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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.

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Here’s my Budapest travel blog as told through pictures:

Buda Castle is the most famous landmark in Budapest

Buda Castle is the most famous landmark in Budapest

Chain bridge spans the river Danube and connects Buda to Pest

Chain bridge spans the river Danube and connects Buda to Pest

Castle Hill is the historic area of Budapest and overlooks the Pest side

Castle Hill is the historic area of Budapest and overlooks the Pest side

Buda Castle is now home to the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery

Buda Castle is now home to the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery

Matthias church is also located in castle hill and was originally built in 1015

Matthias church is also located in castle hill and was originally built in 1015

Like many older Roman Catholic churches, the interior is stunning

Like many older Roman Catholic churches, the interior is stunning

Skip the paid section of the bastion

located directly across from Matthias Church is Fisherman’s Bastion which was built in 1895

If you get tired, stop and have a drink , and enjoy the view

If you get tired, stop and have a drink , and enjoy the view

The Hungarian Parliament Building. It was built on the Pest side to give the city some balance

The Hungarian Parliament Building. It was built on the Pest side to give the city some balance

Coffee shops are very popular in Budapest and have stunning architecture. This one is Central Kavehaz

Coffee shops are very popular in Budapest and have stunning architecture. This one is Central Kavehaz

Budapest has a booming nightlife with many restaurants and bars

Budapest has a booming nightlife with many restaurants and bars

Plenty of ruin bars are in Budapest. Find an old building, add some art and cheap alcohol then watch the people come

Plenty of ruin bars are in Budapest. Find an old building, add some art and cheap alcohol then watch the people come

Also famous in Budapest is the thermal baths. Here is Szechenyi bath where locals and tourist come year round

Also famous in Budapest is the thermal baths. Here is Szechenyi bath where locals and tourist come year round

Heroes’ Square is a world heritage site and a popular gathering spot for locals whenever something political is going on

Heroes’ Square is a world heritage site and a popular gathering spot for locals whenever something political is going on

Vajdahunyad Castle is located close to Heroes’ Square and houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture

Vajdahunyad Castle is located close to Heroes’ Square and houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture

Budapest travel blog St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica is considered the most important church in all of Hungary

The view from above the basilica offers sweeping views of Budapest

The view from above the basilica offers sweeping views of Budapest

The Great Market Hall is popular for both locals and tourists but it really is just a market

The Great Market Hall is popular for both locals and tourists but it really is just a market

 

On the 2nd level there are many food stalls, here they are preparing a local delicacy called Lángos

On the 2nd level, there are many food stalls, here they are preparing a local delicacy called Lángo

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42 Comments

  1. Dan @ Our Big Fat Wallet on July 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Nice pictures, I have never been to Hungary but hope to make it there someday. It looks like a fun place to visit and the architecture is similar to many other parts of Europe

    • Barry Choi on July 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Hey Dan,

      Dunno why I didn’t get an email alert to this comment but yeah Budapest was fantastic, great city, was happy to finally see it.

      • sharon on August 6, 2020 at 10:07 PM

        My husband is Hungarian and we plan on going to Budapest
        and meeting family we have never met next year. So excited.

  2. Brian Luckhurst from Home Exchange 50plus on July 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Many thanks for this piece. Budapest is on our list of cities to visit and this just helps to confirm it.

    Best wishes

    Brian

    • Barry Choi on July 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Brian,

      Definitely worth a stop but depending on your pace all you really need is 3 days

      • Brian Luckhurst from Home Exchange 50plus on July 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Hi Barry

        We tend to ‘city break’ for 3 or 4 days depending on where it is, flight times and what there is to see and do etc so many thanks for the advice.

        Brian.

        • Barry Choi on July 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

          Brian,

          I had 4 full days and saw everything I wanted to see. I no longer try to hit every museum and gallery, I just pick a few to check out and the rest of the time I prefer to wander the streets, eat at coffee shops and just people watch.

