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Budapest is the capital of Hungary and home to over 1.7 million Hungarians. It was founded in the 12th century and was ruled by the Greek Empire at the time. Budapest is made up of the Buda and Pest areas which used to be separate cities. Budapest also has an old city section which is a very nice place to visit, especially during summertime.
Hostels in Budapest are a very good value. You will probably end up paying about 10 euros (approximately 12 USD) for a dorm bed, and slightly more for double / twin rooms. Budapest and all of Hungary is a great country for budget travelers, because accommodation and food are very good and inexpensive. Also remember to ask your Budapest hostel staff / owners for tips on what to do around the city and what events are going on during your visit.
You can get to Budapest by airplane (Budapest International Airport: BUD). The city can also be reached by all main forms of public transportation: trains, buses and so on. Although the city area itself is not that large, there are some attractions that will require you to use the public transport if you want to see them. That is not a problem however, since the public transport system is well developed and inexpensive to use. The public transport is comprised of metros, buses, and trams.
There are many, many things to see and do when you stay in a Budapest hostel. It is best to ask your Budapest hostel staff and/or the information centers around the city for a map before heading off.
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Marco Polo Top Hostel
"Marco Polo Top Hostel is in Budapest near the Danube, not so far from the main sights. It is open during the whole year. The price is not low for what the hostel offers, but if you're looking for a party hostel, you are on the right track. The Location The location is ok, but it can be better. It is quite close to the center, on the Danube and not far from the Buda Castle. Many sights are within walking distance. If you come by train,...
Red Bus Hostel
"This hostel is a short subway ride from the main train station. It is very central, ideally located a couple of blocks from the pedestrian shopping area where there are many restaurants and cafes. It is also a short walk from the Danube River around the corner from a main tram stop and subway station. There is a kitchen, one internet computer, and they will do your laundry while you are out for aprox $5US (1000HUF) a great time saver....
"Very clean and modern. Solo female traveler. - I am a single woman of 47 traveling solo and security means a lot to me where i stay. This is a great place in a secure building in a very safe location. 3 security doors with. Door man to the building. The rooms are spotless. The staff is very nice and helpful if you need anything at all. The location is in walking distance to all the main transportation hubs and walking distance to all the...
Hotel & Hostel Rila
"I stayed in Ho(s)tel Rila for one week in the summer of 2004. My main reasons for choosing this hostel was the 'central location', according to their website, and the fact that they had a studio room for five. Arriving at the hostel, it wasn't as central as it seemed, and although the metro is quite close (about a ten-minute walk from the hostel), it is still a bit of a barricade, because the metro in Budapest closes down at around 23:00...
"It's a good value for the money. The rooms very basic but clean. It's central and easily accessible by public transport." … "Dirty and very noisy place — so if you want to sleep don't stay there. Very nice staff." … "Mate, this place is a dump!!! The toilets always smell worse than my feet (and they smell bad after a day of sightseeing). The showers don't have curtains and cannot be locked, so all you ladies out there better...
Eitan's Guesthouse & Hostel
"… ensuite rooms,each with double glazed windows facing the main street,the by street or the inner court. Double and twin beds. Tripple rooms. Dormitories. Baby bed option. Cable tv in each room. Refrigerator in most rooms. Common refrigerator on corridor. Wifi(wireless) internet in rooms and lobby. Linen and towels supplied. Every day cleaning. Common safe. Self service kitchen. Optional services for an extra charge Breakfast...
"Stay here. Without a doubt, stay here. This is certainly one of the best hostels in Europe. Each room is individually themed (try the Bob Marley room), and only the large dorms (12 beds) have bunks. The hostel has the feel of a commune, with a nice kitchen, very friendly owners, and an outdoor garden and gazebo. The backyard & gazebo are filled with places to hang out and read/chat. Hammocks are everywhere. Easy to do laundry. A...
The Museum Guest House
"Originally our booking was for Museum Guest House 1, but when we arrived there they told us they were overbooked and we had to go to Guest House 2. This involved walking 15 minutes back the way we came, so we were not amused when we finally arrived. Having said that, Guesthouse 2 is in the better of the two hostels in terms of location, as it is right at the metro and is easy for access to the main sights of Budapest. If arriving by train...
