View of Budapest from the Citadel

View of Budapest from the Citadel on a gray day..

Here is the breakdown of our visit to wonderful Budapest. I loved the fact that prices were reasonable enough. There is nothing better than a great vacation that is not too costly :-). I am breaking down our costs here so you can use it as a gauge if you find yourself on a trip :-) .

Our bus ride from the airport was €5 each, then a short walk to the flat. You might want to get a door to door shuttle from the airport. In hindsight, it would have been just €2 more and would have saved lugging our luggage through the streets. On the plane though, they plug their own shuttle, and not knowing better, we fell for it!. The flat rental was €30/night, and it was in an excellent location in District 5, very close to the parliament building. It had a well equipped kitchen, even though we didn’t really cook, save for coffee. We were lucky because she let us leave our bags in the flat for free as our flight back to Malta was very late in the day. We ate a lot of gyro, kebab, because we love them and they cost €2 each for the most part. Our most extravagant dinner was €70, at Restaurant Kheiron which included:

Bottle of great Hungarian red wine
2 starters, (Hungarian sampler plate & goulash soup)
2 main courses (roasted duck breast & Game stew with dumplings)
2 desserts (flambé pancake and white chocolate mousse)
I highly recommend that place if you get a chance to go there. The atmosphere was romantic and classy and they had live music which added to the experience.

We walked everywhere when we were not on the hop-on-hop-off bus. The only other transportation expense was a cab to the airport which cost €18. That would have been 0 had we not missed our prepaid return bus ride (my fault! I forgot the flight time). So to recap the costs:

Return flight for 2  €220
Airbnb         €90
Food            €210
Bus Tour     €30 (hop on, hop off)
Transport   €38
Souvenirs and postcards €8
Total: €596
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Parliament House Budapest

Parliament House Budapest, one of the most beautiful government offices l have ever seen! I can just imagine their views from the offices. I wouldn’t get any work done :-)

A very goth building on the Buda side of Budapest. Amazing architecture.

views from the danube

View from the Danube

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chain bridge view budapest costs

Night view of the Chain bridge.

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budapest metro stop

It’s quite easy to use the Metro, and also, some of the streets are very wide. It is prudent to use the underground hallways to cross to the other side than risk getting hit ;-)

budapest restaurant menu

This little restaurant had the most awesome goulash stew, and was reasonably priced.

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This pates were so delicious, especially the one with the duck. It was awesome, and l could have that for dinner all by itself.

hungarian goulash

You can never have enough of Hungarian Goulash :-)

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I had the duck plate. It was fabulous, absolutely freaking fabulous. This was at Kheiron restaurant. You should go if you are in the fifth district. The food and ambience are awesome.

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Pancake dessert stuffed with some sort of walnut paste then a flambe with rum

Pancake dessert stuffed with some sort of walnut paste then a flambe with rum

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His dessert was great too.

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and my dessert was set on fire! It was fantastic!

We just loved this car, has nothing to do with the blog. It costs €250,000!

We just loved this car, has nothing to do with the blog. It costs €250,000! I think there is a lot of money in Budapest. It certainly wasn’t lacking in nice cars. It sort of felt like Rodeo drive in some parts.

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Yeah.. I wouldn’t mind one.

 

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Viewing the Buda side from the Pest side.

A castle that we spotted while sailing down the Danube. Only accessible by all those stairs from what l could understand.

A castle that we spotted while sailing down the Danube. Only accessible by all those stairs from what l could understand.

Have you been to Budapest? If so, did you love it as much as we did? Did you think the prices were reasonable? How does our cost relate to yours?