Based on a range of value factors, like price per night and per person, location in Budapest, amenities, tourists’ reviews, ratings on Budapest travel sites (most importantly hostel sites like HostelWorld, HostelBookers) and rates and feedback threads on hostels in Budapest travel forums (e.g. TripAdvisor), we have handpicked the best hostels in Budapest for you. We keep the list of best Budapest hostel continuously updated.
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Good Hostels in Downtown Budapest: in the Very Heart of the City
The top list of Budapest hostels starts with the super central location, hostels on streets and squares that are really in the heart of the city centre with a 5 min walk within all sorts of amenities and downtown Budapest attractions.
Maverick Hostel and Doubles – hostel with super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest on Ferenciek Square (warning: in 2013 the square is undergoing massive reconstruction). Great location for Budapest sights, and the public transport connections are excellent too (M3 metro station and many buses at the nearby bus stop). Professional services, reliable, great hostel for many years. Wifi available, also computers to use. Kitchen on each floor of the apartment building turned hostel.
Bazar Hostel: the Bazar Hostel is in the centre of the city of Budapest, in the old Jewish Quarter. Great for visiting Budapest attractions, bars, ruin pubs, and well connected to the rest of the city with the nearby M2 metro station on Astoria. Big rooms, safety lockers, well equipped kitchen, laundry service available, free wifi. Casual and cozy for backpackers.
Enjoy Budapest Hostel – hostel with super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest
Happy Hostel (aka HappyFlat Guesthouse): the Happy Hostel feels more like an apartment. It boasts super central location, located in the very city centre of Budapest with lots of good connections and nearby attractions to visit. Free wifi, well furnished rooms and common areas, clean, cozy.
Budapest Centrum Cozy Hostel – hostel with super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest
Njoy Budapest Hostel: the downtown Njoy Budapest Hostel has an absolutely great location for Budapest attractions, public transport, Budapest nightlife (ruin pubs). Big beds for big guys, friendly atmosphere.
Lavender Circus and Apartments : Lavender Circus Hotels is rated highly, a reliable hostel and apts providor with super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest, close to the Hungarian National Museum. The hostel has a character with its quirky rooms, very friendly staff. Quickly gets fully booked up for its great value.
Green Bridge Guest House and Apartments : the Green Bridge hostel has a super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest, in District V, in one of the safest parts of the city. Close to Vaci utca shopping street, and many downtown attractions like the Great Market Hall by the green bridge called Liberty Bridge (hence the name). Approx. 8 min to the nearest metro stations on foot (Ferenciek Square or Kalvin Square), and a short walk to the river Danube, which is beautiful by night. Great restaurants in the neighbourhood (not on Vaci street!).
Central Backpack King Hostel : the Central Backpack King hostel is within walking distance to a bunch of the best Budapest attractions. The hostel has a fantastic, super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest, close to the Parliament, the Basilica, Deak Square, the Jewish Quarter, etc. The staff is friendly, the rooms feel homey as if staying at a friend’s place. Clean rooms, highly rated by many experienced traveller. Not a big place to stay, so gets quickly booked. Booking well in advance is recommended.
11th Hour Cinema Hostel : no doubt it is a hostel with super central location, in the very city centre of Budapest. Optimal for friends with its simple bunks beds and friendly young atmosphere.
Yep Hostel: the quirky and lovely Yep hostel is located in the city centre, in the old Jewish Quarter in Budapest: convenient for ruin pubs, public transport, Budapest sightseeing, etc. Free internet, safe place. The prices are very cheap, and it’s one of the few good hostels that is ideal for couples too.
Budapest Hostels close to the City Centre
Aventura Boutique Hostel Budapest: the highly rated and praised Aventura Boutique Hostel is located close to Nyugati Train Station within easy connection to the Budapest Airport by train. Its rooms are themed: India, Japan, Africa design. Also, the hostel is conveniently located for sightseeing. The nearest metro station is about 6 min walk (M3 metro at Nyugati Train Station). Warmly recommended based on the latest hostel reviews and its location.
Hipster Hostel Budapest: almost in the heart of the city, the Hipster Hostel is located in central Budapest by Kalvin Square (M3 metro station) and the Hungarian National Museum. Perfect for nightlife, sightseeing, restaurants, and more. Couples (in the Honeymoon Suite), solo travellers and friends also use the hostel and find it very good or excellent. The hostel is in an apartment building, which makes it feel like staying at a friend’s place. Great value for money.
Home Plus Hostel: the Home Plus hostel is located close to the city centre of Budapest, close to the Hungarian Parliament building and the Margaret Bridge. Great location, not a party hostel, so if you are looking for a quieter place but in a busy, central location, it can be an ideal hostel accommodation. The rooms have lockers, but you need to bring your padlock (can also be bought in Budapest, if you arrive by day)
Big Fish Hostel: Big Fish Hostel is a funky hostel in Budapest ideal for groups of friends and solo travellers. The rooms are spacious, well furnished, and colourful. Comfy beds and couches. There are lockers for your luggage, each bed has a reading light. The hostel is well rated for its cleanliness
Carpe Noctem Vitae Budapest: the various bedrooms in Carpe Noctem Vitae are bunk beds at very low prices in rooms of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 14. Located on the big ring road of Budapest, close to Oktogon Square, Liszt Ferenc Square, convenient for Budapest nightlife (bars, clubs are abundant), and sightseeing too.
