6 Best Hostels in Vienna/Wien Under €25

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Austria’s Vienna (Wien) is not the cheapest of European cities to stay in, but that does not mean you should remove it from your backpacking bucket list!

This guide to the best hostels in Vienna will describe what each hostel offers and identify the most popular districts for things to do—looking for hotels?

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Districts in Vienna

Vienna is a city broken into districts, and there are 23 in total.

The most central district is the 1st, also known as Innere Stadt.

You will find Ringstrasse, Vienna’s Ring Road, and many tourist attractions such as the Vienna State Opera, Rathaus (town hall) and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

During winter, one of Vienna’s biggest Christmas markets is set up just before the Rathaus.

You won’t be surprised to hear that the closer you are to the heart of Vienna, the more expensive accommodation gets.

Luckily for affordable travel lovers, the 1st District is not the only district visitors stay in. Vienna has an awesome public transport network connecting the outer districts with the top attractions.

If you are in Vienna to hit the bars, you might want to consider booking a hostel close to the cool 7th District, Neubau.

You can work out a hostel’s district location by looking at the middle two numbers, so if the code says 1020, the accommodation is in the 2nd District, Leopoldstadt.

St. Peter Church landscape Vienna Austria

Public Transport in Vienna

We like to burn off the strudel and sausage calories by walking in Vienna and find that 90% of the best things to do are less than a 40-minute walk away from each other.

If you prefer to take public transport or are short on time, Vienna has a comprehensive network of buses, trains, trams and metro.

Uber also runs in the city, and taxis are widely available. You can also pick up an e-scooter on the street (once you download the app) to get to your next destination faster.

You may also like our popular post on things to do in Vienna.

Vienna Hostels/Wien Hostels

WiFi is included in the hostels below unless I mention it is unavailable.

I feel guests have a right to this for free.

Many of the advertised hostels in Vienna aren’t hostels.

We have selected affordable accommodation with private, shared dorms and some social space; that is what hostel travel is all about.

Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt $$ – Top Rated on Hostelworld 

The location of the Wombats City Hotel Naschmarkt is one of the best out of all the hostels in Vienna as it is close to the famous Naschmarkt.

Top attractions such as Hofburg and the Vienna State Opera are less than 25 25-minute walk away.

The hostel property is clean and safe. Although big, guests say it is easy to make new friends and that the hostel bar prices are cheap. A free welcome drink for every guest to help lubricate and build confidence if required!

Free walking tour, free maps and for an additional fee, ‘all you can eat’ breakfast, which sounds like a challenge!

The rooms are spacious, and each room has its bathroom, which guests appreciate. Many mention the excellent water pressure in the showers, too—use of laundry room and lockers on site.

Kitchen use is encouraged, and grocery stores are close to the hostel.

Overall, there is ‘no curfew, lockout, or stupid rules. ‘

√ Pros: Cool layout, a great place to make friends, location, all ages.
× Cons: Pricey, no nightly social events (but there is a bar).
» Address: Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien.

Hostel Ruthensteiner $$ – Great Outdoors Area 

Hostel Ruthensteiner is (friends and) a family-run hostel renowned for its garden and music area, which includes a guitar, piano and drums.

Location-wise, Hostel Ruthensteiner is set between the city (30-minute walk) and Schönbrunn Palace (30-minute walk).

Westbahnhof train station is nearby, connecting guests to Vienna’s attractions if they decide to leave.

The hostel also has bikes for rent if you prefer to pedal to Vienna’s hotspots.

Cyclists welcome a large storage area for bikes. 

Guests are invited to use the well-stocked communal kitchen and BBQ area.

Buffet breakfast is available at an additional cost.

A bar on site also sells the hostel’s home-brewed beer.

Just thirsty? Free homemade lemonade for all guests.

Spacious rooms have lockers and good plug outlets for charging electricity.

Reviews say the staff couldn’t be friendlier!

√ Pros: Great atmosphere, garden area, bar.
× Cons: Some remarks about cleanliness, although guests say it is clean overall.
» Address: Robert-Hamerling-Gasse 24, 1150 Wein.

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Statue at Dusk

MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz $$ – Family Friendly

If you prefer a hotel feel with a social vibe, MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz is the right hostel.

