Best Hostels in Portugal (+Itinerary Ideas)

Best Hostels in Portugal - a full list of the coolest hostels from Lisbon to PortoBom Dia and welcome to the best hostels in Portugal. This list will help you backpacking Portugal in the easiest way. 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.

For some destinations we can give you a few choices.

For smaller destinations we simply give you the only top hostel option you need.

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.

No doubt! The world-wide high-end standard of hostels follow the Portuguese quality.

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 are the following destinations:

We put all best hostels in Portugal on map. In this map we show all 5 Star Hostels, beach hostels, surfer hostels as well as the recommended itinerary.

What else do we cover:

List of the Best hostels in Portugal

Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool Portuguese hostels.

Best Hostels in Porto

Porto is AWESOME! We have been there 5 times by now, and we will always go back. The city is well connected and you can find really cheap flights here with Kiwi.com.

Porto is also quite cheap. You can eat like a king 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.

Here’s our guide to the best FUN things to do in Porto.

Here are the BEST hostels in Porto:

  1. The Passenger Hostel (the only 5 Star Hostel)
  2. Gallery Hostel Porto
  3. Yes! Porto Hostel

1. The Passenger 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.

Check out our full review of The Passenger 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.

Full Review of Passenger Hostel

Compare prices at: Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

BEST Hostel in Porto: The Passenger Optin for a dorm, it's worth it!The Passenger Hostel in Porto

2. Gallery Hostel Porto

Another famous hostel, yet a bit out of the city center itself. It is a cute, little, stunning hostel, located right in the area of the artists in Porto.

Gallery Hostel is really known for their arts side, obviously, and their nightly Portuguese dinners. Join them, it’s fun!

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

3. Yes! Porto Hostel

Yes! Hostel in Porto is the backpackers choice.

If you want a fun, easy-going, simple hostel, this is your best bet. It is the cheapest place on this list and a bit more party oriented.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Braga

Collector’s Hostel in Braga

If you love hostels with a welcoming, open personality, you will love Collector’s Hostel. The roof top terrace might be the highlight here, but actually we loved more the vibe.

It’s friendly, easy-going, simple, with a warm heart. Seriously, a great choice for staying in Braga.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Guimaraes

We always went only for day trips to Guimaraes. It is really easy from Porto since you have a direct train.

Santiago 31 Hostel

When planning to stay in Guimaraes, have a look at Santiago 31 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.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Aveiro

Called the “Portuguese Venice”, Aveiro is a cute, little city you will come across when leaving Porto towards Lisbon. We especially loved their flea market on Weekends.

Good to know: Hop over to the tiny beach town called “Costa Nova Beach”. Here you find the instagrammy buildings with lines on them. Do you love seafood and fish? While in Costa Nova, have your lunch or dinner at “Restaurante Clube De Vela da Costa Nova”.

Write down the name, thank me later! You will LOVE THIS FOOD!

Aveiro Rossio Hostel

Stay here for one night, it is beautiful. The best hostel Aveiro is Rossio Hostel.

You will be super centrally located, inside a former families home. The house has lots of character, a spacious kitchen, speedy free WiFi and lots of social events.

My favorite room was the dorm under the roof top.

Compare prices for Rossio Hostel at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Coimbra

We have arrived in Coimbra on our journey. Here’s two more gorgeous hostels waiting for you.

  1. Penedo da Saudade Suites & Hostel
  2. Five Senses Hostel

Penedo da Saudade Suites & Hostel

Ready to get your mind blown once again?

The Penedo da Saudade Suites and Hostels is absolutely incredible. For its design you would actually rate it as a top-notch Boutique hotel. AINDA…NO!

Penedo da Saudade offers a shared kitchen, a roof top terrace with panoramic views and a huge lounge.

There’s not a lot we need to add, except you might find us on the roof top terrace enjoying a Mojito…

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Five Senses Hostel

The ones looking for a beautiful hostel, yet not as high-end as Penedo Da Saudade, here you go.

Five Senses Hostel is another fantastic hostel here in Coimbra. The house is a bit smaller, and the garden along with the interior design is our personal highlight.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Leiria

A cute little students city with a rich art scene and really local cuisine; Leiria is worth a visit for 1 day and night.

Most Art Boutique Hostel

The Most Art Boutique Hostel is a brand new space for accommodation, art and culture in the city of Leiria.

Located in a privileged area, the concept of Most Art Hostel is to present their guests with the opportunity of living cultural and social experiences, as well as sharing their adventures and stories.

During your stay you can also get involved in workshops such as cooking, foot reflexology, yoga and/or photography.

Do not be surprised if you arrive and hear drums and guitars, as this fun accommodation also holds live concerts from time to time.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Most Art Boutique Hostel; Best hostel in Leiria

Best Hostel in Thomar

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.

Hostel 2300 Thomar

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.

