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Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Budapest, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Budapest.

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Great stay with a nice reception
Very pleasant stay. Everything is done to feel at ease, from the reception to listening to the staff. The rooms and common areas are also well appointed. In short, a very good first experience in youth hostel.
Fantastic 9.1
I was not at all satisfied with this hostel ... Firstly the kitchens are very dirty to say the least ... People do not wash their things. In the room I cut myself with a piece of glass because a light bulb had glow
Everything is almost dirty ...
This hostel is perfect if you go with friends: a lively bar, great receptionists, who helps you in case of problems and offers activities, the location of the hostel is very well located, close to a mouth of
A GENIAL hostel
Fantastic 9.9
Brillant, pas cher, propre, volumineux et lumineux, tranquille car personne (septembr
Brillant, pas cher, propre, volumineux et lumineux, tranquille car personne (septembre)
Great 8.6
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Welcome to Budapest

Buda. Pest. Two ancient settlements that joined forces in 1873 to form one of Europe's most enchanting capitals. But don’t take our word for it – modern Budapest welcomes more than four million visitors every year. For backpackers and hostel groups, it’s a dream: there are cheap hostels throughout, so you can base yourself in a city centre or downtown hostel without putting a serious hole in your pocket. That means you can explore Budapest’s treasures right from your youth hostel dorm. Wrap your eyes around the extraordinary Gothic Parliament building, the UNESCO-listed Buda Castle and the awe-inspiring art nouveau architecture – then relax in the thermal springs and spas. This is a city that lifts the mind and the spirits. Four million visitors can’t be wrong, can they?  

Climb up Castle Hill

Although some of the exhibitions have entrance fees, you can stroll around Castle Hill and admire the Royal Palace (plus gardens), Vienna Gate, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion for free. With most city centre hostels within a mile, it’s easy to reach on foot.

Address: Castle Hill, Budapest

Escape to Margaret Island

For a break from dorm life and the bustling city, walk out to this idyllic island in the middle of the Danube. The pretty green island is blessed with fountains, monuments, medieval ruins and public baths.

Address: Margaret Island, Budapest

Royal Palace

With several city centre hostels nearby, the Royal Palace - part of the Buda Castle complex - is a great place to start. It dates from the 13th century and is today home to several museums and galleries, including the Castle Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.


Address: Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary

Gellért Baths

In the City of Baths, Gellért is one of the finest. With amazing history (built a century ago), sheer beauty (an art nouveau masterpiece) and low prices (entrance is £11.50), it's ideal for backpackers.


Address: Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary

Hungarian State Opera House

A hit with architecture fans and music lovers alike, the Budapest Opera House is a stunning neo-Renaissance and Baroque building that hosts world-class opera, ballet and theatre performances.


Address: Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary

Parliament building

A shining example of 19th century neo-Gothic design, this Westminster-esque Parliament Building is unmissable for its striking architecture, stained glass and crown jewels. Entrance costs 2,000 HUF (£4.50) for EU citizens.


Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary

Danube Cruise

See Budapest from a fresh perspective with a river cruise. Trips range from one to 2.5 hours, day or night, and you'll see the riverside sights plus the beautiful Margaret Island.


Address: Dock 7, Jane Haining rakpart, Budapest

Castle District

Also called Várnegyed, this the historic centre of Buda that backpackers and tourists come to see. It dates back to the early 1200s, and it’s famed for its Royal Palace, medieval walls, winding streets, impressive churches and views across the Danube.

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Theresa Town

Theresa Town, or Terézváros, is dissected by the grand boulevard of Andrássy út, home to neo-Classical houses, chic fashion boutiques, Heroes' Square and the Hungarian State Opera House.

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Inner City

Across the river lies the Inner City, or Belváros: the heart of Pest. Highlights of the neighbourhood include the Parliament Building, St. Stephen's Basilica, Váci Street and legendary Gerbeaud Café. If you’re looking for a city centre location, you’ll find some great cheap hostels here.

Museums Cafes Central

SzeptEmber Feszt (September)

Held each September, the city's annual gastronomic fest is paradise for the hungry backpacker. It features not only great Hungarian food and cookery demonstrations, but live concerts, art exhibitions, handicrafts, games and activities. All for free.


Address: People's Park, Budapest

Budapest Spring Festival (April)

A two-week event celebrating the best of Hungarian and international culture, the Spring Festival sees countless performances of classical music, opera, theatre, folk dance and more taking place across Budapest.


Address: City wide

Budapest Marathon

One of the world's most eye-catching city marathons, it follows a pretty route through Buda, Pest and along the Danube. With so many hostels clustered in the city centre, there’s a good chance it’ll be passing yours...


Address: Olof Palme sétány, 1146 Hungary (Finish line)

Budapest Christmas Market (November-December)

Running from November until Christmas, Budapest's festive market sees wooden stalls line every inch of Vorosmarty Square. It’s a great time to be hostelling here. Pick up goodies ranging from roasted meat and mulled wine to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations.

Address: Vörösmarty tér, 1051 Hungary

Titanic International Film Festival (April)

Being a backpacker doesn’t mean you have to lose touch with the film scene. Budapest's biggest cinema festival hosts over 60 feature contemporary films, plus dozens of shorts, in venues across the city. Despite the name, it runs smoothly every time.


Address: City wide

Sziget Festival (August)

Held on an island in the Danube, this week-long music festival welcomes thousands of revellers each August. An impressive line-up of international acts perform pop, rock, reggae, world music, heavy metal and everything in between. Hostels will fill up quickly, so book ahead.


Address: Óbuda Island, Hungary

Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gipsy Band

Perhaps the most significant musical event on the Budapest cultural calendar, this holiday season tradition sees melodies by Liszt, Brahms, Strauss recreated by the 100-Member Gipsy Band. Held every 30 December.


