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It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Budapest. From the eclectic architecture and revitalizing thermal baths to the endless bowls of goulash and all-night “ruin bar” parties, this city always has something to do.

The 1640-foot wide Danube River splits the city into two parts – Buda and Pest. Take a boat tour to get an up-close view of all the landmarks lining the riverbanks, or just cross one of the 8 bridges for a more panoramic view. The Chain Bridge will take you to the grounds of Buda Castle, a huge baroque-style complex dating back to the 13th century. Walk or take the short funicular ride to the top of Castle Hill and check out historic monuments like the Hungarian Parliament Building and St. Stephen’s Basilica, a huge domed church that shimmers when lit up at night.

After all that walking, taking a dip in one of Budapest’s thermal baths is the perfect way to relax and recharge. Choose between Széchenyi Baths and Géllert Spa – both feature indoor and outdoor temperature-controlled pools and massage services.

No trip to the capital of Hungary would be complete without experiencing its exciting nightlife and amazing food. You can find all the best bars and restaurants in District VII— the city’s old Jewish Quarter—where the nightlife fun doesn't stop till dawn.


From $112 per night

This weekend

From $76 per night

Next weekend

From $119 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Hungarian
Average weekend price $100 per night
Average weekday price $104 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Quite a lot to see culturally and historically which could...

May 30, 2023

Quite a lot to see culturally and historically which could be achieved in 3 full days but we took 5 which enabled us to get to appreciate more of the city and understand its history better. It also meant, for instance, we could spend half a day wandering round Margaret Island which otherwise might have been omitted. The natives are friendly which always makes a difference! English is very widely spoken and understood so no problem there. Buying a Budapest Card is not a no-brainer - it depends whether it's free entrances and extras are worth it to you - but we went for the 72 Plus card which, at £85 each is not cheap, but we used it fully and especially appreciated the free river cruise and airport transfer (which does not have to be used within the 72 hour period). Hopping on and off buses and trams makes getting round the city - and across the Danube - really easy and pleasurable.

Andrew United Kingdom

The city itself is very interesting and quite lovely .

May 30, 2023

The city itself is very interesting and quite lovely . However , I did not find the people at all friendly, compared to other cities I visited. It’s definitely worth going but I think the people make the city. Travellers also need to know that for various reason the facades of apartments look very old. The inside though can be surprisingly good as was mine.

Bella Australia

Budapest is a excellent City to visit.

May 27, 2023

Budapest is a excellent City to visit. There is a lot to see, many interesting shops, lots of super places to eat and drink and the people are very friendly and always willing to help. They also speak very good english and sometimes german as well. The general atmosphere is very good and one does feel safe walking the streets, also at night. Another thing that I found out on this trip was that I could at my age, over 65, travel free on all public transport. (as EU citizen with ID) I have been 6 times to Budapest and have always enjoyed my visits and found something new to look at each time. I thouroughly reccomend it to anyone, young or old.

Paul Germany

Great architecture, glorious past, great subway, However...

May 25, 2023

Great architecture, glorious past, great subway, However the main or old subway has too many stairs to climb. I can't understand how it is friendly to the disable when it does not have a lift. Quite confusing with the departure stations becuase most cities have one central station but Budapest has trains leaving from different stations. I spend a major part of my day familiarizing myself how to leave the next day. The hotel I stayed had no subway maps but thankfully I printed my own before arriving at Budapest. Hence, I did not have to carry baggage down to subway, up to street level, catch a train and change, etc. I moved from one subway line to the other.

Kam Canada

If you go for five days, then it is possible to see the city...

May 24, 2023

If you go for five days, then it is possible to see the city in two days. Therefore, it is better to plan a sightseeing spot outside Budapest (for example Lake Balaton or a suburb of Budapest) in time. We did not use public transport, all major tourist destinations can be reached without using it. I definitely recommend the boat trip.

Marfusik Latvia

Beautiful buildings .

May 24, 2023

Beautiful buildings . Historic landmarks to visit. Interesting history. Very Walkable, good transport, friendly people, Hungarian Florints , a wide variety of eateries. Cheaper than some of its neighbouring countries!. Gluten free vegan eatery (GF A KONYA in West End mall!). Loved it. Should have spent more time here. A few days is not enough to sit and soak up the culture. All our accomodation hosts were good. It felt safe.

Nalini United Kingdom

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