Budapest is personally my favorite Eastern European country! Everyone was super nice, the nightlife is electrifying, the food a dream, and the sights unlike any other!
WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE:
- Travel Tips
- How Much to Budget Daily
- Things To Do
- Places to Eat or Drink
- Culture (Fashion, Tips to Navigate the Culture, etc.)
Main Airport: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Airport to the Center of Budapest: You can take a taxi (39-45 mins). You can also take the airport bus 100E (about 45 mins). Right when you exit baggage claim, there are many tourists counters that sell roundtrip 100E tickets. You can also but them at the kiosk by the bus using your credit card. The 100E is right outside to your right–however you can ask the attendant at any tourist counter and they’ll point you in the direction.
Public Transportation: The metro, tram and bus system is the main method of transportation in Budapest, you can go almost anywhere in Budapest through the public transportation system. The metro system is HIGHLY efficient, and this is how I got everywhere! It’s very cheap to buy a roundtrip ticket and it syncs perfectly with Google Maps. It does NOT wait–it’s so fast! Hop on when you can and don’t be discouraged if it leaves without you–another one will come in seemingly within 1-3 mins.
Taxi: When you arrive at BUD, as soon as you grab your luggage and exit through customs, you’ll see very good signage for transportation. They have a taxi queue so you can just head on out and grab the first taxi in line! You can use the myTaxi app and Uber in Budapest as well.
Weather: The average temperature in the summer and a couple months in Spring (May-September) is a warm 25℃ (77℉). It starts to get colder in Budapest around October/November, people start to wear boots and coats. January and February are the coldest months; you’ll see a little bit of snow/sleet. A scarf, hat, layers and coats are sufficient to survive avg. temperatures of -1℃ (30℉). June you’ll find you’ll need an umbrella more than in any other months, as it is the rainiest month!
Tipping: 10% is encouraged. You have to sort of wait for your receipt after paying at a restaurant. Sometimes the service fee was included, if NOT–it will clearly say it on the receipt. At this point, you should definitely leave a tip if the service was good!
Currency: Hungarian Forints (although some places accept Euros–it’s easier and economically savvy to convert to Hungarian Forints (HUF).
Nearest U.S. Embassy: Budapest, Szabadság tér 12, 1054 Hungary
For transportation, sight-seeing, breakfast, lunch and dinner: I would recommend at least 12555 HUF cash on you (40 euros) per person. Obviously, you could certainly spend less or even more depending on what you prefer eating and doing! Though, there is so much to see and do for free!
Free Things To Do: Fisherman’s Bastion (incredible, you can spend 3-4 hours here–they have a Starbucks here & a restaurant where you can get Mulled Wine), Shoes on the Danube Bank (a Jewish memorial), take selfies by the Budapest Parliament (cool building, royal items inside), Heroes Square, St. Stephen’s basilica, window shop at the Great Market Hall (similar to Barcelona’s La Boquería)!
MUST-DO: Széchenyi Spa, visit Buda AND Pest, everything listed above, a Danube River Dinner Cruise–you HAVE to! Eat at Meatology, visit the ruin bars–especially the #1 bar Szimpla Kert. Eat Traditional Hungarian Food!
Cheap Eats: You’ll find that eating in Budapest can be VERY cheap! You can find a lot of warm, fresh traditional Hungarian foods and other foods for 1255 HUF (4 euros)- 3765 HUF (12 euros).
Restaurants & Bars I recommend: Meatology was my favorite restaurant in Budapest! The food was delicious, and the service was phenomenal! I ordered a classic hamburger with Hungarian spices, they were served with crisp hybrid potato chips/potato wedges–sooooo good! And I’d like to consider myself an expert burger consumer (I’ve had multiple burgers in over 11 countries and 50 cities now!)… Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar had strong, yet refreshing cocktails, and a huge beer selection (you can also make your own beer!). Soul Food had delicious and huge dinner selections! You have to try them!
Language: Hungarian, though a LOT of people speak English and European Spanish.
Tips for POC, Interracial Couples: I spent 5 magical days in Budapest for my birthday and Valentine’s Day–I didn’t experience any hostility, looks or tension. I had a lovely time at bars, restaurants, high-end stores, our incredible 4-star hotel Hotel Moments Budapest and I hope you do too. I saw people of every melanin level enjoying the baths, laughing and taking pictures everywhere I went. They do not allow full suit swimsuits (burkinis) in the spa though… which I felt was not inclusive of practicing Muslim women that prefer full coverage of their bodies.
Legal Drinking Age
18 years old; I went to over 10 bars, ruin bars and restaurants and ordered alcohol but I was NEVER asked for my ID. EVER!
Restaurants & Shopping stores in America that you’ll find in Budapest Hungary
H&M, IKEA, Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Adidas, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks (everywhere), Louis Vuitton, Gucci, LongChamp, Coach (all the high-end brands, basically), Ralph Lauren, Guess…
Smart, casual–you won’t see people in sweatpants or pajamas or their hair in messy unkempt buns on the weekends or after work. Everyone dresses smart casual or nicer. You also may or may not get stared at if you’re wearing gym clothes and not holding a gym bag or look like you’re on the way to the gym. Lounge style is not socially acceptable…