          I used Wizz Air to fly to Budapest from Istanbul and used them to fly to Eindhoven on my way out. The flights were about $120 each all in which was very cheap

          • Brian Luckhurst from Home Exchange 50plus on July 26, 2014 at 5:23 AM

            Barry

            We have thought about combining Budapest with a trip to Vienna and hopping on a train between. Like you we no longer look to visit every available museum and gallery although my wife Catriona tends to go to more than me which gives me the opportunuty to sit and have a drink, relax and people watch.

            Cheers

            Brian



  3. Cristina ✈ (@travelingjourno) on August 18, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Oh wow! Budapest has been on my list but this makes me want to go right now. I love how Eastern Europe is still relatively inexpensive. I hope it stays that way but Croatia recently jumped on the pricey Euro so I’m wondering if that means others will follow?

    • Barry Choi on August 18, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Cristina,

      Budapest was super affordable, I paid only $70 a night for an Airbnb flat. Wombat’s hostel is only 20Euros a night. Food and drink is pretty cheap by Canadian standards too.

  4. Jamshed on March 14, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Hello,
    We have two and half days to spend at Budapest. Is it enough to visit most of the touristic places ?

    • Barry Choi on March 14, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      Hey Jamshed,

      Yes you should be able to see most of the main attractions. The major attractions are all located in the Castle Hill area so you could spend a day there leaving you with a day and a half to see other things. You might not have time to take a dip in the thermal bath though.

  5. Cristina on March 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    I’m in Budapest right now and going to the the Basilica today. Can’t wait for those views! The market was a bit too touristy for me but the food was good and homestyle. Directly across the street we discovered a neat pub called For Sale. A local recommended it for it’s traditional hungarian food and cool looking atmosphere – the place is filled with notes from pub-goers and floors covered in peanut shells!

    • Barry Choi on March 20, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      Cristina,

      The views were indeed awesome, lots of good eats in Budapest. Yes the market was meh, waaaaay too packed and not much different than St. Lawrence market in Toronto. I have a peanut allergy so probably a good thing I never found For Sale =D

      • Natasha on April 25, 2016 at 4:52 AM

        Hi Barry
        I too have a severe peanut allergy and was looking at booking a trip to Budapest. How sage is it for me to travel there?

        Thank you!

        • Barry Choi on April 25, 2016 at 8:35 AM

          Hi Natasha,

          Everyone I ran into in Budapest spoke good English so I imagine communicating that you have allergy concerns shouldn’t be an issue.

  6. Kubilay Cirrik on April 11, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Great, detailed info with pics! Thanks.. I will be there in the summer..

    • Barry Choi on April 11, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      Kubilay,

      It’s a great city. I really enjoyed my time there.

  7. Virna on May 30, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Oh Budapest – so lovely! Thanks Barry for all the information you provided – we had a great time thanks to you : )

    • Barry Choi on May 30, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      Virna,

      Happy to help anytime.

  8. Macon Ranola on May 31, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    Great photos and info. My daughter and I are excited to see Budapest 3rd wk of July. Was looking for 3 day itinerary. Its good to know we can do the major attractions in 3 days. Again tnx for the info.

    Macon

    • Barry Choi on May 31, 2015 at 5:25 AM

      Macon,

      3 days is a good time. On your arrival day explore the Pest side, hopefully that’s where you’ll be staying. On day 2 explore Castle Hill. For day 3 go to whatever is left on your list.

