Best Budapest Hostels

Affordable, Quality Accommodations for Budget Travellers

Browse our hand-picked list of best Budapest Hostels. Staying at a hostel is a great way to save on accommodation and spend the money on eating out, shopping or sightseeing.

You’ll find great hostels both in the city centre and the less busy, more peaceful areas.

Why Sleep at a Hostel in Budapest?

It’s not only about saving money but by sleeping in a hostel during your Budapest trip you’ll get to know other travellers from all around the world and perhaps you’ll even make new friends.

Not only students and people with low budget choose a hostel as accommodation, but travellers with all sorts of backgrounds – middle-aged people, seniors, singles, and families – prefer hostels to expensive and often faceless hotels.

Below you find recommended hostels that receive good ratings from tourists who slept at the facilities. Luckily the Hungarian capital offers a wide choice in of good hostels so you have a wide choice to select from

Quick Links: City Centre Hostels (districts: V., VI., VII., parts of VIII. & IX.): Animation City Hostel (distr. V., Váci Str.) –  Best Choice Hostel (distr. V., Váci Str.) – Downtown Oasis (distr. V., Károly krt., Great Synagogue) – HomePlus Hostel (distr. V., Balassi B. Str., Parliament neighbourhood) – The Loft Hostel (distr. V., Veres Pálné Str., Váci Str. area) – Ginkgo Hotel (distr. V., Szép u., ) – Carpe Noctem (distr. VI:, Szobi u. 5-Western Railway St., Andrássy Avenue) – Wombats City Hostel (distr. VI., Király Str.) –  7 x 24 Hostel (distr. VI., Király Str., Deák F. Sqr area) – Big Fish Hostel (distr. VII., Erzsébet krt., Blaha L. Sqr, Oktogon) – Marco Polo Hostel (distr. VII., Jewish Quarter) –  Budapest Bubble Hostel (distr. VIII., Palace Quarter., Hungarian National Museum) –  2night Hostel (distr. XIII., Szt. István krt., Grand Blvd., Nyugati Train St.)

Best Hostels in Downtown Budapest

Animation City Hostel

a bedroom in Animation HostelAddress: Haris köz 2., district V.,  next to Váci Street

It’s one of the best-value centrally located hostels with various size rooms and 2 shared bathrooms where you’ll have everything within easy rich: historic sights, the Danube, shops (Váci utca is a walkers-only shopping avenue), cafes, restaurants, clubs and bars.

You can rent bikes for only 2 000 HUF/day. Great for both shorter or longer stays, larger groups or a family, if you’re tight on money.

Room rates (depending on season):
  • single bed in 2-bed room: cc. 20-25/EUR/night,
  • double room: 26-40 EUR/night,
  • 3-bed rooom: 33-60 EUR/night,
  • private 4-bed room: 40-72 EUR/night, only 1 bed: 10-18 EUR/night,
  • private 6-bedroom: 54-90 EUR/night, 1 bed: 9-15 EUR/night,
  • superior ensuite room: 36-50 EUR/night
  • apartment rental: 90-120 EUR/apart.

Best Choice Hostel- Near the Danube inVáci Street

Address: Váci utca 23., district V. 2nd floor, 5., M3 metro Ferenciek tereKálvin tér station

the counter and the table in the kitchenThe Best Choice is on the Pest side near the Danube and the Central Market Hall. It is right in the famous pedestrian shopping street Váci utca and many other attractions in central Budapest are just a short walk from the hostel.

Double rooms have comfortable beds and spacious sitting areas. There are two computers in the large common room with free internet access.

It has private rooms with 2 bed and twin ensuites near the main building in the same street. There are lockers for keeping your valuable belongings safe.

Staff is kind and helpful, happy to give you tips on sightseeing (see also our pages about downtown Budapest, and recommended walking tours)

Room rates: cc.15 – 32 EUR (bed linen is included in the price).

Downtown Oasis Private Rooms

kitchen and dining areaAddress: Károly körút 24., district V.

In Downtown Oasis you will feel at home. This is a small, intimate hostel close to the Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, in the very center of Budapest.

Váci Street and other shopping areas, Vörösmarty Sqr – home to the annual Christmas fair, Deák Ferenc Sqr metro hub, good restaurants, clubs, and sights are within walking distance.

