Bom Dia and welcome to the best hostels in Portugal. This list will help you backpacking Portugal in the easiest way. We created this huge guide on where to stay in Portugal + itinerary. So you can focus on trying Portuguese food, meet people, surf and soak in the culture.
We found many fantastic, even EPIC hostels in Portugal; all the way from Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Peniche, Lagos, Evora, Sintra, Leiria, Aveiro and more.
We included surf hostels, boutique hostels, party and backpacker hostels. And of course; 5 star hostels!
For some destinations we can give you a few choices; hurray. For smaller destinations we simply give you the only top hostel option you need.
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Are these seriously the best Hostels in Portugal?
Oh YES, 100%
We handpicked every single budget accommodation on this list. We stayed in every single one; and loved it.
The quality of hostels in Portugal is amazing.
Excited to go surfing? Check out our ultimate guide to the best surf hostels in Portugal. You can sleep inside a monument in Porto, enjoy a roof-top swimming pool, learn surfing at cool beach hostels and more.
We organized this list from the North to South. This is also the regular itinerary for backpacking Portugal.
On the menu we have for you the following destinations:
Enough of that Mambo-Jambo, you are here to read about where to stay in Portugal on a budget. Let’s jump right into the cool Portuguese hostels.
Best Hostels in Porto: The Passenger Hostel
Porto is AWESOME!
We have been here 5 times by now. And we will always go back. The city is well connected and you can find really cheap flights here with Skyscanner. Porto is also quite cheap. You can eat like a king and queen for 4€ – 6€. Seriously, the Portuguese cuisine is worth to spend your money on.
We think 3 days is a perfect time to spend in Porto. 2 days are too short, and if you plan to stay 4-5 days, even better. There is many cool things to do.
1. The Passenger Hostel (incredible 5 Star Hostel)
If you’re still doubting whether the whole hostel thing is for you, make The Passenger your first hostel experience. You will be staying inside the Sao Bento Train Station, how epic is that?!
The Passenger Hostel ticks all the boxes of an outstanding hostel, no, STUNNING Hostel.
Seriously, one of the best hostels in the world!
It stands out from all the great hostels in Porto for lots of reasons. It starts with eye-popping design that the photos don’t even do justice, and continues with the great team that gives this place its soul.
It ends with the “good vibes only” feeling.
We love the bar on the ground floor, it’s the place to mingle, play board games, have a delicious cold drink, you name it. And if you are looking to splurge, then please go with the Suite.
The suite also has 2 additional private rooms complete with ensuite facilities. The other rooms have a shared bathroom.
Discover the charm of inBraga Hostel, nestled in a beautifully remodeled 19th-century building in the heart of Braga, Portugal. This eco-hostel boasts a cozy 6-bed dorm and two twin rooms, each with lockers for convenience. The friendly atmosphere and helpful staff ensure a memorable stay.
Located in the city’s historical center, the hostel offers easy access to restaurants, nightlife, and top sightseeing spots. A shared kitchen and dining area, along with a charming garden, encourage communal interactions.
As a stop on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route, inBraga Hostel welcomes diverse travelers. Enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the building and a 24-hour front desk. Nearby, you’ll find Braga Train Station, buses to Porto Airport, and attractions like Braga Sé Cathedral and museums.
Whether you’re exploring the historic streets of Braga, visiting museums, or attending events at the Braga Municipal Stadium, the inBraga Hostel offers a comfortable and welcoming home base for your adventures. Come and experience the charm of this vibrant city while enjoying the hospitality of inBraga Hostel.
You will be staying in an old house, completely renovated for all the guests. You will be staying literally in the heart of town. So many bars and restaurants around, it might be even hard to choose form.
Just ask the receptionists. They really know their city. Take advantage of the black board since guests leave comments here and activities they plan to do.
The city of Tomar is a Templar city with history and interesting monuments in every corner, from Unesco heritage sites, to the unique Matches Museum.
It is just a 1.5 hours drive from Lisbon, and you can get here by bus or train as well.
