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 prices


1000 HUF = 3.21 USD

Budapest facts

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

Budapest hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
18.60 - 41.86
22.09 - 56.98
25.58 - 72.09
38.37 - 124.42
87.21 - 155.81

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Hotel Happy Apartments

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Our pick: The best cheap and central 3-star hotel in Budapest

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.

Budapest hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
13.95 - 23.26

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Beds from €8/night

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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 3.86
adults return 5.78
Parliament building tour On the Pest side this famous government building is popular for tours. adults 19.28
Free walking tour There are several different free walking tours (tips appreciated) offered, leaving from the Pest side. everyone 0.00

Budapest transportation prices USD

Taxi from airport to city center 16.07 - 32.14
Suburban train from airport to city center 1.19
Airport express bus to city center 6.11 - 20.89
3km taxi ride in Budapest 4.15 - 5.14
Metro/tram/bus ride in Budapest 1.12 - 1.70
24-hour tram/bus/metro pass 5.30

Budapest food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast If your hotel doesn't include breakfast then you've got many good options nearby. 1.69 - 2.70
Budget lunch Follow locals into traditional restaurants for filling and authentic meals in Budapest. 2.36 - 4.05
Budget dinner Even sitting down for a proper meal can be quite affordable if you skip the most touristy places near the river. 4.72 - 8.68
Beer (pint) The local lagers can be great bargains in Budapest, with imports costing a bit more. 1.03 - 1.70
Wine (glass) This is for decent local wine. Wine on tap is served many places for even less. 1.35 - 2.06

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weather advise for AmsterdamWeather 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.

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