Considered one of the most livable cities in Europe, Zürich offers a variety of experiences and activities for guests to immerse themselves in. Exhibitions, concerts and the theatre attract audiences to the northern Swiss city; this cultural scene entices visitors all year round, curious to experience the high quality of life enjoyed by Zürich’s locals.
The Old Town is a popular area for taking in the best shops, restaurants and museums of Zürich, but with a high number of tourists coming to the expensive city it is worth noting that finding a bed on a budget can be tricky. Hostels in Zürich are the best way to save money so we have found the top three in terms of price, comfort and value.
Oldtown Hostel Otter
DORMS FROM €42/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €138/ NIGHT
In the Old Town of Zürich, the pedestrian streets are lined with boutiques, restaurants and galleries. With the museums nearby, the Old Town Hostel Otter ensures guests have little extra expenses in the way of travel for their visit. Its location and large colourful rooms attract young, creative visitors. Those staying in the dormitories can enjoy a buffet breakfast, which is included in the room price and great value for those looking to get the most from their money. Friendly staff make a stay here homely and the onsite Wüste Bar, known to both locals and guests, hosts regular events and parties providing a welcoming atmosphere and a place to meet other visitors. Amenities also include a kitchenette for those wanting to cater for themselves and an outdoor picnic area to enjoy in the summer months.
City Backpacker – Hostel Biber
DORMS FROM €33/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €94/ NIGHT
Rooms are minimal at the City Backpacker Biber Hostel, but buried in the heart of Zürich’s Old Town little time will be spent in them. The hostel has a great international atmosphere to make up for its compact and bare interiors, which are kept tidy and clean. Many shops, sights and restaurants are easily reached by foot and meals can be made onsite in one of the hostel’s three large kitchen facilities. Alongside the cosy lounge area, there is a rooftop sun terrace for views across the city. The central location provides great value but one extra cost guests should account for is the bed linen, though use of one’s own or of sleeping bags is permitted.
Zurich Youth Hostel
DORMS FROM €39/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €80/ NIGHT
Situated outside of the centre of Zürich, Zürich Youth Hostel has a number of rooms for those who want to take in the tranquility of Swiss life and immerse in its culture and landscapes. Within 15 minutes both the Zürich Lake and the Rote Fabrik culture centre can be reached on foot. Guests who are looking for a city escape however should keep in mind that the centre is reached by a 20 minute tram. Set over five floors, Zurich Youth Hostel has great social spaces in which to meet fellow travellers, with an outdoor terrace, onsite bar and a lounge with tv. You can also play a game of billiards, foosball or pinball here. Only the basics are included in the price so visitors looking for a value deal should take into account the additional cost for dining options and laundry facilities at the hostel.