Although hostels are plentiful, other housing in the city center is expensive; other affordable options lie on the outskirts of town or just outside it on Kasern Berg.
Be wary of hotel hustlers at the station. Instead, ask for the tourist office’s list of Privatzimmem (private rooms) or the Hotel Plan (which has info on hostels). From mid-May to mid-September, hostels fill by mid-afternoon; call ahead, and be sure to make reservations during the Festspiele (106).
Monchsberg 19c (-a-fax 84 17 29). Take bus #1 (dir.: Maxglan) to Monchsbergaufzug, go down the street and through the stone arch on the left to the Monchsberglift (elevator), and ride up (daily 9am-llpm, round-trip ‚2.40). At the top, turn right, climb the steps, and follow signs for Stadtalm. The view is princely. Breakfast included. Shower ‚0.80 per 4min. Reception 9am-9pm. Curfew lam. Open Apr.-Sept. Dorms ‚13. AmExMCV.
Institut St. Sebastian, Linzerg. 41 (87 13 86). From the station, bus #1, 5, 6, 51, or 55 to Mirabellpl.; continue in the same direction as the bus, turn left onto Bergstr. and left again onto Linzerg.; the hostel is through the arch. Breakfast included. Sheets ‚2 for dorms. Laundry ‚3. Reception 8am-noon and 4-9pm. Dorms ‚15; singles ‚21, with shower ‚33; doubles ‚4054; triples ‚6069; quads ‚7284.
International Youth Hotel (YoHo), Paracelsusstr. 9 (m87 96 49; www.yoho.at). With a frat-party atmosphere, this hostel is a no-frills place to crash. Breakfast ‚3-4. Dinner entrees (with veggie options) ‚5-6. Happy Hour 6-7pm with .5L Stiegl ‚1.50, other brews ‚2.50. Lockers in the hall ‚0.10-1. Dorms ‚15; doubles ‚20, with shower ‚23; quads ‚6880. MCV.
Am Dom, Goldg. 17 ( 84 27 55; firstname.lastname@example.org). Unbeatable location, across the square from the Dom. Historic, wood-paneled, traditional Austrian hotel. Singles ‚68; doubles ‚94. MCV. O
Haus Ballwein, Moostr. 69a (fax 82 40 29; email@example.com). Take bus #1 to Hanuschpl. then bus #60 south to Gsengerweg. With balconies overlooking quiet fields and distant mountains, this is the perfect reprieve from city life. Breakfast included. Bicycle rental ‚7 per day. Singles ‚22; doubles ‚38-50. No credit cards.