My dream of travelling to Eastern Europe finally materialised this year! Budapest is a trip I have always wanted to do and I am so glad to have experienced it with some of my closest friends. Having been asked on several occasions as to which has been my favourite city in Europe, I can say without hesitation that Budapest makes my top 3 'all-time favourite cities' list. So here's a quick breakdown of how we did Budapest on a broke student budget.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Cost: 13 Euros
Lemon Bike Rentals.
Cost: 11 Euros
For 24 hour rental.
The Bastion (Neo-Gothic Masquerade)
Opening Hours: 9am - 11pm.
Offers the best views in Budapest
Central Market Hall (One of the largest market halls in Europe)
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm
Dome of St. Stephens Basilica
We hired a car from: Sixt Rentals and drove from Stuttgart (Germany) to Prague (2 nights), Budapest (2 nights), Slovakia (for dinner), Vienna (for one night) and made a quick stop over in Brno (Czech Republic) to top up on fuel. We did a total of 2100 kilometres and after splitting car rental, fuel and vignettes between 5 people it came up to a total of 150 Euros.
We stayed at the Adagio Hostel for two nights and paid 13 Euros a night. Location was central and really convenient.
I would strongly recommend renting a bike or a scooter if you're travelling to Budapest! It's the cheapest, fastest and best way to get to know the city. Haren, Kres and I were tempted to rent scooters but decided to opt for bicycles from Lemon Bikes instead (Haren and I didn't want to take the safety risk as neither one of us had ever ridden a scooter before..that would've been disastrous to say the least). We paid about 3500 Hungarian Forints which worked out to about 11 Euros for a day rental. To rent a bike you need to remember to bring your Passport or ID Card & a credit card! Biking was probably the best decision we ever made as we managed to avoid crowded tourist routes and covered almost half the city in a day.
The Budapest thermal baths is also a must visit and was probably the highlight of my trip! You get access to 15 indoor and 3 outdoor pools for 13 Euros. SO. WORTH. IT. The Bastion also has the most breathtaking views of the city, however cycling up there can be quite a mission so if you have poor stamina consider taking a bus.. Budapest is a truly captivating city with so much backstreet charm I can't wait to visit again.