Here’s 10 tips if you have plans to travel to Budapest. By far, it’s probably one of the best European cities we’ve been to.

  1. Judging from the size of the map, Budapest can look like a large city. If you like to walk, traveling by foot is the best option as you get to see more. It is possible to walk from the Buda side to the Pest side in 30 minutes.
  2. However, if you would like to take the metro (there are 3 metro lines, and the 4th one is being build), a rough guide is that – should you take more than 5 times a day, it’s best to get the one day pass. But what we did was to get a set of 10 tickets. Tickets are transferable. So, when we felt we were dead tired, we took a metro. Much more cost effective and you definitely see more on foot.
  3. Go for the free Budapest Walk Tour. It’ll give you a great orientation of the city plus the guides provide useful tips to “survive” in Budapest. Also, get some tips on how to choose the perfect accommodation in Budapest because it is quite a big area to explore and you want to get the most of your moolah spent.
  4. And mentioning about free tour, if you have more days in the city, take the Communism Walk and the Jewish Quarter Walk Tour.
  5. If you’re unsure with hot baths to go (as they are a few to choose from), take note that Szechenyi Baths has a younger clientele than the Gellert Baths. Rudas bath (Turkish) has only a same-sex pool. However, on Saturdays, it’s open for unisex.
  6. There is a cave church when you cross Szabadsag bridge (from Pest to Buda). It’s really worth the visit.
  7. Take a walk up to Castle Hill in Buda side. The best view of the entire city up there. The climb isn’t that tough, takes approximately 10-15 minutes from the base of the hill.
  8. Goulash soup is a tourist trap! An average Hungarian never drinks Goulash soup. Go for their authentic food. Ask the folks of Budapest Walk Tour for tips.
  9. Budapest is beautiful at night! Photographers especially must make a trip after dark to take those spectacular shots! Heroes Square is worth the mention though.
  10. And lastly, never take a taxi! Taxi men rip you off big time!