A comfy, cool hostel with simple decor, inspired by popular Portuguese culture.
All rooms feature different, unique design, big windows and balconies with views of the castle. You can also and many facilities such as free WiFi and computers, an outdoor terrace to chill out, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
All year around you have the opportunity to meet interesting people with different interests that come to Tomar to enjoy a local experience, away from the tourist crowds.
Hostel 2300 Thomar is located close to both the bus and train stations, on a pedestrian street near the main square. It is a great home base from which to enjoy Tomar, as all the main attractions are within easy reach.
The Castaway Guesthouse is a cute hostel, located near Baleal Island, Portugal. Your wooden coast shelter.
All the social spaces of the house were thought out so that all the guests can be comfortably together at the same time.
As Peniche, Baleal and the surrounding area are surfer destinations, the guesthouse has teamed up with local surf schools.
You can learn to surf here as well as rent equipment. The accommodation also partnered up with a diving school and a handpicked tour agency for guided visits to the Island of Berlenga.
Berlenga is a beautiful, popular nature reserve next door.
Ferrel is a small town and a hot spot for surfers in search of the challenge of the Atlantic waves.
From here you can access excellent beaches and surf spots that are part of the WSL – World Surf League (Supertubos and Pico da Mota), the Berlengas nature reserve, beach bars, restaurants and local businesses to dive into Portuguese culture.
Reasons are numerous. At Sunset Destination you can find an on-site bike rental service, a 24-hour self-service bar, a yummy breakfast, and a staff who loves the job and can recommend the coolest local things.
The rooftop terrace with its swimming pool at Sunset Destination Hostel is just the tip of the iceberg. Just chill out on the rooftop terrace at the stylish Zebra Bar. Enjoy your cocktail with your new hostel friends. From the hostel you can enjoy a, well, beautiful sunset over the bridge of Lisbon.
The name is no coincidence!
What about the location?
You will be staying inside an architectural heritage building of the train station, a place full of history. Centuries ago, many of the Portuguese explorers’ ships were built here.
Now, remember, you can stay inside the train station in Lisbon and in Porto.
This place offers a super fun roof top terrace to drink, meet and greet other solo-travelers. In fact, it is so easy to get to know other backpackers. Therefore, it is one of our top recommendations for hostels in Lisbon for Solo-Traveller!
Here’s the best Bed and Breakfast in Sintra you will enjoy for sure: The Five House!
The Five House is a rustic and charming house, traditionally and simplistically decorated. The property is located in a XVIII Century Villa, 5-minute walk from the train station and 15-minute walk from Sintra’s National Palace.
This is your answer on where to stay in Sintra!
Furthermore, the house has a large living room, a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen, two double rooms with a shared bathroom located on the ground floor and, two dorms with four beds and a common bathroom located in the attic.
You see, this accommodation is marketed more like a B&B, yet also offers dorms and private rooms. It is a great option for couples and small groups.
Albufeira is a popular travel destination located in the Algarve region of Portugal. It is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning cliffs, and vibrant nightlife. The city also has plenty of historical attractions, including old churches, fortresses, and cobblestone streets.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, such as swimming, sailing, and other water sports, as well as exploring the nearby caves. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shopping districts to explore, as well as a wide selection of hotels and resorts. Albufeira is also a great base for exploring the rest of the Algarve, with regular buses and boats connecting the city to other towns and cities.
Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Albufeira.
Musical Hostel is a newly renovated boutique hostel situated in Downtown Albufeira, offering a relaxed and youthful vibe. It provides air-conditioned rooms, a garden, and a jacuzzi. It also has a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi, and a well-equipped kitchen.
The hostel is conveniently close to attractions like Praia do Perenco, Peneco Beach, and Albufeira Old Town Square. There are 12 rooms to choose from with shared bathrooms and showers. Guests can enjoy various activities including fishing, kayaking, horse riding, and swimming. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring guests have a comfortable stay.
