I would clearly be lying if I told you that Zürich is a wallet friendly travel destination.
Airport taxes are high (service level and speed explain why), and it is hard to find accommodation for low-budget travelers. However, as usual in Switzerland, the term “low-quality” simply does not exist.
So, I would like to present to you the most affordable hotels in Zürich for those with a small pocket and big expectations! Not in vain, the first ever Zero Star Hotel Project had opened in Zürich, so there has to be something affordable...
City Backpacker Hotel Biber
Not even do they offer dorms starting at CHF 37 pp/pn (per person per night) and private rooms at CHF 75, but they are placed in the heart of the Old Town! It helps to know that the City Backpacker Hotel Biber is just a few minutes’ walk from the main train station.
Apart from a shared kitchen, there is free WiFi, coffee and tea for all the guests.
Langstars Backpacker Hostel (Update 2016: This hotel has closed for now.)
Located in the one of the most iconic and lively part of Zurich, the Langstars maybe is not the best place if you want to sleep quietly in a comfy bed, but certainly a great spot to stay if you would like to mingle with Zürcher. The bar hosts local bands and artists four nights a week and is usually crowded with locals.
The owner, an amateur musician and a world traveler, opened the Langstars three years ago to fulfill a longtime dream and turned it into a relaxed place for young travelers and music lovers.
A bed in a dorm of 6 or 12 costs between 40 and 55 francs, depending on the season and the reservation method. This is a bargain for Zurich standards.
Zurich Youth Hostel
They claim to be the most modern hostel in the world. The Zurich Youth Hostel provides dorms from 43 francs pp/pn and single rooms with a private shower/toilet from 120.50 francs per night. Breakfast buffet, WiFi, bed linens and taxes are included in the price.
The location is not exactly in the city center, but it is easily reachable by public transportation (take tram #7 to Morgental). Once you have arrived at the Zurich Youth Hostel, you will surely appreciate the location: It is only a 10 minute walk to the lake!
Zic Zac Rock Hotel
This is probably one of the most conveniently located budget hotels in Zürich. Its name honors the famous rock bar on the ground floor where you can find numerous pictures of rock legends. If you get lucky, you will be sleeping in the Elvis Presley, Guns N’ Roses or ACDC room! The bar at the Zic Zac Rock Hotel is an ideal place to hang out and meet other travelers - or the occasional famous musician.
Dorms are available from 67.50 francs with private bathroom, and CHF 61.67 with shared bathroom. WiFi is free in public areas, but breakfast comes at an extra 7 francs.
Simple and neat: These two words describe the modern, loft-like spaces in this hostel. The charming "Hostel forYou" surprises patrons with balconies in the rooms that feature views of the roofs of Zürich.
Located in the most active and international nightlife area, the Pension fuerDich is very close to the main attractions. It will be perfect to explore the up-and-coming neighborhoods of Zürich, such as Zürich West.
Twins and doubles start from 62.50 francs pp/pn, and you will be sharing a bathroom with two other rooms. WiFi is included throughout, but breakfast is extra.
Need even more options to choose from?
Have you ever stayed at one of these hotels? Do you have any other budget hotels to recommend? Please, tell us!
(Text for Langstars written by Aurélie Ménard)
(City Hotel Biber photographs copyright by hostelworld.com and dauntlessjaunter.com, Langstars photographs copyright by Langstars, Zurich Youth Hostel copyright by zuerich.com, Zic Zac Rock Hotel by hotel management, Pension fuerDich by hostelworld.com)
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