Best hostels in Budapest in 2020

Who has ever been to Budapest in Hungary was probably surprised as much as I was with its beauty. This is a really fantastic city with a lot of possibilities on how to spend the time! They are also very fancy hostels in Budapest, we assure you that! Are you looking for the best hostel in Budapest? You are on the right place! 

Most of the offered hostels are nicely decorated, quite hard to choose one you would choose for your stay. But, if you read further, you won’t probably have troubles with choosing one as we have pointed out the pros and cons of each property.

That time I was traveling to Budapest I travelled with my friend. After returning back we have calculated the total costs and found out this was one of the cheapest weekends we have spent! We have traveled by train from Prague, which took 6 of very convenient hours, that was spend by reading and watching the landscape behind the train windows.

best hostels in Budapest

We have been in Budapest at the start of December to see Christmas markets – there were surprisingly not many foreigners at this time of the year, but the Christmas markets were nice and fulfilled nicely the advent atmosphere. If you want to avoid crowded Budapest, we definitely recommend the end of November and the start of December to achieve it!

If you are a wellness lover, you would probably  appreciate the famous Thermals in Budapest – Széchenyi. Also, you can try Hungary cuisine or just visit some of the fancy Italian restaurants, which you can find plenty in the city center. The same is valid for great cafés in the city center. Wondering about another activities to be done in Budapest? Check the banner below and choose your favourite.

 

After we crossed the famous chain bridge and pass the seat of the president, we have discovered “Ice Palace”, which is actually known as the “Fishing Bastion”. This beautiful building is placed in the former fishing market. What a place! You have a fantastic view of the Parliament houses and all over the whole city of Budapest!

We stayed in the hostel (Friend hostels and Apartments) near Oktogon and I have to say it was a fantastic place to stay! Not only the hostel itself but around us were so many restaurants, cafés and the main street leads us to St. Stephen’s Basilica  – another beautiful monument and famous symbol of Budapest.

There is plenty great hostels in Budapest for sure. As the first I would recommend the one I have already stayed in, but we have also picked some hostels that are very well evaluated by former visitors as well as have special design and concept you would like.

Enjoy the list below and hopefully you will find Budapest worth to visit, which definitely is, we assure you that! If you would like to know the best of the best right away, kindly check our overview below.

Criteria Hostel name Booking.com score & link Hostelsworld.com score & link
Best hostel Hostel One Budapest 9.0 9.5
Best family hostel Friends Hostel & Apartments 8.7 9.3
Best party hostel Avenue Hostel 8.2 8.5

Let’s now look at the top 10 hostels Budapest offers. Just be kindly aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm! 

#1 Friends Hostel & Apartments

8.7 on Booking.com    9.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 25 USD 

Friends Hostel & Apartments Budapest

Situated in the center of Budapest, near Opera House, close to Oktogon and great restaurants and cafés. There is a 24-hours reception, free Wi-fi, flat-screen TV, X-box game console available.

There are family rooms, mixed dorms as well as double private rooms in the old traditional Budapest building to be chosen from.

best hostels in Budapest

Due to my personal experience, I recommend this property due to its cleanness, friendly staff, and its location within the city center reachable easily by bus and metro – from the train station as well as from the airport.

Pros and Cons of Friends Hostel & Apartments

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Female dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Café available
  • Laundry facilities
  • Terrace available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bicycle rental
  • Street parking
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Breakfast not included
  • Front-desk limited hours

#2 Hostel One Budapest

9.0 on Booking.com      9.5 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 9 USD 

Hostel One Budapest

Situated in the heart of Budapest, near shops and restaurants, close to all important tourist sights. St. Stephen’s Basilica is 600 m from the hostel. There is free wi-fi provided in all areas and computers are available in the lobby. Each guest has the locker at their disposal, bed linen is provided, bathroom and toilet facilities are shared.

Hostel One Budapest

There is also a bar available, this property is evaluated very well by former visitors due to friendly staff, and due to it is very suitable for solo travelers as this property offers daily and evening activities and common areas encourage visitors to socialize. There is also a shared kitchen for guests and 24 hours reception desk.

Pros and Cons of Hostel One Budapest

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Activities organized
  • Bar available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bicycle rental
  • Public parking (for a fee)
  • Adults only

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Breakfast not included

#3 Central Market Hall Zen Hostel

9.4 on Booking.com  10.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 20 USD Dorms from 9 USD

Market Zen Hostel

This hostel is situated close to the Central Market Hall and 1 km from Gellert Thermal Baths. If you decide to enjoy thermal baths and buy some great Hungarian food in the market hall, this property is a great choice!

This hostel offer dormitory rooms as well – mixed and female dorms, even offers a terrace you can socialize during sunny days. It is not a party hostel, but if you have decided to meet interesting people, former customers recommend this property. 

Market Zen Hostel

You can also appreciate the old-fashioned building, friendly atmosphere, and clean rooms.

Pros and Cons of Central Market Hall Zen Hostel

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Towels included
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Front desk limited hours
  • Breakfast not included

#4 Avenue Hostel

8.2 on Booking.com  8.5 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 44 USD Dorms from 8 USD

avenue hostel

This hostel, opened in 2014, is situated directly at the Andrassy Avenue in the heart of Budapest. Offers free wi-fi, shared kitchen, and snack bar. Tram and metro are to be reached within 2 minutes from the property.

Some rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, some have only shared bathrooms, the guests could choose from a lot of different dorms, rooms, apartments, and studios. Former guests appreciate the location, friendly staff, breakfast, and cleanness.

