Prague and Budapest are two cities that go hand in hand. You visit one, you must visit the other one. There just isn’t a reason why you shouldn’t. 326 miles and an 85-minute-long flight certainly didn’t stop me.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I went on and visited Greece for a few days and after visiting Santorini, we flew to Prague with a layover in Athens. I stayed in Prague for three days and honestly, 3 days is plenty.
You can easily see most of Prague in about two days. Therefore, when you’re planning a trip there, just know that you won’t need more than two to three days.
Everything is very central. The city is small and it’s very easy to get around. My girlfriend and I ‘Ubered’ everywhere and it was literally the cheapest place I have ever gone to. Transportation is one of the many things in Prague that is very affordable. Even though everything is very close, be prepared to spend a lot of time sitting in traffic as the streets can get quite congested. At certain points you may even prepare walking.
Although the Czech Republic is part of the EU, they did not however adopt the Euro. The official currency in Prague and the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna. The conversion rate from Dollar to Czech koruna is around 1 = 22.06. So rest assure that your money goes far in Prague. You can order the currency at your local bank a few days before your trip or just take out money at the airport when you arrive in Prague. I would recommend the first option.
If you’re traveling on a budget, Prague is definitely the right place to visit. We used Airbnb throughout our stay in Prague and it was quite lovely. 3 nights for less than $200.
Here’s a few things to see in Prague:
- Old Town Square
- The Charles Bridge
- Prague Castle
- Vitus Cathedral
- Dancing House
- Prague River Cruise
- Spanish Synagogue
It really is possible to visit all these places in less than three 3 days. It would probably be best if you plan out your day ahead and spread your destinations out.
If you’re looking for a good place to have a nice breakfast/Brunch, try out this café called Muj Salek Kavy. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Prague is a city that doesn’t require much preparation. It’s one of those cities that you just kind of have to jump in and find your own way around. Let it guide you, rather than trying to dissect every bit of it before even setting foot onto an airplane.
Now getting from Prague to Budapest really isn’t too difficult. I would recommend flying. It’s the fastest and most cost-effective way. You can travel by train, but it would take you about 6 hours and easily costs you around $120. You can easily purchase a plane ticket for that price and get there in a fraction of that time. When I traveled from Prague to Budapest, I had a short layover in Berlin, but you can probably get an affordable direct flight if you book early enough.
The Hungarian Forint is the currency of Hungary and just with the Czech Koruna, the Hungarian Forint is an excellent choice of currency if you’re an American hoping for a generous conversion rate while on vacation.
Budapest was terrific. I highly recommend visiting. It’s definitely a bigger city than Prague, but shares a lot of its features that make it such an unforgettable city. Budapest’s exquisite taste in food, beer, and architect make it any young travelers dream destination.
The biggest advice that I can give you on Budapest is that you may encounter yourself struggling with transportation. Uber doesn’t operate in Budapest and taxis are extremely unreliable and corrupt. A lot of the taxis won’t have a meter running, the drivers will throw out random prices when you ask them for an estimate. Needless to say, just be ready to negotiate at times and know when it is better to walk away and look for another taxi. Count the money in front of the driver, that way, he can’t later on misguide you and ploy you into believing that you didn’t give him the correct amount. ESPECIALLY after a long night of drinking, trust me, I’ve been there.
Here are a few things to do in Budapest that you may want to check out.
Things to Do in Budapest
- Castle Hill
- Thermal Baths
- Heroes' Square
- Chain Bridge
One thing you must check out when visiting Budapest are its iconic thermal baths. Because let’s face it, a trip to Budapest wouldn’t be complete without having visited on of them. There are plenty to choose from. I went to Snechenyi thermal bath. It is one of the biggest ones and unlike many other ones, it is completely co-ed, which is definitely something you should be aware of if you’re planning on traveling with your significant other.
Budapest’s thermal baths are fun to visit for a few hours and relax a little. But if you are a germaphobe, you might want to spend your time elsewhere.
Overall, I would most definitely encourage anyone who’s interested in traveling to the Czech Republic or Hungary to do so. Kill two birds with one stone and plan on visiting both countries in one trip. Like I mentioned earlier on, it’s quite simple to accommodate both destinations in one itinerary. Depending on how much time you have, you can easily visit both countries in 5 days. 2 days in Prague and 3 days in Budapest. If you are a young traveler on a budget who’s eager to see a different culture, eat excellent food and expend their horizon, then this would be a great way to start. 5 days in those countries will easily cost you less than $600.
So get off your ass, and hop on a plane.