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Cheap basic lodging: hostels

One of the cheapest accommodation types is the (youth) hostel. Swiss hostels in general are of good quality, but rooms are basic. Staying in a dormitory (e.g. 6 or 12 beds per room) is the cheapest way to spend the night. Second best from a price point of view are private rooms with shared bathrooms in the corridor. Most hostels also offer rooms with a private bathroom.

Other budget hotels

Youth hostels are not the only option. There are affordable basic hotels as well, even on top locations. The best ones can be found here.

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BUDGET TIP Near train station

Lauterbrunnen, Valley Hostel

Ideal for budget travelers: affordable accommodation only a few minutes on foot from the Lauterbrunnen train station. The hostel offers a self-service kitchen, a garden and a luggage room. There are private rooms and dorms, and most rooms have a balcony.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (2-star)
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Lauterbrunnen: 3 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lauterbrunnen: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Booking.com, Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near train station Near motorway

Lugano, Hotel&Hostel Montarina

This villa built in 1860 is situated in a quiet green area next to the rail station of Lugano and at walking distance from the city center and the lake. There's a garden with a pool. This is a good option for backpackers and anyone looking for affordable accommodation.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (2-star)
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Lugano: 4 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lugano: 10 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Lugano
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near train station Near motorway

Basel, Hyve Hostel

Popular basic accommodation near the rail station Basel SBB.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Basel SBB: 5 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Basel: 13 minutes (on foot)
    Basel airport: 23 minutes (Bus/tram)
  • Town: Basel
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Basel, Youth Hostel

Youth hostel situated near the river Rhine and a few minutes from the town center.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Basel: 7 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Basel SBB: 19 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Basel SBB: 19 minutes (Bus/tram)
    Basel airport: 33 minutes (Bus/tram)
  • Town: Basel
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway ParkingFree or paid parking available

Bellinzona, Youth Hostel

This hostel is located at the base of a hill, right next to one the castles of Bellinzona, the Castello di Montebello. The historical town center is only minutes away. The train station is at walking distance as well.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Bellinzona: 3 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Bellinzona: 13 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Bellinzona
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Bern, Backpackers Glocke

Cheap basic accommodation at an absolute top location in the old town of Bern.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Lively, Town
  • Rail station Bern: 10 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Bern: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Bern
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP ParkingFree or paid parking available

Davos, Youth Hostel

Popular budget accommodation in the outskirts of Davos, on a hill overlooking the entire town. You'll also have a good view of the Alps from there.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (2-star)
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Davos: 6 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Davos Dorf: 14 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Davos Platz: 21 minutes (Bus)
  • Town: Davos
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Geneva, City Hostel

Fine low budget accommodation at walking distance from the main rail station.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Geneva: 7 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Geneva: 9 minutes (on foot)
    Geneva airport: 15 minutes (on foot, Train)
  • Town: Geneva
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near train station Near motorway

Interlaken, Youth Hostel

Basic but good quality lodging at a convenient location near the rail station Interlaken Ost.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Interlaken: 4 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Interlaken Ost: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Interlaken
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near train station Near motorway

Lausanne, GuestHouse & Backpacker

This is the budget accommodation we recommend in Lausanne. It is affordable, very close to the train station and at walking distance from the city center.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Lausanne: 4 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lausanne: 12 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Lausanne
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Lucerne, Lucerne Backpackers

We found this wonderful option for budget travelers: an affordable hostel near the lake and at walking distance from the train station and the center of town. The hostel does not serve breakfast but there are kitchen facilities and shops. All rooms have a balcony!

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town, Lakeside
  • Rail station Lucerne: 14 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lucerne: 16 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Lucerne: 16 minutes (Bus)
    Town center Lucerne: 15 minutes (Bus)
  • Town: Lucerne
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP ParkingFree or paid parking available

St. Moritz, Youth Hostel

Basic accommodation in the outskirts of St. Moritz, near the forests.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town, Forest
  • Rail station St. Moritz: 14 minutes (Bus/tram)
    Town center St. Moritz: 16 minutes (Bus/tram)
  • Town: St. Moritz
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near train station Near motorway

Territet, Youth Hostel Montreux

We think this small hostel is an excellent choice if you're on a budget. Even though it's not in the center of Montreux, it is very easily accessible: just minutes from the train stop, boat dock and even the funicular up to Glion. The hostel offers breakfast, dinner and packed lunches. Suitable for families too. There is a playground nearby.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Montreux: 9 minutes (Train)
    Rail station Territet: 5 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Montreux
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP

Zermatt, Youth Hostel

Cheap lodging in the outskirts of Zermatt.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Zermatt: 15 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Zermatt: 8 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Zermatt
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Basel, Basel BackPack

'Urban style' friendly priced accommodation near the rail station Basel SBB.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Basel SBB: 10 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Basel: 17 minutes (on foot)
    Basel airport: 30 minutes (Bus/tram)
  • Town: Basel
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Bern, Youth Hostel

Basic accommodation at walking distance from the city center and the rail station.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Rail station Bern: 12 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Bern: 6 minutes (on foot)
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP

Brienz, Youth Hostel

An affordable place to stay on Lake Brienz. It's not in the town center, but as usual in Switzerland, still easy to reach by public transport. There's a shared garden to relax and enjoy the view across the lake to Interlaken.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (2-star)
  • Location: Town, Lakeside
  • Town center Brienz: 12 minutes (Bus)
    Rail station Brienz: 12 minutes (Bus)
  • Town: Brienz
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway ParkingFree or paid parking available

Geneva, Youth Hostel

Very affordable hostel just minutes from Lake Geneva. The rail station is within walking distance too.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (1-star)
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Geneva: 11 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Geneva: 11 minutes (on foot)
    Geneva airport: 20 minutes (on foot, Train)
  • Town: Geneva
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com

Laax, Mountain Hostel

Basic but good winter sports hostel at 2228 m over sea level, right at the ski slopes. Of course, the views are stunning from a place like this.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (3-star)
  • Location: Scenic, Mountain top
  • Rail station Ilanz: 54 minutes (Bus, Cable car)
    Rail station Chur: 58 minutes (Bus, Cable car)
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway ParkingFree or paid parking available

Lucerne, Youth Hostel

Youth hostel outside of town center. Close to the small Rot Lake.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Lucerne: 15 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Lucerne: 20 minutes (Bus/tram)
  • Town: Lucerne
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Zurich, Youth Hostel

Cheap lodging in the suburbs of Zürich. Easy to access by public transport.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Town
  • Town center Zurich: 18 minutes (Bus/tram)
    Rail station Zurich Wollishofen: 8 minutes (on foot)
    Zurich airport: 36 minutes (Train)
  • Town: Zurich
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com
BUDGET TIP ParkingFree or paid parking available

Grindelwald, Youth Hostel

Basic accommodation just outside of town.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Location: Rural
  • Rail station Grindelwald: 16 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Grindelwald: 16 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Grindelwald
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
BUDGET TIP Near motorway

Lucerne, Lion Lodge

Basic lodging in the city center of Lucerne, very close to all attractions.

Details & rates
  • Accommodation: Hostel (3-star)
  • Location: Town, Lively
  • Rail station Lucerne: 15 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Lucerne: 13 minutes (Bus/tram)
    Town center Lucerne: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Lucerne
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

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