Vandrarhem Göteborg: Best Gothenburg Hostels For Budget Travelers 2023

We have listed our best luxury hotels in Göteborg (Gothenburg). Most of these hotels offer the best views of the cities, complete with amenities like spas and wellness centers, rooftop bars, breakfast buffets, and a number of on-site restaurants. However, Sweden, like other countries in Scandinavia, is not known for budget-friendly accommodations. This is a challenge, especially for travelers who want to spend on other things or experiences instead of splurging on hotels.

Before looking up affordable places on Airbnb, you can also consider staying in a hostel. Hostels in Gothenburg are generally clean and are mostly located in the trendy neighborhoods, like Linné which is close to the city center. You can opt for a private room or save money with a shared dorm room. Most amenities are shared, like the kitchen and lounges.


These are our top picks for the best Gothenburg hostels for budget travelers:

STF Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden

This hostel is also just a 3-minute walk from the Stigbergstorget tram stop. The building where it is situated dates back to the middle of the 1800s.

It takes 14 minutes on the tram to get to Gothenburg Central Station from there. It has private rooms, dorm beds, and two fully stocked kitchens for everyone to use.

The rooms at STF Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden are simple and come with a washbasin. There is more than one toilet.

Guests can unwind in the common dining room, which has a TV, or in the large garden, which has a terrace with furniture. There are also daily newspapers and a laundry room at STF Stigbergsliden.

The cosy neighborhood of Haga is 12 minutes away on foot, and Slottsskogen Park is 20 minutes away. One of my favorite cafes for a Konditori Kampanilen is nearby, so do drop by for a Swedish fika experience. You also have many other nearby dining and cafe options.

Linnéplatsens Hotel & Hostel

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Linnéplatsens Hotel & Hostel is a great place to stay in Gothenburg if you are on a budget. It is in the popular Linné neighborhood with lots of restaurants, cafes, and other establishments. The hostel has both private rooms and shared dorms. The maximum number of guests, though, is 32. The private rooms are simple, clean, and have simple furniture. The bathrooms are shared. The dorms are also clean and comfortable, with bunk beds and lockers for personal items.

The hostel’s features include a shared kitchen, a cozy lounge with a fireplace, free Wi-Fi, and a computer for guests to use. My friend, who traveled all by herself over Europe, stayed here when she visited me, and she was pretty satisfied with the place. I remember we also had some free chocolates in the lounge area. The hostel also has a place where you can rent bikes and do laundry.

 It’s no surprise that the place has great reviews: helpful staff; clean rooms; convenient access to public transportation. The rates per night vary a lot depending on the season, but they can range from 250 SEK to 700 SEK.

Göteborgs Mini-Hotel

Göteborgs Mini-Hotel is a hostel located in Linneagatan and Andra Långgatan, which means you are close to many restaurants, pubs, and cafes.

There are single rooms, double rooms, family rooms for four or six people, and a cheap double room for two people.

The hostel features private showers and bathrooms in the corridor, as well as two fully equipped workstations equipped with microwaves, stoves, ovens, and refrigerators. You can also order a daily breakfast for 50 SEK.

The hostel generally received positive reviews, and the nightly rate varies depending on when you will be staying but is usually between 250 SEK and 700 SEK. A family room for 6 people is around 700 SEK (as of March 2023), which is a very good price in Gothenburg.

Slottsskogen Vandrarhem Hostel

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This hostel is also in the Linné neighborhood. There are both shared dorms and private rooms that are reasonably priced. Clean and comfortable, the dorms have bunk beds and lockers for personal items. The bathrooms in private rooms are shared, and the furniture is simple and basic. The hostel features a fully equipped shared kitchen and dining area; a comfortable lounge; free Wi-Fi; and there are also laundry facilities. The hostel is also close to public transportation.

Slottsskogen Hostel is very close to Slottsskogen Park, where you can go for some walks and see some animals. There are also cozy cafes in Slottskogen if you want to have Swedish fika.

Prices at Slottsskogen Hostel depend on the time of year and the type of room, but they are usually between 250 SEK and 600 SEK per night.

Backpackers Göteborg

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Another hostel  in the Linnéstaden neighborhood is Backpackers Göteborg. The rooms feature flat-screen TVs, a seating area, a closet, bed linens, and free Wi-Fi. Guests have access to a shared bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.

There is a play area for kids and a pool table on the hotel’s terrace. Movies are sometimes shown. You can walk to the castle forest in two minutes.

On-site breakfast can be bought. There are nearby restaurants and cafes, and the Olivedalsgatan bus stop is only a 3-minute walk.

Prices at Backpackers Göteborg vary depending on the season and room type, but generally range from around 200 SEK to 600 SEK per night.

Spoton Hostel & Sportsbar 

Spoton Hostel & Sportsbar is a hostel in Korsvägen. The place has spacious, soundproofed, and air-conditioned rooms. For hotel standard rooms, you can have your own shower and toilet, while there are shared ones for hostel standard guests. Bed linens and shower towels are also provided.

One feature that makes this hostel unique from others is its on-site sports bar, which serves lunch and dinner. On weekdays, you can avail lunch buffet from 11:00 am to 3 in the afternoon. You can also order a breakfast set for 129 SEK and 99 SEK for a kid. If you are a sports enthusiast, this place is great for you since football matches are shown here.

The nightly rates are between 400 SEK and 700 SEK for double rooms. For a family room of 6, it is around 1000–1200 SEK per night.

Linné Hostel

This is another hostel in Linnéstaden and is great option for travelers who want to stay in comfortable rooms but stay within a budget. There are rooms with 3 to 8 beds for group travelers.

Some features of the hostel include free Wi-Fi and a shared kitchen where guests can cook or store food. Note that sheets and towels are not included in the price of the stay, but you can rent one for 65 SEK per person.

Prices vary by season and room type, but in general, a room for four people costs 1200 SEK per night, and an economy twin room is 400 SEK.

Le Mat Bed & Breakfast

This B&B is only 150 m from Avenyn, which is Gothenburg’s main shopping and dining area. This location is great for walking. Each room has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. WiFi is free to use.

At Le Mat B&B  the rooms have a bright touch to them. There are washbasins in some of the rooms.

The breakfast buffet is usually included in the nightly rates, and the ingredients are locally sourced. You can make arrangements if you have special dietary requirements, but there is an extra cost.

The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Center, the Nils Ericson Bus Terminal, and Liseberg Amusement Park can be reached within a 15-minute walk.

The nightly rate varies depending on when you will be staying, but is usually between 600 SEK and 800 SEK.


Final Thoughts

As mentioned, Scandinavia is known as an expensive area to explore, and Sweden is no exception to that. However, as long as you do your research, there are still comfortable accommodations and places that are reasonably priced. If you want to go for Swedish fika, you can check these cafes and coffee shops in Gothenburg

These are all personal recommendations and we are not affiliated with any of the hostels mentioned. Please also take note that there might be changes in prices and other details so we highly encourage you to please double check should you decide to stay in any of the hotels  mentioned.