the price this saves you on the cost of breakfast. However, most hostels offer breakfast normally for a reasonable price.
5. Free Wifi
We all need Wifi when we travel. The Wifi in Krakow is generally very good. Every hostel will have Wifi but some won't have it in the rooms, they just have it in common areas. My advice is to read some reviews on the speed of the Wifi as there's nothing worse than a slow connection.
6. Guest Kitchen
If the hostel you are staying at has a fully equipped kitchen, you can save money by cooking your own meals. Some hostels in Krakow only have partially equipped kitchens and some have no guest kitchen.
7. Age Restrictions
With most hostels in Krakow, you have to be between 18 and 39 years old, but with some youth hostels, you have to be under 35 to stay in a dorm. However, if you are want to stay in a private room, there are normally no age restrictions.
Krakow Hostels have some of the most expensive hostel prices in Europe. In bed in a dorm room starts at as little as €5 per night (normally in large dorm rooms), but expect to pay €8 to €14 per night in a medium-sized dorm room (6 to 10 beds).
The 10 Best Hostels in Krakow
Greg & Tom Hostel is another multi-award winning hostel located in the centre of Krakow. It is only a 10-minute walk to Market Square and St Florian's Gate. This hostel features 3 fully equipped kitchens, a cool common area, free wifi throughout and an excellent free breakfast served every morning. Greg & Tom Hostel is best hostel in Krakow for solo travellers.
The hostel offers 4 and 6-bed dorms and also private rooms which are reasonably priced (starting at €29.00 per night). What makes this hostel stand out is their super friendly and helpful staff.
- Dorms from €12.00
- Privates from €29.00
Mosquito Hostel is a multi-award winning hostel and easily the best hostel in Krakow. It's very centrally located making it ideal as you can explore most of the major tourist sights on foot. They offer twin, double and triple private rooms and 6, 10 and 12-bed dorms. Each bed has a thick mattress, comfortable duvet, bed line, a reading lamp and a power point. They are many common areas and you can avail of their fully equipped kitchen.
Other amenities include helpful multilingual staff, 24/7 reception and free wifi throughout the building. The stand out feature of this hostels is the vast amount of FREE amenities/services which includes a free breakfast, free linen & comfy duvets, free walking tour, endless coffee and tea, free security lockers, free laundry, free luggage storage and free maps.
- Dorms from €14.00
- Privates from €48.00
The Little Havana Party Hostel is located in the middle of the Old Town, less than 100 metres from the main Market Square. Little Havana is one of the best party hostels in Krakow. They have bar onsite and organise regular pub crawls. As a cure for your hangover, they service a free breakfast every morning.
They have mixed and female-only dorm rooms and all dorm beds have large lockers where you can store your belongings securely. There is a super cool common room and you can also avail of their guest kitchen.
- Dorms from €8.40
- Privates from €42.00
Woodpecker Hostel is yet another excellent hostel situated in the Old town city centre. This is not a party hostel but somewhere to go if you want to relax and chill out.
They offer 6, 8 or 10 bed mixed dorm rooms. If you stay here you will free lockers with padlocks, free coffee and tea, free board games and luggage room storage is also free. They have no curfew.
- Dorms from €9.00
Let's Rock Hostel is yet another party hostel located bang in the centre of Krakow, close to both Wawel Castle and the Main Square. And if it's nightlife you are after, then you come to the right place as this hostel is located in one of Krakow's best nightlife areas.
They offer 4, 6, 8, 12, and 14-bed dorm rooms. The stand out feature of this hostel is the number of FREE services/amenities that include free breakfast, free wifi, free linen, free lockers, free coffee and tea anytime, free walking tour and free events.
- Dorms from €10.45
If you are looking to stay is a very central location in Krakow then Cracow Hostel is ideal for you as it is situated right on the Main Market Square. Location wise you won't get any better than this. The Main Market Square is the nucleus of Krakow as everything including the main tourist sights and the best bar and clubs are all within walking distance.
They offer 6, 8, 10, 12, and 18 bed mixed dorms. Their staff super freindly and helpful. A free breakfast is included in the price. They also a large number common where you can relax.
- Dorms from €8.90
- Privates from €21.00
Dizzy Daisy Downtown Hostel is located in the laid-back Kleparz district of Krakow. It's just a 15 minute walk to Krakow's main square.
Choose between a 6, 8 or 10 bed mixed dorm. All dorm bed have their own powere point, reading light and shelf. All dorms also come with private lockers, bedding and towels are included. If you want more privacy, then you can stay in one of their private rooms that start at only €20.10 per night.
Other amenities include laundry facilities, free luggage storage and vending machine. In the summertime you can chill out on their outdoor terrence.
- Dorms from €6.60
- Privates from €20.10
Atlantis Hostel is the best cheap hostel in Krakow. It located in the centre of Krakow but it's not as close as the other hostels on this list. It's a 20-minute walk to the centre. This hostel features a guest kitchen, free individual lockers in dorm rooms, free towels, free linen and duvets, complimentary coffee and tea, free wifi all throughout, free maps and guidebooks and free luggage storage.
Atlantis Hostel offers 4, 6, 8, and 10-bed dorm rooms. They have a large selection of private rooms. The stand out feature of this hostel is no doubt its price. They do offer super good value dorm beds start at only €5.50 per night and Privates start at €17.80 making this best one of the best cheap hostels in Krakow.
- Dorms from €5.50
- Privates from €17.80
If you are looking for the best party hostel in Krakow, well look no further as Pink Panther's Hostel is just that. In 2017 they were awarded for being the most popular hostel in Krakow. The hostel is centrally located and only 250 meters to the Market Square. This hostel has free wifi and a free continental breakfast every morning.
They offer 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14-bed dorms and also some private rooms. What makes this hostel stand out is it's Events Program. Every night the staff host different events from Polish vodka tasting to Karaoke & Russian Champagne night.
- Dorms from €13.10
- Privates from €52.20
Good Bye Lenin Hostel is located in between Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. It is just a 15-minute walk to the main square. Free bed linen, free wifi, free laundry and free self-service buffet breakfast are all included in the price.
The offer 4, 6, 8 and 10-bed dorm rooms and some private rooms. The stand out feature of this hostel is its beautiful summertime garden where you can relax, have a beer and meet fellow travellers.
- Dorms from €8.50
- Privates from €31.80
Best Website to Book a Hostel
Hostelworld is by far the biggest and the best website for booking hostels because they have the best availability and prices. The website is designed to include many filters to help find a hostel that best suits your needs. For instance, you can filter hostels by price or by rating for a particular city.
Below are handy links to the best hostels in Krakow by category. Just click on any of the links to check prices and availability for your dates.
I hope this list of the best hostels in Krakow helps you pick a hostel that best suits your needs during your stay in Krakow. In general the overall standard of hostels in Krakow is very good but there are still some bad and mediocre ones. Hopefully this list will help you avoid bad and mediocre hostels to ensure you enjoy your stay in Krakow.
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