The owners turned an apartment into a cozy hostel with neat and friendly rooms and attentive staff. The common room is very nice, too with WiFi (there’s also free internet access in the rooms), cable TV and DVD library.

The quiet, peaceful atmosphere is perfect for families, elderly people or for anyone who prefer relaxation to partying.

Room rates: a room is around 17 EUR.

HomePlus Hostel

Address: Balassi Bálint utca 27., district V.
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room in the HomePlus HostelHomePlus hostel is located in a charming street between Budapest Parliament and Margaret Bridge, close to the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút, trams 4, 6).

The location couldn’t be better because you can go for strolling in the busy city center, or visit Margaret Island for fresh air and lots of green.

It’s a clean, bright hostel with 4 room types:

  • double room (it can accommodate 3 people)
  • 4-bed room
  • 5-bed room, and
  • 9-bed room

Rooms are comfortable with real beds instead of bunks. Internet use is free of charge.

Nice common room and large security lockers are additional pluses.

The staff is very helpful, giving you lots of useful tips on what to see, where to eat, and helping you should you encounter any problem.

The Loft Hostel

Address: Veres Pálné utca 19., district V.
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room with bunk bedsThe Loft Hostel is situated in the loft of an old, classic Art-Nouveau building in district V., close to Váci Street, the New Main Street, the Danube Promenade and other sights and attractions.

The hostel has undergone a renovation and offers comfortable, clean rooms with warm atmosphere.

Although Budapest is a fairly safe city (read our Safety in Budapest article), the hostel has top-notch security.

The common room is spacious with a large screen TV on with lots foreign-language channels. There’s a cozy sofa and a choice of board games to while away in the evening.

Free computer and internet use, Wi-Fi in rooms and in the common room for laptop users.

Free hot beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate are a nice. The kitchen area is well-equipped and -stocked.

The Loft is a great hostel with character in the city centre.

Room rates: cc. 17 – 19 EUR.

Budapest Bubble Hostel

Bubble Hostel street viewAddress: Bródy Sándor utca 2., district VIII., M3 (blue) metro, Kálvin tér station

The Bubble Hostel offers clean, tidy rooms in downtown near Múzeum körút. It has a quiet, laid-back atmosphere so this not the place if you’re after lots of partying.

There are only 2 dorm rooms providing accommodation for max. a dozen of people. The lady who runs the hostel is very kind and helpful, and will treat you as you were a guest in her home.

The hostel overlooks the building of the Hungarian National Museum with its large garden. Lots of sights, cafes, restaurants are located nearby that you can reach by walk.

a nice roomFree tea and coffee is provided in the shared kitchen, free use of internet Wi-Fi in the rooms and in the common room, security locks, bed linen are the main amenities in Bubble.

Guests can prepare their meals and store food in spacious kitchen. It’s equipped with coffee maker, water boiler, electric stove, refrigerator, pans, pots, plates and silverware.

Room Rates: cc. 20 EUR.

Carpe Noctem

Address: Szobi utca 5. 3/8a, district VI.

a room in Carpe Noctem HostelThe name of the hostel translates to “seize the night”. A perfect cheap lodging for single travellers who want to get the most a short stay in Budapest.

Located in a quiet side street in the central close to Nyugati (Western) Train Station and Andrássy Boulevard with lots of attractions, pubs, clubs nearby.

Public transport options are excellent since the hostel is between the M3 (blue) and M1 (yellow) metro lines, and a trolley service runs just in front of the hostel building.

Although the Carpe Noctem is not a loud, party hostel, I wouldn’t recommend it for people who want peace and quiet.

It is for socializing and making friends from other parts of the world. That’s why it has a large common area with bean bags and a corner sofa.

The extremely helpful staff will go out of their way to help you settle in and plan your stay in Budapest. They tell you what to see, which restaurants are good and affordable.

Just tell them what you want to do and they arrange it for you: cheap theatre and opera tickets, caving tours, walking tours, pun crawls (with the local pub tour guides), trips to Budapest’s thermal baths, etc.

Room Rates: cc. 10 EUR.

7 x 24 Central Hostel

Address: Király utca 14., floor 5 door 1, doorbell 32., district VI. , M1, M2, M3 metros, Deák Ferenc tér station

an attic room in 7x24 hostel with lime green walls

The 7 x 24 central Hostel has strategic location regarding public transport services.

It is about 2 minutes from Deák Square – one of the city’s major transportation hubs – where the 3 metro lines meet.

