The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world: a marvel of winding streets full of culture, sights packed with history and heritage, a buzzing, vibrant nightlife, all wrapped up in a parcel of charm that’s impossible to deny.
Being a European capital, you may think that it’s an expensive place to go. Or, since you never really hear about it, that it’s no place for people on a budget looking to stay in hostels. Right?
Wrong! It’s easy to stay in one of Lisbon’s cool hostels! And we’ve listed the best hostels in Lisbon to make it easier for you to choose the one that’s right for you.
So let’s have a look and see what lively Lisbon has to offer. These are the best hostels in Lisbon.
Editor’s note – check out our 14 best day trips from Lisbon and explore beyond Portugal’s capital!
The Best Hostels in Lisbon: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Lisbon – Yes! Lisbon Hostel
Best Party Hostel in Lisbon – GSpot Party Hostel
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Lisbon – Good Morning Lisbon Hostel
Best Hostel near São Jorge Castle – We Love F.Tourists
Best Hostel in Barrio Alto – Lookout Lisbon Hostel
Best Hostel near Lisbon Airport – Lisbon Cosy Hostel
Best Hostel near Rossio Train Station – Lisbon Destination Hostel
Best High-end Hostel in Lisbon – Lisbon Calling
Best Cheap Hostel in Lisbon – Lisboa Central Hostel
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Lisbon – Lisbon Poets Privates Hostel
15 Best Hostels in Lisbon
Best Overall Hostel in Lisbon
Why we like Yes! Lisbon Hostel…
We love the decor of this top hostel in Lisbon, which not only features some pretty cool common areas, but also an amazing shared industrial-quality kitchen. We also really like the relaxed atmosphere and the free drinks every evening, which is great for getting to know your fellow travellers.
Yes! Lisbon Hostel is perfect for…
Basically if you’re looking for the best overall hostel in Lisbon, we would say that this place is it! The location is very central, meaning you can walk to all major sights and areas of the city. Plus if you’re a fan of cooking for yourself you’ll love the hostel – the kitchen is great!
Best Party Hostel in Lisbon
Why we like GSpot Party Hostel…
This recommended hostel in Lisbon is a great place to party. Not only does it offer discounts on tours and festivals, but also offers on shots and entry to bars and clubs throughout the city, which we can really appreciate! The huge common area and comfy sofas are also a major plus.
GSpot Party Hostel is perfect for…
Are you a party person who’s looking for the best party hostel in Lisbon? Then you’ve found it! This place really is the best place to party in Lisbon. Not only does it have a great atmosphere and deals to clubs and bars, but it’s also just a short distance to the city’s best nightlife.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Lisbon
Why we like Good Morning Lisbon Hostel…
We absolutely love the amazing atmosphere at this Lisbon backpackers hostel. It practically feels like home, which easily makes it the best hostel for solo travellers in Lisbon – simply because of how welcoming it is. And everybody knows that it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re exploring a new city for the first time.
Good Morning Lisbon Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers, of course! Yes, the atmosphere here is really great and the staff do a lot to help keep it that way – they’re very friendly and helpful. And if you’re the type of solo traveller who likes to make friends, then you’ll find it very easy to do so at this top hostel in Lisbon.
Best Hostel near São Jorge Castle
Why we like We Love F.Tourists…
This is easily one of the coolest hostels in Lisbon: the decor is sleek and stylish, which is the cherry on top of being set in a 250-year-old building with a lot of period features left intact. Whilst we love the aesthetics of this top hostel in Lisbon, being in the historic heart of Lisbon is also a great plus.
We Love F.Tourists is perfect for…
Sightseers! Yes, being the best hostel near São Jorge Castle means that this landmark of the city is just a short distance away. But there’s more history in the surrounding area, which is perfect for anyone looking to experience the heritage and culture of Lisbon. We think couples will really appreciate the charming design of this place, too.
Best Hostel in Bairro Alto
Why we like Lookout Lisbon! Hostel…
Although we love the cool and simple decor of this budget hostel in Lisbon, we also really love the fact that it’s set in an old building: that means high ceilings and huge windows that look out onto the streets below. Very charming. The location in lively Bairro Alto means great nightlife on the doorstep, too.
Lookout Lisbon! Hostel is perfect for…
Party people! Yes, this is the best hostel in Bairro Alto, which is a cool area filled with great bars and restaurants, making it a great option for night owls who want to explore the city at night. It’s perfect for solo travellers too, thanks to the great atmosphere and good common rooms.
Editor’s Note – Have you seen our guide to the most underrated and incredible neighborhoods in Lisbon?
Best Hostel near Lisbon Airport
Why we like Lisbon Cosy Hostel…
Sure, we love how homely this place is – in fact, it feels more like a cosy bed and breakfast than a Lisbon backpackers hostel, which makes it feel warm and welcoming. We also like the free breakfast. But most of all we love how this place is the best hostel near Lisbon Airport – it’s only 10 minutes away!
Lisbon Cosy Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking to catch an early flight in the morning, or even a late flight, and you don’t like the idea of a long struggle on public transport in order to get there, then we can’t play down the convenience of Lisbon Cosy Hostel. It’s a great option for fans of hassle-free travel!
Best Hostel near Rossio Train Station
Why we like Lisbon Destination Hostel…
Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building and having recently been renovated, this youth hostel in Lisbon is a charming place to stay. We love the design and decor. But we also love the staff, the great tours that they offer, as well as the lively common areas complete with bar/restaurant and pool table.
Lisbon Destination Hostel is perfect for…
Couples. Yes, the decor here is very chic, the private rooms are good, and the atmosphere is lively enough to be fun but not over-the-top – perfect if you’re travelling with a partner and you still like the idea of having fun in a social setting. It also happens to be the best hostel near Rossio train station, making it very convenient for onward travel.
