The Swiss Youth Hostels’ General Terms and Conditions (valid from 01st March 2017)

1) Area of application

The Swiss Youth Hostels’ Terms and Conditions of Business apply to all reservation inquiries and reservations at youth hostels operated by the Swiss Youth Hostels.

2) Membership

The Swiss Youth Hostels are a membership organisation. In order to be able to stay overnight at a youth hostel, a membership card is required.

There is a choice of the following categories:

Annual membership cards (valid for 12 months from the date of issue)

  • Junior membership for people until 18th birthday: CHF 22.-
  • Adult (student) membership for students until 26th birthday: CHF 22.-
  • Adult membership for persons over the age of 18: CHF 33.-
  • Senior membership for women from age 64 and for men from age 65: CHF 22.-
  • Family membership (parents with children aged up to 18): CHF 44.-
  • Group membership (personal) (for groups of 10 or more persons): CHF 55.-
  • Group membership (impersonal) (for clubs, schools, organisations comprising 10 or more persons): CHF 99.-

One-day membership cards (valid on the day of issue)

  • Junior, Adult and Senior: CHF 7.-
  • Families: CHF 14.-

Family memberships are available for a father and/or mother with at least one child up to his/her 18th birthday. On request, partners and children up to their 18th birthday receive a personal card free of charge (abroad, one card per person has to be shown).

Group cards are valid for leaders, at least 18 years of age, of groups of ten or more persons.

3) Lodging agreement and payment

The lodging agreement is concluded directly and exclusively between the person booking (guest) and the youth hostel he/she wishes to stay at.

If a lodging agreement in writing is requested, this is to be returned, duly signed, to the youth hostel within 10 days after receipt. Otherwise the reservation is invalid.

The guest has to pay the price for an overnight stay confirmed by the youth hostel, including additional services and visitor’s taxes, at the youth hostel at the time of checking in.

The youth hostel is entitled to charge a supplement for empty beds in a booked room.

4) Payment in advance

In order to guarantee a booking, the youth hostel is entitled to request a payment in advance. If a payment in advance is requested, the same has to be made by the due date stated.

In the case of bookings using the internet reservation system, the booking is to be paid immediately at the time of booking.

5) Cancellation terms

The guest is obliged to directly notify the youth hostel booked by him/her in writing, and as soon as possible, of all changes to the agreement.

Cancellations of a reservation and any reduction in the number of participants or the period of stay have to be notified to the youth hostel by registred letter. This remains without financial consequences until the 31st day before the arrival. From the 30th day before the arrival, cancellation costs amounting to 50% of the total price of the arrangement are due, from the 14th day 80% and on the day of the arrival 100%.

We recommend you to take out a cancellation costs insurance.

6) Cancellation costs insurance

The insurance against cancellation costs covers the costs that are contractually due, for example if illness or an accident prevents you from travelling or forces you to end your stay early.

You may take out the insurance directly when making a reservation at a Youth Hostel. The premium amounts to 4% of the package price. You are insured from the day of the booking. The conditions for the insurance (PDF, 60 KB)

7) Arrival

Arrival is possible during the opening hours of the reception desk. Please note, in particular, the opening hours of the individual youth hostels.

We would ask guests who have not made any payment in advance to arrive by 6 p.m., or to give notice of a later arrival to the youth hostel by telephone.

Reservations without any payment in advance are regarded as binding until 6 p.m. on the day of arrival. If the arrival does not take place by 6 p.m. and if notice is not given by telephone of a later arrival, the youth hostel is free to allocate the reserved beds or rooms at its discretion.

8) Data protection

Safeguarding your privacy has absolute priority for the Swiss Youth Hostels. More information you find in our data privacy statement.

9) Legal venue

The legal venue is at the Swiss Youth Hostels’ registred office in Zurich.


The Swiss Youth Hostels’ General Terms and Conditions