  • Dorm beds start from 18€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 30€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

best hostel in Tomar, Portugal -Hostel 2300 Thomar

Best Hostel in Ferrel/ Peniche: Castaway Hostel

A narrow house with blue windows and a dark-red front door in the Peniche Coast.

The Castaway Guesthouse is the new 5 Star Hostel in Ferrel, 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.

The local tourist bus comes with a trailer to transport your surfboards from the hostel to the beach and vise versa.

The bus runs several times a day, passing the hostel’s door.

The bus travels to several beaches around as well as to the major beach in Peniche. No need to worry, just ask Pedro for his advice on surfing spots on how to get there.

Update: the bus is only available in summer!

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.

Full review of Castaway Hostel

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Castaway Guesthouse in Ferrel, Portugal: The hidden Community Surf Spot

Best Hostels in Lisbon

We made all our way to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. You area already excited, right?!

Oh and the hostel game continues here. Or does it even get better?

  1. Sunset Destination (best hostel for solo-travelers)
  2. Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel (top pick for backpackers)
  3. Lisbon Calling (awesome for couples)
  4. The Independente Hostel & Suites

Read: full guide to the best hostels in Lisbon

If you are not able to book our top pick recommendations, here you have also 3 great backpacker hostels for your Lisbon experience:

  1. Home Lisbon
  2. Patio Alfama
  3. Goodmorning Lisbon

Now, before we go into detail for the places, here is our big guide on the 29 fun things to do in Lisbon.

1. Sunset Destination Hostel (Lisbon)

Lisbon’s 5 Star Hostel! And here is why:

  • Roof Top Terrace
  • Swimming Pool ON the roof top terrace
  • bar
  • social fun events
  • top location on top of the train station; literally

You know, Sunset Destination is famous for being one of the best hostels on this planet.

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.

Compare prices at: Our full review | Booking.com | Hostelworld

2. Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel (top pick for backpackers)

Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel is all about cool outdoor spaces, relaxed vibes and friendly staff.

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.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

3. Lisbon Calling (awesome for couples)

On offer a bit out of the heart of Old Lisbon is a 250 year old building housing the beautiful Lisbon Calling hostel.

Have a quick look at the pictures to really get a feel for how cool the design is here.

Expect to find raised sleeping platforms, warm colors and themed rooms.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

4. The Independente Hostel & Suites

One of Lisbon’s most stylish hostels set in the liveliest neighborhood in the city.

The shared dorms come in size small, medium and large; it depends how sociable you’re feeling.

A bar, restaurant, exclusive guest lounge and garden are all part of the Independent experience.

It’s a top choice for solo-travellers looking for a quiet, yet sociable stay.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Cascais and Estoril

Estoril, the most exquisite and charming town next to Lisbon. Come here for Kite Surfing and beach time. It is located right next to Cascais.

Literally, both villages Cascais and Estoril are just 5km apart.

Blue Boutique Hostel&Suite, Estoril

Leaning over the Atlantic, Blue Boutique Hostel
& Suites is a beautiful century Villa.

This is not just a hostel, it is a unique experience where you will feel at home, with all the comfort and coziness you could dream of.

Here you can take

  • surfing,
  • paddle boarding,
  • and kitesurfing lessons,

followed by a cultural tour in Sintra and all its astonishing palaces, or Cascais and its typical lighthouse.

If you ask us, go for kitesurfing. We love it and always recommended it.

Just 2 steps away from the wonderful beach of Cascais and just 20 minutes away from the trendy city centre of Lisbon. A perfect spot for the slow traveler and surf lovers.

  • Dorm beds start from 14€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 25€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Cascais: Blue Boutique Hostel&Suite

Best Hostels in Costa da Caparica

Okay, you want to do some surfing? Or should we say even more surfing?

Then hop over to Costa Da Caparica.

This is one of the many places along the coast to take a surfing lesson.

Costa da Caparica has over 13 km of sandy beach with top surf conditions. A great spot for learning surf.

Sea for Yourself Hostel

The best hostel in Costa Caparica is Sea For Yourself. Pun intended!

Swimming pool, cozy garden and the beach in walking distance. Borrow a beach cruiser, do some yoga, chill out in the hammocks or simply soak up the sun! Awesome Hostel indeed!

Near the beach and surf spot, in a quiet neighborhood.

  • Dorm beds start from 18€ per night
  • Private rooms start  from 50€ per night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostel Caparica: Sea Yourself hostel

Best Hostel in Lagos

Welcome to the Algarve. Gorgeous beaches, amazing cliffs, epic surfing. Lagos is a lively, small beach town.

You can chose basically between two types of hostels: CRAZY PARTY Hostel or a chill out hostel.

For Lagos we give you two options:

  1. Rising Cock Party Hostel
  2. Racing Mackerel Hostel

1. Rising Cock Party Hostel

Just guess for second what this hostel could be about?!