The Aquarium Youth Hostel
"The cozy Aquarium Youth Hostel is discreetly tucked away on the second story of an unmarked building -- so have the street number handy in order to find it. The location is close to Keleti station with its restaurants galore, and just down the street from a grocery store. The amenities include free internet, free padlocked locker usage, washer and dryer, a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and fridge, cable television, and hot...
Astoria City Hostel
"Located in the heart of Budapest city, this hostel is perfect for walking around and exploring the city or catching public transport to other areas. Locating the actual hostel may be a bit difficult at first as it's hidden away and doesn't have any front signage. Here's a few suggestions if you find yourself a bit lost. First one is that it's diagonally opposite the Astoria Hotel. Secondly, you can go underneath the street where the Astoria...
"Spartan, but friendly - Ok, so it doesn't really have any amenities (no bar, no breakfast, no real lockers). But the people are really nice, it's spacious, the location isn't so bad, and the internet is free." … "… main pedestrian streets and most frequented places of Budapest. The area. Things to see and do:Just a few steps, turn right on Krúdy street and try to decide between Darshan Courtyard with Café, Shops, Restaurant and...
"This hostel is the home of the owner Joe (actually Josefov) and his family. It is centrally located close to Oktogon square. The nearest Metro is Oktogon at about 50m away, and there's a tram stop close by too. The building is fairly hard to find but you should have no problems following the numbers on the main street (Terez Korut). The even numbers are on one side and the odd numbers on the opposite. There is an art cinema with weird décor...
Almos Hostel Budapest
"This was the best hostel I've found in Eastern Europe. The place is really clean and relaxing, and the staff cares about you a lot! The location is excellent, too. What more could I ask for?" … "Beautiful place, great fun. These were the happiest three days of my life." … "Don't be fooled by the pictures! If you get to stay in the hostel shown then you are doing well!! We arrived and were shown to another building. The place was...
"… centre of Budapest, near the most popular downtown walking street near the crossing point of 3 metro lines. The hostel have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms and mostly 3 bed in the rooms (one double and one single bed) with cable TV. Not all the rooms in the same building. It is a perfect want to have a place near all the transport stations. The area is full of restaurants, bars and other entertainment options. You are sure to...
Budapest Break Hostel
"… metro and buses. We offer dorm room accomodation with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. We welcome people of all ages at our hostel and are there to greet you any hour of the day or night, offering 24 hour reception. There is free internet access and cable tv. We provide linen and towels free of charge and have lockers for you to safely store your luggage. The friendly staff are always available to assist you with...
Green Bridge Hostel
"Very, very friendly owners. You'll just feel as if you were visiting some good friends. Nice old building, great coffee, cozy atmosphere — just perfect!" … "What a great hostel. Fantastic location, easy-going atmosphere, helpful kind staff, free Internet ... honestly, I was made to feel at home here. I highly recommend the Green Bridge." … "A great hostel in an excellent location -- feels like a home away from home. The staff...
"I stayed here last May for few days, and I must say that this place really rocks. It has an excellent location and price, and the owner was very friendly to me." … "Very nice - The front door was always locked, and the owner made sure everyone knew to lock it. Bed linens were clean, nice laundry, bathroom was clean, kitchen was used by everyone so it was decent, and although there was no common room, still met plenty of new people. The...
Astori Downtown Apartment
"Yeah, it was a nice hostel." … "The best hostel. You have your own private bathroom." … "This was an excellent hostel near the Danube, very comfortable." … "We were very pleased when someone arrived to meet us outside what we thought was our hostel, only to be taken around the corner to a private apartment right in the heart of the city. The apartment was clean, spacious, comfortable, quiet and excellent value. Highly...
Our Place Hostel
"We loved Our Place Hostel – it's got a great location (right by Keleti palyaudvar – east station). It's about a five-minute walk from the train station to the hostel. It is also very cheap to stay here. The staff are very nice. We arrived very early, unexpected (about 6 a.m.) and the guy was still very nice and helpful (we woke him up). He gave us maps and recommended places to see. The people at the hostel are great. We got to meet a lot...
