Although Madeira hasn’t mainly been known for hostels or budget travel, it definitely is possible to visit Madeira as an independent traveler or backpacker.
Several new hostels in Madeira have sprung up over the past several years, creating a small but growing backpacker scene in Madeira.
To find the hostels, you do really have to look for them. For instance, Hostelworld will often only show you one listing for hostels in Madeira, even though there are actually quite a few! We’ve collected them all here to make it easier.
The following are all the hostels in Madeira that we know about. If we missed one, let us know!
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Best if you’re on a budget!
This hostel in central Funchal offers private rooms as well as dorm rooms. A dorm bed costs €22 in the high season and this makes it possibly the cheapest hostel in Madeira. It’s a perfect option if you’re on a budget, but be aware it does book out at times, so be sure to reserve your bed in advance. The price includes a simple breakfast.
Guests rate it highly for cleanliness, the atmosphere, and the friendly staff, which can help you plan your stay in Madeira. If you’re by car, it’s useful to know there’s cheap parking across the street for only €4,- per day.
It’s located in a cobblestoned street in the old center of Funchal, within walking distance from museums, the Funchal cablecar, the farmer’s market, and all of the central bus stops along the ocean promenade.
Best for being close to nature!
The only hostel not located in the capital, you’ll find this Jaca Hostel on the north coast in the small and sleepy village of Porta da Cruz, not far from a local surf beach.
This is the perfect option if you want to surf or do a lot of hikes, since being based on the green northern side of the island makes it easier to get to many such outdoor activities. Guests praise the hosts, the decorations, and the hostel activities (surf, yoga, burger and pizza night).
You can book a dorm at Jaca Hostel Porto da Cruz or opt for one of the three private rooms.
Important: there are two Jaca hostels in Madeira. The other is in Funchal!
109 Funchal Hostel
109 Funchal is based inside a renovated 19th-century building in the heart of old Funchal, within walking distance from museums, the Funchal cablecar, the farmer’s market, and all of the central bus stops along the ocean promenade.
You can choose between a mixed dorm bed (€30 per night) or private room with shared bathroom (€57 per night). The owner is a local mountain guide who can tell you all about the best hiking in Madeira!
Located around the corner from 29 Madeira Hostel, Jaca Hostel Funchal offers private rooms (for around €70 per night when we checked in high season) as well as dorm beds (for around €30 per night).
It has more of a minimalist hotel-like look, though Jaca presents itself as a boutique hostel that is also a place for people to meet. They host artist residences and the owners run a jewelry and decor shop next door with products from local artists.
On Track Hostel Madeira
On Track Hostel is located about a 10-minute drive (or 15-minute bus ride) east of central Funchal. They offer private rooms (€55 per night) as well as mixed and female-only dorms (€30 per night).
This hostel can’t be booked on any platforms, so the only way to get a reservation is to contact them directly.
Guests praise the cleanliness, the shared kitchen, the on-site washing machine, and the helpful staff. Although it’s not in the heart of Funchal, it feels like a residential house in a residential neighborhood. A nice way to get local!