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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...
HI - Budapest - Hostel Kinizsi
"It's a good value for the money. The rooms very basic but clean. It's central and easily accessible by public transport." … "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 beware, as visitors are always at a risk (or more than welcome, depending on the person I guess). The...
"Not bad - In my opinion, this hostel is very appropriate for young people. It is true that the showers weren't as clean as they should be, but were ok. My bedroom (a four-bedded one) was clean (although my friends and I used our sleeping bag) and had a fridge. The room for four people was 40 euros (10 euros each), so I consider that the relation quality-price is really good." … "No breakfast, just a bunk bed. No real problems besides...
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...
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...
"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
"Beautiful place, great fun. These were the happiest three days of my life." … "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?" … "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...
"… ideas in Budapest and the surrounding areas during your stay.We have an own guest information booklet about the area, but we offer also other free tourist information.Parking is available under the building and it costs 12 Euro/day. Facilities Car Parking Available Internet Access Airport Pick Up Linen Included Towels Luggage Storage Guest Kitchen Travel Desk/Travel Info Bureau de Change No Curfew Lift / Elevator Bike Parking...
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!" … "A great hostel in an excellent location -- feels like a home away from home. The staff are really friendly and helpful, and will give plenty of information on the city recommending everything from restaurants to themal spas. They will even provide popcorn and coffee when watching...
"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 owner was kind and helpful. The location was perfect. Thumbs up." … "This was the best hostel I've stayed in ever! It had lots of cool people and a really fun...
Astori Downtown Apartment
"This was an excellent hostel near the Danube, very comfortable." … "Yeah, it was a nice hostel." … "The best hostel. You have your own private bathroom." … "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...
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...
"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...
"I was pleasantly surprised at the level of cleanliness and hospitality offered at Hostel August. I am grateful towards the management for there budget conscious rates and also there warmth and friendliness. This is not your average drunken college kid hostel. I could actually rest at night. When I return to Budapest, I will definitely stay at Hostel August." … "Hi! We have to recommend this great hostel where we had the pleasure to...
"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
"… 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 distance of the hostel if you need to stop by for internet or questions. Please note that if you book more than one ensuite they are not...
"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...
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...
"Stay in Attractive location From 3.500 HUF (cca 13 Euro, 15 $) 1065 Budapest, VI district, Nagymező u. 49. * Reception 24/7 - No curfew, no lock-out * Multi-lingual, Friendly and well informed stuff - all information you need * Free continental breakfast in our restaurant * Laundry Facilities * Internet acess * Fully equipped kitchen * Airport/train/bus station transfer * Free luggage storage, after check-out also * ATM near-by *...
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...
Karat Hostel & Guesthouse
"… for comfort and hygiene. In the kitchen, a double sink, electric and gas combination cooker, exhaust fan, fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, cooking pots and pans, dishes, flatware and tableware are available for our guests. The kitchen is condusive for meals. Hostel We're waiting for our dear guests who need only a bed to have a rest in our hostel on the top floor of our guesthouse. Here we can assure accomodation in...
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...
"… restaurant Fatal. Walking to the Danube you can see the nice view of Budapest. From some of the suites (apartments) you can see the Citadel. We have more private places, not all in the same building, around our address.The meeting point of young tourists and our common place is our restaurant under the house, where you can meet other backpackers. One of our reception staff wait you in the gate of the house. The check out is 10 am...
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." … "… dom from time to time. All...
"Ginkgo Hostel has some of the friendliest staff in Europe. They go the extra mile to make sure you have the a great time in Budapest. The breakfast is also excellent -- they have every kind of tea and coffee. They also have cereals, breads, and fruits -- it feels like heaven every breakfast time. The rooms are spacious and there are three bathrooms in this hostel but waiting time is at most ten minutes. As for location, this hostel is...
Locomotive Light Hostel Budapest
"It is a rarity to see an owner dedicate so much heart and hard work into his hostel, but Locomotive Light Hostel Budapest is the exception to the rule. Located nearby the Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern train station, affectionately known as Keleti Pu) the hostel is three tube stops away from the center of town. Finding it may prove to be somewhat of a problem as Baross Tér on which it's located spans across a few corners and several streets....
"… running hot and cold water, lockers, and the bathroom is inspected daily. Beside it, we do provide our guests free Internet access, and satellite TV including Eurosport, BBC, SAT1 etc. You can use our laundry service at a good price. Note:We are an anti-party quiet apartment, we want to create a peaceful and calm atmosphere suitable for rest and sleep, so there is prohibition for drugs. Please consider this before you make your...
Aventura Boutique Hostel
"Aventura Hostel is a wonderful hostel -- it is run by two Hungarian girls who, upon returning from their own travels, decided to open the kind of hostel in which they’d want to stay. It's quite small, about twenty-five beds in three dorms, so has a nice, cozy feel. The dorms themselves are very quirky, decorated in an Indian, African, or Hungarian folk art theme. There's a Japanese-themed private double, too. The rooms are very...
Central Backpack King Hostel
"Central Backpack King Hostel is an inside secret and one well-worth discovering. Hidden away in an apartment building in a new district, it offers an incredible experience and enhances any stay in Budapest. The Location Central Backpackers King keeps a low profile, as it doesn't have any sign posted outside. It's located on two floors of a residential apartment building, and you'll only find the short initials "CBK" on the doorbell...
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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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