Posted: 03/03/20 | March 3rd, 2020
Lisbon is known to have some of the best hostels in the world.
There are more than 100 hostels in the city and its hostels are usually always at the top of all the “best hostels” lists. Year over year, they always take home some of the top spots in the top-rated lists you see floating around the web.
As someone who’s been to Lisbon multiple times, I can always see why.
Hostels in this city just get it.
They create a warm, social atmosphere, hire friendly and outgoing staff, keep the places clean, offer tons of free food and booze (the key to any backpacker’s heart), and have super comfy beds. You can almost always find free walking tours and other activities, and/or free dinners, snacks, and drinks. This can save you tons of money.
I love every hostel I’ve stayed in here.
Each time I return, I find more and better places to stay.
And hostels are cheap here too!
You can find dorms with 8-10 beds at about €14 ($16 USD) per night and dorms with 4-6 beds average about €18 ($21 USD) per night. You can find private dorms that sleep 2 in a double bed starting at €40 ($46 USD), with most averaging about €50 ($57 USD) per night.
I’ve been visiting Lisbon for a decade and have stayed in dozens upon dozens of places. There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a hostel. The top four when picking the best hostel in Lisbon are:
- Location – Lisbon is huge and, while the metro does go everywhere, it can take some time to get around. Pick a place that is central to the sites and nightlife you want to see. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price – In Lisbon, you really get what you pay for, so if you go with a really cheap one, you’re probably going to get a hostel that is small, cramped, and doesn’t offer great service.
- Amenities – Every hostel in the city offers free Wi-Fi, and most have a free breakfast, but if you want more than that, be sure to do your research to find the hostel that best meets your needs!
- Staff – All the hostels listed here have amazing staff! They are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly! They can make or break a hostel!
To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the hostels in Lisbon that I like the most. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following hostels are the best in each category:
Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Lisboa Central Hostel! or Goodnight Hostel
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Good Morning Lisbon Hostel or Lost Inn Lisbon
Best Hostel for Couples/Families: We Love F. Tourists
Best Hostel for Partying: Lookout! Lisbon Hostel
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Home Lisbon Hostel
Best Overall Hostel: Goodnight Hostel
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Lisbon:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = $10-20 USD
- $$ = $20-$30 USD
- $$$ = Over $30 USD
1. Lookout! Lisbon Hostel
This fun and social hostel has a ton of organized activities going on each week — and they even give you free sangria! There’s also a free breakfast buffet. The kitchen and lounge areas always have people around, but it’s not so much a party place — the staff makes sure the hostel is quiet after 11:30pm. There is a free flea market walking tour, as well as a whole host of other paid excursions like surf lessons, beach days, and bicycle rides. You’re a 5-minute walk from Bairro Alto bars, vintage markets, supermarkets, and all-you-can-eat sushi (plus tons of other restaurants).
Lookout! Lisbon Hostel at a glance:
- Organizes lots of activities
- Lots of free perks (free breakfast, free sangria)
- Convenient location near supermarket, restaurants, and vintage markets
Beds from 11 EUR ($13 USD). Cash only.
2. Lisboa Central Hostel
Bright, spacious rooms welcome you here where the beds are comfy and equipped with outlets for you too. Run by a local Portuguese family, the staff here is extremely knowledgeable about the city and can give you great recommendations on things to do and where to eat. There’s free pancake breakfasts and free soup each day as well as Milkshake Mondays, Tapas Tuesdays, and Sangria Fridays. You won’t have to spend a lot of money on food thanks to this hostel. It’s a great vibe here.
Lisboa Central Hostel at a glance:
- Tons of free perks (free breakfast, free soup)
- Lots of social activities make it easy to meet people
- Amazing staff can help you plan your visit
Beds from 13 EUR ($15 USD). Twin privates from 52 EUR ($60 USD).
