Looking for somewhere nice and affordable to stay in Lisbon? Then you’re in luck, because Lisbon has easily some of the best hostels in Europe. They’re known for their great atmosphere and superb value for money, and the annual Hoscar awards (yes, that’s a thing!) have featured many Lisbon hostels over the past few years.

This list isn’t just randomly plucked from booking sites. Yes, I’ve actually spent time in all of these hostels. 🙂 I can totally vouch for these picks, and I know you’ll have an amazing stay in Lisbon at any of these Lisbon hostels.

Don’t miss my other post with the best Airbnbs in Lisbon.

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Quick answers

Best for solo travelers:
Home Hostel Lisbon
Alfama Patio Hostel
Best for flashpackers:
The Independente
Best for surfers:
7 Waves Surf Hostel
Best for nomads:
Selina Secret Garden Lisbon
The Dorm
Best for partiers:
Sunset Destination


Top 10 Lisbon hostels

Home Hostel Lisbon

Nightly family-style dinners cooked by Mama
In Lisbon’s Baixa neighborhood (can’t be more central!)
Amazing for solo travelers

Be warned: this hostel is very popular and you definitely need to book ahead. But it’s worth claiming your spot early as the atmosphere at Home Hostel is amazing! Almost every night the mother of one of the owners cooks a traditional Portuguese meal which brings together everyone at the communal table. It makes it the hostel for solo travelers wanting to meet other travelers, as you’ll always have people to talk with over dinner.

The rooms are all very nice and modern, are equipped with AC, and there’s a co-working room for the nomads among you as well.

This hostel is the one that first introduced me to beautiful Lisbon, so it’s always close to my heart!


Alfama Patio Hostel

The coziest little patio rooftop in Lisbon!
Located in the middle of Lisbon’s old romantic Alfama quarter

This cozy hostel is located Lisbon’s most historic area of Alfama, a beautiful maze of windy hillside streets where at night you can hear the melancholic sounds of Fado singers. The lovely patio with hammocks, the welcoming atmosphere, communal breakfast tables, and the nightly dinners and weekly garden BBQs make this hostel great for meeting other travelers.


The Independente

Stylish boutique hostel that any flashpacker is sure to love
Amazing central location

This hostel is for you if you’re after something just a bit more comfortable and sophisticated . The Independente is based in a beautiful historical building facing the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, which is easily one of Lisbon’s prettiest hill-top viewing points. With a restaurant and cocktail bar on-site, you can stay here in Lisbon in style while also staying on a budget.


Sunset Destination Hostel

Party hostel with fantastic rooftop with pool
Right near Lisbon’s infamous “Pink Street” nightlife area

There are not one but two Destination hostels in Lisbon, but I most recommend the one called Sunset Destination at Cais de Sodre. It’s a little bit hidden, located adjacent to the train station at the top floor where it overlooks the Tagus river. I went to some great parties here!

While it’s not solely a party hostel (i.e. you can get some rest here) it does often host parties on its amazing rooftop which features a bar and a small pool. One of Lisbon’s main nightlife areas is just around the corner, so even when the party stops at the hostel it takes just 2 minutes to get to the bars.


This is Lisbon Hostel

Gorgeous sun deck looks out onto Miradouro do Graca
In quiet local neighborhood

This was the first Lisbon hostel I stayed in — I had arrived at night, and when I saw the gorgeous hilltop view with Miradouro do Graca in the background, it was probably the moment I fell in love with this city. This Is Lisbon Hostel has a couple of cozy dorms and rooms and a small kitchen that guests can use, but I think it’s the terrace views that make it truly special. It’s located in Mouraria, another traditional area of Lisbon that’s very central and just a stone’s throw from Castelo de Sao Jorge. This is a quiet sort of hostel where you can keep to yourself a bit and also avoid the busier areas of the city further downhill.


Selina Secret Garden Lisbon

Located in Santos area, close to major attractions
Has co-working space, pool, events, and rooftop area

Selina is known around the world for its premium hostels with amazing decoration and hotel-like amenities. The recently opened Selina Secret Garden in Lisbon is no exception, offering an amazing place to stay right in the heart of the city. It’s in a hidden spot in the Santos area, featuring a pool, rooftop bar, and co-working space (you can often find me working from here!).


The Dorm Hostel

Located inside Lisbon’s main creative hub
Loads of working spaces nearby

The Dorm Hostel is my main recommendation for any digital nomads and creatives visiting Lisbon. It is located right at the heart of LX Factory, which is one of the city’s key startup and creative hubs.

You’ll be in the up-and-coming Alcântara neighborhood which is about 20 minutes away from the city center, though it’s also much closer to the museum quarter of Belem and the nearest beaches. The quiet hostel lounge provides a good place to do some work, though if you need a desk you’ll only need to go across the street to Cowork Lisboa. There are also many lovely cafes nearby and the adjacent Ler Devagar Bookstore (featuring many old printing presses) is a popular free spot to put your laptop down for a while.


Hub New Lisbon Hostel

It has a ball bath

Okay, honestly the first floor of this hostel is a little dark and cavernous — and the other hostels in this list are a bit more bright and open. But while Hub New Lisbon Hostel may not have the best rooftop views or the brightest rooms, it does have one amazing thing going for it: its giant ball bath! I couldn’t resist jumping in there and bringing out my inner child.

Sorry. This is probably a weird recommendation.


7 Waves Surf Hostel

Awesome beach hostel located just 30 minutes outside Lisbon

To be clear, this hostel is not in Lisbon itself. It’s in Costa da Caparica, a beach-side town just across the river. The hostel is basically one big fun bungalow with a pool located close to some of the best waves in the Lisbon areas. You’ll be among the dunes and forest, though there are plenty of beach bars and restaurants a short walk away, and the hostel provides free bicycles to use as well. There are regular surfing lessons that you can sign up for almost every day. This hostel is my secret tip for easily adding some proper beach time to your Lisbon trip!


Carcavelos Surf Hostel

Awesome beach hostel located just 20 minutes outside Lisbon

Carcavelos is arguably the easiest good beach to reach from Lisbon. While there’s not as much space to surf here as in Costa da Caparica, it’s only a quick train ride away, and there is more of a town around this area. This hostel is perfect for a surf trip where you still want to be within convenient distance of the city center. It has a fun shared house kind of feel, and there’s often BBQs and other activities on the weekends.

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