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Lisbon is a vibrant city on the west coast of Portugal. It’s a perfect location for digital nomads, solo travellers, party hostel lovers and backpackers. For the party peeps, here is our handwritten guide to the coolest party hostels in Lisbon.
In fact, we’ll talk more about the best party hostels in Lisbon, plus the best hostel in Lisbon for solo travellers later in this guide. Cheap lodging in Lisbon is also listed here.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Lisbon. We, the Hostelgeeks, have 5 Star Hostels all across the world; including Lisbon.
Lisbon is a city full of hostels of all types. Actually, it has more than 160 hostels; at least! The quality is also very high in Lisbon and Portugal in general. It might feel overwhelming to decide where to stay. Worry not, we are here to make it really easy for you.
Before we start with the best places to stay in Lisbon, let us give you some general and useful information:
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 13€. For a decent hostel, upgrade your budget up to 20€. It will be worth it since you can upgrade to a gorgeous boutique hostel or a hostel with a roof top terrace or even a pool.
The price per night is a rough average to give you an idea.
Prices always depend on season and holidays. Always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com. Bear also in mind, in Lisbon is very normal that accommodations raise their prices on the weekends.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Best areas to stay in Lisbon: Regardless Lisbon is compact and relatively a small city, the neighborhoods are very diverse and distinct. Here we summarize you the most interesting districts for us in the city center and nearby area. You will find them marked on the map below.
Central areas (the most popular):
Baixa: the historic center
Chiado: the chic shopping district which also offers many culture (and egg tarts!)
Alfama: the city’s oldest neighborhood and one of the most photogenic
Bairro Alto: full of nightlife
Cais do Sodre: the hypsterish quarter
Lisbon Tourism Tax: Travellers in Lisbon pay €1 city tax per person per night. This tax is usually not included in the price.
How long to visit Lisbon?
You can see all of Lisbon’s highlights in 2-3 days. However, we do recommend you to spend some more days in this beautiful capital.
There are really good day trips which we are sure you will love to add to your Lisbon bucket list (find more information below).
If you have a tight budget, you can always skip the day trips and spend the time at the beach, enjoying the colorful tiled buildings, tasting good food, sipping cheap wine, and enjoying Fado music around the streets.
When is the best time to visit Lisbon?
Even though Lisbon has nice weather all year round, we would recommend you to avoid summers and winters.
Although winters in Lisbon are not too cold, it is the rainiest season.
Summers are warm, but it is the busiest time. That means dealing with many tourists. If you don’t mind crowds or you are only able to travel in July or August, go ahead. But if you can avoid it…
The perfect time to visit Lisbon is from March to early June or during September – October. The weather is warm, and you will find fewer tourists.
Transport in Lisbon: Lisbon is quite a small, walk-able city, but it is hilly. That is why, public transport is a good idea. Public transport is very affordable. While buses, funiculars, and trams are maintained with the same company, the metro is managed completely separated. To avoid confusions, buy a Zapping card or Lisboa Card. Both allow access to all the transport systems.
These are our favorite hostels in Lisbon. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
For starters, the rooms are beautifully designed and welcome all types of travellers.
Great rooms to stay in include a female-only dorm, family room, mixed dorms and private rooms available.
The bunk beds are really cool designed, inspired by a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey. They come with your own light, fan and sockets. It even has a small basket to put your little things.
What facilities do they include?
Noise-deducing bunk beds
Personal light + small cubby
A luxury accommodation with budget prices.
Not that you’ll want to spend much time in your room once you see the social spaces.
Enjoy a swim anytime of the day overlooking the ocean and streets below. The Zebra Bar is also on the rooftop, so a refreshing drink is never far away.
The groovy shared kitchen area is where you will enjoy a generous FREE breakfast every morning.
And what a breakfast selection! Sandwiches, cereal, fruit, butter/cinnamon pancakes (our favorite),… plus freshly grounded coffee every morning.
Suddenly you no longer need to question where to stay in Lisbon cheap.
Every evening the chef rustles up a tasty dinner/BBQ which you’re welcome to join. Pay a small fee at the reception and reserve a spot.
As for activities? There’s almost too many to choose from! Daily events include
free walking tours
traditional Fado shows and
DJ nights are regularly arranged at the hostel and between 7-8pm it is free beer hour at the bar. Yes, FREE beer!
The common room and areas are made to meet people easily. We know many travelers that preferred to stay in the hostel rather than go explore Lisbon. Be careful cause the place is just so enjoyable.
Though there is no book exchange, it is a great area for catching up with your favourite novel!
Sunset Lisbon Destination Hostel sits on top of the main train station in Lisbon. How handy is that? All major attractions are easily accessible from here.
Besides being a central location, you can secure location for not missing your train or simply enjoy the real people watching TV, What hostels hotels or neighborhoods are best to stay at in Porto and Lisbon for good nightlife and this hostel is one of the best neighborhoods to stay at in Lisbon for good nightlife and food.
Backpackers, digital nomads, couples, and locals come together in Selina Secret Garden Lisbon. This place offers a super fun rooftop 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!
