Hostels in Porto, Portugal

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Get to know Porto (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Porto. To help you make friends with Porto before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Porto is also named and spelled Oporto - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Get to know Porto (no more

Porto is Portugal's second largest city and the home of the world famous Port wine. The city lies on the bank of the Duoro River and dates back to the Roman Empire. The city's Ribeira district, an ancient neighborhood uphill from the Duoro, is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site full of historic townhouses and winding alleyways.

The Vila Nova de Gaia area is a suburb of the city on the other side of the Duoro. The suburb is famous for it's port wine and several companies offer free or cheap tours and tastings.

There are many affordable hostels in Porto, most situated in the neighborhoods above the Ribeira. Most Porto hostels are inexpensive and many offer free breakfast. The city's attractions are scattered around the area but are easily accessible by bus. Be sure to check out the city's famous tiled churches, the Sao Bento tiled railway station, the Liveria Lello (a bookstore whose staircase inspired a set piece from Harry Potter), and the many markets and bakeries. Also check out the Dom Luis I bridge at night. The beautiful iron bridge connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia and pedestrians can walk across the river to explore the neighboring suburb.

While in Porto don't forget to try their most popular snack, the francesinha. The famous junk food is a sandwich filled with several meats, covered in melted cheese, and topped with a special sauce made of beer and "secret" ingredients. If exploring the food is important to you, also try the pastel de nata, the traditional Portuguese egg tart.

If you only have a day in Porto, spend it at the Ribeira. The city is bustling with charm in the Ribeira district at night. The restaurants line the river and offer outdoor seating alongside troubadours and artists. Even when it's chilly out you can enjoy the outdoor seating at restaurants offering blankets and fireside seating.

FAQ about Porto Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Porto. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Porto. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Porto costs on average $27 for a dorm. A hostel in Porto with private rooms costs on average $85. shows all 43 Hostels in Porto. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Gallery Hostel Porto and CATS Porto Hostel are the best rated hostels in Porto for female solo travellers. compares prices for 43 hostels in Porto, Portugal. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Porto such as
  • 25 hotels
  • 46 guesthouses
  • 24 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Porto.

CATS Porto Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Porto.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Porto

Your Packing List for Porto

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Porto and Portugal.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Porto Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Porto, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
43 Total number of hostels
$27 Average dorm price
$85 Average private room price
$18 Cheapest hostel in Porto
Porto Downtown Hostel is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Porto
CATS Porto Hostel is the best rated
Most Porto hostels are located in
Bolhao, Santo Ildefonso, Fontainhas
6.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Vila Nova de Gaia (2 Km / 1 mi.)
Matosinhos (8 Km / 5 mi.)
Praia de Valadares (8 Km / 5 mi.)
Maia (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Espinho (16 Km / 10 mi.)

Travel Tips for Porto - from the Community

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