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Budapest is a city which has a lot to offer to each and everyone who is visiting for travel. Budapest Travel guide list downs all the things which you can do while travelling to Budapest.

If you are planning for a budget trip in Europe then Budapest should be a destination in your list.

I personally liked my time on the Boat party and taking the Lime Scooter ride in midnight. Even though Europe is not for midnighters, Budapest was comparatively well crowded.

Being the escape town for Empress Elisabeth (Sisi). This place sure lives up to its reputation. It has elegant boulevards. It has so much beautiful architecture. But it has much more grit and edge because for years it was under the rule of communist.

Walking its streets you can quickly tell that Budapest is a dynamic and living city. We have covered top destinations you should visit in Budapest while next vacation in this Travel Guide.

One thing that makes Budapest so dynamic is its mix of Western and Eastern Europe. The city is still transitioning, so more and more young Hungarians are breathing new and youthful life into this great city. It’s still a little rough around the edges but that just adds to its charm.

There is an interesting story behind how Budapest was named as Budapest, In case you are fascinated to learn more about the history around the name you can read about it here History of Budapest Name

If you wish to travel Budapest on Budget then I have made sure to include some tips and tricks around that.

The Budapest Travel Guide is for you if are wishing?

  • To find top things to do in Budapest.
  • When to travel to Budapest?
  • What to eat in Budapest
  • How much money do you need to travel to Budapest


Feel Free to Take a look at the Video for the Top Things to Do in Budapest

But before that read the overview of the Budapest, and do not miss to check How to Learn Hungarian Quickly, which is the coolest section in our Travel Guide.

Overview of Budapest (Buda-Pest)

Country– Hungary

Continent– Europe

Language– Hungarian

Currency– Hungarian Forint   – Live Rate of Conversion

Hungary was officially declared as a republic country in the year 1989 on 23rd October. Budapest is the capital city of Hungary with Buda on the west side of the Danube and Pest on the east. You can experience the major sights just by walking on foot and get immersed in the local heritage and culture.

Do you know Ball Point Pen, Rubik’s Cube, Holography, Helicopter and Vitamin C was invented in Hungary?


How many days to travel in Budapest?

According to this travel guide and amazing places to see in Budapest, two days are enough to cover all the top attractions. If you want to relax, go on hiking or picnic near Elizabeth Lookout Tower, you can add 1 more days. You will get the best panoramic view of the city from this tower at Janos Hill.

But it is entirely up to you how much time you want to spend in this capital, If you like parties and drink you may even plan a week of the visit in Budapest,

It is getting popular and has become one of the cheapest places to visit in Europe in you wish to travel to Europe on budget. There are other cheap places to visit in Europe as well which you can read in our other post.

What is the Best time to visit Budapest?

Winters would be less crowded in Budapest as compared to Summers.

Best months to visit- March to May and September to November

You can also check nearby cities to Hungary for your next Spring Break vacation in Europe. We tried to cover all the places which you can visit during Spring break in Europe in 2021.

Where to Stay in Budapest on Budget?

In case you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Budapest try booking your stay in the PEST side, which is the city side of Budapest. I stayed at Adagio Hostel 2.0 Basilica which was 300m from the city centre. This hostel included breakfast, WI-FI and a separate bathroom.

The reason for staying here was not something out of the choice but it was in our tour package and Budapest was one of the first city which we were exploring in Europe.

HOSTELS-  Hostel with dormitory would cost you from approx. 20 €.

You can check some cheap and budget hostels in Budapest on Hostel World. 

We will try to list down some of the Hostels to stay in Budapest which can help you to plan your trip in Europe on Budget.

Hostel to Stay in Budapest

Maverick City Lodge – Good option for Solo Female Traveller in Budapest

Head to the historic Jewish Quarter of Budapest for Maverick City Lodge. Down the electric old streets is this contemporary hostel, with common rooms and social kitchens to meet with travellers from all over. You can also take multilingual local guides for a pub crawl to get your bearings. Strapped for cash and wanting to socialise? Come and chat at reception for all the latest on our free events in Budapest.

