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    The Ultimate Weekend Guide To Budapest On A Budget

    Where else can you drink $1 wine in a world-famous bar?

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    While Paris and Rome are on most people's European bucket list, Budapest is really one of the best cities you could visit.

    But when faced with such a big city and so many options for things to do, where do you start?!


    Fear not! Here are our picks for the best things to do in Budapest over a whole weekend — and you won’t need more than $50.

    Note: All prices in this post are in USD, based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing (300HUF = $1USD).

    Jemima Skelley

    Start your day with a coffee from the Great Market Hall.

    Meander down the riverbanks for some amazing views.

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    Once you’re done in the market, it’s a short stroll down to the Liberty Bridge. Fun fact: Budapest is divided into two halves — Buda and Pest. The Buda side is known for being more residential and upscale than the Pest side. The Liberty Bridge will take you over to Buda, where you can walk along the banks of the river and see the sights.

    On your left you’ll pass Fisherman’s Bastion, a castle-like building you can walk up to if you want views over the city. Keep going along the river until you see the majestic parliament building you've no doubt seen on Insta once or twice. If you’re not feeling like walking, you can rent a bike or an e-scooter; keep an eye out for the dock stations on the side of the road.

    COST: $2 for 30 mins bike rental

    Refuel with lunch at Belvárosi Disznótoros.

    Enjoy $1 drinks in the sunshine.

    Line your stomach with some typical Hungarian food.

    Hang with locals at Budapest’s best dive bar.

    End your night with a greasy feast.

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    Banish your hangover with a big brunch.

    While away the day soaking in a thermal bath.

    Have a late lunch at Bors GasztroBár.

    Wander around Margaret Island.

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    Right in the middle of the Danube River you’ll find Margaret Island, a long skinny oasis of green in the centre of the city. Connected to the main banks by a bridge, it’s the best spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Sit in the grass and chill, watch the fountain show, grab a chair in the outdoor beer garden, or meander along the walking track that circumnavigates the island. You can rent bikes or rollerblades if you’re up for it, otherwise it’s a perfect place to chill out for a bit.

    COST: Free!

    Enjoy typical Hungarian fare for your last supper.

    Total cost for the weekend activities: $42.70


    Do you have a fave spot in Budapest that we totally missed? Let us know in the comments.