Carpe Noctem Hostel Budapest: Carpe Noctem Hostel is not the same as Carpe Noctem Vitae, although both are highly rated by hostel guests. Carpe Noctem Hostel is located in Szobi Street, a short walk from Nyugati Train Station where the airport trains get into, and where the M3 blue metro line will take you to the city centre in 5 min. Ideal location for clubbing, partying in the happening area of the Pest side in Budapest. Clean rooms with bunk beds, good mood, and safety boxes.
Casa de la Musica: the hostel Casa de la Musica is located close to the city centre of Budapest: a decent hostel with ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ rates. The costs of the hostel rooms are cheap, the staff is nice. Free wifi makes life easier, but the lack of lifts means that you will have to climb stairs with your bags. It is about 15 min walk to the city centre.
Friends Hostel Budapest: the Friends Hostel on Terez korut (the big ring road of Budapest) with excellent public transport connections to the city centre, and to many of the best Budapest attractions. As the hostel is located on the 2nd floor of a Budapest apartment building, it may be hard to find it, but it is rated quite well (4 on average out of 5), so we are confident to recommend it as a good hostel. Not a party hostel, but in a busy area, close to the many open air cafes and bars on Liszt Ferenc Square. You are supposed to make sure to keep the place if you use something (house rules). Wifi in the reception area, clean rooms. Cheap breakfasts available.
2night Hostel – hostel in the city centre of Budapest
Home Plus Hostel: the Home Plus hostel located close to the city centre of Budapest. Great location, not a party hostel, so if you are looking for a quieter place but in a busy, central location, it can be an ideal hostel accommodation. The rooms have lockers, but you need to bring your padlock (can also be bought in Budapest, if you arrive by day)
Retox Party Hostel – one of the most popular party hostels in downtown Budapest for the party goers, who else? The hostel is located in O Street (Ó utca – Ó means very old in Hungarian, a short word, right?), close to Oktogon Square and Liszt Ferenc Sq on the Pest side of Budapest. Great for sightseeing, clubbing, feeling the vibe of the city.
Grandio Party Hostel: the Grandio Party Hostel is one of the popular party hostels in the city center of Budapest, Hungary, with massive parties. Bunk beds in mixed rooms, grungy design, cleanliness is not much praised, to put it mildly. As it is a party hostel, do not expect lots of good quality sleep.
Wombats City Hostel Budapest Wombats is a new hostel, in fact nothing less than in a converted 4 star Budapest hotel. The hostel boasts an excellent location in the city, as well as great facilities.
Aboriginal Budapest Apartments and Hostel – budget hostel, and cheap apartments in the city centre of Budapest
Downtown Guesthouse – guest house in the city centre of Budapest
Nightingale Mini Hotel Budapest: the Nightingale Mini Hotel is in fact a very cheap hostel, almost like hotel (its previous name was Mandragora Hostel). It is located in the city centre of Budapest, ideal for couples who are looking for hostel rooms. Clean, spacious rooms, no loud parties. The closest metro station is 1 min as Nightingale is located on Blaha Lujza Square (M2 metro station)
Corvin Point Rooms and Apartments Hostel Budapest: as one of the best hostels and hostel apts in Budapest, Corvin Point Rooms and Apartments Hostel is about 10 min by the M3 blue metro to the city centre, a bit away from the attractions, but in a busy neighbourhood, close to bars like Corvinteto, pubs like Stex, and a major hub of contemporary arts, Trafo. A little bakery at the hostel makes life happier in the mornings.
Off Budapest City Centre: Hostels Away from the Centre
Popular hostels outside the city centre of Budapest
Lowcostel Hostel – hostel within easy access to the centre of Budapest, in Hungarian korut
The above top list of the best hostels in Budapest (i.e. most popular, highest rated – over 90% out of the max 100%, best reviewed) is based on HostelBookers.com tourist rates and reviews.
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More Budapest Hostels
Here are some more Budapest hostels to consider, which got less great reviews and rates, but are on average good. The locations change: the further away your stay from downtown Budapest, the cheaper the prices are logically.
Astoria City Hostel Budapest: the hostel at Astoria square has an excellent location, slightly above average ratings, but seems to be a good place to stay on a budget. The hostel rooms look more like converted condos than cheap modern hostel rooms. Quieter than an average hostel in Budapest. Dorm rooms and double rooms are also available.
Grand Hostel Budapest: the Grand Hostel Buda rooms are dirt cheap, lierally very cheap, but the hostel location is quite away from the city centre, and there is no breakfast. If you are on a very tight budget, it is good.
BMF Hostel Budapest
City Hostel Buda Budapest: the City Hostel Buda lies far from the city centre (approx. 40 min by public transport), but its prices per night are definitely very cheap, so it is still a busy place. The ratings of the hostel are average. If you are looking for a simple, cheap hostel accommodation, it suits the bill.
Colors Budapest Hostel: the Colors Budapest Hostel gets average rates, but one thing is sure, it has an excellent location and serves as a good base for checking out Budapest sights even on foot.
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Last updated: January 2013