Split is quickly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in Europe. And it’s easy to see why — amazing architecture, beautiful blue waters, nice weather, and easy access to Croatia’s islands. Split has also traditionally been a fairly affordable city, so it’s home to around 40 hostels. So, to help you narrow your hostel search, we’ve analyzed all the options to bring you the best hostels in Split, Croatia.
The Average Hostel Prices in Split, Croatia
Hostels in Split tend to be affordable, plentiful, and high quality.
Well-rated hostels in Split cost €18-€33/night but the average is around €25/night — however, I’ve seen some as low as €12-€15/night. Some hostels might raise their prices on Friday and Saturday nights so keep that in mind.
Check Hostelworld to get exact prices for your dates.
Quick Facts About Split Hostels
Here are a few things to think about when looking for your hostel:
Book Early For the Best Prices & Selection
Summer is the busy season in Split so you might want to book a bit early if you want to snag the cheapest beds at the best hostels.
Most hostels in Split tend to be small, backpacker-style properties — which means they’re not fancy but they’re friendly. That said, some hostels might be quiet and others might be “party” hostels (most will be somewhere in between). So pay attention to this before booking so you find a hostel that matches your travel style.
Neighborhoods and Location
Most hostels are located in the old town so you’re right in the heart of everything. However, there are a few hostels located outside the old town so pay attention to the location before booking.
Check-In Times and Cleaning Times
Many hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in. Some will also close in the early afternoon so the cleaning crews can do their thing.
New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.
The Best Split Hostels: Our Top Picks
HOW WE RANK THE HOSTELS
- Overall Quality: We take a holistic look at the hostel to see the positives and negatives. Our goal is to find amazing hostels that are still affordable.
- Location: Most hostels we list will be centrally located.
- Price: We try to filter out the super-expensive hostels to help find the best price-to-quality ratio.
- Vibe/Atmosphere: Every hostel has a personality. Some are party hostels and some are quiet. We try to note the atmosphere so you can find a place to stay that matches your travel style.
- Past Guest Reviews: Every guest has a different experience so we look at the good and the bad. We suggest you take a few minutes to read prior reviews.
We encourage you to check out Hostelworld to do a bit of searching for yourself.
NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons.
Split Guesthouse & Hostel
Split Guesthouse & Hostel has been the most popular hostel in Split (and Croatia) for multiple years in a row so you can’t go wrong if you can snag a bed here.
First of all, the owner of Split Guesthouse & Hostel is extremely nice and welcoming so you feel at home right away. The hostel’s location is excellent, the beds are comfortable, and the staff does a great job of keeping the hostel clean. They also have nice bathrooms — which isn’t exactly common in most hostels.
This is a very social hostel so expect to make friends (i.e. this is an excellent place to stay if you’re traveling solo). They also have a fully equipped kitchen and the staff often makes group dinners. That said, this isn’t a party hostel so you’ll still be able to get a nice sleep.
Old Town Hostel Split
Old Town Hostel Split might not be the most modern or updated hostel in Split but it is the only hostel located within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace — which is a Roman imperial structure from the 4th century AD protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. So that’s pretty cool! It also means you’re right in the heart of Split so you’re surrounded by bars, restaurants, and sights.
Old Town Hostel Split is another super friendly and welcoming hostel so you’ll feel at home right away. The staff is always willing to help with suggestions on what to see and do in Split. They also help organize dinners, nights out, and other activities. Overall, this is a very chill and laid-back hostel.
Beach Hostel Split
Beach Hostel is a much-loved hostel in Split that’s also just a few steps from the most popular beach in town. Furthermore, you’re less than a 10-minute walk from the center of town. The hostel’s neighborhood is one of the city’s top nightlife destinations so you’re surrounded by bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Beach Hostel has a very laidback, artsy backpacker vibe. It’s a social hostel and good for meeting other travelers but it’s still quiet at night. The host is also very friendly so she’ll make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive.
The hostel has a small kitchen so you can make your own meals if you’re looking to save a little cash. The staff does a nice job of keeping the hostel clean and safe.
Backpackers Fairytale Split Hostel
Backpackers Fairytale is a homey hostel run by Antea and her dog that’s just a few minutes from the 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace. The neighborhood is quiet and residential but you’re still super close to Split’s bars and restaurants.
Like many hostels in Split, Backpackers Fairytale is laidback and a nice place to meet other travelers. Furthermore, the shower and toilet facilities are great and the rooms have everything you need. The facilities aren’t the most up-to-date but it’s still a comfortable hostel. It’s also one of the cheapest hostels in Spilt.
En Route Hostel Split
En Route Hostel is one of the only modern hostels in Split, so it’s comfortable and updated but doesn’t have that cozy “backpacker” feel. That said, this is still a great hostel with tons of space, nice showers, and lots of common areas to chat with fellow travelers. They don’t have a free breakfast but there is a self-catering kitchen.