3. Yes! Lisbon Hostel
This is a bit of a party hostel but, despite its party atmosphere, the hostel’s facilities are super modern, kept clean, and the spacious rooms are pretty quiet too. They come with privacy curtains, ensuite bathrooms, and the bigger rooms even have a table! The 10 EUR ($11 USD) communal dinners are tasty, and they even offer vegetarian options (but if you’d rather do your own cooking, there’s a large kitchen to do so).
Yes! Lisbon Hostel at a glance:
- Party atmosphere makes it easy to meet people
- Communal dinners (and a big kitchen for cooking your own meals)
- Dorm beds have privacy curtains so you can get a decent sleep
Beds from 14 EUR ($16 USD). Private rooms from 68 EUR ($78 USD).
4. Home Lisbon Hostel
This place in Lisbon’s historic city center is like your home away from home. You’ll even get to meet “Mamma” (the owner’s mom), as she prepares a meal each night. There is also a night tour every evening. The rooms are spacious with balconies and big windows and the bunks have privacy curtains. If you’re a digital nomad, you can take advantage of the co-working space too.
Home Lisbon Hostel at a glance:
- Social atmosphere with regular tours and a co-working space
- Communal meals every night make it easy to meet people
- Great location in the city center
Beds from 15 EUR ($17 USD). Private rooms from 60 EUR ($70 USD).
5. Nomad 64
Nomad 64 is more like a boutique hostel, and the building has recently been renovated with modern décor. The kitchen is amazing (seriously, there are marble countertops): it’s huge, modern, with lots of tables, and great facitilites. It’s one of the best kitchens I’ve ever seen. Breakfast is included here. The beds are comfy enough. Try to avoid a room with the triple bunks though! Nomad 64 is set in the Santo Antonio district, with a handful of good restaurants nearby. You’re just a 20-minute walk from Bairro Alto.
Nomad 64 at a glance:
- Delicious free breakfast every morning
- Super clean and quiet
- Lots of great restaurants nearby
Beds from 20 EUR ($23 USD). Private rooms from 57 EUR ($65 USD).
6. Travellers House
There are two main things I love about this centrally located hostel in the Baixa neighborhood. First is the free breakfast. It is not a “continental” breakfast – there are eggs, bacon, toast, and more. You can even get some items made to order! The second thing I love about this place is the rooftop overlooking the Rua Augusta Arch. The mattresses are thick and comfortable, and you’ll get a light and outlet. The common area feels more like a living room, with beanbag chairs and large couches. Travellers House also hosts a wide range of events such as wine tastings and walking tours through the Alfama and Bairro Alto areas.
Travellers House at a glance:
- Amazing free breakfast
- Rooftop lounge for relaxing and meeting people
- Organizes lots of events (wine tastings, walking tours)
Beds from 20 EUR ($23 USD). Private singles from 30 EUR ($34 USD). There is a minimum two-night stay.
7. We Love F. Tourists
The staff members at We Love F. Tourists are awesome, and it’s not uncommon for them to surprise you with free wine (sometimes they’ll even pack snacks or sandwiches for you as you’re heading to the airport). Sit in the lounge, sip some port, or take in the views over Sao Jorge Castle – it doesn’t get much better than that! This hostel is in Baixa, next to the busy squares of Praça da Figueira and Rossio. Pedro, the owner, has a restaurant next door that serves great food.
We Love F. Tourists at a glance:
- Incredible staff goes out of their way to help you feel welcome
- Spacious private rooms (great for couples/families)
- Convenient location in Baixa (near Praça da Figueira)
Beds from 14 EUR ($16 USD). Private rooms from 50 EUR ($57 USD).
8. Lost Inn Lisbon
Lost Inn is another hostel that has free sangria (and coffee and tea!) every day. Breakfast is also free, and there’s a free walking tour afterwards. This hostel is housed inside an 18th-century palace in the middle of downtown, next to important monuments, museums, and the party area of Bairro Alto. Despite its age, the building’s interior is sleek and modern (and large – you’ll have no problem getting a bed).
