Which Neighbourhood in Budapest Should You Stay In?

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When it comes to choosing where to stay in Budapest, there are more than enough options depending on what is most important for your particular travelling needs. Check out our district by district guide to find the best area for your trip to the Pearl of the Danube.

District V

St Stephen's Basilica
Front view of St Stephen's Basilica from Zrínyi street | © Marco Verch / Flickr cc.
As the tourist centre of Budapest, District V is a great place to stay for those looking for a great location. There are plenty of options here, from hotels and apartments; however, due to their proximity to all the main sights, they can be a little more expensive (although that’s not to say there aren’t bargains to be found!). The luxurious Four Seasons can be found here, alongside opulent options such as the Kempinski Hotel and the Ritz Carlton. With a large number of restaurants dotted across the district and sights such as St Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian Parliament Building within walking distance, this is the place to be for convenience and historic charm.
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District VI

Slightly more peaceful than the neighbouring Districts V and VII, District VI has a more residential (and therefore, local) feel while still being very well located for all the major sights. The historic Andrássy Avenue runs from one end of the district to the other; as well as being a popular attraction in itself, it’s also lined with well-located, often luxurious, hotels. The area between Teréz körút and Bajcsy Zsilinszky út is the liveliest part of the district in which to rest your head; however, there are accommodation options throughout.

The area around the Hungarian State Opera House is known as the Budapest Broadway thanks to the abundance of theatres and artistic venues, while the House of Terror Museum is also located in the area.

District VI, Budapest, Hungary

District VII (Jewish Quarter)

Eclectic, artistic and lively, Budapest’s Jewish Quarter is a hub of activity. The heart of the city’s nightlife, with more ruin pubs than you can shake a stick at, it’s a happening area with a buzzing atmosphere. As a result, it’s a popular place to stay in the heart of the action. The streets can be noisier so look for a courtyard-facing room to be sure of a good night’s sleep.

There’s a real mixture of accommodation types here, ranging from charming boutique hotels to cheap and cheerful hostels. The abundance of eateries, bars, clubs and shops is a draw for visitors who want to experience all the city has to offer; however, it can lack a more local feel.

District VII, Budapest, Hungary

District VIII

A creative district with an alternative vibe, the inner part of Budapest’s eighth district is well located and a little more off beat than the neighbouring District VII. The section between Jószef korut and Múzeum korut is home to restaurants, bars and cafés and boasts a lively feel, thanks in part to the universities in the district that attract a large student population. The Museum of Applied Arts and the Ervin Szabó Library can be found here, as can the Hungarian National Museum.

District VIII is home to a wide range of accommodation including boutique hotels, hostels and apartments, and is a great place to stay for anyone looking for an alternative vibe on the border of downtown Budapest.

District VIII, Budapest, Hungary

District IX (Palace District)

An area on the rise, District IX is rising from a shaky history to become one of the city’s coolest places to stay. The inner section of the district, near to Kalvin tér, is the best area in which to book accommodation; further out, and there’s less proximity to major sights as well as a slightly less safe feel at night. Within the Palace District, Raday utca is a bustling street filled with bars and cafés, while the Great Market Hall and the Pest side of Liberty Bridge can both be found in District IX.

From high-end to budget options, those looking for a slightly more off the beaten path feel while maintaining a close distance to the city center need look no further!

District IX, Budapest, Hungary

District I

Located on the Buda side of the city, District I is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Castle District; housing Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion, it’s filled with stunning architectural and historic sites. Anyone looking for a quieter atmosphere by night and proximity to some of Budapest’s most well-known landmarks may well enjoy sleeping in this part of the city. The area is not as saturated when it comes to accommodation like some other parts of downtown Budapest; however, there are still a good number of quality hotels and apartments from which to choose.

While the district is great for its history and architectural charm, it is slightly further from the action. However, the distance from Budapest’s nightlife does mean a good night’s sleep is all but guaranteed – and for anyone wanting to enjoy an evening in the city’s ruin bars, public transport is still available throughout the night.

District I, Budapest, Hungary