The En Route Hostel isn’t located in the old town so the neighborhood isn’t super cute and you’ll have to walk about 15-20 minutes to get to the old town.
Tchaikovsky Hostel (T-Hostel) Split
Tchaikovsky Hostel (T-Hostel) is a newly renovated boutique hostel in the center of downtown Split. This is a quiet hostel without a ton of atmosphere but it’s a nice, comfortable, and clean place to stay. The staff is friendly and the location is great as well.
CroParadise Green Hostel Split
CroParadise Green Hostel has been one of the most popular hostels in Split for multiple years — probably because they’re one of the cheaper options. They have comfortable beds, a decent kitchen area, and super friendly staff. The location can’t be beaten as you’re just five minutes from all the action of the Old Town.
The showers are nice but there aren’t many so you might have to wait to shower. It’s not the most lively hostel but they also organize pub crawls in the summer.
One thing to note is that CroParadise Green Hostel is a mixture of a hostel and private apartments (which are located in a different building across the street) — so if you’re staying in a private apartment you won’t have that “hostel” vibe.
CroParadise Pink & Blue Hostel
CroParadise Pink & Blue Hostel is similar to the CroParadise Green Hostel as it’s a mixture of a hostel and private apartments. It’s a comfortable and budget-friendly accommodation option. Again, this isn’t the most social place to stay so it’s not a great option if you’re wanting to meet people.
Split hostel Fiesta Siesta
Split hostel Fiesta Siesta is a party hostel so if you’re looking to meet lots of people and maybe not get lots of sleep, then this is the place for you. It’s owned by Australians so you know the hospitality is on point. They organize daily social events like dinners, beach days, pub crawls, etc. And, if that’s not enough, the hostel is located above the popular Charlie’s Backpacker Bar (with drink deals for guests). They also have an excellent location.
Split Hostel Booze & Snooze
Split Hostel booze & snooze is the sister hostel of Split hostel Fiesta Siesta (see above) so this is another party hostel. Again, stay here if you want to party and meet lots of people. They also organize daily social events like dinners, beach days, pub crawls, drinking games, etc. This hostel is also located in a great part of town so you’re close to all the action.
Wonderful World Hostel Split
Located in an old stone house in the center of Split, Wonderful World is an excellent hostel that’s only 10 minutes from the beach and steps to Split’s top attractions.
Wonderful World is a chilled-out hostel (they have hammocks after all) and the staff is very welcoming — they also organize fun tours. This is a fairly small hostel so the rooms can get a little cramped but it does create a cozy vibe.
Hostel Split has been open for over 15 years so it’s one of the longest-running hostels in Split. This is a friendly hostel thanks to the staff but this is not a place to stay if you want to meet other travelers — they don’t have common space. Basically, stay here if you want a clean, quiet, and comfortable place to stay that’s also centrally located.
Hostel Packing Advice
Staying in hostels poses a few unique packing challenges so I’m here to help by recommending a few of my must-have items. Check out my Hostel Packing List for the full list but below are the absolute necessities:
- Padlock For Your Hostel Locker: Master Lock 1505D, Master Lock 1535DWD, & Master Lock 1500iD are all affordable options on Amazon.
- Hanging Toiletry Case For Tiny Hostel Bathrooms: AmazonBasics Hanging Travel Toiletry Kit Bag and emissary Large Hanging Toiletry Bag are two cheap options on Amazon.
- Quick Drying Travel Towel: I like the Sea to Summit Drylite Towel & Rainleaf Microfiber Towel because they’re only around $25.
- Eyemasks and Earplugs for Loud Roommates: These Flents Protechs Sleep Ear Plugs are designed for sleep.
- Prepaid SIM Card W/ Mobile Data: Having high-speed mobile data is a requirement these days, so I recommend buying a SIM card before arriving in Europe. Here’s my guide to the best Prepaid SIM Cards for Europe and the Best eSIM Data Plans for Europe.
More Budget Travel Advice From The Savvy Backpacker
Here are some helpful links to articles that I think you’ll find interesting if you’re staying in hostels and traveling around Europe on a budget.
- Guide to Hostels in Europe: Tips and advice for finding the best hostels in Europe
- Hostel Etiquette: The unwritten rules about staying in a hostel.
- Backpacking Europe Packing List: What you should (and shouldn’t) pack when traveling to Europe.
- Buying Travel Insurance: Tips for choosing travel insurance.
- Best Travel Shoes: Finding comfortable and stylish shoes for travel.
- The Best Travel Backpacks: Our favorite backpacks designed for traveling Europe.
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- How To Purchase Train Tickets for Europe | Strategies For Buying European Train Tickets - February 16, 2024
- Complete Guide To Train Travel In Europe | How To Travel Europe By Train - February 15, 2024
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