Updated: May 18, 2020
Sparties. Palinka. Langos. Budapest is a great choice for a getaway, but at what cost?
Full of history, culture, a wide array of restaurants and bars, and it's infamous spas, there's so much to see and do here. Like most places you visit, your budget can vary massively depending on what it is that interests you.
Luckily, it's a pretty cheap city to visit, so you can get a lot of bang for your buck. You can spend a week here and spend less than 120k HUF, including at least one night out, a visit to one of the spas, and a few other attractions.
Below are a rough idea of what it costs to visit the Pearl of the Danube.
Please be aware that prices are in the local currency and are meant to be a rough guide, not exact.
Daily costs (accommodation, food and drink, 1-2 attractions p/day, transport).
Budget: 15,000 - 25,000 HUF/day
Holiday of the year: 60,000+
Hostel: 4000-8000 HUF p/day
Hotel*: 20-28,000+ HUF n average p/day
Airbnb: 12-20,000 HUF p/day
*Based on an average taken from 15 3* hotel prices in the city centre.
Food & drink
Budget: 4000 HUF p/day
Moderate: 8000 HUF p/day
Splurge: (3 course meal, lunch, breakfast) 11,000+
Drinks: 400/600 HUF domestic/imported beer, 14,000 HUF bottle of wine, 500 HUF spirits
Buda Castle: 1400 HUF
Parliament Building: 2400 HUF
Fisherman's Bastion: 1000 HUF
Heroes' Square: FREE
Children's Railway: 800/1400 HUF
Buda Castle Hill Funicular: 1200 HUF
Great Market Hall: 0 - 3000 HUF
Thermal Baths: 6000 - 8000 HUF
Zoo in the Heart of Budapest: 3300 HUF
24 hour travel card: 1650 HUF
72 hour travel card: 4150 HUF
7 day travel card: 4950 HUF
Single ticket: 530 HUF
If you're thinking of visiting Budapest, I would definitely recommend it. It's a fabulous city that can offer you a little bit of everything to suit any kind of budget. You can stay in the cheapest hostel going and dine like a king or queen, or stay in a 5* hotel and spend your evenings drinking in the ruin bars, or anything in between. No matter what, you won't run out of things to see and do here.
I hope this helps you with your planning, even just a little bit.