Budapest is one of those cities that constantly ranks in various Top 10 lists, yet it’s still hardly visited by many travellers. After seeing so many amazing pictures, I finally decided to make a stop there on my most recent Eurotrip. With stunning architecture, refreshing thermal baths, and a culture that can be unique, Budapest lives up to its reputation.
Many travellers have yet to commit to Budapest due to old fears. Its part of Eastern Europe so people tend to have misconceptions of what to expect. English is very commonly spoken, and I assure you there is no communism here. It’s a must visit for tourists looking for something a little off the beaten path.
Here are a few quick notes for those who are thinking about visiting Budapest, followed with my Budapest travel blog through pictures further below.
The Budapest basics
Accommodations – Although accommodations in Budapest are pretty reasonable, I recommend Airbnb since they offer incredible value. I was able to find an apartment in District V for about 50% of the cost of a hotel. If you haven’t tried Airbnb before, sign up with my referral link for a credit of $45 on your first stay.
My preferred booking site is booking.com since it lists hotels, apartments, B&B’s, vacation homes and inns. In addition, they price match and you’re not required to pay until after your stay for almost all accommodations. After five bookings, you become a member of their Genius program which gets you an extra 10% off on selected properties.
Transportation – Budapest has an extensive transit network which features subways, trams, and buses. Public transportation is inexpensive and is quite easy to navigate. Since the city is relatively small, many attractions are within reasonable walking distance of The Deák Ferenc square e.g. 30 mins to get to Castle hill or Heroes’ Square
Eat and drink – I was amazed at how little it cost for meals and drinks. A spritzer was $1.50-2.50 Canadian, while a pint of beer was on average $2.50-4. We also had quite a few meals for under $20 per person. Cafes are very popular and a must do since some of them are like taking a step back in time.
Attractions – Budapest is home to a few UNESCO heritage sites so there are many things to see. Most of the attractions are bunched together making it easy to see the city in just a few days. The three main areas being; Castle Hill, Pest (east of the Daunbe), and Heroes’ Square.
Discount tickets – The 24hr/72hr Budapest card gives travellers unlimited use of public transportation, free entry into 8 museums, and entry into the St Lukács Bath– purchase it through my affiliate link to save an extra €4.50. Check out the full list of tours you can purchase at a discount through my affiliate including: The Hop On Hop Off bus tour and the Budapest parliament tour.
Here’s my Budapest travel blog as told through pictures: