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The cost of a long weekend in Budapest

Budapest continues to be one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe, not just for its wonderful architecture, thermal baths and history, but also because of its low cost.

Transport is cheap, and although you can splurge on an expensive meal if you wish, you can comfortably eat out for under a £15 each and the cost of entry to most attractions is quite small.

Affordable luxury in Budapest

Justin and I visited Budapest for a long weekend this May with two friends, travelling to the city on a Saturday and heading back on the Tuesday afternoon. Our goal was a weekend of affordable luxury, which we achieved pretty easily.

Rather than paying out for a hotel we found a gorgeous two bedroom apartment to rent, which was spacious, beautifully decorated and even came with a free smartphone for us to use during our stay and a large jacuzzi bath.

Our spending budget for the weekend (not including flights and accommodation) was £250 each, and even though we packed a lot into our visit we were able to stay within this. Our biggest costs were entry to the thermal baths and meals at some of the city’s landmark restaurants, cafes and hotels. It would be easy to eat far more economically, but there were certain restaurants we really wanted to visit and so we decided to throw a little more money into the mix in order to treat ourselves.

Below I’ve broken down the costs of our trip, so you can see that it’s possible to enjoy some of the best Budapest has to offer without necessarily breaking the bank.


Return flights to Budapest with British Airways – £502.84/4 = £125.71 per person

Airport parking = £37.16/4 = £9.29 per person

Private transfers to and from airport and apartment: €50/4 = approx £10.50 per person

Hop on, hop off tour bus: £11 per person

Uber taxi journeys: £9.93/4 = £2.46 per person

A trip on iconic Tram #2: £1 per person

TOTAL: £149.46 per person

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Inside our Budapest apartment…


3 nights in a central 2 bedroom apartment booked via Wimdu: £256.18/4 = £64.04 per person

TOTAL: £64.04 per person

ACTIVITIES (all prices per person)

Entry to Gellert Baths, including cabin and towel rental: £19.00

Entry to Szechenyi Baths, including cabin and towel rental: £15.00

River cruise, with drinks: £14.10

Entry to Hospital in the Rock museum: £5.30

Entry to Matyas Church: £2.50

TOTAL: £55.90 per person

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Scrambled eggs with bacon – New York Cafe style!


Drinks at Ruszwurm café: £6.37/2 = £3.20 per person

Visit to the cat café = £6.50 per person

Breakfast at the New York Café: £52.30/2 = £26.15 per person

Dinner and drinks at Suelto Café and Grill = £58.10/2 = £29.05 per person

Herend Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace = £32.97/2 = £16.49 per person

Dinner and drinks at Paprika = £36.57/2 = £18.28 per person

Misc snacks, food and drinks = £75/2 = £37.50 per person

TOTAL: £137.17 per person


£406.57 per person


The cost of a long weekend in Budapest


By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)


  • Keri

    Oh yeah, London’s one of the most expensive places for afternoon tea I’ve found Shikha – there’s some great bargains in eastern Europe and SE Asia…. 🙂

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