Blue Danube Hostel
"So-So - Hostel was a disappointment. The pictures shown in web pages wasn't the hostel we got. And the address where the owner took us (Kazinczy 7) was not the same we got (Visegradi street 83) after booking the apartment. Our booked hostel apartment should have been near the river but the apartment we got was far away from that place but location was still ok and it was easy to get from place to place and Tesco market was just around the...
Grand Hostel Budapest
"Go to Grand Hostel! Number one in Budapest!" … "We liked the funky rooms, and bar, tho it was a bit small. The beds were a bit uncomfortable, which you get used to. The guys were mostly helpful. Our only qualm was that they seemed to have heaps of locals who used it as their own house, and the guys who worked the nights slept, so if you got up before 9, they would be asleep on the couch and the place would be FILTHY. The free internet...
Friends Hostel Budapest
"The hostel actually is a big flat adapted for hostel purposes. As most of the time there's nobody at the reception, you feel quite at home. The location of the hostel is really great and the rooms are big and bright. We didn't find the living room, but the kitchen was really fine. A little drawback were the bathrooms, which are new but haven't been cleaned for at least 2 weeks when we arrived and weren't cleaned during our stay (4 days)...
"This hostel is the most aesthetically pleasing place I've ever stayed. The effort that's been put into the decoration to make it feel cosy and distinctive is just baffling! The place is so laid back that you can't helkp but adopt the 'take it as it comes' attitude. The staff are really friendly, but a little scatty -- when we stayed the guy forgot to ask us to pay! We had to literally pin him down to give him money. It's in a cool district,...
East Side Hostel
"East Side Hostel is a fairly convenient though simple place to stay in the Pest side of Budapest with helpful staff and a great free map on arrival. With a bit of walking or public transport it is close to many of the sights. The hostel is a small flat within an apartment block -- it's a cosy place with plenty of opportunity to meet other backpackers. Extras advertised like internet and breakfast included aren't really up to scratch and the...
Art Boutique Hostel
"Art Hostel is possibly the smallest one we have stayed in, with one of the friendliest atmospheres. The hostel is basically just an apartment, and has a capacity of about fourteen people. The staff are very friendly, and it is very likely that you will meet the owner or his wife, who are also very nice and welcoming people. The Location The hostel is located less than ten minutes on foot from the Nyugati train and metro stations, and...
City Heart Guesthouse
"… near the crossing point of 3 metro lines. In the guest house you have fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and most rooms have 3 beds in the room (one double and one single bed) with cable TV. The area is full of restaurants, bars and other entertainment options. Please check in using the contact information on your booking confirmation. Please call our mobile telephone when you arrive to Budapest. Please note we require a minimum...
"Season Hostel is a very simple place, providing only the basics of everything. On stepping through the main entrance, visitors will find a flight of stairs leading up to the reception, which is a window in the wall, and a friendly staff member (either the owner or her son). A door to the right leads out to an open courtyard with tall untended grass, surrounded by the doorways that lead to the dormitories. Some of these doorways have showers...
"Very central hostel, nice staff." … "Basilica Hostel is a new hostel in the most central place of Budapest. We have dormitory style and private rooms. The hostel is near the famous walking street Vaci utca. Deak ter is the most central crossing point in the city centre. We have 4 and 6 bedded dormitory rooms. We also have a few private rooms, with en-suite shower and toilet in our other building. We will be able to recommend all the...
"Maxim Hostel is located just off a busy pedestrianised street, about a five-minute walk from the metro and tram lines that quickly take you to the hearts of both Buda and Pest. Upon ringing the bell or entering the code that they give you at reception, visitors can use the lift to get up to the second floor and enter the hostel via a small balcony. The hostel itself is very small (maximum of fourteen people staying here at any one time),...
Boomerang Hostel & Apartments
"… where you are not left waiting for the bathroom. Since we are small, you will not meet lots of others if that is what you are looking for but you also won't be disturbed if you want to sleep late. If it feels like a home, that's because we try to make it that way. Our ensuites are PRIVATE, private apartments that is. Ensuites are fully equipped apartments which are all still centrally located but off-site, within quick walking...