Address: Budapest Congress & World Trade Center Budapest, Jagelló út 1-3, 1123

Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival

Held in the courtyard of the romantic Vajdahunyad Castle, this festival features musical variety (expect classical, swing, klezmar and gypsy music) to match the venue's Romanesque-Gothic-Renaissance-Baroque architecture.


Address: Vajdahunyad vár, 1146 Hungary


Hugely popular with students and backpackers, Leves (Hungarian for 'soup') serves at least five different types of soup each day, from coconut and pumpkin to Catalan chicken to cold raspberry.

Address: Vámház krt. 14, 1056 Budapest

Phone: 030 241 7760

Great Market Hall

The largest, oldest and most beautiful market hall in Budapest is the perfect place for backpackers to stock up on cheap local food, whether it’s a sandwich from a café or just bread and meat from the stalls.


Address: Vámház körút 1, 1093 Hungary

Phone: 01 366 3300


This central étkezde (canteen) is popular with students, locals and backpackers alike. Choose the daily menu for tasty Hungarian specialties at the mouthwatering price of 950 HUF (£2).


Address: Október 6. utca 17, 1051 Hungary

Phone: 01 269 3861


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Lángos on Akácfa utca

You can't leave Budapest without trying lángos; a fried flat bread covered in grated cheese, sour cream and often garlic, ham and sausage. The lángos on party street Akácfa - which has youth hostels all around it, and in some case on it - is the best in town.

Szeráj Török Étterem

Serving a mix of Turkish and Hungarian cuisine, the quality of the delicious dishes at Szeráj belies the bargain prices. And with 24-hour opening, it’s handy if you’re heading back to the hostel in the small hours.

Address: Szent István körút 13, 1055 Hungary

Phone: 01 311 6690

Csendes Társ

This small but perfectly-formed bar beside Károlyi Garden has a lovely outdoor area that's perfect for sipping wine (from the extensive bar menu) and watching the world go by.


Address: Magyar utca 18, 1053 Budapest

Phone: 030 727 2100


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This one-time Ukrainian ship now permanently floats on the Danube as a bar, restaurant, lounge and club. Drink beer, wine and cocktails as you listen to pop, rock and indie music.


Address: Petőfi híd, 1114 Budapest

Phone: 01 464 3940

Szimpla Kert

Ruinpubs – modern bars opened in condemned Communist buildings – are a big part of the city's culture, and with a creative, anything-goes vibe they’re always welcoming to backpackers. Szimpla Kert, set within an old factory, is the coolest of the lot.

Address: Kazinczy utca 14, 1075 Budapest

Phone: 020 261 8669


The coolest club in Budapest, Instant combines an amazing space – featuring chic bars, a lounge, a dance club and special foosball/pinball rooms – with the best DJ line-up in the city. There are plenty of hostels within walking distance too.


Address: Nagymező utca 38, 1065 Budapest

Phone: 01 311 0704

Central Market

This fantastic daily market within the 10,000-square-metre Great Market Hall has it all: fresh food on the ground floor; souvenirs and gifts on the second; meat and fish markets in the basement. It’s just to the south of the majority of the city centre hostels, and one or two are right on its doorstep.


Address: Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093

Phone: 01 366 3300


Budapest's monthly design market, WAMP is the place to pick up unique fashion, accessory and handicraft creations by great contemporary Hungarian designers.


Address: Erzsébet tér, 1051

Phone: 01 797 7190

Váci Street

Budapest's best shopping boulevard, Váci Street is home to stores that vary from popular high street brands such as Zara and Mango to designer boutiques such as Swarovski, Hugo Boss and Lacoste. There’s also an H&M for backpackers looking to stock up on budget clothes.

Address: Vaci utca

Enjoy low-cost high culture

Some backpackers avoid opera because they don’t like it; some avoid it because it’s so expensive. Budapest can’t fix the first one, but it can sure fix the second - at the State Opera you can see opera for the price of a coffee. Tickets start at a paltry 500 HUF (£1).

Use your student discount

Students can save a small fortune in Budapest. Flash your student card for big discounts on not only city sights and transport, but also restaurant food and hostel accommodation.

Pick up a Budapest Card

Planning to cram in lots of museums during your hostel stay? The Budapest Card – 6,300 HUF (£14) for 48 hours and 7,500 HUF (£17) for 72 hours – gives entry to most museums, plus free transport.


Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport is served by airlines include Wizz Air, British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2. You can reach the city centre and its hostels by train, bus and shuttle minibus.


Backpackers travelling by rail arrive at Budapest's Keleti station, with connection to various Hungarian cities, plus most capitals in Central and Eastern Europe, including Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw and Belgrade.


The national bus service, Volán Association, connects to most places in Hungary, while cities across Western and Eastern Europe can be reached using either Eurolines or Orangeways.

Getting around

Budapest is a pleasure to walk around, so a city centre hostel will give you easy access to most attractions. But a few big sights are a little way out, and that's where the city’s cheap and reliable transport system comes in handy. Single journeys on the metro, bus or tram systems cost just 350 HUF (80p), while travelcards cost just 1,650 HUF (£3.70) for 24 hours, 4,500 HUF (£10) for 72 hours and 4,950 HUF (£11) for the week.

Language: Hungarian

Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)

Voltage: 230 volts

Timezone: Central European Time (GMT+1) / Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)

Dialing code: +36-1

Post Office:  TESCO Post Office, Pillangó utca 15, 1149

Hospitals: Szent Imre Kórház, Tétényi út 12-16, 1115

Tourist information: Sütő utca 2, 1052

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm weekdays, 10am to 1pm Saturdays, closed Sundays

Emergency number: 112 for police, ambulance and fire services