Which include walking tours, fröccs tasting (a local bubbly wine concoction) and spaghetti nights. You can hire a bike, or ask them about booking activities like caving and cruising on the Danube.

Rooms range from small to large mixed or female-only dorms, private doubles, some with en-suite. Bunks are all enclosed for extra privacy, with curtains and reading lights. Each bed has a storage locker for your things, and linen and towels are included. Hungarian summers can get hot, so all rooms have air-con. There’s daily housekeeping, too.

Maverick Hostels and Ensuites – Good Option for Flashpackers and even Couples in Budapest

Another 5 star hostel for Flashpackers

Best possible location, beautiful and clean environment with free wifi, free tea and coffee all day long.

Located in the heart of the city in a fully renovated royal mansion built by the Hapsburg dynasty, the Maverick Hostel is waiting for you in its original magnificence.

Because of our central location, unnecessary travel can be spared. Most of the city’s attractions can be reached within 15 minutes. Furthermore, the famous ruin bars and other exciting night programmes are just 10 minutes away on foot.

You can find a wide range of rooms in this hostel, from unique dormitories (4 bed dorm with bunk beds or 5, 6 and 10 bed dorm without bunk bed) to intimate double rooms with private bathrooms or ensuites up to 5 beds.

You can use our fully equipped kitchens, lounge areas, TV and free Internet on every floor. They offer free tea and coffee in the dining areas all day long.

Flow Hostel – Perfect Hostel for Solo Traveller in Budapest

Situated in the downtown area of Budapest it has high-quality modern spaces with an unbeatably friendly atmosphere! 

It is situated  just a few minutes’ walk from the River Danube. Navigating the city’s simple – there are two subway lines and one tram line close by. If you’re craving some culture, they are just a six-minute walk from the Hungarian National Museum with its stunning park and gardens.

The neighbouring Palace District is known for its creative vibe, 19th-century palaces and leafy squares full of restaurants and bars. if you are Coming here from the airport? Take line 3 on the subway to Kalvin Square then walk five minutes to our door.

Maverick Student Lodge – Good options for Students who want to travel to Budapest on Budget

They are located located close to the world renowned Great Market Hall, and major transportation hubs are only 5 minutes away on foot.

The neighbourhood offers a great variety of restaurants, pubs, services, and grocery shopping, but Maverick Student Lodge has its own bar with easy-going vibes, and very reasonably priced drinks and great food as well.

They offer an excellent breakfast and fun-filled social events for guests to mingle. Dorm beds feature dual outlets, curtains, and reading lamps to provide privacy and comfort. The private rooms feature unique designs and atmosphere, but even more importantly their own en-suite bathrooms.

You can also go to our Travel Resources page of Accommodation in order to find out the cheap deals on hostels in Budapest, Maybe you will get something good there for your Budapest Travel.

Hotels to Stay in Budapest

Hotels in Budapest – We always recommend to choose the best hotel as per your budget. If you don’t want to stay in a couple option of the Hostels in Budapest then let us go through the list of the Hotels in Budapest which will be the best choice for your accommodation.

The average cost around staying in Hotels in Budapest could range from 60 to 80 Euro for two people if you want to travel Budapest on Budget.

Feel Free to Read the Reviews of these Hotels on the below mentioned Link

Cheap and Best Hotels in Budapest

BALTAZÁR Boutique Hotel by Zsidai Hotels at Buda Castle

Located above an à la carte grill restaurant in the Castle area, Baltazár Budapest provides tastefully furnished en suite accommodation units. Free WiFi is available in each unit.

Breakfast is available, where guests can choose one plate from an egg plate, bagel or Croque Madame, while bread, butter, jam, a glass of orange juice, a hot drink and a bottle of clean water are also provided. The hotel offers a grill restaurant with extensive selection of regional wines and gins.