"The best hostel I have ever stayed in." … "Don't stay here. Quite simply the worsts place I have ever stayed -- and I've lived in severely austere conditions in third world countries so my standards are by no means high. I booked this room online, conned into the reservation by a description of a private room in a hostel. Instead I was given a generic address to a random doorfront downtown Budapest where i was met (one hour late) by a...
The Golden Eagle Hostel
"… river with Gellert and Rudas Thermal Baths. The area is well known for its pubs, cafes, restaurants (one block away from Ráday utca -with 50 restaurants with tables lined along the street) and many other places of entertainment as well. The environment is safe and pleasant. We have bright, spacious and clean mixed dorms with 8 beds and a private double bed room. The hostel has free Wi-Fi Internet connection in all the rooms,...
1st Hostel Budapest
"Extremely good hostel. Free Internet, free lockers, and big rooms." … "… are within a few minutes walk from Astoria metro station. Our 4, 6 and 8 bedded dormitory rooms are equipped with bunk beds and individual lockers. The hostel provides shared bathrooms with hot and cold running water, maps, brochures, use of linen. The 1st Hostel is located in the best part of downtown Budapest - next to the famous Sinagogue, the...
"My stay here wasn't a very clean one! - HBC hostel located on the outskirts of the centre of Budapest is one of the worst ever hostels I have stayed in. The location and price was not the problem as they were both ideal (which made me book my stay here) but during my short stay here I found out a few things which if I knew in advance then I wouldn't of stayed here and I could have book somewhere else. On arrival, the staff didn't know...
Central Hostel Budapest
"Best hostel ever stayed in." … "… thermal bath, Opera, bars and restaurants are all within walking distance. We offer single, double, triple and 4 bed private rooms. There are also 6 and 8 bed dorms. We give clean sheets, towels and beddings. You will find a million things to do at any time of the year on any budget in many many ways. Whether you need a bunk in one our dorms, a single, a double, a triple, or a quad room we...
Age Budapest Youth Center
"Our Youth Centre is a cultural establishment. We offer a possibility for the young to be accommodated in a very agreeable, central area of Budapest cheaply. Here our guest can choose from various restaurants, tea houses, sport clubs and they can easily discover the Capital of Hungary. The Youth Centre is in one of the traditional buildings of Budapest in a friendly apartment, which gives a special atmosphere. We have rooms for couples and for...
Karat Hostel & Guesthouse
"… • We provide baby beds if previously requested. • The telephone and fax are included. • Internet connection included in the house charge. (network terminal.) • Secure luggage storage included. • Parking around the perimeter of the Hostel is without charge. • Your host is available between 9a.m.-12p.m. and 4-8 p.m. and also by previously agreed appointment on your day of arrival. • We can assure personal conveyance between...
Colors Budapest Hostel
"Colors Hostel is in the heart of Budapest. It is on a parallel street to the main Shopping Street "Vaci ut." This is also the main tourism area. It's easy to find! If you come from the airport, take the bus No. 200 (take the Metro transfer ticket, that costs 300 frt. or about 1,30€) until end station "Köbanya Kispest." From there you take the blue metro line until Ferenciek Tere. You get out of the metro station into the left direction. If...
"… located on the walking street in a very nice historic house on the 4th floor. We are one house from the river. We have 6 bed dormitories and 3 and 4 bed private rooms and apartments. Entering on the gate you find our reception, where you can check in. We have bunk beds and double and single beds, shower and a bath tube. The famous Vaci utca and the popular Fatmos right near the house. This hostel is a real backpacker's place...
Amigo Hostel & Guesthouse
"Beautiful but not clean - Only for couples -- you can't meet others travelers. there's no common rooms. The private room where we were was spacious, with private kitchen and private bathroom. But everything was not very clean. A lot of dust, candies, chips on the floor. The best thing is that you are at the Litz ferenc ter which is a place with a lot of bars, restaurants. But noise 'till 2 a.m." … "… used as dom from time to...
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Budapest Travel Tips & Suggestions
If you only go to one place in your life, let it be Budapest!
