Best Minecraft Survival Servers List of 2021

Arguably the most popular type of Minecraft servers - Also often called SMP (Survival Multi Player), these Minecraft servers stay true to many aspects of the original game's survival single player mode - you can loose health & die by receiving fall damage, being attacked (by players & mobs) or drowning. In a survival Minecraft server you need to make sure you protect yourself from the elements and hostile mobs (especially Creepers), before darkness falls. Craft gear and build houses, explore the nether and kill the ender dragon! Here a list with some really top-notch Minecraft game servers to play on, big, small, PvP or No-PvP! Be sure to check out other popular and similar game modes such as Vanilla, Creative and Towny. Find a great free Minecraft survival server's IP address for Minecraft Java Edition now!


1
UltimisMC Minecraft Server
buzz.ultimismc.com
Version 1.8 to 1.17
Survival Server
206 Players Online
Java
2
BumbleCraft Minecraft Server
play.bumblecraft.net
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Survival Server
78 Players Online
Cross Platform
3
CraftYourTown Minecraft Server
buzz.craftyourtown.com
Version 1.17
Survival Server
51 Players Online
Cross Platform
4
Complex Minecraft Server
complexmc.org
Version 1.8 to 1.17
Survival Server
10 Players Online
Java
5
NightRealm Minecraft Server
play.NightRealm.ga
Version 1.16
Survival Server
8 Players Online
Java
6
Fixel Survival Minecraft Server
fixelmc.com
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Survival Server
9 Players Online
Cross Platform
7
MetaUnion Minecraft Server
meta-union.com
Version 1.16
Survival Server
1 Player Online
Java
8
FruitVilleMC Minecraft Server
play.fruitvillemc.com
Version 1.7 to 1.8
Survival Server
5 Players Online
Java
9
UpshiftMC
No Rating
UpshiftMC Minecraft Server
play.upshiftmc.com
Version 1.7 to 1.8
Survival Server
1 Player Online
Java
10
LumiSMP Minecraft Server
LumiSMP.net
Version 1.7 to 1.8
Survival Server
11 Players Online
Java
11
Hyperion Survival Minecraft Server
HYPERION.mc-world.net
Version 1.7 to 1.8
Survival Server
1 Player Online
Java
12
Explore SMP Minecraft Server
exploresmp.ddns.net
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Survival Server
0 Players Online
Cross Platform
13
SurvivalRelams Minecraft Server
survivalrealms.net
Version 1.16 to 1.17
Survival Server
0 Players Online
Java
14
Blox Universe Minecraft Server
play.bloxuniverse.com
Version 1.7 to 1.8
Survival Server
0 Players Online
Java
15
Rising Dragon
No Rating
Rising Dragon Minecraft Server
risingdragon.icu
Version 1.17
Survival Server
2 Players Online
Java

Survival Minecraft Bedrock Server List

Find a survival mode Minecraft multiplayer server for Minecraft Bedrock edition! Every server in the Minecraft Server List below has the very best gameplay, Minecraft community, Spawn and Minecraft map you can find in a multiplayer mode server joinable with a Bedrock Minecraft client (PS, Xbox, PC, Windows 10, Android & iOS).

1
KiwiSMP Minecraft Server
kiwismp.fun
Version 1.8 to 1.17
Vanilla Server
94 Players Online
Cross Platform
2
BumbleCraft Minecraft Server
play.bumblecraft.net
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Survival Server
78 Players Online
Cross Platform
3
CraftYourTown Minecraft Server
buzz.craftyourtown.com
Version 1.17
Survival Server
51 Players Online
Cross Platform
4
Fixel Survival Minecraft Server
fixelmc.com
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Survival Server
9 Players Online
Cross Platform

1.16 Minecraft Survival Servers

Play on a survival mode server with the latest Minecraft version - 1.16! Whether you're looking for a "normal survival" server type or a large game server network, this list will definitely satisfy you! Most servers also feature a discord server where you can chat with the server owner, staff and other players.

1
CubeCraft Minecraft Server
play.cubecraft.net
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Minigames Server
1154 Players Online
Cross Platform
2
UltimisMC Minecraft Server
buzz.ultimismc.com
Version 1.8 to 1.17
Survival Server
206 Players Online
Java
3
KiwiSMP Minecraft Server
kiwismp.fun
Version 1.8 to 1.17
Vanilla Server
94 Players Online
Cross Platform
4
BumbleCraft Minecraft Server
play.bumblecraft.net
Version 1.7 to 1.17
Survival Server
78 Players Online
Cross Platform

What's the best Survival Server for Minecraft?

The short answer - It depends. The long answer - Minecraft servers can vary greatly from one another even when they're classified as the same game mode. Survival servers in particular will frequently "borrow" various elements from other game modes. They range from pure SMP to Towny, Vanilla Minecraft and PvP or PvE servers, and even combinations of those. Some may feature an economy plugin and others won't.

So which is the best? We list servers based not only on user votes, but also relevancy to the selected game mode. Nowadays most servers feature more than one game mode - Unlike other server list sites, we list servers which specialize in a Survival game play first, and servers in which Survival is complementary second. This means the best server will always be one among the top few on our list! You'll probably have to go through a couple to find one with your favorite configuration (PvP, no-PvP, PvE, towny features, etc) but they will all be relevant and high-quality. Be sure to also lookout for the correct MC version for your client, otherwise you won't be able to connect to it! You can use the filters at the top.

Answering this would be easier in the case of a Creative mode server for example, but when it comes to Survival, things are slightly different.

Are Survival Servers and Survival Games Servers the same?

No! Survival Games is pretty much the same minigame as Hunger Games. While Minigames (such us Hunger Games) are some of the most fun server modes to play on, they are not to be confused with Survival (SMP) servers or their variations. If you're looking for a Minecraft server to play HG on, you can find IPs for some great ones on the Hunger Games list.

What makes a SMP Minecraft server great?

Survival servers are all about forming a great Minecraft player community. It doesn't matter if diamonds, emeralds or coins are being used for the economy and whether the server is using the best Minecraft plugins available out there. Having great people to play with will make your experience much, much better. Like all the best Minecraft servers, a quick lag-free connection, an easy-to-remember IP and friendly staff members are a must.