Budapest is extremely beautiful even if all you can afford is to walk the streets and admire the architecture, the breathtaking Danube River and the many public statues.
Budapest has just been announced as the winner of an annual competition of the best destination in Europe for 2019. Budapest came ahead of popular cities such as London, Paris and Barcelona.
In addition to that, Budapest is also listed among the best budget cities of Europe: British Post Office Money ranked forty-eight cities and Budapest is the eleventh on the list on the City Cost Barometer 2019.
Budapest is considered to be the best destination for “Lovers, City break, Culture, Christmas, Nightlife, Wellness, Instagram”
All in one, actually. 🙂
Like many of the Eastern European countries, Hungary – and its capital Budapest – is relatively cheap compared to the western European capitals.Sure, there are a couple of tricks you can learn to save even more.
Where should you stay in Budapest on a budget? Generally, a hostel is still your most budget-friendly option — but not always.
Remember: cost isn’t everything.
If you’re more interested in meeting a local, choose a private room in an Airbnb.
Looking to socialize with other travelers? Live up the hostel life.
Would you rather be left alone with you significant other? Go for a hotel or entire house on Airbnb.
The city is full of hotels of all kinds, just check out my recommendations and tips.
If you feel like splurging on a hotel and getting some extra privacy for not much more, do it.
See my related post about the best hostels in Budapest, accommodations by budget and the best neighborhoods to stay in Budapest.
Buy a 10 transportation tickets pack right at the airport and use a single ticket when you can not walk to your desired destination.
Budapest is a very walkable city, so it might be enough for your whole stay.
You will quickly see that there are a plenty of places where you find delicious food for cheap.
Just to name a few:
Plenty of cafes are serving great breakfasts. You can find the budget friendly options at bakeries, supermarkets or grocery stores.
A pastry costs about $1. Something more filling will cost about $5.
Budget Breakfast Spots:
9BAR: Tasty cappuccino, espresso, and a few pastry options.
Budapest, Lázár u. 5, 1065
Pizzica: great pizzas
Nagymező u. 21, Budapest, 1065
Bite Bakery Cafe: Coffee, huge cinnamon rolls, and chocolate rolls.
📍VI. Teréz körút 62.📍VI. Oktogon tér 4.📍 VII. Király utca 59.
Inez Bagel Shop: Bagel sandwiches
Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 40.
Cserpes Tejivó: A cozy spot with coffee, pastries, and sandwiches
We love love LOVE their salads and hot sandwiches!
1052 BUDAPEST, SÜTŐ U. 2.
1082 BUDAPEST, CORVIN KÖZ
ALLEE SHOPPING CENTER
Best brunch places
Március 15. tér 4
1137 Pozsonyi út 53-55
or try the Great Market Hall
Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093
If you wouldn’t like to buy something super cheap at one of the supermarkets, grocery stores or markets, a takeaway meal (like a gyros, kebab or a Chinese meal) will cost about $6. You can also buy a soup for just $2, while a whole pizza costs about $4.50.
We also have self-service restaurants where the meals are simple and cheap. One of these places is Főzelékfaló right at the Ferenciek Square metro station.
Belvárosi Disznótoros is always a good option if you would like to taste Hungarian cuisine fast and cheap.
Károlyi Mihály u. 17.
Something not to skip: thermal baths
Even if you are on a budget, try one of the baths. I recommend Széchenyi baths, because it is huge, it has several inside and outside pools and you can spend here many-many hours so it is worth paying the entrance fee.
Király and Lukács baths are cheaper, they are great too, but in my opinion Széchenyi or Gellért are the go to places for first time visitors.
Check out a ruin bar
Many of the ruin bars are situated in the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter.
If you have time only to visit one of the ruin bars, then it should be the most famous of all, Szimpla.
Visit the free attractions
There is a supermarket very near to Matthias Church with normal prices. Here you can buy something to drink or even to eat.
Rétesvár (Strudel castle) is also a great place at 4 Balta köz. Their strudels are quite cheap and very delicious.
Explore the Castle Garden and have a picnic there!
Get lost in the maze of narrow streets in the Jewish Quarter and admire its street art and tiny details.
Watch the sunrise of the sunset from one of the lookout terraces of the Citadel at the top of the Gellért Hill or from Garden of Philosophers.
Bring something with you to drink (maybe a bottle of wine) and bite and enjoy the view.
Heroes’ square and its surroundings is a great place to hang around in every season. Here you find the City Park, City Park Lake, Vajdahunyad Castle and also the Budapest Zoo.
Rent a bike on Margaret island and visit the mini zoo (its free) and the Japanese garden (it is also free).
Go hiking to Normafa and climb up to Elisabeth lookout.
Make sure you visit the Parliament. It is an architectural masterpiece. You can also attend a guided tour, if you are interested.
Visit some of the most Instagramable spots and take a few pics for great memories! 🙂
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