City Guide Budapest, Hungary

Visiting Budapest

Budapest is a city that still bears the scars of communism but one that is constantly developing into one of the world's greatest capitals. Split in two by the grand River Danube, on one side you have the Buda, the hilly side dominated by the castle and Royal Palace. On the other you have the Pest, a flat side where you will find the city’s financial district, high street shops and its most popular bars. But something you can find anywhere in the city are its public baths...don’t leave without treating yourself to a dip in one.

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Budapest City Reviews

  • 100%



    The receptionist told me it had just been refurbished, and you can see signs of it everywhere. The walls are as white as fresh snow, the showers sparkle. It was quite silent at night, none of those shouting, boozing kids.

  • 90%


    The Hidden Treasure Chest

    Budapest was the first stop of 6 places we visited and as soon as we left we wanted to go back. Everything was cheap, the views were breathtaking, the sights were stunning and the people were friendly. We found that most of the stuff we wanted to do was free, and so were the trams and buses.

    Insider Tip:find a hostel with cooking facilities as the food to buy in supermarkets are so cheap, 60 HUF for a loaf of bread... that 12p! experience all of budapest, not just the touristy bits. GO TO MARGRETS ISLAND dont leave.

  • 50%



    Pest is very city based whereas Buda is more of an old town feel. There are good shopping areas in Pest whereas Buda has the views. It wasn't as cheap as expected but still good value. Restaurants on the Buda side leave a little to be desired.

    Insider Tip:Don't get the Budapest card, it's not worth it other than transport. See the city by night from both Buda and Pest sides of the river! Watch out for crappy exchange rates in bank ATMs as we got screwed over. We used Fotaxi which was good. Don't get taxis off the street, book them. Airport transfer bus is cheaper.

  • 80%



    Large, fun city. Definitely would recommend taking the underground or a hop on hop off bus to get around. Highly recommend a free walking tour to introduce yourself to the city. Also, a very cheap city so you get a lot for your money!

    Insider Tip:My boyfriend and I went caving in the Palvolgyi caves. I highly recommend this awesome experience for anyone who is adventurous and not claustrophobic.

  • 90%


    Beautiful Budapest!

    Budapest is one of our favourite cities! It is super cheap for alcohol, food, partying, taxis and even sightseeing. It is full of hidden beauties such as Magrit Island, which we stumbled across on our last day & found a water park in the middle of it which was very cheap to enter. We saved a lot of money due to cheap bars and happy hours and meals that were of very high standard for very affordable prices. The ruin bars are incredible and fun, and you're never short of something to do!

    Insider Tip:Check out as many of the baths as possible, they are such a cool experience! Also definitely check out the ruin bars & escape rooms if with a group of friends! Don't miss out of Magrit Island either, it's like a fairytale! The metro & tram are both super easy to use as well so getting around isn't hard!

Hungary: Itinerary

Divided into two distinctive districts by the River Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities. To the west of the river lies the Buda district, distinguished by its hilly landscape, and to the east lies Pest, a flatter and more commercial district. Explore both sides to find museums, cafés and a vibrant nightlife.

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