Budapest, a city located in the heart of Europe is already famous for its budget nature. You can always grab a frothy beer cheaper than a bottle of water in Budapest that is how cheap things can get in this gorgeous city.
This article hopes to shed more light into deeper money saving techniques in the city of Budapest as a tourist.
- Be a tourist but act like a local.
You are probably wondering by now how to move from the status of tourists to a citizen or a local. Well, do not get bothered. Acting like a local simply mean you need to eat, dress and do things the way the locals do. Let’s take the Budapest’s famous thermal baths for instance, if you follow the way of tourists, you will spend a lot of money to enjoy the thermal bath, but instead of that, you can save by visiting the thermal baths with fewer tourists and crowds, the way the locals do it. If you are the social media type that most post your tour online, then you might want to visit Rudas, Szechenyi and Gellért. They are perfect, neat, well placed and the bath will give you the selfie of your choice. Király or Szént Lukács rival these other 3 but a way cheaper than them.
If you don’t mind a total local hangout for the summer with a beach and restaurant, the benefits of hot spas indoor, giant wave pool and slides and even outdoor chilling pools, then you need to be at Palantinus on Margaret Island. You also get a discount if you get there in the evening and spend only 3 hours there. Learn about Budapest by clicking here
- Start your own walking tour
Budapest has a lot of monuments lined up on its street and is all free for tourists to see. You can enjoy your tour of the city by taking a walking tour on your own though the city marveling at the great architecture, the impressive monuments, Roman ruins. You even get to see the Neo-Renaissance era, Art Nouveau and even the Communists era. The city is also filled with green spaces and parks like the City Park, Margaret Island. You can even go for jaunt at the Gellért Hill. All of these can be enjoyed for free without paying a penny. You should also visit the Buda Hills for forest immersion experience.
- Make it to a show
Budapest offer tourists a nosebleed eat at their opera house for just a few dollars. Show up early at the opera house so as to walk its interior and have a feel of Budapest architecture. You can as well see a film, often n English, if you are not the performing arts type. The city’s old cinema house will be of great console to you as a tourist. The cost at the cinema is also a few bucks and you will enjoy every bit of it to the full. If you can,. Visit Budapest during the international film festival in the spring, and you will get to tour the world in movies at the cinemas all around the city.
- Venture outside the city center.
You will feel wonderful if you were to wonder outside the District V core. Although Budapest is a wonderful city itself, and tourists enjoy themselves greatly within the city, but the idea of venturing outside the city will leave you in awe with the discount you will get on food prices especially. You can visit District II to see some of the beautiful outdoors, District XIII which is far more different than any other district there is. District VIII is filled with splendid architecture and even young spaces and, District III which is the home of oldest histories. You can be sure the prices are dirt cheap to visit these districts outside the city and enjoy a great deal of fun.
- Walk or use public transportation.
Budapest has a complete underground metro, trolleys, river taxis, day and night buses, trams and even suburban railway system. As a tourist, you will get to enjoy one of the oldest metro systems in all of Europe. The public transportation system in Budapest snakes through the entire city and there is nowhere you want to get to that the public transportation cannot get you. You only need $20 for one week, $17 for 3 days and $7 for a day to use all of the public transport systems available in Budapest. A Budapest card can also be purchased that covers all transport system as well as Thermal baths and over ten museums. All of these make the Budapest tour cheap. Well, you can even take a walk through the city if you feel like, and mind you, that will cost you nothing.
- Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
There are 24 hour and 48 hour tickets for the hop-on hop-off bus tour in Budapest. The bus tour offers 35 major stops with a 1 hour cruise along the river Danube. The bonus of free goulash and even free beer coupons at restaurants and bars are also available. Attraction sites covered by the hop-on hop-off bus tour in Budapest include and not limited to: Buda Castle, The chain bridge, The Hungarian Parliament Building, The Citadel and Jewish Synagogue, Széchenyi István tér, The Hungarian State Opera House, St Stephen’s Basilica, Fovam Square and a host of them. Click here for Budapest bus tours comparison. For more attraction sites within the city of Budapest, click here for the Budapest Tourist attractions map.