Short-stay accommodation in Europe
You have your trip all planned out: bags are packed, tickets are booked, but what about accommodation? Check out various options for an affordable stay during your journey.
Hostels are a good alternative to hotels when looking for affordable accommodation. You can see below a list of popular hostel websites:
- European Hostels: search for the best and cheapest beds in the city you are visiting. On this site you can also find some useful travelling tips.
- European Hostel Guide: a guide providing information on hostels all over Europe, with photos and links to the hostels’ websites.
- Hostel World: search and book hostels all over the world to find the best deals. Also check out the hostel reviews and the backpacker guides and travel tips section.
- Hostels.com: with over 35 000 hostels to choose from, just select your destination to get started. Don't forget to take a peek at the city guides and travel features pages.
- Hostelling International: youth hostels are a great way to get to know a country at a low cost. Search among the more than 4 000 youth hostels worldwide.
- Hostel Bookers: book your youth hostel or cheap hotel from over 3 500 destinations worldwide. Check out also the travel blog, the travel inspiration lists and destination guides for tips on how to make the most of your trip.
If you prefer to be in close contact with the nature, camping can be a nice and affordable option for you.
- EuroCampings: get detailed information about European campsites so that you can camp in style across Europe. Search by country, region, place, campsite name or facilities.
- Interhike: camping and hiking advice for countries all over Europe, just use the map to find camping sites in the area you choose.
Flat renting and subletting
If you prefer a more homey feeling, you can rent a room or a whole flat and even sublet your own while you are away.
- CasaSwap: worldwide roommate and housing service where you can find new roommates and rent, sublet or swap accommodation with other members.
- Airbnb: from apartments and rooms to treehouses and boats, rent a space for you in over 34 000 cities and 192 countries. You can also rent out your place while you're gone and maybe cut down the costs of your trip.
If you are open-minded and willing to receive guests in your home, then you can also stay for free at someone else's house for a couple of days.
- Belodged.com: online community where you can become a host member to look for free accommodation at another member's house or just look for travel tips for your next destination.
- Hospitality Club: join the club to meet friendly people and find free accommodation around the world.
- Couchsurfing: find local hosts to stay with in over 100 000 cities around the world, become a host by opening your home to travellers or just rediscover your city by meeting visiting travellers and locals at events in your area.
- Knok: travel and stay for free in over 30 000 homes, in 159 countries. Home insurance included.
If everything else fails, you have an early-morning flight or a long layover, or you simply want to add some adventure to your journey, why not spending the night at the airport? The Guide to Sleeping in Airports has reviews, a ranking of the best and worst airports to sleep and a guide of how to sleep in airports.
For Switzerland, you can also check the following pages.