European Youth Portal
Information and opportunities for young people across Europe.

Short-stay accommodation in Europe

© Flickr - garryknight
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Agoda: featuring over 2 000 000 + listings, including hotels, this site is sure to find the place for you. Daily deals can also save you extra on your short-term accomodation. 
  • Hostelsclub: a European company with over 37 000 listings worldwide available in multiple languages. Check out other recommended cities to start planning your next trip! 
  • famous the world over, a reliable booking agency that also provides flights, car rentals and airport taxis.  
  • Hostelz: listings in 7,607 cities and gives you the chance to compare prices across other hostel sites! 


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.
  • has thousands of campsites available to book in more than 30 countries worldwide

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.

  • 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.

House Swapping

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.

  • 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.

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.

Published Tue, 10/12/2013 - 14:59
Last updated on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 15:11

Info for young people in the western balkans

Need expert help or advice?

Ask us!