Hungary a pearl located in Central Europe. Budapest is the largest and most populated city in Hungary. The central area of Budapest along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several notable monuments, including the Hungarian Parliament (the largest Parliament building on European continent) and the Buda Castle.
Many tourists are wondering whether visit Prague or Budapest for their European trips. I visited both two cities in the spring of 2017. Comparing to Prague, accodomdation and food in Budapest are much cheaper, and much less tourists in Budapest. Also, I found Hungarians are more friendly than the Czech people. More people speak English in Hungary. If you don't have budget issues, you may visit both Prague and Budapest. Otherwise, add Budapest on the top list for your trip.
1. Buy 72-hour Travel Card (4150 HUF): valid on all public transit for an unlimited number of trips for 72 hours starting from the time and date you purchased it. You buy it at the public transit office at the Budapest Train station. Credit Card is accepted.
2. I recommend tourists to visit the following popular restaurants during you trip in Budapest:
1). Costes - a Michelin Star restaurant or other Micheline Star restaurants in Budapest. Prague is more expensive.
2).Trofea Grill (all you can eat buffet): 3 locations in Budapest. You will have a chance to experience large variety of Hungarian foods.
3). Menza (Liszt Ferenc Ter 2, 1061): delicious Hungarian cuisine with low price, fancy modern decoration and excellent service.
4. Visit local Pharmacy shops for European made cosmetics which have the lowest price in Europe.
5. Prepare Hungarian Forint (1 $USD = 300 HUF) for your trips. Some vendors do not accept credit card.
6. Book Airbnb from the link below will save you $62 CAD/$43 USD/€41 instantly for your first stay anywhere around the world
I booked a two-bedroom nice clean newly renovated apartment near Budapest training station for 24 USD per night, which was good for families traveling with kids because of larger space.
7. Visit Central Market Hall for local specialty foods and souvenirs.
8. Prepay your ticket online before you visit Hungarian Parliament Building.
9. Plan to visit Hungarian State Opera House which is very impressive inside.
1. When you order a drink or non-alcoholic beverages in restaurants, make sure the waiters or waitress don't upgrade to large size without your permission. Check you bill before you pay.
2. Avoid taking sleeper train between Budapest and Prague. That is the worst sleeper train (not very comfortable, very small bed, very late departure in the night and early arrival in the morning) that I have ever taken in Europe.
Trip Highlights (2017)