The Best European Hostels Next to Train Stations

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There’s nothing worse than rocking up to a new city and having nowhere to stay, traipsing around those busy streets just hoping against hope that you stumble across the perfect accommodation. Well, never fear, here are the best hostels close to the stations in all your favorite European cities.

Celica Art Hostel
Celica Art Hostel – Ljubljana, Slovenia

Winner of numerous awards, including Hippest Hostel in the World by Lonely Planet, and voted the number one place to stay in Slovenia by Hostelworld customers, Ljubljana’s Celica Art Hostel has a lot more going on than just its location. And as a former prison, it certainly has a lot of character too. But if you think you’ll be subjected to the same drab, drafty experience as the former inmates, you’d be wrong. The whole place has been renovated, with funky designs adorning the wall and sturdy bunks to lay your head upon.

Not only is the hostel almost adjacent to the station, it’s also right in the heart of Metelkova City, where you’ll find the coolest bars, pubs and clubs. A great way to end the night after exploring the area’s galleries, museums and theatre district. Fittingly, the hostel itself is always lively too, organizing theme parties, cocktail nights and BBQ nights most to get guests talking and warmed up for the night ahead.

Meininger Vienna Central
Meininger Vienna Central Station – Vienna, Austria

Just down the road for Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) and close to the city center, Meininger Central Station definitely beats its competitors on location, hands down. But that’s not all they have going for them. With its own bar, common room and even a games room (pool, table tennis or PlayStation, anyone?), these guys try harder than almost anyone else to keep their guests happy and entertained.

Clean, comfortable and with a friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder Hostelworld customers have consistently voted this as one of their favorite hostels in Vienna. Oh, and there’s a free breakfast buffet. Always helps, right?

Astor Museum London
Astor Museum Hostel – London, United Kingdom

London is a big old city, so it’s hard to know which station you’ll be arriving at. St. Pancras International or King’s Cross are the most common for international travellers, and there’s an ideal hostel right nearby.

One of the longest established accommodations in the city, Astor is a youth focused hostel that really caters to the 18-35 crowd. There’s a common room and annex where you can meet other travellers, and a well fitted out kitchen for anyone that wants to avoid eating out. It’s also situated right opposite the world famous British Museum, which is free for everyone to visit – much like the hostel’s breakfast.

Smart Place Paris
Smart Place Paris Hostel – Paris, France

Just round the corner from Paris’s Gare du Nord, Smart Place is both easy to find and affordable, something of a Godsend in a city like Paris. Next to Montmarte, it’s also surrounded by tasty restaurants and cafés for all you foodies looking to take full advantage of Paris’s world famous culinary delights.

Old Quarter Amsterdam
Old Quarter – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Not only is Old Quarter just a short walk from Amsterdam Central Station, it’s also just a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most popular tourist spots, including The Red Light District and Dam Square. With plenty of tram, metro and bus connections surrounding it, it’s not hard to get to some of the Amsterdam’s farther afield attractions either. An ideal spot to explore this popular city.

Everyone knows that Amsterdam is one of the best party towns in Europe, if not the world, and Old Quarter, with its bar downstairs, has all you need to warm up for a night on the town. And considering you’ll find most of the city’s most popular bars around the Red Light District and Dam Square right next door, it’s just a short stumble out and a short stumble back. Easy.

Hostel Miles
Hostel Miles – Prague, Czech Republic

Just a short one stop ride from Prague Main Station on the metro (or a short walk if you don’t mind stretching your legs) and just next to Wenceslas Square, Hostel Miles is the ideal base to explore Prague. With a fun and lively atmosphere, it’s easy to gather a few fellow travellers before hitting the nearby bars and clubs. It even offers its own drinking tour, ensuring you see the best nightlife spots the city has to offer.

Of course, travelling isn’t all about the parties, and you can’t visit the city without visiting the Old Town with its medieval architecture and astronomical clock. This too is just a short walk away, so you have all your sightseeing bases covered.

Alberguinn Youth Hostel Barcelona
Alberguinn Youth Hostel – Barcelona, Spain

Situated in a quiet neighbourhood away from the touristy areas, and just a short 10 minute walk from Barcelona Sants Station, Alberguinn offers a real taste of Catalonian life. Surrounded by bars and restaurants favoured by locals, away from the holidaying crowds, this place offers an escape from the tourist traps.

Still, that doesn’t mean it’s without atmosphere. With its large common room and comfy kitchen area, it’s not hard to get chatting with fellow travellers. It’s also close to numerous metro and bus stops, giving easy access to places like Las Ramblas and other popular tourist attractions around the city.

