I visited Budapest during December a couple of years ago and loved it so much that I wanted to return in a warmer climate which I did last July with my daughter.
As per normal I scouted for flights on Sky Scanner and found Ryanair flights leaving from Stanstead at 8.30 (so yep, in true Lenny form we were up at the crack of dawn). This flight got us into Budapest for Midday where we were picked up from the airport with a driver booked via Hoppa, though there is good public transport from the airport to the city.
Our return flight was booked two days later, leaving Budapest at 21.50 which gave us maximum time to explore during our two-night trip. The flights, including seat choice and hand luggage for two, came to £164.48.
Our Hotel was booked through Booking.com. We Stayed at The Opera Loft Apartments on Andrássy Útca which is one of the main designer shopping streets in the city, leading from the centre all the way down to City Park. However, do not be expecting the Ritz. The room was very basic, but it was clean, large, it had aircon and the bed was super comfortable.
Getting to our room was a little horror movie-esque. We had to go up several floors in a rickety old lift that squeaked and creaked and juddered its way up before jolting to a stop. It was just flickering lights away from a ghost appearing, ha-ha. Would I stay there again though? Absolutely, it was in a great location, close to a metro station and within walking distance of many hotspots. Plus, it was just over £70 for the both of us. As a place to wash and rest your head, it’s ideal.
After a quick freshen up and change of outfit we left the hotel and walked less than ten minutes to the Basilica of St Stephens, stopping for a drink in the square before venturing inside. We opted to climb the stairs to the top for great views over the city. It’s just 1000 HUF (approx. 3 EURO). I though my legs were going to die but the view was worth my dramatics.
Although Hungary have their own currency, Hungarian forint (HUF), the Euro is widely used.