FAQ Membership

Why Hostelling International?

In order to achieve global uniform stadards, there must be a central umbrella organization that cares not only for a uniform worldwide incidence of all hostels which are provided. The IYHF (Hostelling International) also edits the international youth hostel directories which assists you by your individual journey -  Download here.

There you find the addresses, opening times and booking information of the required hostels.

Hostelling International operates further as global central booking system which is provided online, by many booking centres like the Head Office of the Austrian Youth Hostel Federation and even by larger hostels!

The International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF) also governs the contracts with the individual member countries - making it possible that every national youth hostel card is recognized in all member countries all over the world. If you are not a member of your national organization, you have to purchase a guest card (Welcome Stamp) which must be solved for € 3,50 per night. If you collect 6 Welcome Stamps you have a valid youth hostel card.

If you compare prices - you will see that your youth hostel card will be worth it!

What do the abbreviations mean?

IYHF: International Youth Federation - World Federation of Youth Hostel organizations from over 90 member countries with currently over 4,000 hotels.

HI:
Hostelling International - International trademark of the IYHF.

OEJHV:
Austrian Youth Hostel Association- one of the two member organizations of HI in Austria with over 30 hostels.

OEJHW: Austrian Youth Hostel Association- the second member organization of HI in Austria.

Do I need necessarily a youth hostel card?

No, not necessarily. If you are not a member of your national organization, you have to purchase a guest card (Welcome Stamp) which must be solved for € 3,50 per night. If you collect 6 Welcome Stamps you have a valid youth hostel card. If you compare prices - you will see that your youth hostel card will be worth it!

What is the network of HI hostels?

HI hostels offer inexpensive accommodations. They are a great way to travel to foreign countries affordable. Through the many like-minded people you meet on the trips, the base for new friends in new countries is already in place!

Who can use hostels?

Basically, every person - whether individuals, families, couples or groups - there is no age restriction. Everyone is welcome!

How many people sleep in one room?

In general, there are, especially outside Austria, mostly dorm rooms, but family rooms are increasing more and more! Normally there are 4-8 persons sharing a room the same sex.

Especially in Austria, there are usually 2, 3 and 4-bed-rooms and even family rooms (this is recommended to book in advance!). In general, all sanitary facilities are sufficiently available in each hostel - some of them already in the rooms.

A word about cleanliness!

Hostels are generally cleaned every day. Since the low-cost accommodation costs also be assured that cleaning staff is not provided continuously around the clock, it is a part of the responsibility of every individual to contribute to cleanliness and order. Nevertheless, Austria Hostels meet all the standards of IYHF, reliability, cleanliness, comfort and security defined.

Worldwide, the IYHF Hostels are considered extremely secure facilities. Each guest can close his valuables in the house or in his case. However, this does no one to trust that there is only honest people in the world. The hostel is not a place where you should take valuables, because temptation may already be the first reason for the loss.

A word about the topic curfew!

In some hostels you have to be in the evening until a certain time in the hostel. Unfortunately, today is still partly the case. In general, however, you can get for a deposit a key to the front door. Most hostels don`t have such curfews anymore. Sometimes it happens in rural areas that the hostel closes for a few hours to clean the hostel or simply because legal work time must be met. This is sometimes unpleasant, but we hope you understand it - the alternative is often a higher price in the hostels.

A word about your booking!

For accommodation in large cities and favourite destinations during the high season you should be sure to get a booking on the Hostelling International platform or by your head office. Otherwise you can contact your required hostel by phone or e-mail for your reservation!

Hostels basically operate like hotels. Written booking arrangements are legally binding contracts and are available from the hostel and the book ends meet. Booking arrangements are a guarantee for a pre-agreed price for overnight stay. For the fair use for other guests you should cancel your booking if you are not able to stay in the hostel for the agreed time!

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