There’re also several tram (trams No. 47, 49), and bus routes (buses No. 4, 9, 16, 105), as well as night bus services (night buses No. 909, 914, 931, 950, 966, 979) in the area.

If you plan to do lots of sightseeing both on foot and using public transport, then the 7 x 24 central Hostel is a perfect choice for accommodation.

You can reach many important sights like St Stephen’s Basilica, Váci Street, Andrássy Avenue with the Hungarian Opera House, the former Jewish Quarter – by walk, but if you want to see sights that are a bit far by walk you can hop on a metro, tram or bus.

the well-eqipped kitchen in7x24 hostelThe rooms are nice and sunny with warm decor. No bunk beds but comfortable, wide beds!

There are 2 rooms with 2 beds (one of them has private bathroom & toilet), 1 room with 3 beds, 2 rooms with 4 beds with private bathrooms.

All rooms have free WiFi and cable internet, and there’s also free internet access and WiFi available in the common room. Free towels and bed linen are provided.

The common room and most rooms are air-conditioned which you’re going to appreciate during hot summer days. The fully-fitted kitchen is stocked with tea and coffee that you can use free of charge.

Security is excellent with PIN coded doors, and lockers. The staff is very kind and will help you with anything regarding you stay. A welcome drink is included in the room price.

This 7×24 Central Hostel is recommended for families or for anyone who want quiet, centrally located accommodation. See more photos about the rooms!

Room Rates: 14-23 EUR/perso/night

2night Hostel

Address: Szent István körút 22., 3rd floor, district XIII.
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large bedroom with double bed in 2night hostel BudapestThe 2night Hostel is a fairly new addition to Budapest’s hostel palette.

It is quite well located, near the Western Train Station and Margaret Bridge with a range of sights within easy reach.

Margitsziget (Margaret Island – a green oasis in the busy city centre), the Parliament on Kossuth Square, the Shoes on the Danube can be conveniently accessed  by walk.

The area offers a wide choice in restaurants, cafes, clubs, and shops.

Rooms (a 4-bed room, 6-bed room, private room with shared bathroom) have large, comfortable beds (no bunks). The double room has TV with a DVD player (you can get some DVDs from the common room).

common room 2night hostelThere’s wireless internet in the rooms and in the common area which also has a internet access that you can use free of charge. Breakfast is included, and coffee and tea are free at any time.

There’s a large and fairly well-equipped common room, coffee/tea maker, with teabags and coffee to use, computer with internet, fridge, magazines, leaflets on sightseeing, inc., and you can also opt for brekafast for cc. 2 EUR.

This is again a very peaceful hostel (there’s some nosie from the street below), ideal for tourists who want to rest after a tiring day.

The staff is friendly and extremely helpful, ready to help you with any problem, question you might have.

Room rates: Oct-Apr: cc. 5-20 EUR/night, high season: May-Sept: 10-40 EUR/night, special events (Sziget Festival, F1 Grand Prix, Xmas, New Years, other festivals): 20-100 EUR/night.

A great-value, inexpensive place with just the basics, if you don’t want or have the budget to pamper yourself in a luxury hotel.

Big Fish Hostel

Address: Erzsébet körút 33., 1st floor door 1, doorbell 11.,  district VII., tram 4, 6 Wesselényi utca stop, M2 (red).

a cheery bedroom in Big Fish Hostel with orange wallsThe Big Fish is a newly renovated hostel in a lovely old building in district VII.

Located on the busy Erzsébet krt. part of the Grand Boulevard, between Blaha Lujza Sqr. and Oktogon, it’s in the city centre with two major tram lines (trams 4,6) running along Grand Boulevard, the M2 (red) metro station at Blaha Lujza Square, and the M3 (blue) metro station at Nyugati Tér (Nyugati Train Station).

The party district in the old but now hip Jewish Quarter is just a few steps, walk along Kazinczy Street, Király utca (Gozsdu Court is full of cafes, street food and restaurants) Dob utca, Kertész utca to find cool bars and garden clubs.

Spacious, cheery rooms with comfortable beds, large bathrooms, and a huge kitchen are the major benefits of this Budapest hostel.

Free web access and WiFi in rooms and in the common room and use of computer in the common room is also free of charge.

Other features include:

  • cable TV
  • games room
  • security lockers
  • bed linen included
  • 24-hour reception
  • 24-hour security
  • bicycle storage.

