Cheap Holidays to Hungary
Popular Destinations in Hungary
Hungary Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Hungary
From homely, cheap village inns to stylish city boutiques, Hungary offers an increasing number of accommodation options. Scattered around the country are budget hostels for backpackers, romantic luxe hotels and peaceful lakeside retreats, ensuring there’s something on offer for every person on holiday.
Many visitors flock to the capital Budapest for an inexpensive getaway full of bucket list sights - but Hungary is a country that offers so much more, including rural breaks and national parks. Whether you decide to visit Budapest or dip your toes into the surrounding cities, you’re guaranteed to have a trip to remember.
Where to stay
With direct flights from cities across the UK, Budapest is the most easily accessible city in Hungary. An intriguing mix of historical and modern-day buildings, Budapest has accommodation options in its droves too, with hotels, apartments and inns to suit all budgets. Boasting things for the entire family to do, Budapest also has a lively nightlife, making it a popular location for holidays.
A little-known Hungarian city located next to the border with Austria, Sopron offers visitors a peaceful holiday. While it’s got all the features of a small city, including hotels, bars, supermarkets and restaurants, it’s also got plenty of nature on its doorstep. Staying in Sopron, you’ll be close to both Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel and Ferto-Hanság National Parks. Plus, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even head into Austria - it’s just a 15-minute drive away, while trains are also available.
Down in the South West of Hungary, close to the Hungarian border, sits Pécs. It’s an ancient city that’s home to a lot of interesting features, from the 16th century Mosque of Pasha Qasim - now home to a Catholic church - to Pécs TV Tower with its observation deck 75 metres above the ground. There’s also plenty to keep families amused too on holiday, including a zoo, an amusement park and forest called Mecsextrém Park.
What to see
Budapest is a city that’s bursting with sights, from the imposing Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion. The intricate features of the Hungarian Parliament are worth a visit both in the day and at night on holiday - take a boat trip along the River Danube for picture-perfect views of the building. No matter what the weather’s like, don’t forget to take a dip in one of the city’s many thermal baths. Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most famous, and it features an inside and outside pool area for laid-back chilling.
Outside of Budapest, Hungary has so much to offer: to the east of the country there’s the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Tokaj wine region which encompasses 5,500 hectares of vineyards. Meanwhile, in west Hungary there’s Lake Balaton, which is a multi-faceted holiday destination featuring beaches, lakeside views and volcanic hills for hiking.
Geared towards the tourist masses, Budapest is undoubtedly the place to be for a varied nightlife. Its ruin bars are legendary amongst locals - they’re found in dilapidated old buildings that have been turned into quirky hotspots of live music, bars and nightclubs. Expect inexpensive drinks, bohemian decor and a night out to remember! Elsewhere in Budapest you’ll have your pick of stylish cocktail bars, pool parties in the thermal spas and laid-back pubs.
What to eat
When the weather is cold, there’s no better dish to tuck into than Hungary’s national dish, goulash. You’ll find a different concoction of ingredients in regions across the country, although the dish is typically made using beef, potatoes, carrots and spices. Lángos is also popular as either a snack, a starter or a side - it’s a deep-fried flat bread that’s eaten with garlic sauce and sour cream. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to try a kürtös kalács - or a chimney cake, as it’s most commonly called. Street food stalls across Hungary sell these sweet cylindered breads that has a deliciously caramelized coating. You can even take your pick from a filling with everything from cinnamon to cocoa on offer.
Budapest is undoubtedly every shopper’s paradise - it’s got shopping centres and famous shopping streets, making it easy to pick up souvenirs and gifts for loved ones (or just for yourself). Vaci street has got it all, from tourist shops to high-end stores. Don’t miss a trip to the Central Market Hall either to pick up some one-of-a-kind trinkets. If having dozens of shops at your disposal is more your thing, then Budapest has got that too, with large-scale shopping centres dotted around the city centre. WestEnd City Center and Arena Mall are two unmissable ones. Pécs also offers many shopping opportunities too, with Árkád shopping mall being one of the local favourites.
Fast facts about Hungary
Direct flight time: 2.5 hours from London
Transfer time: From 28 minutes
Time zone: GMT+1
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Average price of a domestic beer: 241 Ft
Average price of a bottle of wine: 1,700 Ft
Number of Brit tourists per year: 700,000