Budapest is among Europe’s cheapest cities in 2022!

The Price of Travel platform has selected the 10 cheapest cities of 2022, and Budapest made the “Europe Backpacker Index” list. Budapest is not only cheap, but also a great place to discover. Read our article and find out why Hungary’s capital is worth paying a visit to.

According to the Backpacker Index, Budapest is the second cheapest city this year. The first place belongs to Bukarest, capital of Romania, and the Bulgarian city, Sofia takes the third place.

Budapest is the 2nd cheapest city

Although Budapest is on the list of the cheapest cities, that does not automatically mean that it is a low-quality city. Regarding the capital of Romania, the portal says the old town is “undoubtedly charming” but the rest of the city is not very attractive to tourists.

On the other hand, Budapest is a world-class tourist city that just also happens to be unusually cheap.

While the city centre can be expensive, just a little further, rather cheap hotels and hostels await guests. In addition, beautiful castles, cathedrals and thermal spas are available for a good price.

The Daily Backpacker Index of Budapest is HUF 10,761 = USD 28.25 = EUR 26.91/day.

Here are some useful information about Budapest:

  • Currency: Hungary Forint
  • Best cheap hostel: Avenue Hostel – HUF 3,177 = EUR 7.95/night
  • Transportation: HUF 350-1500-1650-4150 = EUR 0.88-3.75-4.13-10.35
  • Accoring to, it costs around USD 25-50 = EUR 23.8-47.64/day to comfortably visit Budapest.
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Tourist season in Budapest

According to Csaba Baldauf from the Hungarian Hotel & Restaurant Association, a good season is expected. Budapest is preparing for crowded hotels where a total of up to 75 percent occupancy is offered by an internationally outstanding value for money. – reports

Tourist attractions also generate interest, and Budapest is full of possibilites when it comes to famous buildings, historic sights or inexpensive entertaiment.


For example, taking a walk in the beautiful parks such as Városliget is free. The newly opened Zene Háza (House of Music) or the Millenium Háza (House of Millennium) can be found there. One can admire the statues on Heroes’ Square or take photos of the majestic Vajdahunyad Castle, too.

Városliget Budapest

Városliget, Budapest. Photo: Facebook, Városligeti Műjégpálya és Csónakázótó

Heroes' Square

Heroes’ Square, Budapest. Photo:

The castle district

Just like Városliget, the castle district is also free for everybody. Of course, having a coffee would not be that cheap, but the view from the Buda castle is free – and still, it is priceless.

The most visited square is Szentháromság tér, where one of the characteristic buildings of Budapest, the more than seven hundred-year-old Matthias Church stands.

Buda castle

Buda Castle. Photo: Facebook, Budai vár

Thermal baths

Although the thermal baths and spas are not free, they are still considered to be quite cheap in Europe.

The Gellért thermal bath‘s daily ticket costs 7100 HUF = 17,76 EUR, Rudas thermal bath can be visited for 6500 HUF = 16,26 EUR, and Palatinus bath on Margaret Island costs only 3600 HUF = 9 EUR.

Gellért thermal bath

Gellért thermal bath, Budapest. Photo: Facebook, Szt. Gellért Gyógyfürdő

Rudas thermal bath

Rudas thermal bath, Budapest. Photo: Facebook, Rudas Gyógyfürdő

Palatinus bath

Palatinus bath, Margaret Island. Photo: Facebook, Palatinus Gyógy-, Strand – és Hullámfürdő Hivatalos

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