Room rates are between 15 – 27 EUR/night, a welcome drink is included (pálinka, unique Hungarian fruit brandy or a glass of Tokaji wine).

Wombats City Hostel

Address: Király utca 20., district VI., DEák F. tér metro hub (M1, M2, M3 metro lines)

kitchen in Wombats hostelThe Wombats City Hostel is very well located hostel ina renovated 4-storey building in the up-and-coming Király Street in  VI. district where cultural sights restaurants, cafes and a buzzing nightlife abound: Andrássy Avenue with the Opera House, Nagymező utca Pest’s Broadway offer a lot to do and see.

Transport connections are excellent since you can get to anywhere by any of the three metro lines converging at Deák Sqr. just a short walk from the hostel.

Erzsébet Square, a popular city centre park with terraced clubs and bars (Akvárium, Fröccsterasz, Prosit Wine Bar) is also close by.

There are single and double rooms, as well as dorms with 3, 4, 6 and 8 beds. There are mixed and female only (4-bed, 6 -bed) rooms. The place is clean and calm and entirely non-smoking.

Facilities include:

  • 24 h-reception
  • luggage storage and lockers
  • 2 lifts
  • kitchen
  • laundry room with washing machine and dryers
  • bar
  • brekafast room
  • internet, free WiFi.

Staff is kind and speaks English, Italian, and French.

Room rates: 10-40 EUR/night/person depending on the season, bed sheets and linen are included. You can have a buffet-sytle breakfast for cc. 3.30 EUR/1 000 HUF

Ginkgo Hostel

Address: Szép utca 5., district V. , M2 metro Astoria station or M3 metro Ferenciek tere station

room in Ginkgo HostelSituated in the middle of Budapest, in the vicinity of Ferenciek tere and Astoria, Ginkgo offers the combination of excellent location, affordable prices, friendly and helpful staff.

Two metro stations are only from a 2-minute walk from the hostel: Ferenciek tere station for the M3 (blue) metro, and Astoria station for the M2 (red) metro line.

3 large shared rooms, 3 double rooms, common room and a basic kitchen are the main facilities. All rooms are tidy, clean and non-smoking. There’re lockers in the rooms to keep your belongings safe.

The hostel is in an old building, and though it’s not air-conditioned doesn’t get too hot in the summer. Breakfast is included in the room price (as well as clean linens), and coffee and tea are free.

Internet access is free of charge: WiFi in the rooms and in the common room, web access and computer in the common room

The English and German speaking staff is expert in Budapest. They know all the good and cheap eateries, nice pubs and clubs, sights, etc. They want to see you have a good time and feel at home during your trip.

Ginkgo is not a party hostel, and the whole building is non-smoking.

Room Rates: double room from 44 EUR/night, dorm beds: 15 EUR/night, triple from 20 EUR/person/night, quad from 18 EUR/person/night, Euros and credit cards are accepted. Find out more on the hostel’s website.

Gallery Single & Private Hostel

Address: Hegedüs Gyula utca 7., III./36., district VI., trams 4, 6 ot M3 (blue) metro Nyugati tér station

a double room in Gallery and Single Private HostelThe Gallery Single & Private Hostel is housed on 3rd floor of a fine historical building in the city centre, near Nyugati (Western) Train Station. Margaret Bridge and Margaret Island are also nearby.

You can explore many sights in the neighbourhood on foot but you can also conveniently reach many public transport services that run in the area.

The hostel is focused on single travellers and couples, so it’s more like an apartment than an ordinary hostel. The decor is nice with vivid colors, and pieces of contemporary art.

It has several bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 toilets, 1 kitchen, 1 community room. All private rooms can be locked. The bedrooms and the common room are non-smoking.

You can also rent a private ensuite with bathroom and kitchen (no internet) near the hostel building. Owners of the place are very attentive and helpful.

Home Made Hostel – Great Location and Lots of Character

Address: Teréz krt. 22., district VI., trams 4,6

Home Made Hostel bedroomThe Home Made is a very cool hostel with retro feeling. Furniture from authentic Hungarian homes is used for decorating the rooms.

It is in a historical building on Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút), so it is an excellent base point for exploring the city. The drawback of the location is the street noise.

Nicely renovated classic furniture, beds with unique design, hand-made lamps add a very homey and cozy ambience to the establishment.

