Geneva is beautifully located on the Rhone River and the Lac Leman lake. The French border is very close-by and you have great views of the Mont Blanc. It’s known as a business city, but there are plenty of things to do and see in and around the city for backpackers.
Geneva is a very expensive city but luckily there are some excellent hostels as well. Here are the 3 best hostels:
City Hostel Geneva
This hostel is conveniently located within walking distance from the main train station. City Hostel Geneva might be a bit more expensive than some other hostels in Geneva, but all guests get a free travel card for all public transport in the city. You also get free WiFi. The hostel has a cafe and there’s no curfew. There are plenty of restaurants in the area and the staff of the hostel will give you recommendations of where you should go.
Address: Rue Ferrier 2, Paquis, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.
Guest rating: 4.2 out of 5.
Price per night: from $40.
The Geneva Hostel is situated just north of the city center and close to the lake. You can even see Mont Blanc from here. It’s a very modern and spacious hostel, housed in a historic building. They offer free WiFi as well as a free Geneva Transport Card which enables you to use all public transport for free. Free breakfast is served daily and in the evenings you can enjoy dinner at the restaurant.
Address: Rue Rothschild, 28-30, Paquis, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.
Guest rating: 4.1 out of 5.
Price per night: from $30.
If you’re looking for a cheaper hostel option and maybe want to explore the areas and mountains around Geneva, then check out Nyon Hostel. It’s located in a quiet neighborhood of Nyon, a town north of Geneva on the borders of Lac Leman. The hostel offers free WiFi and all rooms have balconies. You can easily travel to Geneva and Lausanne from here.
Address: Chemin des Plantaz 47, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland.
Guest rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Price per night: from $25.
About our Geneva hostel recommendations
Are you a solo traveler looking for a private room? Or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm? Above you will find the best hostels in Geneva for all your needs.
Please note, we only list hostels that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Geneva.
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