Danube Queen: practical tips
Are you in for a cheap city trip in Europe? In this blog I share practical tips and fun facts about Budapest.
Budapest does its nickname honor and this great city is still cheap as well. For every age there is something to do and see. Music lovers mainly know the Óbuda Island on the Danube, which is known by the Sziget festival. This annual music event will be held in August (August 5-11, 2020).
Szieja Budapest! | Hello Budapest!
In Budapest you pay with the Hungarian Florint and it is a lot cheaper than the Euro. Really great! You don’t have to change money at the bank in advance, because you can pin money from the vending machine here. Watch out! Don’t do this at the ATM vending machines, because they charge extra. Also check the pins you choose for “withdrawal without conversion” otherwise there will be change to eg. euros and you are still more expensive. At the airport you can buy your bus card at the ticketdesk or at the vending machine with your PIN. Moreover, once you’re in town, you can pin money anywhere.
How do you get in to town?
From the airport you can take bus 100E directly, via 2 stops, within one hour in the center at Deák Ferenc square (where all the public transport comes together). The bus leaves every 20 minutes, but the buses are quickly very full.
A one-way ticket costs approx. € 2.95. If you want to go to the city more relaxed, you can also take the remarkably nice yellow taxis. This is a bit more expensive approx. € 22,-.
Budapest consists of 3 districts: Buda and Óbuda on the West Bank and Pest on the East Bank. On both sides of the Danube there are historic beautiful buildings. The centre of Budapest is not for nothing on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Where to stay?
We stayed at the ARCadia hotel in the Jewish quarter, which is near Deák Ferenc and located in Pest. Very cool hotel due to its ideal location. The room was clean and the breakfast was good. My tip would be to stay overnight in the Pest part due to its good central location and it is a bit cheaper than Buda, depending on the overnight address of course.
Public transport: practical tips
The public transport system is super well arranged. You can take the metro, tram, bus, ferry or taxi. You can step in on every corner of the street. Little time? Tram line 2 will drive past all the hotspots on the Danube. Or rather on the water? Many cruise tours on the Danube are offered for tourists. The hotels are well involved in giving you all kinds of flyers at check-in with the most great discounts yes yes. While it’s even more fun and cheaper to get on the ferry yourself. Yes really, there are several boarding points on the Danube. We took the ferry on the Pest side near the Jewish quarter. You can’t pin on board and you have to purchase a special OV ticket. You can sit inside, but also on top of the deck.
Therefore, if you have little time in Budapest, this is a real great-to-do! The ferry will pass the historical jewels and there are no less than 3 different sailing routes among others. Géllert Hill, Castle of Buda, Fisherman’s Bastion, Hungarian Parliament Building, Margaret Island and Óbuda Island. Amazing experience to admire Budapest and the buildings from the water.
Do you love to photograph like me… Then I would choose the end of the day as a time, then you can capture everything with day and evening light. The white buildings show beautiful in the blue hour and many brilliant lights just like a real queen!
Finally, in my next blog about Budapest, I will take you to the great-to-see’s & great-to-taste’s!