Apartments in Budapest – Budget Holiday Rentals
Budapest combines a heady mix of contemporary culture and rich, detailed history. Set either side of the impressive Danube River, it is made up of old, fairytale castles, amazing ornate domed churches, and streets filled with quirky cafes, unique bars, and intimate art galleries. The Parliament building stretches out across the river’s edge, offering a fine example of the city’s architectural wonder, and the Chain Bridge provides a familiar frame to this story-book city. More recently, though, Budapest has soared in popularity for its urban edge and the trendy uprising of Ruin Bars and design-led spaces. Get a cultural glimpse into one of Eastern Europe’s grandest cities by booking one of our apartments in Budapest. For every twist and turn we have the perfect place stay, whether you’re looking for a cheap central studio, a boutique rental in the heart of the city, or a budget flat on the outskirts of town.
Old Bastions and Thermal Baths - Things to do in Budapest
- Chain Bridge – This famously elaborate suspension bridge connects the two sides of the city – the upmarket Buda and the urban, gritty Pest.
- Stephen’s Basilica – Named after the first King of Hungary, St. Stephen’s Basilica is a popular tourist attraction in the city, enticing people in with its grandiose architecture and display of King Stephen’s severed right hand.
- Fisherman’s Bastion – Looking like it’s stepped straight out of a fairytale, this neo-Gothic castle and terrace takes pride of place on Castle Hill, overlooking the Danube and the two parts of Budapest.
- Hungarian Parliament Building – An incredibly ornate building that sits on the river’s edge, this is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings.
- Shoes on the Danube Bank – This moving sculptural display honours the Jews who were killed in the war. The memorial was thought up by film director Can Togay and it is now an important part of Budapest’s history.
- Dohany Street Synagogue – Also known as The Great Synagogue, this pivotal historical building sits in the 7th District of Budapest and holds the title of the largest synagogue in Europe.
- Buda Castle – The city’s official castle was built in 1265 and now boasts an intricate complex of regal palaces.
- Matthias Church – A Roman Catholic church situated in the heart of Budapest city centre, near the famous Fisherman’s Bastion.
- Gresham Palace – This fine example of Art Nouveau architecture was built in 1906. It is now the location of the Four Seasons Hotel, though it remains a popular landmark with tourists.
- City Park – Take a stroll through this public park in the centre of Budapest which is home to some incredible feats of architecture and some beautifully manicured gardens.
- Palace of Arts – Designed by local architects Zoboky, Demeter, and Partners, this contemporary building lies in juxtaposition to the typical old architecture of the city.
- Andrassy ut – This famous tree-lined boulevard links up Erzsebet Square with the Varosliget and is showcases a few of Budapest’s historic monuments.
- Vajdahunyad Castle – Nestled amongst the green surroundings of City Park, this rustic old castle was built as part of the Millennial Exhibition in the early 1900s.
- Szechenyi Thermal Bath – Budapest is famed for its thermal baths which are dotted throughout the city, and the Szechenyi is the most well-known of its kind.
- Hungarian State Opera House – Culture enthusiasts should take a trip to the city’s opera house, which boasts a regal, high-ceilinged interior and represents a major part of 19th Century Hungarian architecture.
- House of Terror – This moving museum showcases exhibits that relate to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes that encompassed Hungary in the 20th
- Memento Park – An open air museum which consists of numerous statues spanning back to Hungary’s communist period, including busts of Lenin, Marx, and Engels.
Looking to stay in the centre of all the action? We have a great collection of Budapest apartments that are within walking distance of all the top attractions.
The two sides of Budapest are reflected in its selection of accommodation. On one side, there are a range of historic buildings that have been turned into plush hotels, offering an insight into the opulent lifestyle of Budapest’s past. Then there are the more playful, design-led Budapest accommodation options, including boutique hostels that showcase the city’s youthful energy, tiny guesthouses that give a hat tip to age-old traditions, and cheap apartments that allow visitors to dig deeper into the vibrant culture of Budapest and discover everything the city has to offer at their own pace.
The Rise of the Ruin Bar
A new trend has emerged in Budapest in recent years, bringing with it a whole new cultural landscape to the city. Ruin Bars are a new breed of hangout where young creative types gather. The seventh district on the Pest side of the Danube is filled with old warehouses and empty apartment blocks that have been turned into hot new venues, imbued with their original raw charm and decorated with a colourful mishmash of design styles. What was once a prominent Jewish Quarter of the city has now been turned into the place to be on a night out, whether you’re looking to try some local beers, meet a few interesting people, or listen to some lively music.
The Ruin Bars are used by locals and tourists alike and are a great way to explore the lifestyle of the city. To make the most of living like a local, make sure you stay in one of our budget apartments in Budapest.
The Best Ways to Arrive in Budapest
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport lies 16km away from the city centre, and is well-connected via an airport shuttle bus, the local train networks, or a public bus that travels to the nearby metro station where you can hop on the direct line to the city centre. There are also a number of taxi ranks situated just outside the terminal building.
Visitors also arrive in Budapest by train via the efficient cross-country service that connects all of Eastern Europe’s major cities. For the most part, visitors coming in from neighbouring countries will arrive at the main Keleti Train Station. In addition, it’s location on the Danube means that Budapest is a popular hotspot for cruise stopovers, with ships and ferries sailing in from surrounding cities like Vienna and Belgrade.
Bicycles and Buses - Getting Around in Budapest
Getting around Budapest is a piece of cake thanks to its expansive and well-connected bus and tram services. There are numerous stops throughout the city that cater to all the major hotspots as well as sights and attractions further afield. As well as over ground transport, Budapest also has a very cheap and efficient metro system which has a variety of routes and lines that span the city.
The best way to get around Budapest, though, is by foot or on by bicycle. There are a number of bike hire spots dotted around which provide a great relaxing way to see all that the city has to offer.