The guide to an affordable holiday in twinkling Budapest: describing a newly-graduated student’s thoughts as she embarks on the exploration of an alluring and unfamiliar city. Join Sarah as she takes you through the streets of Budapest, outlining the best accommodation, travel routes and attractions whilst illustrating the charms of this city.
Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary containing stunning architecture and fascinating history. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest is divided into two parts by the River Danube; Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east, unifying to become Budapest.
I visited Budapest in April during the Easter break. My friends and I had planned the trip a month before, booking cheap flights through Skyscanner and a hotel through Expedia. We flew via Ryanair, which was uncomfortable as well as being a panic-fest. The luggage allowance for carry-on luggage bothered me quite a bit; my suitcase was just a bit larger than allowed and I was praying that I wouldn’t be caught for it. Thankfully I wasn’t, as the Ryanair staff didn’t check the sizes of luggage. The plane took off on time and my friends and I spent most of the journey catching up on sleep.
After landing in Budapest we didn’t find anything different to what we’d left behind in the UK, the only difference was the Hungarian which was playing over the loudspeaker. We grabbed our luggage, got a licensed taxi from the airport and were driven to our hotel, Prince Apartments. The journey took around 25 minutes; the hotel was in the central part of Pest with easy access to all public transport. Once we were on the road, we saw the ’foreign-ness’ of Budapest; the billboards were in Hungarian, the buildings were colourful and exquisite, and it was definitely less populated than the UK. The taxi driver had American pop music on which was a contrast against our surroundings.
On arrival at Prince Apartments, which was located just behind a main road called Kisfaludy, we were greeted by the hotel’s staff at the reception. They handed us the key to our room, which was luckily in the newest apartment building and answered all our questions thoroughly and with a smile. The building had a reception just as a hotel does, but it was really a bunch of apartment buildings. We took the lift to our room, and were pleasantly surprised when we walked in. At €177.65 for the total of 4 nights, we had a booked a studio complete with 3 single beds, a kitchen and table, a television, cupboards and a toilet. The room was clean and comfortable, there was three of everything, whether it be cutlery, cooking pans, toilet rolls or towels. DVDs and an iron were supplied upon request and we had a balcony as well. It was the ideal place to come back to after a tiring day of sightseeing and very good value.