The Hungarian National Gallery is a 15-minute walk from the Baltazár Budapest, while the River Danube is 1 km away. The Parliament and the downtown of the Pest side can be reached within 30 minutes on foot. Public parking is possible on site.

The budget double room in this hotel will cost you roughly 85 Euros.

Read the review about Balatazar Hotel

Six Inn Hotel

Set in a central location of Budapest, 350 m from the UNESCO-listed Andrassy Avenue and the Kodály Körönd Metro Stop, the Six Inn Hotel offers en-suite rooms and free WiFi access in all areas.

The hotel features modern rooms with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Some units feature a balcony. A 24-hour multilingual front desk service is available for guests.

Buffet breakfast is served every morning, and Six Inn Hotel also features a non-stop bar. Guests can relax in the inner garden, while a hot tub and an infrared sauna are also at the guests’ disposal for an extra charge.

The Széchenyi Bath, as well as the Heroes’ Square, are a 15-minute walk from the building. The Liszt Ferenc Square with restaurants and pubs is 800 m away from the Six Inn Hotel. Westend City Centre shopping centre and the Nyugati Train Station can be reached within a 10-minute walk.

If you are tight on budget then this could be the perfect option for you the Hotel Standard Double Room cost 60 Euros per night for two.

Read the review about the Six Inn Hotel

Bo18 Hotel Superior

The 3-star superior Bo18 Hotel is located only 300 m from the Budapest’s Corvin Shopping Centre and Corvin promenade, and serves rich buffet breakfast including champagne.

The hotel’s wellness corner comprises Finnish and infrared sauna, hot tub and fitness facilities, which can all be used free of charge. Massage treatments as well as solarium are offered for an additional cost.

Free WiFi access is featured throughout the hotel. A corner with a laptop, iPad and Play Station is also available for guests’ convenience.

The bar offers a wide variety of drinks and special wine selection 24 hours a day. Depending on the season, chilled refreshing soft drink or hot tea is provided in the hotel lobby.

Guests can also benefit from the facilities of the express laundry service. Room service is available in the morning hours.

Bo18 Hotel Superior is easily accessible both by public transportation and by car. The Corvin-Negyed metro station on line M3 is 450 m away. Private parking on the premises is offered at a surcharge and upon prior request.

Read Reviews about B 018 Hotel

Hotel Mika Downtown

Hotel Mika is located in the historical Jewish quarter in the centre of Budapest, 450 m from State Opera House. Dohany Street Synagogue is 500 m from the property. Private parking is available 100 m away, while free WiFi is provided.

Every room is equipped with a refrigerator, an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units also feature a seating area, while the apartments also have a kitchen with an oven and microwave. We feature free minibar in all rooms free of charge and free refill. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Bed linen is available.

Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. There are several restaurants, pubs and cafés in the immediate vicinity of the property. Conference facilities can be used for an additional fee.

A spa and wellness centre as well as a gym can be reached in 100 m.

St. Stephen’s Basilica is 750 m from Hotel Mika, while Hungarian National Museum is 1.1 km away. The nearest airport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport, 20 km from Hotel Mika.

Another good option if you are travelling to Budapest on Budget. You can get rooms in this hotels for around 50 Euro per night.

Read reviews about Hotel Mika Downtown

Apartment to Stay in Budapest

Booking an Apartment – In case you are looking forward to booking an apartment to stay in Budapest when you don’t want to be restricted and want to have the place by yourself. You can feel free to book an apartment in Budapest on the PEST side. Apartment stays are getting popular every passing day and I personally like this a lot.

You can book Airbnb you will get some discount if you book from this link or you can read further to find the options suitable for you from our curated list of the apartments to stay in Budapest.

Maple Tree Budget Apartments 

Maple Tree Budget Apartments are self-catering accommodations located near the centre of Budapest, with a 24-hour reception on the opposite side of the street, only 20 m from the apartments. Corvin Plaza Shopping Centre is just a 2-minute walk from the accommodation.

All units at Maple Tree Budget Apartments feature a flat-screen TV. Some offer a patio, a balcony or a terrace. A fully equipped kitchen comes with a microwave and basic ingredients like salt and pepper are provided. Tea-making facilities are also featured. The private bathrooms are fitted with a hairdryer. Some units boast air conditioning at an extra cost.

Various restaurants, cafés and bars can be found in the nearest vicinity. The famous Váci Street can be reached within a 15-minute walk.

The nearest tram station is 230 m away and the Metro Line 3 is located 400 m from the apartments. The Historical Museum can be reached within 900 m. The Grand Market Hall and the Gellért Thermal Bath are reachable within 20 minutes on foot from the apartment.

Read Reviews about Maple Tree Budget Apartments

Heritage Home Apartments

ocated in central Budapest, 600 m from the State Opera House and 700 m from St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heritage Home Apartments offers fully-equipped, self-catered studios with air conditioning.

Each unit is fitted with a flat-screen cable TV, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining table, and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Some also offer a balcony with garden views.

The nearest shops and restaurants can be found within walking distance. Heritage Home Apartments is 1.3 km from the Chain Bridge and 2 km from the Keleti Train Station.

The Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport is located 19 km away and shuttle transfers can be arranged at a surcharge.

Read the review about Heritage Home Apartments in Budapest

The Golden Executive Apartments

Situated in Budapest, near St. Stephen’s Basilica, Chain Bridge and Hungarian State Opera, The Golden Executive Apartments features free WiFi.

All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A dishwasher, a microwave and fridge are also offered, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine.

Dohany Street Synagogue is 1.7 km from the apartment, while Trinity Square is 1.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, 25 km from The Golden Executive Apartments.

Read the review about The Golden Executive Apartments in Budapest

You can also go to our Travel Resources page of Accommodation in order to find out the cheap deals on hotels in Budapest, Maybe you will get something good there.

How to get around in Budapest during your visit?

  • It’s always best to walk and explore the city on foot
  • You can take Subway by either buying 24 hours travel card or single /group of 10 tickets
  • You can buy your travel card here at a discounted price Budapest Travel Pass

Note:  DO NOT FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR TICKET IN SUBWAY AND TRAMS after buying the tickets. You can validate the ticket by punching in the red and orange machines.

Budapest Travel – Top Attractions in Budapest

Let us explore these top attraction briefly.

Castle District and Buda Castle

Castle district is one of the prime location to cover during your Budapest Travel, The serene beauty of the mountain and jam packed with tourist this place is a perfect stop to take a look at the complete Budapest.

Castle District was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. The district is situated over the Buda hill. As soon as you cross the chain bridge, Buda region/hill starts, and you can see various tunnels and one of the historical car- Buda Castle Funicular. This will take you to the castle and you won’t get tired from hiking up the hill on foot. Thus, Castle District consists of Buda Castle, Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church.

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You can try the Classic Funicular from 19th century Connecting the banks of the River Danube and Buda Castle, this short funicular ride runs every 10 minutes and provides some of the best views of the city.

Get you Skip the Line Funicular Tickets for Budapest Travel

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Travel Budapest on Budget – This how the Buda Castle Looks During the Night

Fishermen’s Bastion

Buda Castle was built in the 13th century, to protect Budapest from the attacks of Tartars and Mongols. Despite getting destroyed in the IInd World War, Buda Castle currently has more than 200 rooms, and 62m high central dome. This place now serves as one of the main attractions by tourists as it hosts galleries of Hungary, fine museum

This was a lookout tower during the 19th century for protection purposes. Majorly famous for its architecture, Fishermen’s Bastion has seven towers, symbolizing the seven Hungarian tribes who in the year 895 AD founded Hungary. Currently, you can have a clear panoramic view of the Pest city from the terrace of the tower.

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It is kind of tricky to find you just have to go on the back side of the Mathias Church to reach Fisherman Bastion.


Matthias Church

Located at the Trinity Square on Buda Hill, this church is also known as, Church of our Lady. It was renamed after King Matthias who married twice inside the church. This monument was has served as coronation church by the kings of Hungary for centuries, been a mosque for 150 years after been invaded by Ottoman Turks. Currently, it’s a catholic church where thousands of weddings take place and tourists visit for its beautiful architecture and gothic style design,

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Szchenyi Chain Bridge

The most important work that this bridge does is connect people from Buda and Pest region. the fake stories of stone lions (total 4 on the suspension bridge) not having tongue and architect/engineer committing suicide after that, this bridge has many other stories bonded with emotions and affection with the historic presence of the bridge since 18
th century.

This bridge was once one of the longest suspension bridge in the world. The proposal to make this bridge was made by Count Istvan Széchenyi (whose name you will see at most of the places and monuments). Since its construction, the bridge has sustained turbulence during World War II and finally independence of Hungary in the year of 1989.

But guess what? As of in year 2020, Budapest has passed a law that you can’t walk on the Bridge. The current state of the Bridge is pretty bad and they need to fix that, I just read it in local news of Budapest.

With that being said, It is always good to get yourself covered with Insurance when you are travelling to a new country and we covered all the information related to insurance in our blog.

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Danube River Cruise with Drinks / Boat Party Budapest

Enjoy the Danube River Cruise with or without dinner because you must not miss how Budapest looks at night from the water when its lit. There are many agencies that partner with boats and arrange boat parties, which also offers two free alcohol/non-alcoholic drinks.

After the boat tour, these agencies will also take you for the pub crawl. Hoping from one pub to another and you may also get a free welcome drink if lucky. Along the banks of Danube river, you will find 60 pair of iron shoes in different sizes, which symbolises the massacre of Jews shot in the river after being asked to remove their shoes and stand at the edge of Danube river.

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Shoes on the Bank of Danube River

Evening Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube River in Budapest

You can book this from Klook at a discounted price – Book Evening Site Seeing Tour

Want to book the Dinner and Cruise with Live Music on Danube River on discounted price  Book Dinner and Cruise with Live Music

House of Parliament

On the riverbank of Pest next to Danube river, the parliament building gives a spectacular view, which should not be missed from cruise/boat ride in the night. The building is so huge, that it consists of 20km of staircases, 691 rooms, impressive dome and 88 statues of Hungarian rules. The pointed architecture gives a redefined look to this building during day time as well as at night, when it shines in golden colour.

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The Fat Policeman

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Don’t miss rubbing the tummy of the fat policeman, its apparently said that rubbing will bring you good luck in LOVE.

That’s the reason why tourist come and never miss to rub the stomach of the policeman. That’s the reason why his stomach is as shiny as gold now.

Dohany Street Synagogue

This is the 2nd largest synagogue in the world known as the Great Synagogue of Budapest is the largest in Europe. It has a seating arrangement of 3500 seats. The architectural design is known as Moorish style which was inspired by Sevillian Alhambra. This style has traditional Arabic designs.

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You can take the tour of all the Jewish landmark of Budapest on a discounted price from here Tour of the Jewish landmarks of Budapest

Széchenyi Thermal Bath & Gellert Thermal Bath

Its recommended that in order to have a relaxing time, try visiting Gellert Thermal Bath or any other special of your choice, because Széchenyi is extremely crowded, even on weekdays.

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Széchenyi Spa Fast Track Ticket – Book Here

Gellért Spa Skip The Line Ticket – Book Here

Want to look the pricing of the Gellert spa then visit here Gellert Spa Pricing Structure

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Andrassy Avenue

Shopping shopping & shopping, just take a LIME/ e-bike and explore a huge range of shops in this Boulevard on the Pest side.

You will also find Terror house and Budapest Opera, which is considered more beautiful than the Vienna Opera. Terror house is now a museum but earlier, it used to be the headquarter for Nazi Party.


