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Hostels have evolved and are a great way to meet new people...

Hostels are a great option for backpackers and budget-minded travellers of all ages. The International Youth Hostel Card provides access to a network of thousands of hostels across Europe. The card is free if you're under 18, and costs only a small amount if you're 18 or older. Room sizes vary, accommodating from one to more than four people. Bathroom facilities usually are shared, although sometimes you can get a private room with a WC and bath en suite (in the room). Amenities also vary and may include linens, laundry rooms, lounges and communal spaces, kitchens, Internet access, international phones and bike rentals, and lockers to secure your personal belongings.

University dormitories are another affordable option for accommodation. They are increasingly available when students are on vacation during the summer or winter breaks. Your stay may include access to the cafeteria and possibly use of other on-campus facilities for an additional fee.


About HI Hostels

Hostelling International is the brand name of more than 90 Youth Hostel Associations in 90 countries, operating 4,000 hostels. No other hostel operator can match us for sheer quality or variety of accommodation! Unlike bland motels, impersonal hotels or dodgy backpackers, HI Youth Hostels are fun, lively meeting places, full of like-minded people.

HI is a non-profit membership organisation, with a proud history and a relevant philosophy. Follow the links above to find out more about Hostelling International.


Whilst Hostelling International provides booking through the official network of nationally accredited Youth Hostels, there are numerous other hostels in Europe that do not fall under the individual National Hostel Associations. You can book these hostels through third party sites such as HostelBookers.com .


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