From designer luxury and lively, downtown locations to cheap bunks in a quiet suburb.

Gone are the days when choosing a hostel was just about finding the cheapest bed a city had to offer. Copenhagen’s modern hostels have much more to offer young travelers than the average budget hotel, including the chance to meet with other backpackers, lively hangout areas, and knowledgeable, enthusiastic reception staff who know exactly what you’re looking for.

Copenhagen’s newest and best-equipped hotel is Generator Hostel Copenhagen, which can also boast one of the city’s most central locations, a few minutes’ walk from Kongens Nytorv Square and Nyhavn. Its location is rivalled only by Danhostel Copenhagen Downtown, close to shops, restaurants, and the City Hall, while five-star design hostel Danhostel Copenhagen City provides amazing views of the city from its high-rise windows.

An out-of town stay in a quieter residential area is offered at Danhostel Copenhagen Amager and Danhostel Copenhagen Bellahoj, both of which offer family rooms and outdoor as well as indoor play areas. Danhostel Amager also has disabled access.

Some hostels are great for cheap stays, lively meeting places. Eco-friendly Sleep-in Green and Sleep-in Heaven, while hardly designer, are friendly, laid-back overnight options in the multicultural Norrebro district.

Note that while many of Copenhagen’s hostels provide ideal overnight options for families as well as backpackers, with 4 and 5-bed private rooms, many still charge for bed linen and towels. In addition, many of the older hostels, like City Public Hostel and YMCA Interpoint, are open in summer months only.   

YMCA Interpoint


Run by YMCA volunteers in what looks like a church, the small, rather old-fashioned YMCA Interpoint Hostel is open in summer only (from July to mid-August) and offers beds for DKK 120, making it one of the cheapest places to stay in Copenhagen....  Read More

City Public Hostel


Run by a local after-school activity center, the large Copenhagen's City Public Hostel offers cheap beds in huge dorms – from 6-bed single sex dorms to the vast 66-bed mixed dorm – and a fairly easy-going atmosphere. Bring your own sleeping...  Read More

Danhostel Copenhagen Bellahøj


Located about three miles north of Copenhagen's city center in peaceful and green surroundings right next to a public park, three-star Danhostel Copenhagen Bellahoj is well-connected to the downtown area by local buses at all times of day and...  Read More

Sleep-in Green


Located in the Norrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen – a colorful, lively, yet at times edgy neighborhood best suited to younger travelers looking to see 'the other' Copenhagen – Sleep-in Green is a small, unofficial, eco-friendly hostel run...  Read More

Sleep-in Heaven


Located a little out of central Copenhagen in the lively Norrebro neighborhood near Assistens Cemetery, Sleep-in Heaven is a good option for young backpackers looking for a cheap bed and the chance to meet other travelers, but not so suited to...  Read More

Danhostel Copenhagen Amager


A couple of miles out of Copenhagen but with good public transport and road connections to Copenhagen Airport, downtown area and beach, Danhostel Copenhagen Amager is particularly ideal for families looking for cheap, large rooms with good...  Read More

Hotel Loeven


The facilities at Loeven ('The Lion') are pretty basic, but the location, on the second floor of an apartment block on busy shopping street Vesterbrogade, is ideal for visitors who went to be right in the heart of one of Copenhagen's liveliest...  Read More

Danhostel Copenhagen City - Hostel


This vast, modern five-star hostel has one numerous design awards. Europe's largest hostel, it has more than 1,000 beds and great views over the harbor from its location a little south of the Central Train Station and Tivoli Gardens, alongside...  Read More

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
Photo courtesy of Copenhagen Downtown


The bright, modern hostel 'Downtown' has a youthful outlook and takes the lead over the more hyped hostel Copenhagen, at least in our opinion, thanks to its unbeatable location that couldn't be more central. Situated in an old neighborhhod...  Read More

Generator Hostel Copenhagen


Europe-wide chain Generator Hostels opened its first hostel in Scandinavia in summer 2011, and the centrally-located Generator Hostel Copenhagen is designed for the young, gadget-minded traveler – Flashpackers who wouldn't travel anywhere...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane