Where to stay in Budapest

Quartier Terézváros à Budapest

Looking for a good place to stay in Budapest? In this article, we take a look at the accommodation on offer in the Hungarian capital.

With a surface area of 525 km², Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is five times the size of Paris! It’s one of Europe’s largest cities, but don’t worry: everything happens in the city center. Budapest was born of the merger – on December 22, 1872 – of three independent cities, split in two by the Danube: Obuda, Buda and Pest. Here’s an overview of the different neighborhoods and their ambiences for accommodation in Budapest.

Generally speaking, Hungary remains an inexpensive country in Europe, even for accommodation in Budapest. From 1 to 5-star hotels, homestays, Airbnb accommodation, rented rooms and youth hostels, you’ll have no trouble finding the right place to stay. The difficulty lies in the location: in Pest or Buda? Close to nightclubs and trendy bars, close to nightlife, close to gourmet restaurants? On the quiet heights of Buda? Near the main railway station? We’ll help you choose:

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Buda and the Castle District

Quartier de Buda, Budapest

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The Castle District, on the west bank of the Danube in Buda, is the heart of Budapest’s historic center. Perched on the hills, it reflects Hungary’s heyday: it’s home to the Royal Palace – where you can visit the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery – the Habsburg Gate and the Turul – an eagle with outstretched wings, the Magyars’ mythical bird – the King Matthias Fountain, the Sandor Palace – home to the current President of the Republic – the Fishermen’s Bastion and Trinity Square.

The district also offers magnificent panoramic views of the Danube and the city. It’s a busy area for tourists during the day, and quieter in the evening, occupied by locals and artists. It’s the ideal place to find a cosy nest in a romantic setting, but the nightlife here is as quiet as it gets.

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Belvaros and the 5th arrondissement

Quartier Belvaros, Budapest

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It’s a very central district of Pest, and a very quiet one at that. A small enclave in the 5th district, Belvaros is « THE place to be » for all visitors looking for a dynamic setting: a wide range of bars and restaurants and accommodation to suit all budgets, access to most of the most interesting monuments and museums to see. What’s more, all of these can be reached on foot, without having to take public transport. This very safe district is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many sights to discover here, including the Hungarian Parliament, Váci Utca Street – Budapest’s main pedestrian and shopping street – Vörösmarty Square, the Basilica, Gresham Palace, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian National Bank building and Deák Square Temple. If you’re looking for accommodation in Budapest, this district will suit you perfectly, but because it’s so popular, it’s also a little more expensive than other districts.

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Terézváros, the 6th district

Quartier Terézváros à Budapest

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Also known as Terézváros, the 6th district, on the Pest side, is the best place to stay in Budapest if you want to visit the Opera House, Andrássy Avenue – characterized by its neo-Renaissance buildings and artistic architecture – the House of Terror – a museum dedicated to the periods of dictatorship that Hungary experienced during the 20th century, including the Nazi totalitarian period – and the West Station.

As in the 5th arrondissement, it’s in the 6th that you can move from a political institution to a cultural or historical monument, an unusual bar or a majestic square where you can stroll in fine weather. At the north-eastern end of the district, you can also spend some quality time in Parc Városliget, located in the 14th arrondissement. There’s something for every taste and budget.

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Erzsébetváros, the 7th district

Quartier Erzsébetváros à Budapest

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Also popular with tourists, the 7th district – or rather Erzsébetváros – is a good option for accommodation in Budapest. Located in Pest, on either side of the Nagykörút, between the kiskörút and Dózsa György út – two of the city’s major thoroughfares – and sandwiched between the 6th and 8th districts, it’s at the heart of Budapest’s activity. It is centrally located and corresponds to the former Jewish quarter, which was the scene of the Budapest Ghetto during the Second World War. If you stay in this district, you’ll have access to numerous synagogues, including the Great Synagogue of Budapest – the largest in Europe, the second largest in the world – and the stronghold of Judaism in Central Europe. Aparthotels, youth hostels, hotel rooms, Airbnb accommodation– you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding accommodation and being just a stone’s throw from an energetic city center, to enjoy Budapest’s nightlife, restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is likely to be lively west of the city’s main ring road, Erzsébet Körút Avenue. However, it will be quieter further east.

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Ferencváros, the 9th district

Le marché couvert dans le quartier Ferencváros de Budapest

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Ferencváros, the name given to the city in the 9th district, is interesting for its southern part. Further south, you’ll be too far from the center of town, and will have to spend too much time on public transport. This is the student and university district (Corvinus University and Semmelweis Medical University). You’ll have access to the Hungarian Museum of Decorative Arts, the National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház), MÜPA – a museum promoting interdisciplinarity between music, visual and performing arts – Ráday Street and its many restaurants, the Protestant temple on Calvin Square, the covered market and the Holocaust Museum. The Parc Népliget – in the 10th arrondissement – offers a moment’s peace and quiet.

Last but not least, we recommend that you book your overnight stay in advance, so that you can arrive at the airport with a drop-off point to aim for, and set down your luggage so that you can explore the city with peace of mind.

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