Budapest prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$32.20   
1000 HUF = 4.51 USD
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Budapest hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
6.94 - 16.67
star
20.83 - 48.61
starstar
27.78 - 76.39
starstarstar
33.33 - 118.06
starstarstarstar
48.61 - 166.67
starstarstarstarstar
111.11 - 583.33
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Recommended Hotels

Singles from €33, doubles from €40

These apartments range from studios to 4-bedroom with kitchen, and are great value in a central neighborhood.

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Recommended Hostels

Beds from €11/night

This high-rated hostel has its own bar but is also a short walk from the best cheap nightlife area as well.

Beds from €9/night

This is the best of the cheaper hostels with a central location on the Pest side, and breakfast is included.



hotel seasons

Budapest has become a very popular summer travel destination, so that’s obviously when hotels are at their most busiest and most expensive. Fortunately, prices at hotels in Budapest are good value even during the busy season, at least compared to other top destinations in Europe. Be aware that standards on the lower end of the range might not be what you are used to in Western Europe. Hostels in Budapest are plentiful and cheap as well. Prices don’t change much through the year, though it’s much easier to get a bed at the better places in the off season.


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Budapest is definitely one of the hot cities among cultural tourists these days, and for good reason. It’s unique and historic while remaining quite cheap by most standards. Unlike Prague, this city hasn’t yet been able to adjust its prices to meet (and frustrate) the new interest.

Hotels in Budapest are particular bargains, with decent standard double rooms at mid-priced places going for what you’d pay for a hostel bed in London. Rooms in the cheapest Budapest hotels might not be up to the standards you are used to, so it could be wise to pay a bit more for a better place. Hostels in Budapest are also great bargains.

Many of the most popular attractions in the city are free or very cheap so those on a backpacker budget will be able to experience everything they’ve come for without going broke.

Food and drinks are also quite cheap by European standards, especially the local food (which can be quite heavy) and items from street stands or fast food places.

Budapest attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Buda Castle Funicular This funicular is a popular way to get up to the castle, which itself is free. The trip down is a bit cheaper. adults one-way 4.06
adults return 6.76
Parliament building tour On the Pest side this government building is popular for tours, and free for EU residents. adults 3.61
children 1.35
Free walking tour There are several different free walking tours (tips appreciated) offered, leaving from the Pest side. everyone 0.00

Budapest Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 22.53 - 36.06
Suburban train from airport to city center 1.67
Airport express bus to city center 1.58 - 2.03
3km taxi ride in Budapest 5.86 - 7.66
Metro/tram/bus ride in Budapest 1.58 - 2.39
24-hour tram/bus/metro pass 7.44

Budapest food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast If your hotel doesn't include breakfast then you've got many good options nearby. 2.25 - 3.61
Budget lunch Follow locals into traditional restaurants for filling and authentic meals in Budapest. 3.15 - 5.41
Budget dinner Even sitting down for a proper meal can be quite affordable if you skip the most touristy places near the river. 4.51 - 6.76
Beer (pint) The local lagers can be great bargains in Budapest, with imports costing a bit more. 1.26 - 2.25
Wine (glass) This is for decent local wine. Wine on tap is served many places for even less. 1.80 - 2.70
McDonald's Big Mac A Big Mac is not a great bargain in Budapest unless you are homesick. 3.38

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Budapest facts

Population 1,700,000
Metro area 3,300,000
Time zone UTC+1
Currency Hungarian forint
Airports Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 34 25 1.5
Feb 40 29 1.4
Mar 50 35 1.5
Apr 61 43 1.9
May 71 51 2.5
Jun 76 57 2.7
Jul 80 60 1.9
Aug 79 59 1.9
Sep 72 53 1.7
Oct 61 44 1.8
Nov 47 36 2.4
Dec 38 29 1.9

Weather Advice

Budapest has generally pleasant weather from April through October, with warm summers that rarely become scorching. Rainfall is fairly constant through the year, and relatively low, so there is no season where your visit is likely to be ruined by rain. Winters can be quite cold, and snow does linger around for periods of time, so not many tourists are visiting then.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 5:45am 5:57pm
21 Jun 4:46am 8:44pm
21 Sep 6:28am 6:43pm
21 Dec 7:28am 3:54pm