By the time we were done, it was time for our cruise on the Danube. While this is popular thing to in Budapest, I thought it was overrated. The cruise doesn’t have a guide and there isn’t much that you can’t already see by walking on the riverfront.
So if you want those 10 EUR saved, then skip the cruise. Just end the night with a walk along the Danube and catch a glimpse of the beautifully illuminated Parliament, Chain Bridge and Castle Hill.
Day 3 : Relaxing those happy, tired muscles
This was our last day in Budapest and before our afternoon bus to Bratislava, we decided to explore the thermal baths. We went to Szechenyi Bath, which is the biggest and most popular one. Other popular ones are the Turkish Rudas Baths and the Gellert Baths.
You can buy the tickets online http://www.bathsbudapest.com/ and at the counters too. Would recommend making reservations in advance as it saves time and helps avoid the queue in the peak season.
It is sad that we had only a few hours to enjoy the baths. I think it is possible to spend an entire day here – enjoy the soothing hot water on your muscles, have a couple of drinks at the café, do a few laps in the swimming pool, add in a massage, a pedicure, a rejuvenating sauna session and finally end the day with a pool party. Sounds heavenly, right?
And after 2.5 days of fun and bliss, we took the bus to our next stop – Bratislava, Slovakia!
Where to Stay?
Budapest is actually 2 cities Buda and Pest with the Danube River in between. Buda side is the historical side and is on a hill. Pest side is the commercial side with shops, hotels, restaurants and everything else you need. Stay on the Pest side and in the City Centre. All the historical sights are walking distance from here. We stayed on Erzsébet krt. in the City Centre. Check out the Airbnb Apartment below: Highly recommended host and place. https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/11041290?eluid=1&euid=75bc9bd7-dc4a-d28e-a0d9-9af8cf4d6b70
Budapest offers 24 and 72 hour travel cards valid across Bus, Tram and Metro at 1650 HUF to 4150 HUF (INR 380 to 950). You can also go for a group (1 to 5 members) 24-hour travel card at 3300 HUF (INR 760).
How much does it cost?
Here’s how much I spent in Budapest. Two and half days in just INR 8000 ~ USD 120
Day Cost Head Total Cost INR (4 persons) Cost per person INR
Day 1 Stay Airbnb (2 nights) 4987 1247
Group 24 hr Travel Card 760 190
Lunch 3757 939
Ruin Pubs and Dinner 2427 607
Day 2 Brunch at Zoska 1282 321
Vaci Street and Shopping 3019.23 755
Group 24 hr Travel Card 760 190
Evening Drinks 1118.08 280
Danube Cruise 4795.61 1199
Dinner 2739.74 685
Day 3 Breakfast 1001.54 250
Szechenyi bath 5453 1363
Total 32100 8025
What to eat ?
Do try some of the traditional Hungarian dishes
Gulyas aka Goulash ( pronounced gooyash) Traditional Hungarian dish – Meat stew with vegetables and spiced with paprika
Lots and lots of Paprikas – Stuffed, Sauteed, Powdered
Kürtőskalács – Sweet spiral cylindered bread made from sweet yeast dough and coated in sugar
Dobos Torta – A five layered pastry made of sponge cake, caramel and chocolate cream. Oh my!
Langos – Deep-fried flat bread that you can customize with toppings of your choice – potatoes, cheese, sour cream and meat ( if you eat non-veg)
This post was originally published on Window Seat Me.