Best Hostels in Zagreb for Backpackers

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Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia.

Modern Zagreb hostels no longer resemble colorless, grim spots to rest after a tiresome trip. Focusing on fun-loving youth and budget travelers appreciating a quiet stay, the majority of hostels are stylishly furnished, safe, and offers the friendliest staff ever. Some of them are conveniently located just a few minutes from the city center. If you’re looking for a spot to drop your backpack and take a nap before exploring the bright city of Zagreb, check out these ten hotels.

Hostel Explorer

This is the best place to stop if you’re planning to visit Zagreb’s old town first. As the name of the establishment implies, Explorer is perfect for, well, explorers. It’s an old building, with the common area located in a cellar. The rooms, which don’t have much to offer in terms of design, are upstairs. Book here

Whole Wide World Hostel & Bar

WWH&B opened its doors to budget travelers only a little more than a year ago. The word “bar” in its name is there for good reason – it’s a pretty popular place for party-goers and drinkers and a nice dating spot, with happy hours every day, from 7PM to 9PM. What’s nice besides the place’s fresh and bright look is that it’s owned by former backpackers, so you’ll feel comfortable here. Book here




Swanky Mint Hostel

This one is for those who hate sleeping in average hostels. Located on Ilica, basically Zagreb’s main street, this place is set inside a building where a textile works once were. Here, you’ll find a lot of dorms of all shapes and sizes, a bar (of course), and even a pool (works only in summer, though). There’s also a female-only dorm, and if you have two friends with you, you can rent a whole bedroom. Book here

Taban Hostel

This is another cool spot, set in the very center of Zagreb. Instead of focusing on non-stop fun and parties, Taban offers a quieter and more comfortable experience. The designs of the rooms are a bit Japanese-ish. This hostel fits those who are into city exploring and nothing more. Book here

Shappy Hostel

Simple, elegant design and a great location away from the noises of the bustling city make this hostel a perfect spot for backpacking couples. So if you’re divorced and bored, pack your bag, deal with your ex-wife, find some pleasant company, and book a room at Shappy. Its only downfall is pricing – it’s a bit pricier than you expect a place like that to be.  Book here

Adriatic Train Hostels Zagreb

Adriatic Train Hostels is a unique Zagreb’s thing, although the idea itself isn’t new. Its owner has turned a sleeper train into a hostel. The main advantage of this spot is that you’ll definitely get a private room here. And if you’ve never spent a night in a sleeper train, this could be quite an interesting experience for you.



Mali Mrak Hostel


Just like Taban, Mali Mrak offers quiet and budget lodging, without everyday parties and gallons of beer. Instead, during your stay here, you can enjoy yoga, a jazz show, or even poetry recital. It’s also well-decorated and furnished, clearly with the preferences of mature travellers in mind. Book here

Chillout Hostel

Chillout is one of the best in our list. It offers a central location, awesome Wi-Fi, and, more importantly, 24-hour reception. The hostel’s bar offers theme nights and happy hours. You can even get a free computer here if you need one. Book here

Main Square

The hostel’s name already tells you how close to the city center it’s located. Main Square also offers 24-hour reception. It would be wrong not to book your stay here because it’s set right near Tkalčićeva where all the fun is. Here, you’ll find everything a standard hostel provides. Book here

Chic Zagreb Hostel

Despite the word “chic” in its name, this hostel doesn’t aim to be the best establishment of this kind in Zagreb. But it tries. It’s clean, modern, and cozy enough to be called one of the best in the city. Its staff is always ready to lend a helping hand. Book here




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