The design is fun, the staff friendly and the atmosphere second to none. The question is, which one will you choose?
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Budapest.
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.
There’s a bunch of other cool stuff further down too, including:
- quick introduction to Budapest hostels
- 3 top hostels in Budapest
- best party hostels
- best hostels for solo travellers
- 5 local things to do in Budapest
- Map of locations + sights
- Flights to Budapest
Quick Introduction to Budapest Hostels
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Budapest
Shall we get straight to the point already? Sure!
The coolest Budapest hostels are:
- Maverick City Lodge – top pick for female solo-travellers
- Maverick Hostel – best hostel for flashpackers
- Flow Hostel – great for solo travellers
1. Maverick City Lodge (every comfort box ticked)
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.
The rooms here are of exceptionally high quality, kept at an agreeable budget rate.
There’s an 8-bed dorm, female-only dorm, double and triple (both with an en-suite).
Think of every possible luxury to make your stay super comfortable – it’s all here at Maverick City Lodge. Yes, really!
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
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. Ask at reception to find out what’s going on.
Fat Mama is the on-site bar and restaurant. But if you fancy cooking for yourself there’s also a fully equipped kitchen.
Note: breakfast isn’t included but you’ll receive a discount for use at Fat Mamas.
This newly built property is in the heart of the historical Jewish Quarter in the centre of the city.
Maverick City Lodge is the best hostel in Budapest for:
- Female-solo travellers
2. Maverick Hostel (sensational royal vibes)
Welcome to the gorgeous Maverick Hostel, the best choice for a top hostel in Budapest and brother hostel to Maverick City Lodge.
We invite you to our second 5 Star Hostel in Budapest.
Located in a renovated royal mansion built by the Hapsburg dynasty, you’ll get the true royal treatment at this exceptional hostel.
The rooms differ slightly here in terms of size, but the high standard remains the same.
There’s choice of a 5, 6 and 10-bed mixed dorms, standard double and 4-bed en-suite.
Pretty cool: there are no bunkbeds in the 5, 6 and 10-bed dorms – how great is that?!
As we mentioned before, this is the brother hostel of our #1 Budapest hostels.
That means you can expect a similar service as well as amenities and social events.
So yes you’ll be glad to know the freebies remain the same for both hostels.
Maverick Hostel is a great alternative for those looking for a bit more of a grandeur stay. And for people that particularly hate bunkbeds!
Guests say “it’s like staying in your own apartment”.
As this place is quite a bit place; there’s a kitchen, lounge area, TV and free Wi-Fi on every floor.
So don’t worry too much about all those stairs.
Read our full review of Maverick Hostel here and see if this 5 Star Hostel is for you.
Famous ruin bars and major city attractions are all within 15-minutes from the hostel.
Maverick Hostel is the best hostel in Budapest for:
3. Flow Hostel (old meets new design)
The concept of Flow Hostel is to synthesise high quality living with an activity-packed social life.
It opened its doors back in 2016 with brand new facilities.
If you would like to taste the real Budapest feeling in a classical old town building but experience the new vibe of service; Flow Hostel is for you.
Flow has the space to accommodate solo travellers and families with a range of en-suite dorms and private rooms available.
What do rooms include?
- Privacy curtain
- Personal locker above+ under the bed
- Lamp + plug
- Towel + linen
The friendly staff will be here to assist you 24-hours a day in reception.
There’s the opportunity to join a cooking class with the staff, too. This is your chance to learn a thing or two about Hungarian cuisine.
Fancy going on a bike tour or pub crawl? Ask at reception.
Flow Hostel is in the historical part of Budapest, just a few minutes from the Danube River. Subway and tram lines are also close by.
Flow Hostel is the best hostel in Budapest for:
List of Best party hostels in Budapest?
Are you a social creature that loves to party? If you’re taking the time to read this, we guess so!
The staff are world travellers just like you. They won’t just party with you, but they’ll cook you (free) dinner and share their knowledge too.
There’s a bar where drinking games kick off the night. The party continues at Budapest’s coolest ruin bars.
Good to know: there is no air-conditioning here, but fans are provided.
Wondering how to hook up in hostels, or better to say, what to remember when having sex in hostels in Budapest?
We wrote up a guide to having sex in hostels.
This article shares 4 dos and donts on that matter.
Here’s a video of the Retox Party Hostel.
Best hostels in Budapest for solo travellers?
As a solo traveller, it’s great to have the option to socialise.
Especially when it is made easy for you. After all, this is why all of us all solo-travellers opt-in for hostels, right?!
Good to know: here’s our guide on how to make lifetime friendships in hostels
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, the Hostel One Basilica would be our next pick when traveling alone.
Welcome to Hostel One Basilica where you’ll be made to feel super at home.
It’s the sister hostel of Hostel One Budapest, with a very similar vibe.
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!
Okay, now we gave you this epic list of budget 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, 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.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
5 Local Things to do in Budapest
To discover Budapest like local we collected for you the 5 local things to do. Unique, handy, and free for you to download!
We decided to put together these tips so you can get to know Budapest beyond the tourist path.
The travel guide to Budapest includes:
- The coolest Fun Bar to experience the nightlife of Budapest
- Chill with the Locals on a hot summer night – the place to be
- Local Bistro with a creative kitchen in a hip design – the waiters are hilarious!
- The best Spa in town – pack your swim suit and relax
- a green Park to relax slightly outside the city – the views are great from here
You can download the FREE guide straight to your inbox.
Map of the Budapest hostel locations + TOP sights
Now let’s show you this super handy map with all Budapest hostels. Here you’ll find all of the hostels mentioned and their location, plus the top sights in and around the city.
Here a few more ideas that might take your fancy:
- Take a 1.5hr sightseeing cruise for less that $15
- Skip the line with a Szechenyi Spa Day Pass
- Head out on a Budapest Pub Crawl w/ VIP club entrance
The top sights are:
- Hungarian Parliament Building
- Matthias Church
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Buda Castle
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Hősök tere
- Central Market Hall
- Gellért Thermal Bath
- House of Terror Museum (really interesting Museum!)
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.
I love to put price alerts on websites like Kiwi.com
What is Kiwi.com, I hear you ask? It is a great way to find cheap flights all over Europe including Budapest, Prague, Vienna etc.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More great destinations 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:
- Vienna in Austria – here is our guide to top hostel in Vienna.
- Krakow in Poland – another great city with a big nightlife. Here is our guide to best hostels in Krakow.
- Zagreb in Croatia – hop in the swimming pool in the 5 Star Hostel, the Swanky Mint Zagreb
- best hostels in Skopje
- best hostels in Prague
Over to you
We’d love to hear what you think of our guide on where to stay in Budapest on a budget!
Hopefully, this article has prepared you nicely for a trip to the beautiful Hungarian capital.
Any questions or queries? Don’t hesitate to ask.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries