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:
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?