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1. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I've just booked a flight to Budapest on 27th July. Can anyone recommend any good cheap hostels, which will be safe and friendly for a solo female, and where I can meet lots of other people? I need to be able to book easily beforehand (because its peak season). And Buda or Pest? I haven't had much time to research until now!

Also, has anyone got any recommendations for other places in Hungary? I'm thinking I'll be there about 10 days. What is Lake Balaton like?

After Hungary I'd like to head to Czech Republic, Obviously I have to go through Austria or Slovakia. I know Austria is really expensive but I've always wanted to go. Should I just hang the expense and go that way anyway or is Slovakia (particularly Bratislava) worth a visit.

Any help would be super! Cheers guys.

2. Posted by dq_46 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Clara,

Budapest is fantastic. The Pest side is better because the Buda side is primarily Residential with a lots of Commercial buildings also.
Pest is has it all, fantastic bars and restaurants that are great value. Pest has a great transport system with Bus, Trams and the Metro allowing you to easily pop around to all the great sights.

Ya, you are right about the high season with regard it being difficult to get accommodation. I love Budapest and we always try and stay at
I am so glad we discovered it by way of it being recommended to us, as it is very very spacious, and perfect in every way especially given its closeness to everything. My brother is out there at the minute for a week as I recommended it to him.

Hope you get sorted out with accommodation in the centre of the city like the place above. It can make all the difference to your impression of a city. We'd stayed in a place on the suburbs of Prague once and now I am probably the only person in the world that doesn’t like Prague.

As for Austria, I loved Austria. We were there a few years ago – I don’t remember it as being expensive, but I guess it all depends on what you get up to.

Enjoy your trip in Budapest and beyond…


3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Clara
I lived in Budapest last summer - its a great city - night life is centered around the river so head there at nights!

I lived in a HUGE Pest Flat when i was there - but backpacked thru the city 5 years ago and stayed at the Yellow Submarine - Next to the West End Trainstation - Not Keleti - the other one - i cant rememeber the name. the Hostel is a bit grungy but I met so many great people there! good vibe. But where ever u stay - try the Pest Side as it has most of the nightlife. altho it may not matter since the bars/clubs are mainly around the river.

You are also goin during the Ziget (island) festival - so beware! Its the first week of Aug and the city doubles in Occupancy - so book soon!

If u want a city break - go to Szentendre - Lovely town on the Danube.

The train to Prague stops in Bratislava - i didnt get out - just continued onward. But Ide recommend a 2 day trip to Vienna instead - its only a few hours from Budapest - and relatively cheap.

Hope this helps

4. Posted by saffronsar (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Clara, it's a bad idea to visit Czech Republic after Hungary. I was looking forward only to Prague during my trip to East Europe, but when I arrived in Budapest, I totally fell in love with it. The buildings, the atmosphere of that place. When I reach Prague, it became a little disappointing after Budapest.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

oh - i usually hear the opposite when comparing Prague to Budapest

6. Posted by stevebk108 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've never heard the opposite. I also lived in Hungary, although in Dunaújváros, and the overwhelming presence of tourists in Prague made it much less enjoyable than the more authentic Budapest experience. I would not skip over Prauge, but I would recommend alotting more time to Budapest to really get to know the city.

7. Posted by fufffi (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

As I was writing, before understanding I was writing maybe with a priavate message ...maybe, I suggest:
brodway-hostel, if you are travelling alone and if you are travelling min. 2 people.
Please do not go to night clubs!

8. Posted by cpleasance (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My husband and I will be visiting relatives in Budapest, July 08. We will have three to four weeks to visit and explore. What should we NOT missing seeing? Is it best to rent a car or use the metro, transit?? Any suggestions as to points of interest (for when we are not with our relatives) is appreciated. Thanks