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The best budget hotels in Switzerland

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Centrally located budget hotels

Switzerland isn't cheap, but that does not mean you can't come if you're on a budget. We have selected the hotels below because they're cheap, but also located centrally and close to the rail stations.

How to find a cheap hotel

  • Apart from the hotels listed below, you can visit the page of a specific town you want to stay in and view the hotels we recommend there;
  • Some towns are very popular and thus expensive. Find a town nearby with a rail station. Accommodation can be cheaper there and you still have quick access to all local attractions;
  • Look specifically into Swiss Youth Hostels. They offer lodging in dormitories too, which is the cheapest way to spend the night.

BUDGET HOTELS IN GREAT CENTRAL LOCATIONS

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Gerra, Ristorante al Portico

Affordable guest rooms in the village of Gerra on Lake Maggiore.

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  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Gerra (Gambarogno): 2 minutes (on foot)
  • Subregion: Lake Maggiore
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com

Lauterbrunnen, Hotel Staubbach

Popular excellent hotel at a less than 5 minutes' walk from the famous Staubbach waterfall. There are budget rooms with a shared bathroom, and rooms with a private bathroom. In-house dining options are not available, but you'll find restaurants at walking distance. The rooms with a balcony offer the best views.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 2-star hotel
  • Location: town
  • Town center Lauterbrunnen: 3 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Lauterbrunnen: 9 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Lauterbrunnen
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

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 launderette, lounges and a luggage room. There are private rooms and dorms, and most rooms have a balcony.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 2-star hostel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Lauterbrunnen: 3 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lauterbrunnen: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Lauterbrunnen
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Lenk, Hotel Garni Alpenruh

The pretty village of Lenk can be found south of the Simmen valley, and is a perfect base for those who love the outdoors. The highly rated Hotel Garni Alpenruh is located right across the railway station, with regular connections to Zweisimmen. There are south-facing rooms with balcony, and most rooms have private bathroom facilities. Apart from breakfast, the hotel doesn't serve meals, but you'll find several cafes and restaurants within walking distance.

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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
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 2-star hostel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Lugano: 4 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lugano: 10 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Lugano
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Lugano, San Carlo Garni

Small affordable hotel in the luxurious shopping street Via Nassa, which is part of the pedestrian zone in the historical city center of Lugano.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 2-star hotel
  • Location: lively, town
  • Town center Lugano: 1 minute (on foot)
    Rail station Lugano: 9 minutes (funicular, on foot)
  • Town: Lugano
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Zermatt, Hotel Weisshorn

Popular basic accommodation in the center of Zermatt.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 1-star hotel
  • Location: lively, town
  • Rail station Zermatt: 8 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Zermatt: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Zermatt
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Basel, Hyve Hostel

Popular basic accommodation near the rail station Basel SBB.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • 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
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Bern, Backpackers Glocke

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

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  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: hostel
  • Location: lively, town
  • Rail station Bern: 10 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Bern: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Bern
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Brig, Schlosshotel Art Furrer

The affordable Schlosshotel offers a scenic view of the Stockalper Palace and its parc. It's located just outside the town center.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel
  • Location: scenic, town
  • Town center Brig: 5 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Brig: 10 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Brig
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Cadempino, Osteria Americana

This small affordable hotel is located in a village just outside Lugano. Easy to reach by train. Note that this hotel is closed in winter.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 1-star hotel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Lamone-Cadempino: 9 minutes (on foot)
  • Subregion: Lake Lugano
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Geneva, City Hostel

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

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • 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
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Grindelwald, Jungfrau Lodge Swiss Mountain Hotel

Affordable rooms just outside the center of Grindelwald. Great views of the Eiger and the other mountains from the south facing rooms.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Grindelwald: 7 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Grindelwald: 7 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Grindelwald
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Interlaken, Hotel Blume / El Azteca

Small hotel in the center of Interlaken, at walking distance from the Interlaken West station.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 2-star hotel
  • Location: town, lively
  • Rail station Interlaken West: 6 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Interlaken Ost: 16 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Interlaken: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Interlaken
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Interlaken, Youth Hostel

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

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: hostel
  • Location: town
  • Town center Interlaken: 4 minutes (on foot)
    Rail station Interlaken Ost: 1 minute (on foot)
  • Town: Interlaken
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Locarno, Pensione Città Vecchia

Centrally located cheap guest house in Locarno. Everything you need (shops, restaurants, train station) is only a few minutes away on foot.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Location: town
  • Town center Locarno: 1 minute (on foot)
    Rail station Locarno: 9 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Locarno
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Lugano, Center GuestHouse

Affordable modern guesthouse between the Lugano city center and the district of Paradiso.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Lugano: 10 minutes (bus)
    Town center Lugano: 9 minutes (bus, on foot)
  • Town: Lugano
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Lugano, Ibis budget Lugano Paradiso

Cheap accommodation in the district Paradiso in Lugano. The funicular to Mount San Salvatore departs just around the corner, and the dock for boat trips is close-by as well.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 1-star hotel
  • Location: town
  • Rail station Lugano-Paradiso: 7 minutes (on foot)
    Town center Lugano: 8 minutes (bus)
  • Town: Lugano
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Mürren, Eiger Guesthouse

Small affordable hotel right next to the Mürren train station, so easy to reach! There's a pool, bar, restaurant and terrace. Book a superior room for the best views.

Details & rates
  • Budget tip!
  • Accommodation: 2-star hotel
  • Location: scenic, town
  • Rail station Mürren BLM: 1 minute (on foot)
    Town center Mürren: 4 minutes (on foot)
  • Town: Mürren
  • Best price guarantee
    Details
  • Details & booking: HotelsCombined.com
  • More ways to book: Agoda.com

Randa, Hotel Klein Matterhorn

Hotel Klein Matterhorn is situated next to the railway station in the village of Randa, surrounded by impressive mountain ridges. It's a great budget alternative to pricier hotels in Zermatt, as you can easily hop on the train for day trips to this nearby resort. The small hotel offers a restaurant serving Swiss dishes, a bar, a patio and a children's playground.

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