Budapest

Budapest is an ideal place for holidaymakers who are already tired of the beaches and who want to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of the city and relax in a famous and numerous (more than 118 in the capital) Hungarian Spas. You can devote half of the day exploring the Buda Castle, and then refresh yourself with local dishes in a classical place like the Opera House, where worth to try the delicious Hungarian goulash.

Cross the Danube river using the Chain Bridge and make an incredible journey from Pest to Buda and then check out the breathtaking view of Pest from Fisherman’s Bastion! Afterward, head to the St. Stephen’s Basilica and admired the greatness of this magnificent architecture, which was built between 1851-1905.

 SafeAround compiled information concerning all possible risks in the Budapest’s main districts in order to make your holiday safe.

Our website will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advices.

SAFETY INDEX

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The best place to visit in the evening in Budapest is Ruin pubs. These are unordinary old buildings or basements that have been turned into bars all over the city.  The most concentrated area of this kind of bars is in the vibrant, very safe Jewish District. For coffee-lovers, SafeAround found a very sophisticated place. It is called New York Café in the safe and pleasant 1st district of Budapest, where the main concern is only pickpockets. Violent crime is very rare in Budapest. Most common crimes are theft, pick-pocketing and other financial-motivated offenses.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Budapest is an overall safe city with a rating of 76.7, it is ranked 27th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are the main crimes in Budapest, especially in tourist areas in the capital and big transportation hubs.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Budapest is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

The most common scams are ripping off in the bars and drink spiking in the strip clubs. For more information about scams, read the whole article about Hungary.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, transportation in Budapest is safe. There are known that some taxi drivers receive a commission to advise certain bars or restaurants to the tourists. There are known reports on overcharging in taxi persons who are not familiar with the vicinity.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Severe floorings possible in Budapest. Snowstorms occur in winter.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg. The threat of terrorist attacks exist, but relatively low. Be constantly vigilant to this threat.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Budapest is very safe for women travellers. The assaults are rare and almost doesn’t exist.

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WHAT TO DO?

1st District

All most popular tourist destinations are concentrated in this district such as: Fisherman’s Bastion, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Elisabeth bridge, and Citadel. Unfortunately, numerous tourists attract scammers and pickpockets. Safearound advises you to be vigilant during your pedestrian walk around the city center and reminds you not leave your belongings unattended. We are sure that some basic precautions will eliminate the risk of being robbed. 

8th District

This area is an ideal spot if you want to swap traditional sites to trendy place, exhibitions of contemporary and cheap street food. It is supposed to be the Most dangerous area in terms of the amount of the committed crimes. Last year 1049 crimes were registered on 10 000 inhabitants. It may seem frightening, but the area is clean and quite safe. SafeAround recommends to rest vigilant while visiting this area and use common sense while visiting bars and similar place at night.

Váci Street (Váci Utca)

The downtown of the Budapest and very attracting pedestrian area. As it is a popular tourist destination, such crimes like bag-snatching and pickpocketing happen. Be prudent, don’t allow strangers to look after your belongings.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The forint is a currency of Hungary. SafeAround doesn’t recommend exchange money in street money changers.  The best exchange rate can be found in the official banks.  Withdrawing forints in the local ATM’s may also be a good option.
The climate in Hungary is mild, with very hot summers (up to 34°C) and very cold winters (-11°C).
Busiest airports by passenger traffic are in Budapest, Debrecen, Sármellék. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.