Budapest is already known for its budget status: it doesn’t get much better than a place where a frothy beer is cheaper than a bottle of water. But you don’t have to fill up on the local lager to enjoy the city at a discounted price. There are many ways to trim your costs in the Heart of Europe.
1. Venture outside the city center.
Even though Budapest’s city center is amazing in itself, it’s just as entertaining to wander outside of the bustling District V core. Some of the city’s best food, drinks, and nightlife require a little digging, but you’ll be rewarded with far more affordable prices and you’ll get to spend time with actual locals and not just other tourists.
Some of my favorite alternatives to the city center include District II, which is home to most of the city’s beautiful outdoors, District III, which holds some of the oldest history, District VIII, which is filled with stunning architecture and hip, young spaces, and District XIII, which has an entirely different look from the rest of the city. You will be just as entertained at a fraction of the price.