Offering the perfect combination of history and modernity, it’s no surprise that Copenhagen can be pricey. People come from all over the world to marvel at the city’s cultural attractions. From museums and galleries to churches and canals, there’s no shortage of things to do in Copenhagen. While it’s an expensive city, there is a way to enjoy Copenhagen on a budget. Since the majority of any budget typically goes towards accommodation, we’ve listed the best hostels in Copenhagen to help you cut your costs and get you started on the right foot.
Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Copenhagen
- Overall Best Hostel in Copenhagen: Generator Copenhagen
- Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Copenhagen: Steel House Copenhagen
- Best Cheap Hostel in Copenhagen: Bedwood Hostel
- Best Hostel for Couples in Copenhagen: Urban House
- Best Party Hostel in Copenhagen: Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
Located near all of the city’s best activities is Copenhagen Downtown Hostel. Right in the historic old town, this hostel offers a friendly and relaxed vibe. The private rooms have ensuite bathrooms, while the dorms have shared bathrooms. When you don’t want to spend time in your room, public transportation is right at your doorstep, or you can stay in and check out the hostels daily events like cocktail night or beer pong. There’s an edgy venue on site which includes a bar and lounge where live music and parties go on until 5:00am every night! For an amazing atmosphere in an even better location, book your stay at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel.
Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER
The Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER is a hostel / hotel hybrid which will make your time in Copenhagen everything you want it to be. A breakfast buffet is available in the mornings, there is a snack kiosk open throughout the day, and you can get items like sandwiches, burgers, etc. until midnight. Live music and local craft beer can be enjoyed in the bar before you head out to the nightlife in Copenhagen. You’ll be only two minutes away from Copenhagen Central Station, and the hostel also rents bicycles so you can get around like the locals do. There is a ton to enjoy when you stay at the Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER.
Steel House Copenhagen
Steel House Copenhagen is a new luxury hostel with an industrial chic feel. New Yorker-inspired, you’ll love the urban vibe and rustic interior. It’s located only a five-minute walk from City Hall Square, an absolute must visit during your time in Copenhagen. When you download the hostel’s app you’ll be able to check in and get your key downloaded to your phone so you can head directly to your room. When the sun sets you can hang out at the hostel’s bar, or you can head to the legendary Rust nightclub where you can get in free of charge. Food is available throughout the day or you can cook for yourself and your new friends in the common kitchen. Steel House Copenhagen is ready to show you the time of your life throughout your stay.
Sleep in Heaven
When it comes to youth hostels in Copenhagen, Sleep in Heaven takes the cake. One of the city’s first hostels, they’ve been welcoming travelers into their fun and relaxed atmosphere since 1999. This hostel is located in the Nørrebro area and surrounded by unique bars, great bistros, and Assistens Kirkegård, Denmarks’ best known cemetery. Breakfast is available and there are plenty of common areas to enjoy your food while hanging out with new friends. When you’re not out painting the town, you can chill on the outdoor terrace, in the bar, or around a pool table. Sleep in Heaven has a proven track record as an amazing youth hostel.
If you’re backpacking through Copenhagen definitely consider staying at the Generator hostel. This award-winning hostel is just off Kongens Nytorv, the city’s largest square, and within walking distance to everything you’ll want to see. This contemporary hostel has dorms and private rooms, some of which have sea views. A buffet breakfast is served daily and you can get sandwiches and finger foods from the on-site bar 24 hours a day. Inside the hostel karaoke and live music events are frequently arranged, and the staff is happy to help you arrange everything from tours to mountain biking when you want to get out and be active. Staying at the Generator Copenhagen will give you easy access to the best the city has to offer.
Danhostel Copenhagen City
The best Copenhagen hostel also happens to be the largest in Europe! The Danhostel Copenhagen City boasts 16 floors and has 1,020 beds in private rooms and dorms, many of which offer impressive city views. Located near Langebro on H.C. Andersens Boulevard, this five-star design hostel has been hosted by Jeanette Thunø Birkedal since 2005. She’s made sure it’s a modern hostel with a big city design feel. It’s renowned for its recently renovated bar, Bar50, where solo travelers and groups love to gather throughout the day. The size of this hostel makes it a perfect spot whether you’re traveling by yourself or you’re coming with a school group. Experience the best of Copenhagen’s irresistible ambience when you stay at the Danhostel Copenhagen City.
A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro
Located next to Bispebjerg train station, A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro is housed in a vibrant student district. There are 670 beds in 270 rooms, and you can choose from a private room or dorm. No matter which room type you choose, you will have a private bathroom. The hostel boasts a guest kitchen, a stylish bar, a “students only” area for those who need to study, and a small library. A buffet breakfast is offered along with a packed lunch service, and sandwiches, pizza, and snacks are available throughout the day at the on-site bar. While it’s a bit outside of the city center, A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro lets you experience a different side of Copenhagen.
This non-profit hostel was largely built by volunteers from recycled materials and opened to the public in 2015. It’s managed by ActionAid Denmark and rooms are inspired by countries where ActionAid operates. Both private and dorm rooms have shared bathrooms. The hostel is eco-friendly and seeks to help the environment by serving organic foods and drinks and using energy-saving light bulbs. There’s a café on the ground floor which frequently hosts artists, musicians, and activists, and the third floor is home to two kitchens and a movie room. Located in the Nørrebro neighborhood, Globalhagen Hostel was designed as an amazing hostel that acts as a welcoming space to exchange ideas and connect with like minded people.
Housed along Nyhavn, Bedwood Hostel is one of the best cheap places to stay in Copenhagen. This historic warehouse dating back to 1756 has been converted to a hostel which makes everyone feel right at home. You can choose from a dorm with 6, 8, 10, or 12 beds, each custom made. Every bed has privacy curtains, a charging port, and a reading lamp so you can catch up on your favorite travel book before bed. They have a courtyard and several interior common areas where you can meet new friends, play guitar, share a pot of tea, and exchange travel stories. A stocked guest kitchen, laundry, and bicycle rental is also available at the hostel. Hosted by experienced travelers, the staff at Bedwood Hostel know exactly what you need to have an incredible stay.
Woodah Hostel is an ideal budget accommodation in Copenhagen for those who value sustainable living. Located in the Vesterbro district, this hostel offers an urban, welcoming, and cozy vibe. The staff at Woodah Hostel truly value supporting local businesses, organic foods, fair-trade, and other types of earth-friendly products, and that’s reflected in the way they run the hostel. Food is available from 8:00am – 10:00pm and is always fresh, organic, and locally sourced. Their café is open to guests as well as the public, so it’s a great place to meet locals. A great hostel for yogis, they have deals with local yoga schools and even offer yoga classes on site if the weather allows. For affordable and comfy beds in a hostel surrounded by high-quality restaurants, parks, shopping, and museums, check out Woodah Hostel.
Copenhagen is an impressive city which deserves a visit. If you don’t want to break the bank experiencing Denmark’s capital though, a good place to start is by staying in a backpacker hostel.
This list is based on our personal experiences and/or reviews online. If you own a hostel in Copenhagen that you would like to add to this list, email us at contact(at)roadaffair(dot)com with the subject: Best Hostels in Copenhagen.