Rich & Poor Hostel Albufeira is a top-notch accommodation located in the heart of the old town. It offers superior comfort, as well as a terrace, snack bar, shared lounge, bar and a reception desk. The building is composed of three floors, and each room has access to various amenities.
Guests can also take advantage of the hostel’s proximity to the beach, city center, shopping areas, popular attractions, and lively nightlife. From the rooms, guests can admire breathtaking views of the city.
The staff are friendly and welcoming, and are always willing to assist guests with any queries. With a wide range of activities available, such as hiking, swimming, and surf sessions, Rich & Poor Hostel Albufeira is the perfect destination for all travelers.
Orange Terrace Hostel offers a vibrant environment with its huge rooftop patio featuring a shaded lounge area, mini-bar, and long table for socializing and dining.
Tour packages are also provided to take visitors to some of the region’s most scenic beaches. The property is situated in the center of Albufeira’s old town, within a 5-minute walk of the beach, restaurants, and stores.
Just a 5-minute stroll away is the bar street of the old town, and for those seeking more nightlife, ‘The Strip’ or New Town is a 5-minute taxi drive or half-hour walk away. Guests can also explore the quaint streets of Albufeira to witness its transformation from a small fishing village.
Sunfield Guest House is an ideal destination for couples seeking a cozy and comfortable stay in Albufeira. It boasts ten well-appointed rooms, all equipped with amenities such as a room safe, coffee-making facilities and a hospitality tray with freshly laundered towels.
Guests can unwind in the outdoor pool area and enjoy the heated swimming pool and sun loungers. Other features include a terrace, free parking, a fitness centre, and a games room.
An open-air poolside bar also serves a wide range of drinks and snacks. Sunfield Guest House is conveniently located just 2.7 km from The Strip, 3 km from Oura Beach, 5 km from Fisherman’s Beach, and 23 km from Faro Airport.
Not all hostels in Portugal are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Portugal. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not sure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What should I pack for 2 weeks in Portugal?
Chances are you are packing way too much stuff anyways. Make sure you pack light. You need much less than you think.
For our recommended backpacking itinerary for Portugal we want to start in Porto.
There is a fairly big airport with cheap flights to get to. I love to use Kiwi.com to find different airlines and compare rates. Here’s my review of Kiwi.com.
Okay, let’s hit the road.
Starting in Porto, you will enjoy amazing food, culture and architecture.
Of course you cannot miss the wine here. Join a wine tasting for the world famous Port Wine.
After that, head North to the city of Braga and Guimaraes. Braga is a students city with rich history. The city of Guimaraes is known as the birth place of Portugal. Wander the small city center and climb up the castle.
How to get around Portugal?
Portugal is fairly easy to get around.
Our favorite way to get around Portugal, the train. Although you will need to take buses too, we just love the train. It is fast and takes you along amazing routes.
The great website for train schedules and tickets is Omio.com.
Personally, I love more trains than buses. Yet, obviously the bus is one of the best transport options to get around Portugal. In all cities you will find a main bus station.
The whole country is very well connected by bus, and is much better connected than the trains.
The website to check buses in again is Omio.com. This is a fantastic website to actually check public transport and flights. You can buy tickets directly online and on the train stations. We did not see any differences in prices here.
Portugal is a huge hub for van life.
You will for sure see a lot of vans from all over Europe here, especially Germany, France and the Netherlands.
The good news is, you can also rent your very own caravan and get around.
The van makes this list of best hostels in Portugal almost useless, since you will be bringing your own van and bed with you.
Renting a Car
Renting a car is actually really easy in Portugal and can be quite cheap. We like to check discovercars.com to rent a car.
We paid just 18€ for a day renting. Make sure you check all conditions when renting a car. We always play it safe and get the full over insurance. It is always more expensive obviously, but in case you have any damage, you won’t pay a Dollar for it. You are fully covered!
Good to know: The highways in Portugal come with tolls. It is not expensive, but you have to know about it.
Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
Make sure you check as well the weather. Portugal in summer is hot, and in winter you will need a good jacket. The north has more rain, so you really should bring a rain jacket. Most hostels offer umbrellas too.