Avenue hostel

Pros and Cons of Avenue Hostel

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Great location within the city center
  • Variable dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar and Café available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Public parking
  • Bicycle hire

Cons

  • Towels for a fee

#5 Metropolis Hostel

9.3 on Booking.com  9.7 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 54 USD Dorms from 19 USD

Metropolis Hostel

This hostel is situated near the central train station, close to public transport to the city center. The property offer lockers, luggage storage, a shared kitchen, free wi-fi. There is plenty of different rooms available – dorms, private rooms, apartments.

Former visitors also appreciate cleanness, spacious rooms, location, and friendly staff. This property is evaluated very well on average. The design is bright and colored.

Metropolis Hostel

Pros and Cons of Metropolis Hostel

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Towels included
  • Shared kitchen
  • Street parking
  • Adult only property

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Breakfast not included
  • Front-desk limited hours

#6 Maverick City Lodge

9.0 on Booking.com  9.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 30 USD Dorms from 11 USD

Maverick city lodge

In the centre of Budapest, the Maverick City Lodge boutique hostel is 750 m from the Deák Ferenc Tér transfer station for all 3 city’s metro lines; it features air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi in all areas, and on-site bicycle rentals.

The property was renovated at the end of 2013. Each private room at the Maverick is equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, while dormitory rooms come functionally furnished. Bathroom facilities can be en-suite or shared with other guests.

Maverick city lodge

A spacious common room and a well-equipped shared kitchen are at guests’ disposal, and free coffee and tea are offered. The reception is open 24/7. Laundry facilities, ticket service and airport shuttle are offered at an additional cost.

A la carte breakfast is available at the property, it can be requested upon arrival.

Pros and Cons of Maverick City Lodge

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Towels included
  • Activities organized
  • Laundry facilities
  • Family rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Shared kitchen
  • Private parking (for a fee)
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee

#7 Spicy Hostel

9.2 on Booking.com  9.1 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 9 USD

Spicy hostel

Set in Budapest, 1 km from Hungarian National Museum, Spicy Hostel features accommodation with a shared lounge and private parking. All rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.

The property is around 1.8 km from House of Terror, 2 km from Dohany Street Synagogue and 2.3 km from Gellért Thermal Baths. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and organising tours for guests.

Spicy hostel

Great Market Hall is 2.6 km from the hostel, while Hungarian State Opera is 2.9 km away. The nearest airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, 20 km from Spicy Hostel.

Pros and Cons of Spicy Hostel

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Activities organized
  • Laundry facilities
  • Family rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Front desk limited hours
  • Towels not included
  • No female-only dorms available

#8 Flow Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com  9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 35 USD Dorms from 25 USD

Flow Hostel

The hostel is situated in the historical area of Budapest, a few minutes from Danube river. The Central Market Hall is just one building from this hostel, but with a few minutes walk, you can also get to the ruin bar area of the city.

There are two subway line, and one tram line in our close area. If you would like to taste the real Budapest feeling in a classical old town building, but experience the new wave of hostel services Flow Hostel was designed for you. 

Flow Hostel

There is also accommodation for solo travelers and families offered, ensuite dormitories and private rooms as well. 

Pros and Cons of Flow Hostel

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Bicycle rental
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Towels not included
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

#9 Lavender Circus Hostel

9.1 on Booking.com  9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 36 USD 

Lavender Circus Hostel

Centrally located in Budapest, opposite the Hungarian National Museum and 120 m from Kálvin Tér transportation hub with 2 metro lines and several tram and bus lines, Lavender Circus Hostel, Doubles & Ensuites offers accommodation with free WiFi.

All units come functionally furnished with stylish decoration. Linen and towels are provided. Some units come with a private bathroom, while others have access to shared bathroom facilities. Guests can make use of a kitchenette in some units, while there is also a shared kitchen at guests’ disposal.

Lavender Circus Hostel

The nearest grocery store is within 50 metres, while Ráday Utca, a street renowned for its bars and restaurants, can be reached in 230 m. The Great Market Hall is 500 m away.

Pros and Cons of Lavender City Hostel

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Original decoration and design
  • Only private rooms available
  • Towels are included
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • 24-hours front desk
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Street parking
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • No dorms available

#10 Nest Hostel Budapest

8.4 on Booking.com  9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 52 USD Dorms from 15 USD

Nest Budapest

Conveniently situated in the 07. Erzsébetváros district of Budapest, Das Nest Budapest is located less than 1 km from Dohany Street Synagogue, an 11-minute walk from Hungarian State Opera and 1 km from House of Terror.

Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides entertainment staff and a shared lounge.

Nest Budapest

Guest rooms are equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hostel each room comes with a seating area. Guests at Das Nest Budapest will be able to enjoy activities in and around Budapest, like hiking.

The accommodation provides a dry cleaning service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying.

Pros and Cons of Lavender City Hostel

Pros

  • Great location within the city center
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Activities organized
  • Towels are included
  • ATM on site
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • 24-hours front desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Street parking
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • Breakfast not included

best hostels in Budapest

Budapest is a great city with a lot of possibilities on how to spend the time in it. Whether you choose those or another hostel, they all are situated in the city center, nearby all the important places like St.Stephen Basilica, Parliament Houses, Thermal Baths, Chaine Bridge.

I personally recommend visiting Budapest during not so crowded months as e.g. before Christmas or in earlier spring. Spending the time in some cozy café, or in some of the thermal baths, is the kind of experience you can really enjoy in Budapest and what’s best – for a great price! Isn’t it worth to visit?