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The 6 Best Hostels in Athens (Updated 2023)

The view overlooking historic Athens, Greece with the Acropolis in the distance


Athens one of the most popular destinations in Europe.

Boasting incredible historical sites like the millennia-old Acropolis, delicious (and affordable) food, and a growing cocktail bar scene, Athens is a sprawling city popular with backpackers, foodies, and history buffs alike.

But since the city is quite spread out, choosing the right hostel in the right place can make or break your stay.

Here are four things you need to remember before picking a hostel in Athens:

  1. Location – Athens is big. Picking a hostel in a location you want to be based in is essential.
  2. Price – Like anywhere, you get what you pay for. If you pick a really cheap hostel, you’re probably going to get one that is small and cramped and doesn’t offer great service.
  3. Amenities – Every hostel in town offers free Wi-Fi, and most have self-catering facilities so you can cook your own meals. Many — but not all — include free breakfast, so be sure to do your research to find the one that best meets your needs.
  4. Staff – All the hostels listed here have an amazing staff who are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews so you know you’ll have staff who are helpful and friendly.

Below is my list of the best hostels in Athens to help you plan your trip and save money. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following are the best in each category:

Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Pagration Youth Hostel
Best Hostel for Partying: Athens Hawks
Best Hostel for Solo Travelers: Athens Backpackers
Best Hostel for Couples: Athens Studios Hostel
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Athens Hub Hostel
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: BedBox
Best Overall Hostel: Athens Backpackers

Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my breakdown of the best hostels in Athens and why I love them:

Price legend (per night)

  • $ = Under 20 EUR
  • $$ = 20-30 EUR
  • $$$ = Over 30 EUR


1. Pagration Youth Hostel

A small dorm room with lockers in the Pagration Youth Hostel in Athens, Greece
This family-run hostel is one of the most affordable in the city. The beds in the five- and eight-bed dorm rooms are pretty basic (no curtains or individual outlets) and I think the mattresses are a bit thin. All rooms have individual lockers and the bathrooms are big and clean. It’s basic but it’s cheap!

The hostel also has washing machines, a common room with board games where you can usually find other travelers hanging out, and a large kitchen for cooking your own meals. It’s a good…

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