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1. Maverick City Lodge
2. Maverick Hostel
3. Flow Hostel
We condensed it all to the 3 very good hostels in Budapest.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
Some readers may be pleased to hear that we’ve scouted and found the best party hostels in Budapest, PLUS the best hostels in Budapest for solo travellers.
Budapest is Hungary’s striking capital. There’s lots of fun to be had and plenty of history to discover along the River Danube. Perhaps you’ve been inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel – you won’t be disappointed with this destination.
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 7€ up to 15€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays or special events like Sziget festival.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Budapest Tourism Tax: Travellers in Budapest pay around a 4% tax of the total price. This tax is usually not included in the price and can differ slightly depending on the district of Budapest.
Sziget festival: When planning to visit the famous Sziget festival, make sure you make your booking as early as possible. The city is packed at that time!
Party Hostels in Budapest: The nightlife is big in Budapest, let us tell you that. You will find endless number of clubs and super cool bars. No surprise, there is many epic party hostels. We included all the best party hostels in Budapest in this guide – and further below.
Hungarian Forint Vs Euro: It is possible to use either currency during your time in Budapest. However, we did find that more local places didn’t offer the option of Euro, so we’d recommend opting for Forint to be on the safe side. Besides, it’s fun to use a new currency and Forint will have you feeling rich!
These are our favorite hostels in Budapest. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
Here is the Maverick City Lodge, a superb accommodation and your new home in Budapest. One of the two 5 Star Hostels in Budapest! It’s a modern, minimalist design hostel with many luxury amenities and social events: easily one of the best hostels Budapest has to offer.
And we’re not just saying that based on what we’ve heard; we’ve stayed here a few times and absolutely love it.
The rooms here are of exceptionally high quality, kept at an agreeable budget rate. This is your luxury hostel in Budapest; enjoy!
As soon as you walk through the door you’re going to get a warm welcome from the international team of warm humans. That makes such an impression, right?
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There’s an 8-bed dorm, female-only dorm, double and triple (both with an en-suite).
Each bed has curtains that go all the way around, and because the bunks are custom-made, you’ll avoid the deadly squeaking.
Think of every possible luxury to make your stay super comfortable – it’s all here at Maverick City Lodge. Yes, really!
I mean, just look at the spacious rooms. The super high ceilings and huge lockers tone down the usual over-crowded feeling in hostel dorms.
Let’s look at a few other inclusions:
Free tea + coffee all day
24-hour reception = no curfew
Free lockers + storage
Free walking tours
Linen + towel included
Psst! Forget instant coffee, Maverick offers fresh ground coffee to prepare in an Italian coffee maker. Genius.
To keep the high standard of living, the staff does a great job of cleaning all of the rooms daily.
There’s a large common area where you’ll find plenty of regular social events taking place. Relax on a beanbag under the warm lighting, log on to one of the computers or strike up a conversation with the awesome staff.
Fat Mama is the on-site bar and restaurant. We really enjoyed the vibe here. There’s live music over the weekend and every Maverick guest gets a 10% discount on breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
However, if you fancy cooking for yourself there’s also a fully equipped kitchen and plenty of seating.
Location: This newly built property is in the heart of the historical Jewish Quarter in the centre of the city. It’s easy enough to explore on foot from here, or you could rent a bike from reception.
Maverick City Lodge is the best hostel in Budapest for:
We think, Maverick Hostel is the coolest place to stay for female solo-travellers. It is a safe hostel, super clean, easy to mingle and intimate. After Flow Hostel Budapest, the Onefam Budapest by Hostel One would be our next pick when traveling alone.
The common areas are spacious and enticing. The free family-style dinners are a great way to meet other people.
Either join in on the party nights or limit your socialising to daytime activities. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re keen to mingle one way or another!
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Budapest.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Budapest
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
Okay, now we gave you this epic list of budget Budapest accommodation. If you where wondering where to stay in Budapest on a budget, you made it.
What about any extra discounts or promo codes?
Well, that is quite embarrassing but at the moment we have no special hostel discounts in Budapest. We know, it’s a pity. We are working on getting promo codes for Maverick Hostel Budapest, and all the other cool hostels in Budapest.
Here’s an idea: Subscribe to our newsletter and we send you over our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox. That includes discounts for Budapest and all the other major destinations.
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Flights to Budapest?
You are in luck. Budapest is very well connected with the rest of Europe. You can score fantastic deals to get here. Just keep an eye on the prices.
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is around a 30-45 minute drive from the city centre. It’s super easy to get there; simply hop on the 100E Airport Shuttle bus from outside the terminal. A single ticket costs 1,500 HUF (around €3) and it can be bought from the ticket machines or directly with the bus driver.
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
Groups of ladies will love the 10-bed female dorm, and mixed friends can get social in a smaller 6-bed option.
What is the best location to stay in Budapest?
The 5th district is awesome if you want entertainment, restaurants, and cafés. Inner City is also a good location to enjoy architecture and elegance along the Danube River.
What are the most central districts in Budapest?
Each area in Budapest is represented by roman numerals. The most central areas include Inner City and district one, five, six, seven and eight. Refer to the map for more details. Maverick City Lodge has the best hostel location in Budapest, in our opinion.
What are the best clubs in Budapest?
Word on the street says these clubs are the place to be:
What's a good website for finding monthly accommodation in Budapest?
Some hostels welcome "long-termers", but it's always worth contacting them in advance so you're not disappointed. Find all Budapest Hostels here.
Wow, tough question. It really depends on what kind of traveler you are.
To help you decide, we suggest having a read of our EPIC guide to the best hostels in Amsterdam. It includes insider tips and tricks.
Both cities have an epic nightlife, so there is no doubt about that. As a budget traveler, you will enjoy Budapest more as it is much cheaper than Amsterdam.
Amsterdam on the other hand has the coffee shops, the red-light district to explore and this ambiance of freedom and liberty. Personally, I would check the prices of transport to get there. When you are backpacking Europe, then I absolutely recommend putting both Amsterdam and Budapest on your bucket list.
More Guides around Budapest
Budapest is awesome, it really is. Once you explored the Hungarian capital, it is time to move on.
Here is a list of great destinations we love near Budapest:
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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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