Parliament on the shores of the Danube River in Budapest

How much does a trip to Budapest cost?

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If you’re planning on travelling to Budapest, you’re probably wondering how much you need to budget for your trip. While your travel costs will depend on your travel style, generally speaking Budapest is perfect for a budget trip.

Accommodation costs are generally really low and food and drinks are very cheap. Many of Budapest’s best attractions are very affordable or even free and, while some activities could set you back a fair amount, there’s plenty to do at lower price points too.

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How much should I budget for a trip to Budapest?

A reasonable budget for two for a week in Budapest is around HUF 359,142.

This is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while preparing some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like adventure sports or private tours.

Generally speaking, the longer you travel, the cheaper it costs per day, while fly-in, fly-out trips can be more expensive.

How much does accommodation cost?

You can expect to spend between HUF 23,096-HUF 39,086 a night, per couple, on accommodation in Budapest. This will get you a private room with your own bathroom in a 3-4-star hotel or apartment rental.

Hostels are, of course, cheaper, but a private room with a shared bathroom will still cost around HUF 14,213 per night. A bed in a dorm room also averages around HUF 6,395 per night, per person, although there are definitely cheaper options out there.

How much should I budget for food and drinks in Budapest?

Budget to spend around HUF 85,639 for two for a week in Budapest. This assumes you’re cooking some of the time and drinking a small amount of alcohol.

If you enjoy eating out, you can expect to pay around HUF 9,793 for a nice dinner for two, including an alcoholic drink. A meal at a pub is likely to be around HUF 6,348 for two, with cheaper meals available (especially for lunch) for around HUF 2,149 each.

Assuming that you’ll be eating out some of the time, budget at least HUF 8,957 a week for groceries. If you enjoy a few drinks, you’ll need to increase this amount – beer costs around HUF 452 for a 500ml bottle and good bottle of wine is around HUF 1,967, although you can always find cheaper options in the supermarket. Milk typically costs around HUF 274 for a two-litre bottle and you can expect to pay around HUF 631 for a cappuccino from a local café.

How much does it cost to get around Budapest?

Getting around Budapest is easiest with a train. Transport costs fluctuate depending how much you travel, but budgeting around HUF 9,633 for two per week is a good starting point. This should allow you to take a couple of intercity train routes. If you’re planning on doing any tours or using hop-on hop-off buses, you’ll need to up your budget a bit.

What should I expect to spend on activities?

A lot of the best things to do in Budapest are free. However, there definitely are some attractions that cost money – entry fees to a museum or an art gallery are usually around HUF 5,400 - HUF 6,800 per person. If you want to do organised day trips or join smaller tour groups to learn more about some of the sites, budget around HUF 23,372 per activity per person.

Popular activities in Budapest

In summary

Budapest is a beautiful destination to visit and is a great place for a cheap trip. Cooking your own meals, carefully selecting accommodation or limiting meals out will definitely help you to reduce your travel costs. Slow travel is another great way to help your budget to stretch further, while exploring a place in more depth.

Travelling through Budapest is definitely possible on a budget – just pick your priorities and compromise on the rest or consider travelling in the off-season (Spring, Autumn and avoiding school holidays) to cut down on costs. And, if you’re on the luxury end of the scale or wanting to treat yourself, the sky’s the limit.

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Last Updated August 21, 2021

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Previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary is a small country in Central Europe, best known for its capital, Budapest. Founded over a thousand years ago, Budapest is an elegant city, its skyline adorned with castles, palaces and spires, and its food and wine scene is among the best in Europe.
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