A Few Practical Tips
Divided by the ever blissful Dunabe river, there are two nearly equal parts of Budapest: Buda and Pest. Buda is more local and serves as a residential colony for the local people. Whereas Pest is the tourism highlight. It is in Pest where most backpackers hostels and tourist attractions like the St Stephen’s Basilica, Old street Market Hall, and the Parliament.
Make Pest as your base, find a hostel near the city center if you want quick transportation options, or a few kilometer away from it, to find a comparatively cheaper option.
Those staying in Budapest for only a few days and wanting to shop and explore all the tourist highlights, on a fast track, should consider investing in a Budapest Card available for 48 and 72 hours. It gives free (or a discounted) entry to many attractions/museums, unlimited free travel on public transport, and even a couple of free guided walking tours.
It is possible to reach Budapest form Ljubljana or Vienna or Prague in under 20 Euros by taking the bus service called Flixbus that offer some of the cheapest transportation options and travel-cards for backpackers.
Hungary’s official currency is Forentz which usually gives nearly 300 Forentz against 1 Euro. It is very unlikely to find some Forentz in your country, rather buy Euros and change them once you reach Hungary. If you’re landing in Budapest airport, be advised that the airport doesn’t give the best conversion rates in town, so change only a few Euros and take the public transport to the city center. You will find enough agents converting Euros into Forentz for a good price.