Backpacking Albania: The Best Hostels in Albania
Last Updated on July 2, 2021 by Anita Hendrieka
Albania is a great backpacking country because there are so many adventures to be had that are incredibly affordable to the average traveller. Add in that the hostels in Albania are wonderful and affordable and it’s the perfect destination for backpackers coming to Europe.
The Albanian culture is like no other, there are so many interesting things to learn and see here. Up until the early ’90s, Albania was under communist rule and completely closed off to visitors. Tourism is still new to the country which means there are so many off the beaten tracks places to see and visit, not to mention that Albanian Beaches are some the most beautiful in Europe.
Albania has an array of great hostels all around the country. I have picked my top favourite hostels in Albania to share with you that you must stay at if you’re backpacking in Albania – tried and tested!
Note: Some of these hostels in Albania only open some of the year, usually they close in winter. In the title, I will put if it closes during the year.
Tirana – Tripn’ Hostel (Open all year)
It’s hard to visit Albania without spending time in Tirana, so knowing the best hostel in Tirana is essential. Not only is this an awesome Tirana hostel, but Tripn Hostel is also one of the most chilled out hostels in Albania! The owners Erjon and Eni are incredibly friendly and hospitable, and you’re bound the have a good time if you stay here. They have a homemade beer, vintage interior design and a backyard for you to drink, drink, play some table tennis and drink. No, but seriously this is my personal favourite hostel to stay at in Tirana. It’s even near some of the best second markets I have ever been to. Make sure you read my guide on what to do in Tirana while you stay here – I have lots of recommendations!
If Tripn’ Hostel isn’t quite your speed, or it’s fully booked (as one of the popular hostels in Tirana, it can book up fast), I also have a post on the best hotels in Tirana.
Gjirokastër – Stone City Hostel (Closed for winter)
When you visit the beautiful town of Gjirokastër I highly recommend a stay at Stone City Hostel. You can tell a lot of hard work has gone into making this Albania hostel perfect. The staff are super friendly and really REALLY good at cooking. I had the best homemade cinnamon buns I have ever tasted in this hostel, and I have obviously never forgotten (I love food). They have a beautiful little courtyard too. It is all these details that make it one of the most amazing hostels in Albania. Plus it’s situated right in the heart of the old town which is perfect for sightseeing!
Saranda – Hairy Lemon Hostel (Permanently Closed )
This hostel is part of what made me fall in love with Albania in the first place, so it holds a special piece of my heart. The Hairy Lemon hostel has probably THE best view out of every hostel maybe ever. It’s located a 10-15-minute walk from the centre and has its own beach! If you’re looking for a relaxing time on the beach, then this hostel is perfect for that. They also do regular family dinners and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. This Albania hostel is small and cosy, great if you want to get to know other backpackers! Make sure you check these 26 things to do in and near the city while you stay there.
Since this is one of the many Albania hostels sadly closed for winter, here are my recommendations for the best hotels in Saranda the rest of the year!
Berat – Berat Backpackers (Closed for winter)
There’s no other place you should stay in Berat than Berat backpackers! This cool hostel is perfect for anyone backpacking in Albania. The staff are friendly and it’s super chilled out. In the summer you can opt to camp outside, they also make their own raki! Berat Backpackers has a homely feel to it, and it doesn’t feel like just another Albania hostel. Its located just over the bridge from the centre of Berat and set in a beautiful setting.
Shkoder – The Wanderers Hostel (Open all year)
The Wanderer’s Hostel is one of the most fun hostels in Albania. The staff are friendly and always up for a good time! They do BBQs, free breakfast and beer on tap – what more do you want? In the off-season (Spring and autumn) you can stay here for just 5 euro a night. That includes the bed, breakfast and a welcome beer. You really must stay at this hostel if you do go to Shkoder. It’s right in the centre so it’s super easy to get to everything.
Himara – Himara Downtown Hostel (Closed for winter)
This is the one hostel I haven’t stayed in, but I have heard countless great reviews from friends who have been here, some even ended up volunteering and staying because they liked it so much. Since I trust their opinions, I am counting this as one of the best hostels in Albania! The hostel is set in the centre of the chilled out sleepy coastal town of Himara. They have a great backyard, free breakfast and of course great hospitality – as you will encounter everywhere in Albania!
There’s your list of the best hostels around the country if you’re planning on backpacking Albania. As I live in the south of Albania, I have lots of recommendations on things to do there and in all of Albania (you can check out all my Albanian tips and advice here). I highly recommend you join my Facebook group ‘Travelling Albania’. It’s a place where you can meet other backpackers around Albania and ask any questions you may have – including even more recommendations for the best hostels in Albania!
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- Albania Travel Guide for First Timers: Everything You Need!
- 14 Important Tips Before You Travel to Albania
- Albania beaches: 10 of the Best Beaches in Albania
- 10 Incredible Cities in Albania to Explore
- Traditional Albanian Food: 39 Delicious Albanian Dishes to Try!
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