The Best Hostels in Munich Near Oktoberfest (A Local’s Guide!)

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Ditching pricey hotels in favour of hostels near Oktoberfest is one of the best ways to keep your Oktoberfest budget somewhat under control. 

But to any budget traveler, the prices of hostels around Oktoberfest time can be…. a pretty big shock.

Dingy dorms that would go for less than 10 euros a night in any other city easily skyrocket to 100 or more euros per bed… and that’s if you even book one in time. Most hostels book up months in advance, even now (at the beginning of March 2019), I’m seeing that availability is scarce at best for most hostels near the Theresienwiese… SO, what I’m saying is: book as soon as you know you’re going!

I know that’s a daunting task, so let me help you out. If you’re looking for the best Theresienwiese hostels to stay at, here’s my thoroughly researched list. You can also click here to find my full guide on how to do Oktoberfest on a budget.

Looking for a last minute Oktoberfest booking for 2019? Stoke Travel still has camping spots left for this year just outside of the city center that includes tents, breakfast/dinner and hardcore parties for 60 euros a night. Check here for availability. PS: You can click here to score free unlimited beer and sangria on me.



The Best All-Round Hostel Near Oktoberfest

If you’re looking for the best overall hostel near Oktoberfest, factoring in facilities, location, and experience, then my pick for you would be Wombats City Hostel Munich. Not only is this the top-rated hostel in the city, it’s only 7 minutes away from Theresienwiese by public transport, and 15 minutes away by foot.

The decor is bright and modern, with a beautiful glass courtyard that guests rave about, plus all the standard facilities you’d look for in a hostel like free WiFi, 24 hour reception, laundry facilities, and a bar. Best of all, there’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast available for a small surcharge, which is perfect for lining your stomach before your those endless Oktoberfest beers.

NOTE: For obvious reasons, Wombats is already booking up quickly for Oktoberfest, so I would reserve a room ASAP.

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The Closest Hostel to Oktoberfest

If you want to stay literally a three minute walk from the Oktoberfest grounds, then the Smart Stay Hostel Munich City is my pick for you. This is by far the closest hostel to Oktoberfest, a laughable 3 minute stumble back from the tents to your bed.

Of course, given the amazing location, it does have its flaws. Guests often complain about the really weak WiFi, lack of plugs/activities and at times, a strange smell. Otherwise though, it seems like a relatively clean option SO close to Oktoberfest, it’s impossible to resist.

NOTE: Because of its location, The Smart Stay Hostel Munich City is probably THE most sought after hostel for Oktoberfest. Availability (when I browsed in March) looked pretty much non-existent, so get on it ASAP.

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The Cheapest Hostel Near Oktoberfest

If it’s a cheap hostel near Oktoberfest you’re after (and you don’t care much about facilities and perks), then I would recommend Smart Stay Hotel Station. Yes they market themselves as a “hotel” but they do also have dorms. Being a “hotel” though means it definitely won’t have the social vibe of a hostel, but if you’re looking for a cheap place to rest your head within walking distance of Oktoberfest, this is a cheap option with lots of rooms still available (at the time of writing, March 1 2019).

NOTE: Many reviews complain about the place being old, dingy and poorly maintained. Everything also comes at an extra cost, including WiFi, BUT it’s within walking distance to Oktoberfest (about 20 minutes) and most importantly, there are still rooms available while I write this for less than 70 euros (dorms) and 100 euros (single private) which is more than I can say for other Theresienwiese hostels. At Oktoberfest, beggars can’t be choosers so if you want to secure a cheap place to crash, this is it.

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Hostels in Munich Near Oktoberfest: The Master List

If the above recommendations are booked out or you simply want to explore your options, I’ve compiled this master list of hostels around Munich and sorted them in this table for you based on things like rating, distance to Oktoberfest, other amenities and more.

You can even toggle the arrows to sort them by different properties. *nerdy grin*

What I will say is, pretty much ALL hostels around Oktoberfest time will be expensive, but so long as you’re located near public transport, you won’t have too much trouble getting to the festival. What I would do is book ASAP though because prices certainly won’t get any cheaper.

HostelRatingDistanceAmenitiesAvailability
wombat's CITY Hostel - Munich8.714 min (by foot)
7 min (by public transport)
Free WiFi (Public Areas)
Ensuite Bathrooms
Lounge Area
Free Comptuters
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HI Munich Park Youth Hostel8.125 min (by public transport)Free WiFi
24h Reception
Breakfast Included
Ensuite Bathrooms
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MEININGER Hotel München Olympiapark8.030 min (by public transport)Free WiFi
Shared Lounge w/ Games
Shared Kitchen
Laundry Facilities
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MEININGER Hotel München City Center7.810 min (by foot)Free WiFi
Shared Kitchen
Games Room
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Gspusi Bar Hostel7.817 min (by foot and by public transport)Free WiFi
Bar
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Jaeger´s Munich (Hotel/Hostel)7.714 min (by foot)
7 min (by public transport)
Free WiFi
24h Reception
Bar
Free Tour
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THE 4YOU Hostel & Hotel Munich7.717 min (by foot)
8 min (by public transport)
Free WiFi
Breakfast Included
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Hostel Haus international7.425 min (by public transport)Free WiFi
Restaurant w/ Beer Garden
Breakfast Included
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Smart Stay - Hostel Munich City 7.24 min (by foot)Free WiFi
Self-Service Laundry
Lounge/Bar
Full Kitchen
24h Reception
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a&o München Laim7.223 min (by public transport)Free WiFi
Shared Lounge w/ Games
Shared Kitchen
24h Reception
Bar
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a&o München Hauptbahnhof7.08 min (by foot)Free WiFi
24h Reception
Bar
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Low Budget Hostel6.645 min (by public transport)Free WiFi
Shared Lounge
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a&o München Hackerbrücke6.621 min (by foot)
17 min (by public transport)
Free WiFi
Rooftop Terrace
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Smart Stay Hotel Station6.418 min (by foot)
7 min (by public transport)
24h ReceptionCheck reviews & availability


Another Option: Camping Near Oktoberfest

My last recommendation for budget-friendly Oktoberfest accommodation is camping. If all the hostels above are booked out and hotels/AirBNBs are out of your price range, this is pretty much your last option… well, apart from Tinder 😉

Your best last-minute option is Stoke Travel. How last minute am I talking? Well, let’s say they even camping spots left last year after Oktoberfest began, because they have SO many tents!

Basically, what they offer is camping packages just outside of the city center that includes tents, breakfast/dinner and hardcore parties for 60 euros a night. Knowing what you know now about Oktoberfest prices, I’m sure you realize how INCREDIBLE that deal is. Check here for availability.

PS: You can click here to score free unlimited beer and sangria on me.

A word of warning: Camping is very much a budget backpacker option and not for the faint of heart. You’ll be sleeping in tents, it might be cold, it won’t be the Ritz by any means, and there will be a LOT of drunk people up in your personal space. If you’re a mild germaphobe, hate crowds, loud noises, etc. this won’t be for you… but if you love a good party and want a very cheap way to enjoy Oktoberfest, this is it. Click here to learn more!

 

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