Location? Selina is located in Barrio Alto, so very central. It makes it convenient to walk to nearby bars, and restaurants and to go sightseeing. A top location. I added a map for you, it will help you planning your trip (added as well my personal secret tips for Lisbon).
As you can see in the photos, they have a pool, a chic cinema, and a clean, beautiful design. For the ones staying in dorms, you will enjoy the popular privacy curtains. Seriously, this is something I personally like.
When it comes to awesome private rooms, you can’t go wrong with Selina Secret Garden. This swanky hostel is located just five minutes from the most famous nightlife neighborhoods and is set up to suit many traveller types.
“Backpackers, digital nomads, families and locals come together in our space to work, eat, and be entertained.”
All of the dorms are mixed, each with a different theme. They certainly are quirky in style! Private rooms are lovely and big, with a shared bathroom.
Lisbon Calling wanted to create a homely feeling, so bathrooms are shared for all.
Don’t worry though, there are dedicated HIS and HER toilets and showers.
The living room is representative of an typical homestead – cosy, colorful and calm.
The common areas (living room and kitchen) creates the best vibe. It’s a space where you can just chill, cook nice meals or have dinner together with other guests. Sit at the long table and star making new friends!
It’s the perfect place to chill and chat to your new family. The vibes at the hostel are great – super chill, friendly people. Definitely not a party hostel.
And the staff is really helpful. Don’t be shy and ask them anything you want to know about Lisbon!
The communal full equipped kitchen is attached to the living space, so why not cook together and enjoy a meal?
Good to know: this hostel doesn’t arrange any activities, perfect for anyone looking for downtime.
If you are into social hostel events, go with the Sunset Destination. It is our #1 recommendation above.
The hostel entrance might no be easy to find at first sight. It is located on an old building that looks like an apartment and there is no big sign with the name on it, so make sure you get the address marked on your map, ask them for the directions on an email (or simply open the map we created below).
It is not in the city center, but it is located less than 10 minutes walking from Praca do commercio, around 5 minutes to the neighborhood Cais do Sodre (nightlife district) and near the metro to take you directly to the airport.
Well let us tell you we didn’t have much trouble finding suitable hostels in Lisbon for solo travellers. We think the best hostels in Lisbon for Solo-Travellers are the Sunset Destination Hostel and Selina Lisbon.
Here are two more hostels you will like when traveling on your own.
You might already heard… Lisbon is well-known for its nightlife. The most famous neighborhood for partying is Bairro Alto. With hundred of bars and plenty of young people around, you will find some group to join.
Are you an introvert? The easiest way to meet new friends is joining a pub crawl.
Bars close around 2 am on weeknights and a bit later on the weekend.
Once the bar closes, the party moves on to the nightclubs, which stay open until late. Actually, most of them close after the sun comes up! It is exactly the same about the nightlife in Barcelona.
Is Lisbon a safe city to travel?
In general, Lisbon is a safe city – although it is home to a lot of pickpockets. Again, same as Barcelona, Rome or Saint Petersburg in Russia.
Drunken tourists make for a very easy target for them. Be sensible with your stuff when you’re out at night.
General advice to avoid being pick pocketed:
Don’t leave your stuff unattended
only take out what you really need
only use well-lit streets
There is no need to become paranoid. Just pay a bit of attention. Also, you can ask at the reception if there is any particular safety tips.
There are so many reasons why we handpicked the 3 hostels above for an excellent hostel experience in Lisbon. Nevertheless, we know that if you are a spontaneous backpacker those hostels might be fully booked.
We totally recommend you to book your hostel in Lisbon as soon as you know your dates. Of course Lisbon is packed of hostels, but the greatest get reserved fast.
If you are not able to book our top pick recommendations, here you have also 5 great backpacker hostels for your Lisbon experience.
What are some good hostels for backpackers in Lisbon?
This newly remodeled building screams calm and collected, designed perfectly for those that wish to relax. There’s a range of mixed dorms and female-only that vary in size. Some even come with an en-suite.
Twin and double private rooms also have the option of an en-suite for a few more coins.
The usual luxuries are included:
locker (remember to bring your own padlock!),
high-speed free WiFi.
Remember to bring your own towel to avoid complimentary services (like towel rental). Here you have a direct link to our hostel packing list.
Our #3, the Lisbon Calling is made for couples. The private rooms are lovely and big, with a shared bathroom. It is not a party hostel and you will sleep quietly, while during the day you can mingle with other small groups and families.
A more solo-traveller and “party” oriented hostel is Selina Hostels. This is also great for couples looking for other travelers going out at night for oub crawls and such. They private rooms ar spot-on, super clean and spacious. As an extra, you can meet other couples, digital nomads and solo-travellers at the pool or the popular rooftop-terrace.
Hostelz.com a hostel price comparison site. Hostelworld usually offers great rates as well as deals for backpackers.
A list of things to do in Lisbon – our Secret Guide
We wrote up a big guide to things to do in Lisbon. We wanted to create also a special guide. As it is not public, it is meant only for real travellers.
