Budapest Pocket Guide

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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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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Budapest.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Budapest... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Budapest.

Budapest City Reviews

  • 80%


    Unique, Modern, Fun, Old, Haunting....GO!

    Budapest is definitely the city to be right now. It has everything you want in a European city, and at the moment, it probably has the least amount of tourists for a city of this size (there are still tourists, but no where near as bad as most major Euro cities). The buildings are all gorgeous, there are a ton of castles/religious buildings, and everything about this place rules. This place a communist horror show 25 years ago....but the city flourishes with modernization. It's awesome.

    Insider Tip:Ruin pubs. They are what it sounds like. Abandoned buildings and lots turned into pubs (and clubs). Seek these bad boys out in the Jewish district. You're obviously going to head to a famous budapest bath, but the biggest tip I can give you is to stay here for as long as possible 3 days was no where near enough. Affordable too.

  • 100%


    Budapest is great

    Budapest is cheap, easy to get around and has many things to do and see. If you like good food, culture or paryting there is something for you in Budapest. For those who want to shop there are big shopping mall - West End, Arena Plaza, Corvin Plaza and Mamut to name a few and an Ikea store. The food is cheap and very good, and you can find wide variety of it (Hungarian, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish etc) and if you like fast food there is a McDonalds and Burger King at almost every corner.

    Insider Tip:When you arrive buy a 24,48 or 72 hour pass for public transport. Budapest has an efficient public transport and by using metro, tram or bus you can get anywhere in 10 to 15 min. Passes are cheap and worth it. If you arrive by train at Keleti station or by bus at Nepliget station do not change a lot of money at the station because the rate is very bad compared to rates across the city. Try to change your money at City change exchange company that has only 0.3% comission rate.

  • 80%


    Beautiful Budapest

    Budapest is very different to anywhere else I have been. I would recommend going to the park area and the Baths as we found this the most attractive area; then you can head up to the castle in the evening :). (Some of the things left as average were because we didn't get involved with them).

    Insider Tip:Even though it is cheaper than western europe, save up the same amount of money as other places visited and you will be able to really treat yourself in terms of food and accommodation when you arrive!

  • 80%


    Pleasantly surprised

    We weren't expecting anything that special with Budapest, but were happily proven wrong. Absolutely stunning city with, especially the view from the top of Buda looking down on the chain bridge. Everything was excellent value for money even in the more upmarket areas. On the down side although the area around the Danube was really great, the rest of the city was a little dull.

    Insider Tip:Sparty on a Saturday night is good fun, if you can forget about hygiene/personal space for a night. Pal's hostel is the best place to stay in the city - hotel quality at a hostel price.

  • 80%


    Monumental city

    The city is nice and has some huge beautiful buildings, they are so monumental. My favorite is the Parliament. There are some cheap bars and cool clubs. The currency is a bit confusing but you get used with some time. Some buildings are not restored since the last worldwar.

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