  9. Michael on June 25, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Barry, thank for this post, great pics!
    I used to live in Budapest and absolutely loved it. The nightlife is simply crazy, probably only Berlin in Europe can compete. Check this list for a memorable night out in Budapest:
    http://whereparty.com/blog/2015/06/14/best-nightclubs-of-budapest-craziest-nightlife-in-europe/

    • Barry Choi on June 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

      Michael,

      I’m a little jealous that you used to live in Budapest, it really is a fantastic city. I was only there a few days so I didn’tget to check out too much of the night life, but we did stop for a drink in Szimpla Kert

  10. klavado on September 7, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Hey, I’m compiling a list of restaurants in Budapest for people coming to the WOMEX 2015 conference. Would love to know which restaurants you would recommend:

    http://klavado.com/k/best-restaurants-budapest

  11. Emily on September 24, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Barry, these pictures are more than beautiful of Budapest 🙂 I’m in love with them.
    For those who are interested in more facts, things to do and to avoid in the Hungarian capital, I highly recommend this infographic 🙂 http://www.freetour.com/blog/infographic-backpackers-guide-to-budapest

  12. Naomi on May 5, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Amazing photos! 🙂 If you are interested in an easy way to find everything you need in Budapest, I can recommend you a free and easy-to-use app called Huny (you can check it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HUNY-152552281769703/timeline). Also have a navigation system. And the best: you can find what’s open in real time. It was really useful and helped me a lot.

  13. KAROLIINA KAZI on September 3, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    We are going to Budapest end of September and your post was great for information and tips. Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.karoliinakazi.com

  14. Lulwa on September 29, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    I am visiting Budapest in October. I am excited to see it.

  15. Ann on October 9, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Hi Barry, Budapest looks amazing! Do you have any tips for cheap flights from Vancouver to Budapest?

    • Barry Choi on October 9, 2016 at 2:29 PM

      Hi Ann,

      Air Transat and Air Canada offer flights directly to Budapest from Toronto so you would have to connect there. Budapest is best done as a bigger trip, so you’re better off just finding a cheap flight to Europe and then using a discount carrier to get to Budapest. Budapest does have a budget airline called Wizz Air that flies to many European destinations.

  16. outsideworkinghours on November 29, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    Amazinggg Pictures! I was writing an article about Budapest, and we put similar areas 🙂 I have some stories pertaining to my experience in this beautiful place on my blog! Please check it out if interested

    • Barry Choi on November 29, 2016 at 1:11 PM

      Outsideworkinghours,

      Thanks for sharing your post! Budapest is so awesome, your pictures brought me back!

  17. Pierre Pichot on December 16, 2016 at 3:20 AM

    Budapest is indeed a beautiful city. I’m lucky enough to go there and I always find something new to photograph.

    I really recommend going with the M4 line and discover Budapest from the underground, with its incredible hidden architecture

  18. Susan McCormack on May 5, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    nice pictures

  19. Victoria on May 14, 2017 at 5:42 AM

    The food is the best part of Budapest! So many new quirky cafes and pop-up shops and cool little eateries with beer or wine. It really makes the beautiful city even more fun.

  20. Andrew on June 22, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Budapest is a gorgeous city, but sadly I keep running into racism there. I’ve had taxi drivers and now even waiters use some pretty nasty racist terms at me for seemingly no reason. It only happens in Budapest, sadly.

  21. Annemarie on July 16, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    I am going Christmas time. Thank you for the lovely pictures and all the information and links.

  22. Frank on August 7, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    I like the pictures in this blog, it is very convincing that I should plan a trip to Budapest this or next year. I have seen many people concerns the travel security there, can you also comment on that? I also found several other itineraries about Budapest and they all suggest Hungarian National Museum, is this worth to spend hours? Thanks

    • Barry Choi on August 7, 2017 at 4:40 PM

      Frank,

      I haven’t read about any security concerns in Budapest so I’m not sure where you’re getting that info. The Hungarian National Museum is indeed worth it.

  23. Adam on March 26, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Glad you had a great time in Budapest! Next time do not forget to visit the Gellért Bath – Highly recommended! 😉 https://www.danubiushotels.com/en/our-hotels-budapest/danubius-hotel-gellert

  24. Jessica on June 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM

    Great summary about collecting all most famous places in Budapest. I could also recommend Gellért Hill- Citadella. Especially at night is beautiful!

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