Stockholm's best youth hostels
Updated 10 Feb 2020
Whether you're a backpacker travelling the globe or are just looking for a cheap bed for the night, Stockholm has plenty to offer. The city is full of good quality youth hostels for anyone on a budget. Follow our guide to personal and centrally located hostels with rooms in all sizes, including several unusual options with quirky accommodation. The guide to Stockholm's best youth hostels will take you from stately ships to the city's cosiest prison building via one of Europe's hippest flashpacker hostels.
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City Backpackers Hostel StockholmUpplandsgatan 2, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Central backpackers' favourite
This well-established hostel draws in guests from all over the world. As well as communal areas and a courtyard they also have a sauna, breakfast café and restaurant. The hostel rents out bicycles and arranges tours. Groups of 6-8 people can hire an entire apartment complete with a kitchen and bathroom.
GeneratorTorsgatan 10, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Coolest, according to Condé Nast
This centrally located design hostel is part of a chain that has branches in some of Europe's most popular cities. There are private rooms, shared dorms and a studio apartment - as well as creative spaces, urban art and social happenings for global flashpackers. Condé Nast Traveller named Generator the coolest place to stay in Paris.
Långholmen Hotell & RestaurangLångholmsmuren 20, Hornstull/Södermalm
This environmentally-friendly hotel and youth hostel is housed in a former prison building from the 1800s. The hostel is on the island of Långholmen, with its own swimming beach and jogging track but still close to the buzz of Hornstull and rest of Södermalm. Take your own bed linen with you if you don't want to hire it there.
Af Chapman HostelFlaggmansvägen 8, City
Stay on a beautiful ship
This hundred year old fully-rigged ship on the island of Skeppsholmen houses some of the city's most original accommodation. They have single and double cabins and larger dorms in cosy surroundings close to the city centre. Bar Chapman in a beautiful 19th century building on the harbourfront serves Swedish food with an international element. Don't miss Moderna Museet just a short walk away.
Old Town HostelStora Nygatan 22, Old Town
This hostel in a 17th century building in the heart of the Old Town's historic district has light, airy rooms in different sizes, with or without windows. Showers and toilets are shared with other guests. You can cook food or just relax and hang out in the evenings in the communal room.
Rygerfjord Hotel & HostelSödermälarstrand, Kajplats 13, Södermalm
On the water
Rygerfjord consists of three boats moored alongside Södermälarstrand near Slussen. Try out cabin life onboard and walk or bike to Södermalm, the Old Town and the city centre. There's a restaurant and lounge area onboard with views over Riddarfjärden and on sunny days you can sit out on the Port Deck terrace and enjoy a drink.
Castanea HostelKindstugatan 1, Old Town
Close to everything
Close to a hidden little square in the Old Town, you'll find this charming youth hostel, named after the large chestnut tree right outside the door. Choose from single rooms, doubles, quadruples, rooms with six beds and a 16-bed dorm. Take your own sheets with you or hire them there.
Den Röda BåtenSödermälarstrand kajplats 10, Södermalm
This hotel and youth hostel is housed on board two charming boats moored alongside Södermälarstrand. Enjoy the views and the great location a short walk from Södermalm and the Old Town. The hostel rooms have shared bathrooms and a common room with tv and wifi. You can also buy breakfast here if you like.
Skanstulls VandrarhemRingvägen 135, Skanstull/Södermalm
Homely near SoFo and Globen
Close to the trendy SoFo area of Södermalm, this popular hostel has colourful rooms in modern shabby chic style. There's a fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook as well as a dining room with a breakfast buffet and café. The location is also handy if you're going to the Globen arena, just two station stops away.
Hotell & Vandrarhem ZinkensdammZinkens väg 20, Södermalm
Close to the waterfront
This homely and environmentally-aware youth hostel is charmingly situated close to the parks, waterfront and allotments of Södermalm. The accommodation is varied to suit all kinds of guests, from backpackers to business travellers, and it's perfect for anyone who wants to explore Södermalm and the rest of the city.
Hostel DalagatanDalagatan 30, Vasastan
Hostel Dalagatan is a centrally located youth hostel, close to the underground station. The ten rooms are decorated in light, airy style with facilities including air conditioning and free wifi. Smoking and alcohol are not permitted.