Ruin Bars

After World War IInd, many houses, garages, gardens were abandoned by Jews. So this idea was created to utilise these abandoned places by transforming it into pubs in order to commemorate those memories of Jews and make it a gathering place again.

Thus, you will walk through old buildings and ruins, that are now filled with flea markets, furniture and has now become a perfect gathering location to sip your drinks.

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The Great Market Hall

For more than 100 years, people in Budapest have been buying groceries from this market hall. Its lovely to visit this place, buy fruits, vegetables and click pictures. If you wish to taste local cuisine in Budapest, do visit this great indoor market.

You can try goulash (Hungarian stew), langos (deep fried bread topped with garlic, cheese and sour crème) and sweet strudel.

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Great Hall Market, Image Source: TravelCurious 


The Citadel

On top of Gellert Hill, you will find this famous symbol of Budapest, which symbolises the freedom of the people. This is also a lookout point that gives a panoramic view of the city including Danube river, Buda castle, Parliament building and Buda hills. It’s said that the proud lady has been watching over Budapest since 1947, which made her another World Heritage site listed by UNESCO.

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Citadel, Budapest Hungary


Hero’s Square

The famous square in Budapest is surrounded by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art. This was made in order to commemorate 1000 years since the settlement of Hungary in 895.

Archangel Gabriel can be seen holding a crown, while one side of the square has seven leaders of the tribe who settled Budapest, while the other side has important person and leaders in the Hungarian history.

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The Heroes Square, Budapest Hungary


St. Stephen’s Basilica Church

This is still the tallest building in Budapest. Named after the first Christian king of Hungary, St. Stephen, you can still find the mummified hand (The Holy right) of him inside the Cathedral.

St. Stephen was crowned in 1000 AD, but in the year 1083, when he’s dead corpse was opened from the burial for canonizing, it was found that his fist was as fresh as at the time of burial.

Thus, the fist was lopped off and mummified. You don’t have to pay for the ticket in order to view the hand, but it’s suggested to donate 200 Hungarian Forint which will illuminate the box for 60 seconds and you can clearly see the hand of St. Stephen.


What not to miss during your travel to Budapest?

Night view of Hungarian Parliament Building from Boat Cruise

It is breathtaking. I actually felt that the money which I spent for buying the boat cruise was all worth it after looking at the parliament building.

What Happens at the Boat Party in Budapest?

In case you buy these famous Boat Party tickets in Budapest, Then you can enjoy the two to three hours of Booze, Dance and meeting with strangers on the boat, All these Boot party are often clubbed with Multiple pub crawl options as well In which you are taken to different night clubs in Budapest.

Another hour of drinks and booze or maybe more dance.

The one which did had two complimentary drinks per person, So if you just want to sober up and just enjoy the beauty of Parliament building in night, You get a fair deal for around 20 Euro or Less.

Don’t miss to go to Thermal Bath in Budapest

Bathing in Thermal pool followed by Sauna and then the best part will come here, dip in an icy chilled water pool. Trust me, it will open your senses, relax your body and

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Gillert Sauna Image Source: Giller Bath
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Cold Pool  Image Source: StreetWise


Good Things in Budapest

  • Relax in thermal Baths
  • Walk across the chain bridge and click lots of pictures.
  • You can book a guide for a free walk tour, they will tell you about the amazing stories related to most of the attractions which are covered in the walking trail of 2.5 hours.

Generation Tours offer free walking tours. You can book your free walking tour in Budapest here : Book Here


Not so good things in Budapest

  • Pick Pockets are everywhere. Keep your belongings safe. In case you lose your wallet, directly inform the police. They might help you.
  • Money conversion on streets is one of the most common scams. They will cheat you with expensive conversion rates. It’s best to use your travel cards or get the money converted in your own trusted places.

The best thing which I like to do in this case is have a travel insurance, If you want to get a travel insurance do check our our travel insurance page.

What food to try in Budapest?

We have come with list of foods which you can try in Budapest during your travel in Budapest, We have also covered this in depth on our separate blog which goes by Top Hungarian Dishes to try in Budapest.

