Save your Money – Top Hostels in Greece & Tips

Hostels in Greece, are another popular way to ensure affordable accommodation in that glorious city and the islands, while using your budget for getting around, tasting foods and drinks and entering museums.

Most people use the hostels in Athens, since they are so many, but there are hostels in other locations in Greece.

This post is a large documentation of the things to know for youth hostels in Greece. This includes the hostels in Athens Athens, Crete Hostels, Naxos Hostels, Ios Hostels, Santorini Hostels, Mykonos Hostels and Rhodes Hostels.

All these along with guides and posts on things to do in each of these locations. All information here is for youth hostels in Greece from locals.

If you are a student, then this post for cheap flights tickets is important to read.

We have traveled to all the cities and islands mentioned in this guide, so this post is really useful for you.

Advice on Booking Hostels in Greece

In summer season, make sure you book your spot ahead. Greece gets really crowded in summer and lately this has extended to early May and late October too.

When it comes to hostels in Athens, nowadays travelers tend to stay at least 4 days before moving on to Greek islands, so hostel occupancy decreases. Book ahead.

Each hostel title below leads to such booking option, too. You can bookmark this page and use it when you plan to travel to Greece. Send it to your backpacking/hostel buddies too.

Hostels in Athens, Greece

What to do in Athens, Greece? Read this extended post and visit the whole Athens section for lots and lots of things to do in and outside Athens.

40 Best Things to Do in Athens Greece Before You Leave

How to read the information: 

  • City Centre, marked as “CC”: This shows how far is the hostel from the actual centre of Athens. Almost all landmarks and places worth visit are in walking distance in/from the centre of Athens.
  • Dorms Rooms, are marked as “DR”.
  • Private Rooms are marked as “PR”.

It is not easy to compare all hotels among each other. Best way to do this, is to click the links and see what you like best in each along with their rating. Since all tastes are different, so are the facilities and amenities of each hostel.

Crete Hostels

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

There are lots of things to do in Crete, per region. It is a really big island. Read all our posts from here or read the overall guide for things to do in Crete, Greece.

The hostels in Crete are a bit different than Athens, when it comes to pinpointing their location.

Naxos Hostels

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Naxos is ideal for hiking and great food, not to mention the beaches too. Follow this link with all our experiences from Naxos.

Soula Hotel: 0.8km from CC. DR from: €16. PR from: €28

Paros Hostels

Top Hostels in Greece Things to Know

Another famous for windsurfing, nightlife and great colors island. Check this post for starters.

  • Young Inn Naoussa (no website, better to google it): Contact them for prices
  • Ampeli Studios: Contact them for prices
  • Camping Naoussa: Contact them for prices

Ios Hostels

Top Hostels in Greece Things to Know

We recently went to Ios. Lots of young people and great fun and parties in the beaches. This post will guide you through.

Santorini Hostels

Mykonos or Santorini? - White & Blue Island Hopping

One of the most popular islands in the world. We have done lots of things there. Visit the whole section from here, or read this guide.

Mykonos Hostels

How to Get From Mykonos to Santorini? Flights & Ferries

The party island of the world. An expensive island but there are lots of things to do! Read this guide and all the posts in the section.

Rhodes Hostels

Top Hostels in Greece Things to Know

Island of the Knights and party. A really big island with lots of options. Check this post for activities.

Well, guys and girls, this is a base post and research for the hostels in Greece. You see that most are in Athens and there is a reason for that. Athens is a place to stay and explore. Four days may not be enough, if you want to explore beaches and activities around and inside Athens.

Tips for Staying at a Hostel

These days, there are a different types of hostels. For example there are:

Chains: High quality standards and membership discounts.

Boutique Hostels: Funky, great facilities (i.e. pool), a bit more expensive.

Family run Hostels: Small hostels with dorms with few beds per room. Relatively good for private time. Expect lots of questions for things like when you will be back or where you are going.

Dorm Hostels: They have hotel facilities but not so big communal spaces.

“Quirky” Hostels: Some used to be temples, prisons or brothels but now they are hostels. Do you dare?

Party time Hostels: You will meet people and there will be noise, possibly with intimate activities in dorms. Don’t expect to sleep much; expect drinking.

For all these types there are key points you need to have in mind, before getting there. For example:

  1. Book ahead!
  2. Get to know the place… before you arrive
  3. Choose your room wisely: Coed or single sex? Private, 4, 6 or 10 bed?
  4. Watch your valuables
  5. Pick a bottom bunk
  6. Dress in layers
  7. Buy (or DIY) a sleep sheet
  8. Come shower-ready
  9. Bring earplugs
  10. Don’t be shy! Make friends
  11. Learn the hostel etiquette
  12. Have different lock sizes
  13. Prepare pyjamas before a night out
  14. Prepare clothes for the morning
  15. Take your own towel
  16. Take Flip Flops
  17. Care for your hygiene!

Have fun!

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