You can download the guide for free below.
The best Sunset spot – (bring some snacks and drinks!)
TRENDY: super delicious local food for the locals price
Open Air Concerts + a top social club with many events next to the water
The best surfing spot and beach for a 1/2 day trip
A unique Bar for a fun night out to mingle with locals
Tip: A locals spot for lover of creativity. Meet artists, designers, and more along with many events!
Things you need to know before you go
After spending a few days in this eclectic city, we have a few fun pointers to share. Actually, we have been to Lisbon several times. We learned from our first mistakes.
Here we share them with you, so you can do better.
Book your table in restaurants in advance
One thing we wished we’d known is just how full restaurants get in the evening. A typically Portuguese thing, it seems, is small and popular restaurants.
As cosy as this is, it’s a nightmare for spontaneous dining.
Take our advice: ring and book your table in the morning before heading out and avoid being turned away when you’re hungry. You can ask your hostel to call the restaurant when worried about language barrier.
Bear also in mind that many restaurants do a pause. They close around 2-3pm and don’t open up until around 8 pm. You won’t starve, as you can always get fast food (or other simple meals) available all day.
This is surprisingly cheap. Buy a 24-hour ticket which covers trams, buses, metro and trains.
If you’re in no rush and don’t mind lugging your bags; take the metro from central Lisbon to the airport. It’s reliable and a good way to avoid heavy traffic.
Don’t forget your sunnies!
The Portuguese pavements are something to be marveled at. They’re super reflective and super slippery.
Expect to go blind after a few days if you don’t have sunglasses. Take your time going down the hills, especially after rain.
If you forget your sunglasses, you can buy a nice pair of sunglasses downtown. Skip the main shopping street and head to the markets. Here you can score better deals.
As Lisbon is a city of hills, you will find many spots with amazing views. Among our favorites are :
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Elevador de Santa Justa
You will find all 3 spots on our map for your convenience.
Lisbon or Lisboa?
There are so many people that get confused when looking for information about Lisbon, as they find also Lisboa.
Worry not, both are talking about the same place: Lisbon in Portugal.
Or should we say, Lisboa, Portugal?!
It is not a special district, neighborhood or even a village. Lisboa is the name in Portuguese, and also in Spanish (the neighborhood country). You might hear and read both names.
So if you hear hostel Lisboa or hotel Lisboa, you now know it’s not the name of the building!
Any Discounts for hostels in Lisbon?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Lisbon. We know, it’s a pity. We are always working on discounts for our readers. How about we let you know once we receive fresh discount codes?
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Map of all Hostel Locations + COOL Sights
This map is designed specifically for you to make your Lisbon planning easier.
All of the hostels mentioned above are pinpointed on the map. Top sights in the city are also pointed out.
Looking for fun things to do off the beaten track?
We’ve put together a guide to 29 fun things to do in Lisbon that you’ll love, it includes the best Lisbon experience! We spent time in Lisbon ourselves, so this guide has been created from our own impressions.
You can easily spend your entire trip in Lisbon and have an amazing time. Nevertheless, Lisbon has many beautiful places around which we are sure you will love to visit.
A few of the best Lisbon day trips are:
The fairytale town of Sintra is one of the most popular day trips from Lisbon. We are sure you already saw some Instagramy photos of the colorful Pena Palace.
Pena Palace is perched atop the hill, and the gardens of Quinta da Regaleria are a mysterious place to explore.
Sintra feels like a place full of magic and mystery, with castles, palaces, and large estates hidden among the trees of this beautiful hillside town.
The best part? It is just around a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon.
Tip: if you want to avoid crowds, go early.
Palace of Queluz
Referred as the Portuguese Versailles, Palace of Queluz features designed gardens, waterfalls, grottos (caves) and a series of decorated canals. It is one of the finest Rococo palaces in Europe.
Cabo da Roca
Wanna visit the most westerly point in mainland Europe? Then head to Cabo da Roca.
The steep cliffs jutting out of the ocean will give you the feeling to be at the end of the world.
This area is easy to connect to both Sintra and Cascais by Bus. You can combine the visit with any of the 2 cities.
Reachable by an easy 30-minute train ride, this traditional fishing town is a popular vacation destination for locals and visitors wanting to soak up some sun.
There are two nice beaches right in town.
Want to venture out further? Rent a bike and visit:
Boca do Infern
Casa Condes de Castro
Casa de Santa Maria
One of the most picturesque towns in Portugal. Obidos is a historic small walled town that was once owned by the Queen of Portugal.
If you want to change your beach setting for a day, consider escaping to one of the beautiful beaches nearby:
Flights to Lisbon?
Flights to Lisbon are easy to find and quite affordable. It always depends on your departure airport. We paid 40€ for our flight to Lisbon from Barcelona, and once again 40€ fro London to Lisbon.
The airport isn’t too far from the center. It’s possible to take the metro, bus or taxi which will take you between 30-40 minutes depending of which option you choose.
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!
Your question will help us to improve this Lisbon guide.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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