These questions are just a few of you might be asking on your trip to Budapest.
Well, Congratulations! You just landed on the right page.
Generally, let us walk you through in making your Budapest itinerary. All the basic and important things you should know on your trip to the City of Bridges.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Budapest
- How to get around
- What to see in Budapest
- Things to do in Budapest
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Budapest
- Itinerary for Budapest
- Packing List
- City Map
Unquestionably, it inspires us to help people have the most of their trips through our guides. Therefore it is our main goal to make your adventure one of the best.
Without further ado, we welcome you in your one week in Budapest itinerary. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect from the City of Spas.
1. Basic Introduction
We want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Budapest.
Language Spoken: Hungarian is the official language spoken in Budapest and the rest of Hungary.
However, most Hungarians can also speak English. Most especially those in tourism and business sector like restaurants, stores, museums, and hotels.
Population: 1.8 Million
Known for: Aside from the Rubik’s cube which was invented by a Hungarian, Budapest is also famous for its hot springs. Along with over 118 natural springs in total.
Likewise, Budapest is known for its traditional Hungarian goulash soup which is their national dish. Certainly, don’t miss this one out!
Accommodation: Similar to any city in Hungary, you can certainly find accommodations from luxury hotels to super budget-friendly apartments in the City of Bridges.
Briefly, being the capital of Hungary, the city gives you a wide range of choices to stay in your one week in Budapest.
Apart from this, find more details in our where to stay in Budapest section below.
Public Transport: Though public transport in Budapest can be quite expensive, it is still one of the most convenient ways to get around. Similarly, the fastest way to get from point A to B.
Even more, you can use the four metro lines, the trams or the public buses in your one week in Budapest.
Alternatively, most of the tourist destinations in Budapest are just within walking distance.
More under how to get around.
Safety: Above all, as the home of three UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Budapest is generally safe to travel to.
However, having many tourists has its fair share of pickpockets and bag snatchers.
Without a doubt, safety precautions should be considered at all times. Likewise, not only do you need to be vigilant but also never lose sight of your belongings. It should be noted most especially in very crowded areas.
City name: Furthermore, people call Budapest in many names.
Among these are, “Pearl of the Danube,” “Heart of Europe,” and the “Capital of Freedom.” Or sometimes, people also call it the City of Bridges.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Budapest
Particularly, Budapest is known for its amazing architecture and culture. Thus, representing the past, the present, and the future.
Likewise, being known for its thermal bath that you definitely should look forward to. Thus, there is more to expect in the Pearl of the Danube.
Along with, we have listed down below our recommended accommodations according to your travel. Either you’re traveling with your family, with someone special or traveling solo, we have everything on the list.
Our handpicked recommendations:
- Families: 7Seasons Apartments
- Couples: Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection
- Luxury Travelers: New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection
- Design Lovers: D8 Hotel
- Groups: Flow Hostel
- Solo Traveler: Maverick City Lodge
- Nightlife Traveler: The Hive Party Hostel
- On a low budget: Wombats City Hostel
Apart from this, we have made a map to better guide you where they are located. Plus sights you should visit during your 7 days in Budapest.
Note: Airbnb is also a great website to find accommodations in Budapest city center.
2.1 7Seasons Apartments – Best for Families
Located in the heart of Budapest is 7Seasons Apartments.
Ideal for families, the accommodation offers a stroller, books, and toys for the kids. Plus, the rooms are spacious and well equipped with almost everything you need.
Moreover, you can easily reach several tourist destinations on foot from the apartment. St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue, the State Opera House and the Hungarian Parliament to name a few.
Good to know: 7Seasons Apartments features a kitchen you can prepare your meals with. On the other hand, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area.
2.2 Aria Hotel – Best for Couples
Enjoy the amazing views of downtown in your one week in Budapest in Aria Hotel.
In addition to this, the hotel features a rooftop bar with a view of St. Stephen’s Basilica. Giving you a great scene to have a date with your partner.
Moreover, every unit boasts a spa center with a pool, saunas, and Hamman.
Good to know: Particularly, get these amazing compliments from the hotel.
- Bathrobes, slipper, and toiletries are provided
- Free 4 bottles of spring water every day
- Buffet breakfast included
- Gratis tea, coffee with cookies and fruits during the day
- Wine and cheese reception available in the afternoon
2.3 New York Palace – Best for Luxury Travelers
Close to Andrássy Boulevard and the Opera House, you will find the New York Palace.
Further, stay in elegant rooms that feature luxurious Italian furniture and fabrics. All with silk wallpaper and Murano chandeliers.
On the other hand, the hotel also offers a spa area. Featuring a relaxation pool with hot tub functions. Above all, there is also an elegant bar in the New York Palace you can take advantage of.
Moreover, hear live piano music and get refreshing drinks and cocktails at the hotel bar.
Good to know: The Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour stops just in front of the hotel.
2.4 D8 Hotel – Best for Design Lovers
Reach D8 Hotel just a 6-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Chain Bridge.
Furthermore, the hotel is designed with vibrant colors of white, yellow and blue. Featuring a shared lounge and bar on site.
Apart from this, rooms offer a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Plus a bathroom with free toiletries.
Good to know: Take advantage of the free buffet breakfast during your one week in Budapest in the hotel.
2.5 Flow Hostel – Best for Groups
Perfect for groups, you definitely should stay at Flow Hostel.
Aside from the hostel boasts a common area, the hostel also has an outdoor terrace. Certainly, great to win new acquaintances that share the same interest as yours.
On the other hand, each bed is equipped with own curtains, lockers, free linen, and a personal reading lamp.
Good to know: Above all, Flow Hostel’s location puts you near two subways and one tram line. Plus, restaurants and bars are just a few walks away.