As you may or may not know, The Hostel Girl turned 1 year old on the 8th of January! Woop! On the day I chose to focus on a different issue closer to my heart, but I still have a mini celebration planned for this week!
My very first post on The Hostel Girl was written from a top bunk in a staff hostel dorm room in Budapest. You can read it here! As my seven months in Budapest had such a huge impression on me, both as a person and on it’s effect on my future chosen career (hello hostel blogging!), I can’t seem to to let go of my love for the city.
It’s this love that led me to writing the city guide “101 Things To Do In Budapest”. For 59p you can download the 64 page ebook by clicking here! However, in a great big fat thanks to the city that brought The Hostel Girl to be where it is today, I thought I’d turn the ebook in to a series for you this week!
Because everyone should love Budapest…
Every day I will be posting a different chapter of the book… beginning later today with a guide to the 20 Sights To See In Budapest! After that you can expect posts on the following:
- 10 Awesome Activities
- 30 Places to Eat & Drink
- 7 Spas of Budapest
- 7 Places To Shop
- 11 Museums & Art Galleries
- 16 Hidden Treasures
Pheeew! I did think about creating one long post, but splitting them up will make it easier for you to find exactly what you want from the city!
Official Notes on Budapest
Official Language: Hungarian
Other Languages Spoken: English, German
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
- €1 ≈ 305 HUF £1 ≈ 382.50 HUF
- US $1 ≈ 224.50 HUF
- AUS $1 ≈ 212 HUF
Safety in Budapest
Whilst walking the streets at night is relatively safe, a few guests would experience having their purse or mobile phone stolen in one of the many clubs around town. My advice is to alway keep money and phones hidden out of sight, and not to carry too much at any one time.
Hostels should always provide lockers, and if not then at least a safety deposit box in reception, where you can keep any money you don’t want to carry with you.
For girls carrying bags I would suggest one with a strap that goes across the body, so it cannot be easily removed on a crowded dance-floor. Also, if using trouser pockets never keep valuables in a back pocket on a night out.
Aside from the above advice, and despite my experience of a relatively safe Budapest, caution should always be taken seriously in any country, whether at home or abroad, so common sense is a must! Something I would see often would be fights or arguments breaking out between tourists and locals, mostly alcohol induced after effects of a hook-up gone wrong.
Be sensible, and try to always walk home in a group or with one other person if you’ve been drinking. The city is great to party but one small drunken misjudgment could put you in danger any where in the world.
Getting Around Budapest
I honestly suggest seeing as much of Budapest as you can on foot! It really isn’t the biggest of capital cities, and by walking around the various sights (in any city really!) you get the chance to experience so much more of the language and culture!
If you do decide to go by public transport, you can buy tickets for buses, trams, and the metro either from the bigger metro stations or from newsagents and corner shops in the city. Make sure you buy tickets beforehand as you won’t make any friends trying to buy them once you’re on board the transport… and remember to validate them!
Currently the prices for public transport are:
- Single bus/metro/tram: 350 HUF
- Book of ten single tickets: 3,000 HUF
- 24hour Travel Card: 1650 HUF
Public Transport – The Airport to Budapest
I would definitely suggest getting public transport to and from the airport, as it is very easy and only costs around 700 HUF!
From Terminal 2, you get the 200E bus all the way to Köbánya-Kispest metro station, and then jump on the M3 metro line to your destination in the city centre. If you need to change metro lines, do so from Deák Ferenc tér as all lines (aside from the new M4) run through this stop.
Taxis in Budapest
These are only at their most expensive to and from the airport, where prices reach up to 8,000 HUF. Otherwise journeys across city will cost you in the area of 2,000 HUF.
Weather in Budapest
Budapest can get very cold in winter, with lows under 0°C (I know – I spent a whole winter there!) so make sure to take a warm jacket. Hat, gloves and a scarf are also advised!
Budapest is both hot and humid in summer, with highs of up to 40°C from June to August so make sure to pack lightweight cottons to keep cool. I’d also advise making sure your hostel has air conditioning, as you will need it!
So stay tuned and make sure to bookmark if you’re heading to Budapest in 2015! You really should… hint hint!
Lots of love,