It is a cool city! I enjoyed my stay there! It has everything -- impressive buildings, nice streets, warm people, culture, party, and everything is really cheap! The city is divided in two parts by the river Danube -- Buda, cosy and beautiful, like a small village inside a big city, with narrow streets and relaxing atmosphere; and Pest, where the historical buildings and monuments are. So you have two cities in one! And if you like to party, then you're in the right place! There are lots of pubs and discos everywhere and all of them are super cool and original. I would go to Budapest every weekend to party!
People overcharge you as much as they can. Make sure you ask for the price even before you cask for a can of Coke. Other than that -- it's a brilliant city, good food, nice accommodation. A very decent place to visit indeed.
This city sure has character. After Prague and Vienna, we found it definitely dirtier and with a lot of paupers loafing about.The Buda part is beautiful, but the Pest part is harder to like. Choose a decent place to stay. One of the rooms in our apartment had such a horrible stench, it was unusable.
Budapest is awsome! The peoples are nice and friendly, the city is beautiful.
I had so much fun there! Watch out at the train station for gypsies. They do get feisty.
Look out for the antique stores -- I am not an antique lover at all, but these little shops are filled with all kinds of old Soviet propaganda and merchandise from pre-1989. Sure, it's all totally overpriced, but looking is free!
Don't waste your money on public transport -- everything is within walking distance, and the walks are really lovely. The maps make the city look big, but I think that's just a complex the Hungarians have. Also, be careful when eating Hungarian cuisine -- these people are serious eaters and the portions are huge! Share your meals! I hope you like cream and are not a vegetarian.
Budapest is a lot different from capitals like Vienna and Prague. At first I felt a little let down as the architecture seemed uncared for and the feel of the place seemed cold and unwelcoming. Then I started to see the real Budapest. Budapest isn't about beautiful buildings and tourist attractions, it's about real living. The markets in Budapest were filled with the most fantastic smells and the locals were willing to show you how and why they make their products. The food was great and the entertainment at night was endless. Don't go to Budapest expecting Paris or Vienna, it's unique in itself and should be judged on what it is, not what it isn't.
The best thing about Budapest is that you can do just about anything you want there. Big enough that you don't really feel the tourist crush except for up near the Castle and Fisherman's Bastion. There is no reason to miss coming to Budapest.
I spent four days stuck in Budapest. It was quite an experience. I met several people that got stuck there for months. Dangerous place, drug dealers, alcoholics, easy women, hard to leave. I fell in love with a girl there named Ildiko Nagy. I ran out of cash and had to leave her. Just what all you romantic European backpackers are looking for, desperate love and starvation.
In Budapest be prepared to be hit up for money by some people on the street and BEWARE of taxi driver sharks!!! They will rip you off big time and then give you Romanian bills worth next to nil as change. Talk to the locals about what is a fair price before you get a cab because some people in our group paid 3x the normal price to get back to our hotel one night. Other than that, Budapest was an amazing city. The sights and sounds were incredible. Just keep your wits about you and be an informed traveler. Read "Culture Shock! Hungary". That helps a lot too. Have fun!
Budapest. What an amazing city! I spent 5 days there recently and I absolutely loved it. A little grimey (neglected buildings) in parts, but very beautiful in many places. It's a city wih a lot of character. Very romantic strolls around the Palace and Fishermans Bastion areas. Befriend a local and they can show you a little bit of how much Budapest has to offer. People are friendly and younger generations can speak some English. A very safe city compared to other capitals. Hungarian wines are one of the countries best kept secrets with a huge variety at very good prices. Unicum is a special drink that must be tried at least once to appreciate it. I just wish I could get my tongue around the Hungarian language. But after a few Unicums, language barriers don't mean a thing. Szia!
— Paul - London
Try the Unicom and you must go to the thermal baths.
— Peter Simpson, Scotland
Budapest is a really big town, and the buildings are not that well kept up (not run down, but dirty exteriors), but there's a lot to do. Definitely go to the Turkish baths (the city baths give partial refunds if you stay less than 3 hours) and also look for the fountain of wine in the labryinths under Buda castle. Wine tours at Eger are not far away either (though Hungarian wine is not the best).
You should try the Hungarian speciality "Langòs" and the bar "Cactus Juice". I cannot remember where it is, but you can find it on every tourist map. - There are a lot of vegetarian restaurants in Budapest.
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