When it comes to accommodating backpackers and other travellers on a budget, Budapest is leagues ahead of many of Europe's other hottest destinations. Weary wayfarers have been arriving at Keleti Train Station in their droves ever since the Iron Curtain cracked and Budapest is littered with hostels, pensiones, guest houses and other forms of budget digs eager for your custom. The downside is that some of them haven't seen a lick of paint since they first opened back in the 1990s so you may want to do your research and book through a reliable hostel provider rather than chance it by relying on an out-of-date guidebook. New options are springing up around town every year and often it's these sparkling new hostels that offer the most comfortable accommodation, even if you do have to fork out a few extra forints for the privilege.
When searching for cheap accommodation in the capital, simply browse through our Budapest hostels directory below to read up on our take of the hostel in question, as well as see photos, read public reviews and to access the hostel's website. When you're ready to book we recommend our friends Hostel Bookers as a reliable middlemen who will get you the best price on your rooms and ensure your bed really is reserved when you arrive! In high season it really is essential to reserve in advance as events like the Hungarian Grand Prix and in particular the ever-popular Sziget Festival make finding a room in Budapest a quest Sir Percival himself wouldn't undertake lightly.
Once you've got the dreary necessities of booking your budget accommodation out of the way be sure to browse through Budapest Life and check out the best Budapest restaurants, bars and nightlife. And don't forget to print off your handy PDF guide to the city!