Lost Inn Lisbon at a glance:
- Lots of free perks (free coffee/tea, free breakfast, free sangria)
- Female-only dorms for added security and privacy
- Organizes lots of events
Beds from 15 EUR ($17 USD). Private rooms from 70 EUR ($80 USD). There is a minimum two-night stay.
9. Living Lounge Hostel
This boutique hostel on the border between the Chiado district and the historic Baixa is interesting and artsy. Each room has a different theme, and local artists have hand-painted the walls. It’s a quirky place in a great location! The beds are nice, but they can be squeaky. They have free pancakes for breakfast, and huge group dinners (for about 10 EUR/$11 USD). They also offer tours; the Fado tour is a popular one.
Living Lounge Hostel at a glance:
- Huge communal dinners make it easy to meet people
- Organizes lots of tours and activities
- Free breakfast
Beds from 16 EUR ($18 USD). Single privates from 30 EUR ($34 USD).
10. Happy Mike Hostel
There really is a Mike who runs this hostel, and he really is a happy guy! He knows all about the city and is really willing to help you make the most of your time here. Ask him anything. The hostel is sparkling clean, and the well-equipped kitchen has plenty of storage for your groceries. Happy Mike Hostel is located in Benfica – one of the less touristy areas of the city – surrounded by really great dining options and plenty of public transit options.
Happy Mike Hostel at a glance:
- Owner goes out of his way to make you feel welcome
- Super comfy mattresses (they’re orthopedic)
- Convenient location near lots of great restaurants
Beds from 18 ($21 USD). Private rooms from 50 EUR ($57 USD).
11. Good Morning Lisbon Hostel
This hostel is right across from busy Restauradores Square and offers everything you need – comfy beds, spacious and clean rooms, free breakfast, a nice staff, and organized activities and walking tours. You can take a free walking tour or bike To Belém to see some of Lisbon’s most historical sites. There’s also a “Power Hour” (i.e., Happy Hour) with free beer and sangria each night.
Oh, did I mention the waffles with Nutella? I really love the free cooking class and the day trip with João — he’s fantastic. Breakfast is included here.
Good Morning Lisbon Hostel at a glance:
- Female-only dorms for added security and privacy
- Organizes lots of activities
- Lots of free perks (free breakfast, free beer, free walking tours)
Beds from 14 EUR ($16 USD). Private rooms from 56 EUR ($64 USD).
12. Goodnight Hostel
Not related to the above Good Morning Hostels (they used to be though, this downtown hostel offers free sangria and 10 EUR ($11 USD) dinners once a week. They also organize nights out, as well as a number of walking tours through Alfama, Bairro Alto, and Baixa-Chiado. It’s a great way to get oriented with Lisbon! The showers have amazing water pressure, and the beds are very cozy. The small setting is very intimate due to its small space, making it easy to meet fellow travelers! Free breakfast is included. It’s one of the best hostels in Lisbon. (Actually, it’s my favorite. I saved the best for last!)
Goodnight Hostel at a glance:
- Organizes lots of activities (pub crawls, walking tours)
- Free breakfast
- Intimate atmosphere makes it easy to meet people
Beds from 10 EUR ($11 USD), privates from 55 EUR ($63 USD).
Lisbon has so many great hostels spread throughout the city. I’ve been visiting Lisbon for years and have stayed at some amazing places. Instead of spending hours trying to figure out where to stay, this list of the best hostels in Lisbon will cut out the time for you.
Got a hostel not on this list? Add it in the comments!
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Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
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Need a Guide?
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Photo credits: 2 – Lookout! Lisbon Hostel, 3 – Lisboa Central Hostel, 4 – Yes! Lisbon Hostel, 5 – Home Lisbon Hostel, 6 – Nomad 64 , 7 – Travellers House, 8 – We Love F. Tourists, 9 – Lost Inn Lisbon, 10 – Living Lounge Hostel, 11 – Happy Mike Hostel, 12 – Good Morning Lisbon Hostel, 13 – Goodnight Hostel