The Rising Cock Party Hostel is one of the coolest party hostels in Portugal and Europe.

When planning to stay here, make sure you are ready for a few epic nights with more guys and girls. They also run party boats.

Things you can expect here at Rising Cock Party Hostel is booze and fun. One night you maybe should not expect is a perfect rest at night.

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

2. Racing Mackerel Hostel

Lifestyle, chill out Hostel! Lagos is known for its Bohemian summer lifestyle, surfing, backpackers, and all night parties. Racing Mackerel is a family run hostel so staying here is like staying with family.

Enjoy dinners, book one of a kind adventure tours, or just hang out – Racing Mackerel is the place to be in Lagos.

Convenient location, just a short walk away from beautiful beaches and fun bars.

And you will sleep well at night.

  • Dorm beds start from 10€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 25€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Lagos: Racing Makerel

Best Hostel in Loule, near Faro

Loule Coreto

Family-friendly, relaxing environment! Lovely interior design with comfortable furniture and design.

The highlight we really enjoy is the “zen” rooftop terrace.

What about the location? It is in the city center,  in the main avenue of Loule.

  • Dorm beds start from 13€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 15€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Loulé: Loule Coreto

Best Hostels in Faro

Our trip ends in Faro. Our last nights we spent at Baixa Terrace.

Truth be told, we didn’t enjoy Faro as much. It seems like a nice, bigger city, yet compared with all the other amazing spots, Faro is not a highlight; sorry.

You will stop by Faro most likely to take your outbound flight to the rest of Europe.

You can also continue your trip and hop over to Spain. After all, you are only roughly 200km from Sevilla, Spain.

Read: 27 best Hostels in Spain

Baixa Terrace

For spending your night in Faro, we recommend Baixa Terrace. Awesome roof top terrace to enjoy a beautiful sunset and obviously summer parties.

Situated in a building from the 1940s, the hostel impresses with modern, simple design combined with a tranquil, feel-good vibe.

It is in downtown Faro! That means, you’ll have endless options for restaurants, bars and markets nearby.

Again, although not super pretty, Faro is a fun spot for a night out, especially in summer times. The nightlife was great here.

  • Dorm beds start from 14€ per night
  • Private rooms start from 21€ per night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

best hostel in Lagos: Baixa Terrace

Map with all hostels and itinerary

As promised, here is the map with the coolest places to stay in Portugal on a budget.

In this list we included all the best and coolest Portugal hostels.

We always find maps very helpful to get an idea of a country. Hopefully you find it useful too.

The cities we encourage you to put on your bucketlist for Portugal are:

  1. Porto
  2. Aveiro
  3. Costa Nova Beach
  4. Lisbon
  5. Evora
  6. Lagos

Itinerary for Portugal

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.

Train

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 official website for train schedules and tickets is www.cp.pt.

At least take a train from Porto to Lisbon (or a town we recommend in this list!)

When you take a train from Porto to Lisbon, you can literally walk from one hostel to the other.

The Passenger Hostel in Porto and the Sunset Destination Hostel in Lisbon are both located inside the train station.

Take the train when Backpacking Portugal

Bus

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 official website to check buses in Eva-bus.com

You can buy tickets directly online and on the train stations. We did not see any differences in prices here. Anyway, it’s always worth it to check the official website first so you can compare it.

Van Life

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 rentalcars.com to rent a car.

We paid 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.

For planning your route, check out www.viamichelin.com. This website lets you plan your route around the country, and gives you the average gas price and tolls to expect. A super useful website!

Planes

There is really no need to fly inside of Portugal.

It is a fairly small country. It is only 700km long from North to South and 200km wide from West to East. Better take one of the transport option above.

Our recommendation would be to get a flight to either Porto in the North of Faro in the South. This way you can just go in one direction.

Starting in Lisbon makes this a bit more complicated if you plan backpacking Portugal all over.

Good to know: All cheap flights I took and found were all the time to Porto. Check out Kiwi.com to find flight deals.

Here’s our full review of Kiwi.com and how to use the website properly.

How to book Hostels in Portugal?

In every destination guide and review we give you the options to book. We are not a booking platform, and we will help you to book in a smart and safe way.

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use)

Hostel Packing List

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.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list.

It features 23 items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries

Read the full packing list here.

Download Hostel Packing List

Discounts & Promo Codes

Do you fancy a discount? C’mon, who doesn’t?!

You can find all our valid discount for hostels here.

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This list of the best Backpacker and Luxury Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.

We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.

Other 5 Star Hostels

Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.

We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of those unique budget accommodations with you.

Below we list again all 5 Star Hostels in Portugal

1 hostel per destination & hostel lists. We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

This guide is an exception since it covers all backpacker accommodations in Portugal.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel be chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.

This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Paris, Seoul and Sydney.

Still need help? Destination not listed?

Now, we would love to help.

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