8 cheap hotels in Budapest

Don’t waste all your money on a bed! Choose a cheap hotel in Budapest and spend your money on fun and culture!

TOC
T
O
C

When you’re traveling to Budapest, only two things can limit your options:  your imagination and your wallet. It is known that Budapest is famously cheap compared to other European capitals, but you need to choose wisely what you spend your well-earned money on. In case you don’t want to go cheap on the fun and relaxing aspects of your visit, and don’t plan to spend much time at your accommodation anyway, the obvious solution is: cheap hotels!

We collected 4 cheap hotels on the Buda side and 4 on the Pest side. These are the perfect choices if you do not insist on staying in the center, but are looking for greener, cheaper and more relaxed areas. You might need to travel a bit more for the most famous spectacles, but you can definitely find some fun activities near to these locations as well – don’t forget, Budapest is hiding a wonder on every corner!

1. B&B Hotel**

Let’s start our cheap hotel tour on the “royal” side of Budapest, Buda. We’re not going to sugarcoat it, B&B is really cheap but it’s for a reason: the city center is more than 10 km away and the hotel itself isn’t too sexy either. Although, if you can get over it, the surrounding is worth the sacrifice. The hotel is located in Aquincum, the oldest part of Budapest (it used to be part of the Roman Empire) with many historical sites, the Római-bath, an adventure park, the Aquincum Museum and the Danube river – all within walking distance. If you really need a place just to lay your head down when you get back from the all-day city exploring, B&B is your place!

Price: A double bed room per night is around 25 EUR

Approach: Although, it’s far from the city center, it’s super easy to get there by just taking the HÉV 5 from Margit híd station.   

More info and booking here.

Summary of
B&B Hotel**

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1031 Budapest, Rozália u. 76-78.

2. Budai Hotel***

We’re still pretty far from the heart of the city, but if you’re looking for a charming family hotel with mind-boggling panorama, Budai Hotel is your choice. A perfect place to stay far away from the noise and the air pollution of the city center, and just relax on the gorgeous Buda hill. It’s your destination if you’re more into hiking than partying, or if you’re just passing by and in need of a quiet room to relax before you hit the road again. The interiors are low-key, but the whole place was refurbished in 2015, so you’ll get quality service for a fairly low price.

Price: A double bed room per night is around 60 EUR

Approach: Just take tram 59 from Széll Kálmán tér and change for bus 53. The night bus 908 also stops nearby if you’re planning to stay out late.  

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Budai Hotel***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Address
1121 Budapest, Rácz Aladár út 45.

3. Danubius Hotel***

No need to worry, we’re getting closer to the city! The Danubius Hotel, or formerly called “Round Hotel” was one of Budapest’s most famous buildings at one point. With its 15 stories and 64-meter height, it’s a majestic structure even today – not to mention the view from its top floors! Post-socialist grace mixed with elegance, in a perfect location if you’d like to go for a walk in the Buda Hills, listen to a concert in the Városmajor or go shopping in the Mammut Shopping Centre.

Price: A double bed room per night starts at 40 EUR

Approach: It’s within walking distance from Széll Kálmán tér, one of the largest public transport hubs of Budapest. You can take Metro line 2, tram 4-6 and many other tram or bus lines from here.

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Danubius Hotel***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1026 Budapest, Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 47.

4. Ábel Pension***

Bath lovers, attention! Forget about big ol’ hotels and take a dip in the lovely atmosphere of this cheap and adorable pension. The family villa was built in 1913 in Art Nouveau style, and still has its original furniture. Located at the foot of the Gellért Hill, the Gellért Thermal Bath (more on thermal baths here), the Rudas Baths and Citadel are all in walking distance, but if you want to relax, it might be enough just to chill in the romantic garden.

Price: A double bed room per night starts at 40 EUR

Approach: It’s within walking distance from Széll Kálmán tér, one of the largest public transport hubs of Budapest, where you can take Metro line 2, various tram and bus lines. Also you can take the 4-6 tram from Mechwart liget.

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Ábel Pension***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1024 Budapest, Ábel Jenő utca 9.

5. Hotel Amadeus***

Crossing the river, we arrive on the flat side of this magnificent city, Pest. The 14th district isn’t exactly a central location but it’s generally liked because of its green areas. The design of Hotel Amadeus might seem a bit old-fashioned, but do not get yourself fooled, for this price, it’s a heaven for the weary travelers. Comfy beds, air-conditioning, tasty Hungarian food and complimentary coffee are waiting for you at Zugló!

Price: A double bed room per night is around 40 EUR

Approach: A bus which takes you to Örs vezér tere stops right in front of the venue. There you can change to Metro line 2, buses and the HÉV.

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Hotel Amadeus***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1141 Budapest, Vezér u. 81.

6. Hotel Chesscom***

Claiming that Hotel Chesscom isn’t near to the city center is definitely a euphemism – it’s far. It’is in the 19th district, meaning it’s closer to the Liszt Ferenc airport than central Budapest. The good news is that it’s next to a large shopping center, a bus, a train and a metro station, so basically you can take almost any type of public transportation from here. Another good news is that this hotel isn’t only cheap but – wait for it – modern and good-looking (from the inside)!

Price: A double-bed room per night is around 50 EUR

Approach: You can travel to the center by Metro line 3, bus or train. Metro is recommended.  

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Hotel Chesscom***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1191 Budapest, Bartók Béla u. 5.

7. Hotel Timon ***

This hotel is as cheap as it gets without getting mugged, sharing the room with eight strangers, or going home with a collection of bedbugs. It’s even further from the city than Chesscom (but is closer to the airport) and not even close to it in quality, BUT you can stay in a hotel and get a breakfast without the previously mentioned side-effects. Perfect choice if you’re just passing by during a long European road-trip or if your next flight has been delayed.

Price: A double-bed room per night is around 25 EUR

Approach: The tram 50 and two buses stop in front of the hotel. With these you can reach the nearest Metro line 3 stop in 10 minutes.

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Hotel Timon ***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1184 Budapest, Üllői út 329.

8. Esprit Hotel***

I assume you had enough of these outer-skirt locations so let’s move back to the city, to the 8th district. Being as infamous as it is, „Józsefváros” isn’t a dodgy place anymore at all. It’s home to many businesses, offices, bars, restaurants and high-end apartments, so if you’re looking for some inner city fun, this is your place! It is 900 meters from the Keleti Railway Station (more on railways stations here), and is within walking distance from the Hungarian Parliament, the Heroes’ Square and the Chain Bridge as well.

Price: A double bed room per night is around 40 EUR

Approach: Take the 4-6 tram, Metro line 4, of the many buses, or simply walk cause you’re in the heart of the city.

More info and booking here.

Summary of
Esprit Hotel***

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Price Range
$$
Address
1086 Budapest, Rákóczi út 51.

Need a ride from the airport?

Spare yourself the hassle of dragging your luggage across the city, use our airport transfer service to get to your preferred hotel. Click here for more info. 

Q&A

What are the best cheap hotels in Budapest?
Budapest has a great selection of cost-efficient accommodation ranging from 25 EUR to 60 EUR per night. Depending on how much you’re planning to spend, you can find good deals both close to the city center and in further, quieter areas on the outskirts of Budapest.
How much is a night at the cheapest hotel in Budapest?
In some of Budapest’s cheap hotels, you can spend a night for as little as 25 EUR. The best part is, some of these cheap hotels are surprisingly good value for the small price.
Your experience is important.
Anything you have not found?

Ask a Question

    Please log in to write a review.

    There is no review yet.