Located in the 2nd District (Leopoldstadt), the 1st District is within walking distance.

Alternatively, Schottenring U-Bahn station is close by.

Modern rooms have lots of space and a private bathroom.

One review stated that a dorm bed may have two beds next to each other, meaning sleeping next to a stranger.

Kitchen use is available, and breakfast is served as an ‘all you can eat’ for an additional charge.

This is a family and pet-friendly hostel.

There is a games room with a snooker table for those who wish to meet others.

√ Pros: Modern amenities, communal kitchen.
× Cons: Free WiFi in public zones, not clear about bedrooms. Young children on the premises.
» Address: Rembrandtstraße 21, 1020 Wien.

MEININGER also has a more central hostel based on Favoritenstrasse shopping mile.

Click here for more details.

Statue and the huge National History Museum Vienna

HI Hostel Wien Myrthengasse $ – Cool Area

A basic but clean HI Hostel is in Vienna’s hip Myrthengasse area.

Breakfast is included in the price, making it a great budget option for Vienna.

Lots of cute cafes nearby and access to the city via public transport.

Garden courtyard, billiard room and lounge for all guests to use.

Like all HI Hostels, members receive a cheaper rate than non-members.

√ Pros: Price, cool location, bicycle storage.
× Cons: Lack of electricity points.
» Address: Myrthengasse 7, 1070 Wien.

Figlmüller at Wollzeile schnitzel Vienna Austria

A&T Holiday Hostel $$ – Women Only Floor

A&T Holiday Hostel is a big hostel with spacious rooms.

Each room has its bathroom, and the showers are awesome. Lockers are available for guests.

There is a floor for women only, too.

There is an on-site bar, vending machine and dining room. Breakfast is not included.

√ Pros: Showers, price, staff, elevators.
× Cons: Location, WiFi in selected areas, no kitchen.
» Address: Leibnizgasse 66, 1100 Wien.

Close up of Ferris Prater fairground Vienna

Youth Hostel Hütteldorf $ – Vienna’s First Hostel (Cheapest)

Youth Hostel Hütteldorf is Vienna’s first-ever hostel with sixty years of experience.

It is a ten-minute walk to Hutteldorf station and a twenty-minute ride to downtown.

If you prefer to be amongst nature, this hostel is next to a forest with walking trails.

Kitchen facilities are limited to a kettle and microwave.

Social areas include a garden with outdoor table tennis and an indoor lounge with TV.

√ Pros: Parking, price.
× Cons: No kitchen with stove; location is quite far out.
» Address: Schloßberggasse 8, 1130.

Cafe Sacher Sachertorte table Vienna Austria

Apartments in Vienna

The average price for an apartment is 120 euros; however, here are some rentals for as low as 45 euros.

Private rooms are more affordable, averaging 68 euros but going as low as 24 euros.

Hand holding festive mug in Vienna in Winter December at Christmas World on Rathausplatz

Vienna Travel Essential Information


Vienna uses the Euro, and you can check the best rates here.

Vienna Airport to Vienna City

The airport and the city are very well connected by train. The CAT journey takes under 20 minutes for £13 one way, here before you go.

Vienna Packing List

  • In Europe, it is all about the layers.
  • Tops with sweatshirts and cardigans.
  • Jeans or trousers.
  • Skirts and dresses.
  • Sunglasses to hide the Schnapp’s eyes.
  • Invest in a decent waterproof like the brilliant Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK.
  • 1 x comfortable waterproof boots/shoes.
  • 1 x eco water bottle like the TreeTribe US / UK. It keeps hot drinks hot and cool drinks cold.
  • Electrolytes US / UK for the Schnapps hangovers.
  • Phone battery pack like our Anker packs US / UK.
  • Camera, charger and SD card.
Blue skies over Wiener Staatsoper State Opera Housea Vienna Opera House Blue Skies

Final Words

Vienna is a beautiful city packed with museums, bars and palaces! Although many of the attractions are located in or near the 1st District, the efficient transport system connects all of the districts, so you can save money by staying further afield but not miss out on the fun.

Tell us which Vienna hostel you book in the comments below and let us know how you enjoy Vienna.

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