I stayed in two separate hostels in Zagreb, both of which were probably just a few blocks from one another. The price was totally reasonable, as far as I remember only US $15-20 a night for a bed, with bunk beds and cabinets for your stuff. These two, I believe, are related and are both just five-ten minutes walk from the glavni kolodvor or main bus station. The ambiance sure wasn't there since there was no decoration, but I'm not a terribly picky budget traveler so it wasn't a bother to me. The staff spoke English and was friendly enough, but nothing to be impressed over. No meals were provided and there did not appear to be a restaurant within either hostel, but there are so many bakeries nearby on any street that it makes more sense to go and grab a pecivo (bun filled with chocolate, jam, cheese or ham) as is sometimes local custom. The bathrooms had showers with some privacy and there were bathrooms with toilets on every floor, although none of it was spotless and I'd suggest wearing flip-flops in the shower. However, this is Croatia and Zagreb we're talking about, and the place does the best it can. In any case, I wouldn't have wanted to stay at these places longterm, but for a night or two, sure, especially when considering the close proximity to the bus station. It's also a good last-minute resort if you get stuck in town and need a place to stay, since usually even in high season one of the two places will have some room.
Unique Quality: Nothing in particular, although nothing outstandingly horrible either.
A nice hostel, albeit a ways away from the center of Zagreb. Although traveling from the train station to Ravnice Youth hostel is quite simple, it is perhaps a good twenty minutes via a tram. It's clean and people are very friendly. Nearby, grocery stores can be difficult to find, so ask for directions, but the hostel has a wonderful kitchen for cooking.
Unique Quality: As I said before, clean facilities, nice kitchen. Unfortunately location detracts from the true Zagreb experience. However, it is the only game in town and it's worth it.
Ravnice Hostel is a good hostel at a good price, the only problem is the location. They have free internet access, good quality bathrooms, clean hostel and good staff.
Directions: to the north east of town, take tram 4 from the train station or tram 7 from the bus station
Ravnice hostel is located in the area of Zagreb called Ravnice. The big house is almost disguised among the other block of flats in this suburb. outside they have a nice small garden where you can sit and have a chat with people. They offer dormroom beds as well as private rooms.
I think this hostel had a very good standard, and the people working there were very friendly and helpfull - giving you maps & tips.
The easiest way to get to the hostel is to take a tram. On the hostels website you´ll see which tram you can take depending on where you ride from.
Unique Quality: +BBQ Garden Area
+TV Common Room
Didn't stay here but the lonely planet sings its praises and the other option, well I would rather sleep in the park than stay there ever again.
Unique Quality: Pleasant owner, clean, with internet facilities, and most importantly not the Omladinski Hostel
Directions: take tram nos 4, 7, 11, 12
This hostel was friendly, comfortable, clean but damn! it was really hard to find. we had a car too, and we spent close to an hour driving in circles asking drunken guys where it was. Be sure to have a map because I have no idea how we found it: i think i saw a sign that said hostel, but there were no street name signs in sight. The staff are super knowledegable and helpful though, just watch out for the common room because we got stuck there with a weird older guy who watched HBO softcore porn erotica all night long.
Directions: try to print out a map, because this place is really hard to find!
This was a very nice hostel. It was incredibly clean, and had nice balconies for chilling out. The kitchen could use a little more dishes, but it was better than most hostels.
The common area was not too comfortable, and it closes, but I had no problem meeting many really cool people just by hanging out in the kitchen area.
The staff was incredibly helpful. They were very good info resources, and they had several umbrellas to lend the poor saps, such as myself, who had failed to bring their own.
It is a bit far (about 20 min tram ride) from the city center, but the trams are nice and run all night. I also never got caught for not paying. This place is definitely worth the distance, especially since I have been told that the hostel downtown is complete hole where you will get something jacked.
Main Square: take tram number 11 or 12.
Main Train Station: take tram number 4
Main Bus Station: take tram number 7
Airport: take a bus into the Main Bus Station.
TAKE TRAMS IN THE DIRECTION OF DUBRAVA OR DUBEC.
Don't let the proximity from the town center turn you off. Despite being located about twenty minutes away by tram, this hostel is simple to get to and is very friendly and incredibly clean. It is owned by Vera and her daughter Lea also helps out with day to day operations. Lea's grandmother can be found doing laundry or just hanging out watching television in the common room on the ground level. It's truly a family affair. Vera and Lea both speak excellent English and love hearing about travel stories and believe it or not, I had a couple fun conversations with Grandma despite the fact that she doesn't speak a word of English. Smiling and nodding goes a long way.
Unique Quality: They have towels for rent and internet for a small charge (although I was never charged for either) and the bunk beds in the dorms are fitted with thick and comfortable mattresses. There is one bathroom for every two 4 person dorm rooms and the bathrooms are spotless and the showers were hot.
To get there take one of the trams I mention below (or see the website for details). Once on the tram, when you start to notice that you are leaving the town center. look for the soccer stadium on your right, then you'll see some apartments. At the next stop, you'll see a big red sign for the KRAS chocolate factory. Get off here and walk down the street about 300 m. The hostel is on the left.
For more info, email Vera at:
Directions: From: Bus Station - tram 7
Train Station- tram 4
Main Square- tram 11 or 12
All trams in the direction of Dubrava or Dubec
This new hostel is exactly what the city has needed. Opened July 2001, it is of the simple dormitory style and is woody and very clean. The self-kitchen and friendly host takes it to the next level.
Unique Quality: A great new option for those of you on a budget. Comparable to the best hostels you've visited all over Europe, it's only a 10 minutes tram ride from town.
7 rooms; 2 doubles, 4 quads, 1 dorm-style
the price 92 kn per person.
Directions: The hostel is situated very close to the City Zoo, therefore you need tram to get it.
This is a great place and it s Ravnice youth hostel.
cost of bed per night: 92kuna (included 7kn of tax)
In the picture I am with the always 'ready to help you' Lea, from the hostel.
Unique Quality: 20 mins by tramway from center
how to get there? from train station: take tram number 4 from train station, or 7 from bus station in direction of 'Dubrava' or 'Dubec'.
Stop is called Ravnice (the 2nd after the Zagreb's stadium), no way to get lost. Once in the Ravnice stop you must walk some 200 meters.
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