The double room has a comfortable bed, a TV and it’s best for couples or for those who prefer privacy. The large dorm with 8 beds has a TV set and a DVD player. There’s also a 4-bed room, and a 6-bed room which can accommodate small groups.

Guests share 3 bathrooms.

Other features are:

  • free WiFi in the whole building,
  • free internet access in the common room,
  • free tea and coffee
  • safety lockers

The common room is ideal for chats and socializing. Staff is friendly and ready to help you with everything.

Room rates: double room: 42-56 EUR, a bed in the 8-bed dorm costs 10-20 EUR. Mineral water, orange juice, snacks, fruits are included in the price.

Nightingale Ensuite Hostel/Mini Hotel (formerly Mandragora Boutique Hostel)

Address: József körút 2., district VIII., trams 4, 6 or M3 metro Ferenc körút stop.

a cheerful room in Nightingale HostelLocated in the centre on Grand Boulevard, you can reach many attractions, sights, cafes, restaurants, shops and supermarkets easily.

New York Palace with its legendary cafe is just a few steps from Nighingale Hostel, but you won’t have to go far to get to Jewish Budapest with the Central Synagogue in Dohány Street either.

Trams 4, 6 run along the Boulevard, and M2 (red) metro has a station at Blaha Lujza tér, so you’ll have excellent public transport connections, too

Nighingale offers 3 rooms each with a different style:

  • Atropa is the most spacious room with a double bed. Price: from 60 EUR (cc. 88 $)
  • Datura is medium-sized with a double bed Price: from 60 EUR (cc. 88 $)
  • Sage is the smallest room. Price: from 50 EUR (cc. 73 $)

There’s also an apartment on the top floor with its own bathroom and kitchen. It offers a fine view of Gellért Hill in Buda. The rental fee of the apartment is 80 EUR.

Nightingale is an intimate, clean hostel where you can relax after a busy day. See photos about the rooms![/two_third_last][/box]

Moha Hostel- in Budapest’s Green Belt

Address: Neszmélyi út 18/a, district XI.

garden of Moha HostelGetting there: take bus 7E or 173E from Keleti Train Station (on M2 metro line) and get off at Etele tér stop. From there the hostel is a 10-minute walk.

Or from Koszolányi Dezső tér: take bus 150E (get off at Menyecske utca and walk along Neszmélyi út for about 1 minute), or bus 150 (get off at

Péterhegyi tér and you’ll be right at Moha Hostel).

Getting to Koszolányi tér: take buses 7, 7E, 173, 173E (from Keleti Train Station, Blaha Lujza tér, Ferenciek tere) or travel with tram 49 from Deák F. tér, Astoria or Kálvin tér).

Moha is a small hostel in the green Buda side of the city. Peaceful neighbourhood, nice garden, friendly staff, modern, youthful interior characterize the place.

You can get to the city centre in 30 minutes using public transport. Internet access is free of charge, with WiFi in the rooms and in the lobby which also has internet connection and a computer to use.

It has two 6-bed rooms, two 4-bed rooms, and a private double room.

A large well-equipped kitchen, security lockers, cable TV, boardgames, Playstation and a BBQ area in the garden are the other main features of this hostel.

Intimacy and fresh air make up for the slightly far location from downtown. There’s a grocery shop and a pizza restaurant nearby.

Marco Polo Hostel

Address: Nyár utca 6. district VII., tarms 4, 6 or M2 metro Blaha Lujza tér stop.

room in Marco Polo HostelThe hostel has free minibus service from keleti Train Station. A large complex with central location in the historic Jewish District.

Marco Polo has double and quad rooms with TV and private bathrooms, as well as a dormitories (two 12-bed rooms).

The rooms have lockable wardrobe. You’ll find lots of information about Budapest at the reception but the friendly staff is ready to help you, too.

Rooms and bathrooms are kept clean and tidy.

There’s a friendly bar in the cellar to chill out.

Other services/amenities include:

  • free WiFi
  • luggage room
  • lift
  • laundry facilities
  • iron and ironing board
  • towel hire
  • hair dryer
  • soft drink machine
  • breakfast is available for cc. 2.8 EUR
  • parking nearby

Pets and bikers (bike storage is available) are welcome. Good, basic accommodation with easy access to all sights and things to do.

Room rates are between cc. 26 -50 EUR/night, in dorm (12 beds): cc. 8-10 EUR/night

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