Best High-end Hostel in Lisbon
• Lisbon Calling •
Why we like Lisbon Calling…
Lisbon Calling is another cool hostel in Lisbon that’s filled with amazing design ideas and set in a typical 18th-century Lisbon house. It’s really cool to see how modern furnishings fit in with the Baroque surroundings. For the style alone, this is easily our pick for the best high-end hostel in Lisbon.
Lisbon Calling is perfect for…
Couples! Yes, we think that couples will love staying in such a cool environment. Then again, we also think that flashpackers will appreciate the opulent yet cool and edgy design of this top hostel in Lisbon. It’s got a great aesthetic that will suit anyone with an ounce of hipster in them. The location is also great for anyone looking to explore the city.
Best Cheap Hostel in Lisbon
Why we like Lisboa Central Hostel…
We absolutely love the value for money that you get when you stay at this top hostel in Lisbon. Not only is it very easy on the wallet, but it’s also extremely cool – the simple but stylish decor amounts to one of the coolest hostels in Lisbon. It definitely doesn’t look like it should be cheap, but it is!
Lisboa Central Hostel is perfect for…
Anyone looking for affordable luxury should stay here. Easily the best cheap hostel in Lisbon, this award-winning place features cool design, great staff, a very budget-friendly stay as well as great perks – a complimentary continental breakfast, free soup and other foods throughout the day and a great gaming area.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Lisbon
Why we like Lisbon Poets Privates Hostel…
One thing that we really like about this recommended hostel in Lisbon is that it’s very close to Café A Brasileira, one of the oldest cafes in Lisbon – it’s a great place to sit and people-watch with a coffee. Apart from the great location this is the best hostel with a private room in Lisbon: all the rooms are private, but they’re all decorated differently. Very cool!
Lisbon Poets Privates Hostel is perfect for…
When it comes to staying cheaply in Lisbon, this place is a great choice. And that’s especially if you are travelling as a couple who want a bit of affordable luxury (and privacy), a digital nomad who’s stayed in one too many dorms in the past month, or simply someone who wants a hotel experience for a hostel price.
More Best Hostels in Lisbon
Why we like Grapes&Bites Hostel…
Cute, clean and very spacious, we love design and layout of this cool hostel in Lisbon. It’s easily one of the coolest hostels in Lisbon, in fact, with its wooden furniture and tasteful decor. The complimentary breakfast here is very tasty and something we could get used to eating every single day!
Grapes&Bites Hostel is perfect for…
Located off a quiet street in Barrio Alto, this top hostel in Lisbon is good for people who want to be near to where all the nightlife action is centred but not necessarily in the middle of it all. Someone who likes to party and then be able to sleep in a more quiet part of town. If that sounds like you, this hostel is a good choice.
Why we like Home Lisbon Hostel..
This top hostel in Lisbon is easily a contender for the best hostel in Lisbon, we have to say. It looks incredible, beautiful and historic as it is, but it’s also filled with great facilities – air-con that you can control, ‘Mama’s dinners’ to get to know people, and a great, central location. What’s not to like?
Home Lisbon Hostel is perfect for…
Those looking for an all-round amazing hostel experience will love staying at this Lisbon backpackers hostel. Anyone with an eye for design will really like the incredible decor of this place, of course, but solo travellers would really benefit from how social and welcoming this award-winning hostel is at its heart.
Why we like Gota d’Água Surf Camp…
Not only do we love the sleek, simple decor of Gota d’Água Surf Camp, we also love how social this place is. And sure, it may not be very close to central Lisbon, but it is just a 10-minute walk to beautiful white sandy beaches, which is something that we can really get on board with!
Gota d’Água Surf Camp is perfect for…
Surfers! Or beach-lovers. If you aren’t interested in staying right in the middle of a city, but being near the sea sounds good to you, then you’ll love this hostel. Plus if you’re a social person the daily and nightly events and activities (of which there are many) at this top hostel in Lisbon will suit you very well.
Why we like Sunset Destination Hostel…
Yet another cool hostel in Lisbon, we love this place not only for its ace decor but for its beautiful river and sea views. Sometimes it can feel as though that’s not really something you can get on a budget, but thankfully this place is very affordable. Oh – and by the way, those views are from a rooftop pool!
Sunset Destination Hostel is perfect for…
If pub crawls, a great social atmosphere, friendly staff, a pool plus a bar area sounds good to you, then you should look into staying at this awesome party hostel in Lisbon. This really is a great option for anybody looking to make friends whilst they’re staying in Lisbon.
• Nomad 64 •
Why we like Nomad 64…
This is so much not like a Lisbon backpackers hostel and really a lot like a posh hotel. The decor is beautiful, stunning, from the stone-topped kitchen surfaces to the comfy dorms and the bathrooms, everything is done with amazing attention to detail. How can we not love this one?
Nomad 64 is perfect for…
Couples, most certainly. Those travelling with partners would probably love to stay here, since you get a romantic sort of hotel experience without the hotel prices – it’s incredible! Then again, flashpackers who fancy a different experience to what you usually get in a hostel should take note of NOMAD 64.
Conclusion to the best hostels in Lisbon
There it is, the best hostels in Lisbon. Now hopefully you’ll be able to choose somewhere that’s right for you!
So many of these hostels are set in beautiful old buildings, Baroque masterpieces that make it feel as though you’re staying in a boutique hotel instead of a Lisbon backpackers hostel.
And then there’s the decor – the renovations (and a tasteful eye for design) make these places even cooler!
If you can’t decide on a hostel, and we don’t blame you if you cant, there’s always the best overall hostel in Lisbon, Yes! Lisbon Hostel. It’s a great choice if you can’t choose from all the coolness and good times that Lisbon has to offer.
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