Locomotive Light Hostel Budapest
Locomotive Light Hostel – Budapest, Hungary

Locomotive Light Hostel really has everything. It’s just a two minute stroll from the station, located in the downtown area and surrounded by countless pubs, bars and clubs on your doorstep to keep you partying all night long. It’s also close to a whole host of historical hotspots and the helpful staff can help arrange you walking tours for those waking hours.

Cosy, comfortable and affordable, many former guests have raved about its unique decoration choices, with one remarking that it had ‘one of the coolest looking hostel rooms I’ve seen’. And with so many talking points it surely won’t be hard to strike up conversation with other guests in the common room.

Hostel Giraffe Krakow
Hostel Giraffe – Krakow, Poland

Although it’s only a nice, easy walk from the Krakow Glowny, every guest will still be served a shot on arrival. Now that’s what I call refreshment. Sitting close to the old town, Hostel Giraffe is a great base to explore all the city has to offer, from its incredible, perfectly maintained old buildings to its unbeatable nightlife. Remember, this is one of Europe’s premier student towns, so the party is pretty much constant.

Caledonian Backpackers
Caledonian Backpackers – Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh has to be one of Europe’s prettiest cities; the maze of beautiful sandstone buildings sitting on countless slopes and hillsides gives this place a decidedly fairy-tale-like feel. You’ll find Caledonian Backpackers right in the centre of this fine city, less than 10 minutes from Edinburgh’s dreamlike castle and a short walk from Waverly Station. Pretty perfect, all in all.

The hostel itself has been lauded by guests for its fun staff and friendly atmosphere. With its bar, it’s easy to make friends before a night out on the town. And with its comfortable and spacious rooms, you’ll have a suitable spot to fall unconscious after it’s all over.

HI Hostel Brussels
HI Hostel Bruegel – Brussels, Belgium

Home to the European Parliament, Brussels is pretty much the Capital of Europe, and HI Hostel is the perfect place to stay when exploring this cultural hub. Within walking distance of the Grand Palace and surrounded by numerous other monuments and museums, you’re never too far away from the action. And of course, it’s just a few minutes stroll from the station too.

It serves a free breakfast buffet every morning so you can fill up on energy before heading out for the day to explore the city’s grand galleries and architecture, then when you’re done you can retire to the hostel bar for a few fine Belgium beers and unwind. Not a bad way to spend a day.

Hostel Possonium
Hostel Possonium – Bratislava, Slovakia

Located just one block from Bratislava’s main train station, Hostel Possonium is the most convenient place to stay in the city for anyone riding the railway. It’s a little far from the action downtown, but it’s a great place to relax away from the crowds after a day seeing the sights or a night on the town. You can also meet the locals who drink at the hostel bar to get a slice of real Bratislavan life.

Of course, it’s not completely isolated by any means. The centre, where you’ll find most of the city’s attractions, is about a 15 minute walk away, but there’s plenty of buses running in too if you don’t fancy the trek.

Hostel Mosaic Central Rome
Hostel Mosaic Central – Rome, Italy

With a history spanning more than two and a half thousand years, Rome is regarded by many as the birthplace of Western civilisation. With attractions spanning the ages, from the Roman era Coliseum to the Renaissance Sistine Chapel (and beyond) there’s plenty to cram into a visit. In fact, there’s enough to warrant a whole bunch of return trips.

Mosaic is an ideal place to base yourself for your cultural expedition. It’s the closest hostel to the main Termini station, and is also perfectly placed for transport links around the city. The rooms are spacious, comfy and exceptionally clean, with one reviewer likening them to a four star hotel. Then there’s the free breakfast, which will definitely help with all that walking.

Meininger Berlin Central
Meininger Berlin Central Station – Berlin, Germany

Not only is Germany another cultural hub steeped in history, it’s also one of Europe’s best destinations for nightlife. Although it’s famous for its electronic scene, there’s plenty of venues, bars and clubs of all types that will appeal to any kind of traveller, all you need do is look.

Meininger is close to the station and all the must-see spots like the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. They can even arrange you a walking tour if you don’t fancy stumbling around the city on your own. After that, hit the bar, makes some friends and take full advantage of the famous Berlin nightlife.

Daniel Crudge is a travel and copywriter for Hostelworld.com. Follow him or Twitter or Google Plus.

About the Author

Jackie

Jackie is a freelance writer from Los Angeles currently living in Brooklyn. She worked as a travel consultant at Rail Europe for two years before switching over to Marketing & Community Manager (focusing on social media) in June 2014. In her free time Jackie travels whenever possible & maintains a personal travel blog at www.jackietravels.com.

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