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Lisbon is the second oldest city in Europe, only beaten to the title by the ancient city of Athens. It’s also an incredible city to visit with a huge number of great tourist attractions in the city itself and several beautiful sandy beaches right on its doorstep.
The city is becoming a popular hot spot in Europe, not least because it’s cheap as far as Western Europe standards go. Some of the best things to do in Lisbon include Sao Jorge Castle, the tower and monastery at Belém and some of the great street art around the city. You’ll also want to try one of the city’s delicacies, a Portuguese Tart.
There is a mixed bag of hostels in the city, ranging from small family run businesses to larger commercial environments so I’ve put together this guide to help you find the best hostels in Lisbon for each type of traveller.
Check out my 2 day Lisbon Itinerary for tips on what to do in the city
- Best OVERALL Hostel – Sant Jordi Lisbon
- Best OVERALL Hostel #2 – Sunset Destination Lisbon
- Best BUDGET Hostel – Urban Garden
- Best PARTY Hostel – Yes! Lisbon
- Best for AIRPORT ACCESS – Lisbon Destination Hostel
- Best for SOLO TRAVELLERS – Good Morning Solo Traveller Hostel
OVERALL Best Hostel in Lisbon – Sant Jordi Lisbon
After having such a great time with Sant Jordi hostels in Barcelona, I couldn’t be happier to include them in my list of the best hostels in Lisbon as well.
With a chic style, Sant Jordi Lisbon has the perfect balance of lively atmosphere without going to over the top. Each evening there are group dinners at an affordable price followed by drinks in the bar and a pub crawl. There are also plenty of activities to keep you entertained during the day.
Although this is a large hostel, it still has the friendly vibe of a family hostel which is thanks to the wonderful staff, if you’re lucky they may even treat you to a welcome shot on arrival. The hostel isn’t right in the city centre like most others on this list, however it’s right by a metro station so this shouldn’t cause you too many problems. The beds are comfy, and the free breakfast goes down a treat after those pub crawls.
OVERALL Best Hostel in Lisbon #2 – Sunset Destination Lisbon
In an unusual step, I’m awarding two hostels the title of best hostel in Lisbon, that’s because I genuinely couldn’t pick between them.
Sunset Destination Lisbon has an amazing location looking across the estuary of the Tagus river and is right near the main square so everything you need is within a stones throw. The rooftop has a bar, a pool and is the perfect spot to watch the sun setting. Expect a daily happy hour with FREE beer and sangria and sometimes even a BBQ. The breakfast here will go down well if you’re a fan of pancakes.
This is a partner hostel with Lisbon Destination Hostel (see below), together they run joint tours and pub crawls which gives you plenty of opportunities to meet other travellers.
Best BUDGET Hostel in Lisbon – Urban Garden
If the bank account is looking a little low so you’re on the hunt for a budget hostel, then Urban Garden is right up your street. It’s a basic hostel but still has all the essential amenities and a thriving social scene.
The downside to this hostel is that it’s located at the further end of the city near the main park, rather than right in the centre. If you like parks then that’s perfect but otherwise you’ll need to use the nearby metro stop to get in to the city.
The hostel has a spacious common area which is great for mingling and they arrange events such as BBQ’s or themed evenings. You may want to brush up on your beer pong skills as this is usually on the cards. Overall, the hostel is great value for money and one of the cheapest hostels in Lisbon.
Best PARTY Hostel in Lisbon – Yes! Lisbon
Situated right in the heart of the city, Yes! Lisbon is one of Lisbon’s best hostels for anyone looking to party. This hostel has a upbeat party atmosphere with a shared family dinner and evening events.
For those times when you want to relax, there are plenty of great options including couches and bean bags in the common area, perfect for getting rid of your hangover.
As for the facilities, the beds are comfy and the rooms are always spotless, every member of staff here is super friendly. They do their best to keep the guests quiet at night, but it is a lively hostel so if you’re looking for early nights and peaceful sleep, perhaps this isn’t for you.
Best Hostel in Lisbon Near to the Airport – Lisbon Destination Hostel
Many of you have requested a hostel in Lisbon with convenient airport access, however the hostels directly near the airport aren’t particularly great.
Instead I would recommend Lisbon Destination Hostel. This hostel is literally inside a train station right by Restauradores Square where the aerobus picks up every 20 minutes from 8am to 9pm.
The hostel also has great common areas with free pool table, instruments to play and a fully equipped kitchen. The staff here are some of the friendliest in Lisbon and will do anything to make sure you have a good stay including very detailed explanations of the city’s attractions. This is one hostel you’ll definitely be back to visit.
Best Hostel in Lisbon for Solo Travellers – Good Morning Solo Traveller Hostel
As its name suggests, this hostel is geared towards solo travellers. You can expect a buzzing atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to to meet other guests including great social areas and shared family meals for just €5.
This hostel attracts solo travellers from all over the world and the staff work hard to encourage a friendly environment where everyone gets along. To make mingling that little bit easier, there is a happy hour each night with cheap drinks, ideal!
The hostel has a train station, metro station and bus stop right outside the as well as plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance so you should be sorted for your stay.