Some of the local dishes which are rich in spices and varied flavors have been included below:


A very old recipe that highlights the traditional soup made with a dashing flavour of paprika and fish. The soup is made on outside on fire and is processed for several hours.

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Halászlé  Image Source: Ming Megette

Toltott Kaposzta

These are cute cabbage rolls are filled with rice and meat. The cabbage in Hungary is pickled and will give you a tangy taste while eating these rolls.

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Töltött káposzta  Image Source: Taste of Home


It’s said a good slice of Retes and a cup of Hungarian coffee will definitely make your day if you are a food lover. Retes is also a sweet long pastry filled with apple, poppy seed or cherry.

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Rétes Image Source:Absolute Tour


Kürtőskalács is a sweet spiral bread rolled over cinnamon, sugar, nuts or grated coconut. This is cooked over charcoal, thus it’s a good hot and sweet snack.

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Kürtőskalács  Image Source: Baumstriezel-Koplar 

Somloi Galuska

It’s one of the traditional cakes from Hungary. Topped with chocolate rum sauce, whipped cream and raisins. There are three types of sponge cake, plain, walnut and chocolate.

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Somlói galuska  Image Source:FitlifeBudapest 


This fruity alcohol has strong alcohol content which ranges between 37.5%- 85% ABV. As per the EU regulation and law, Pálinka should be distilled in Hungary.

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Bottled Pálinka  Image Source:Packmeto 


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Helpful Information and Tips for Budapest Travel

  • WC which is a common sign for toilets in Europe is not free. You will have to pay 1 Euro in order to access the loo or just buy a bottle of coke or water at a restaurant, and you can then use their restroom for free. I like going to Mc Donald for using the restroom. Just pay with 1 Euro coin, you will get a receipt which can redeem while placing your order.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath is packed with over-tourism. You can try Gellért Thermal Bath instead.
  •  Don’t forget to take your swimwear, towel, swim cap to save some Euros. At Gellért Thermal Bath, you can only enter the indoor thermal pool only after wearing a swimming cap.
  • Police: 107
  •  Ambulance: 104 or 311 166
  • Tourist Police (0-24): 06-1-438-8080


How to learn Hungarian quickly – Budapest Travel Guide for Tourists

Hi- Szia (See-ya)

Bye- Csa (Tchaa)

Thanks- Köszi (Kuh-see)

Yes/ No – Igen/Nem (ee-gehn/Nehm)

How are you? Hogy Vagy? (Hodge vudge)

Two beers, please! – Ket sört kerek! (Kate shirt kaeh-rack!)

Cheers! – Egeszsegedre! (Eh-gay-shay-gahd-reh!)

Could you help me? – Segitenel? (Sheh -ghee-the-nail?)

Ticket Control- Jegyeket, berleteket! (Yea-dgea-kath, baer-lae-takh-aet!)


Is travelling to Budapest safe for solo traveler?

Yes, of course, its safe. You can walk across the streets of Budapest even in midnight carefree. We don’t feel that it is dangerous at all. Be it our experience at the boat party or at the pub crawl everything was super smooth.

What is the best way to travel in Budapest?

The best way to travel in Budapest if you have sufficient time is walking or biking, In that way you can give perfect justice to this beautiful city and enjoy the stunning architecture.

Is Budapest Expensive to visit ?

If you are planning to travel Europe on Budget then Budapest is the city which has to be on your list. There are other places which can be clubbed with Budapest like, Vienna or Bratislava.

How to travel to Budapest?

If you are in Asian Countries or America then no doubt you have to take a flight, You have to plan around one or two months before so as to land the cheapest air fare deal. If you are there in Europe then you can of course travel by Car or may be bus or train it will just be an overnight journey,

Where to Buy Budapest travel Card?

You can buy Budapest travel card at any of the train station but the best thing would be to buy that online, it saves time and you can use it as soon as your are there. There are links for the cheapest deals on the Budapest travel in this post.

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