Welcome to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today, spinning the tale of a city split into two halves, Budapest.
The capital of Hungary, Budapest is bisected by the mighty River Danube. Split by terrain, the cherished Buda features a slew of great historical sites whereas the flatter and more industrial Pest is home to the majority of the metropolitan sites. Fairly walkable, Budapest is always worth a visit if you’re in the area!
If you’re interrailing, Budapest is 100% worth a stop and can be travelled to from Poland, Slovakia and Croatia fairly easily. For the rest of you, you’ll have to take to the skies. Looking at SkyScanner for mid-July, the cheapest flights depart from London Luton and will cost you about £50 each way. The average price looks closer to £65.
As we mentioned before, you’ve got two geographical options with Budapest. As with every city in Central Europe, hostels are reasonably priced. I would recommend a great party hostel called Instant Groove! Party Hostel. It’s built atop a club and is a five minute walk from The Octagon: a great hub for public transport and can cost you as little a £16 a night per person in peak July.
If you need something a bit more private then Air BnB is the call. The inner city on the Pest side will cost you about £40 a night which is peanuts if you’re in a group. If you want to be on the Buda side for a relaxing getaway you’ll be paying closer to £70 and won’t have as much choice in terms of availability.
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Things to do
Here are our top three recommendations for things to do in Budapest:
- Széchenyi thermal bath: The largest medicinal bath in Europe is surrounded by lush park grounds and feels like a secret escape from the whirring streets of Pest. With an array of different baths and treatments, there’s also pools if you just fancy a toasty dip in some fresh spring water.
- Budapest Zoo: I know what you’re going to say “you can go to a zoo anywhere” and you’re right. However, this is one of the oldest zoo parks in the entire world. It was 1,072 animal species within it’s walls and opened it’s doors in 1866.
- Chain Bridge: Whether you want to cross it as part of a walking tour or on your own, don’t except any substations. Budapest is a city of two halves and should be enjoyed as such.