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Michelin-Star Meal for $40 in Budapest, Hungary with Tim & Amy

Best Things to do in Budapest Hungary with Tim and Amy Rutherford Budapest Parliament at Night

Budapest Parliament at night.

It was a pleasure to interview my friends Tim and Amy Rutherford of Go With Less about Budapest, Hungary. Tim and Amy’s tips for the best things to do in Budapest are packed with interesting places to visit and amazing food to sample. They were on a five-week, ten-city European tour and four of their favorite meals of the trip were from Budapest.

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Best Things to do in Budapest Hungary with Tim and Amy Rutherford Our hotel on the water was a boat!

Tim and Amy slept a couple of nights on this boat on the Danube River.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a fascinating city with so much history. It is actually two cities (Buda and Pest) that are opposite of each other across a river. There are historic castles, delicious restaurants, and gorgeous neighborhoods waiting to be explored.

For travelers that are a bit uncomfortable traveling internationally, you will be happy to know that English is widely spoken in Budapest, so it is easy to communicate with the locals. The people are friendly and Budapest is incredibly affordable.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Budapest Info, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. Consider purchasing the Budapest Card, which includes 30+ services for free, plus an airport transfer, a cruise on the Danube, and a chimney cake from Molnár’s.

Best Things to do in Budapest Hungary with Tim and Amy Rutherford Heavenly Lángos

Make sure you try the Lángos!

Best things to do in Budapest

Best places to eat in Budapest

  • Retró Lángos Büfé (reviews) – For $2.76, we shared a langos for lunch. I’ve been dreaming of this perfect morsel ever since. Langos is deep-fried bread served with a variety of topping options. We opted for sour cream, shredded cheese and onions and are under the impression this is a classic version. It’s even better than it sounds.
  • Stand25 Bisztró (reviews) – Stand25 is an affordable restaurant from the highest Michelin-starred chef in Hungary. For $37.17, we had an exceptional, gourmet meal. The prix fixe menu changes with the seasons.

Best places to stay in Budapest

Here are the best places to stay in Budapest.

Getting around Budapest

The local airport is Budapest Airport, which is about 22 kilometers away from the city center. It will take about 40 minutes to get from the airport whether you are taking public transportation or a car. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Tim and Amy say that there’s no need to rent a car. The city is very walkable and it is easy to get around. Public transportation is easy, cheap, and efficient.

If you must rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Tim and Amy Rutherford about Budapest, Hungary. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Budapest, Hungary
  • Green dots = best things to do in Budapest, Hungary
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Budapest, Hungary

Who are Tim and Amy Rutherford?

Tim and Amy Rutherford have achieved the goal that many of us can only dream of. They were aggressive savers and paid off all of their debt so they could retire in their 40s to travel the world. Tim and Amy have been retired since 2015.

They blog about traveling the world without spending a lot of money. One of their favorite “hacks” is to housesit so they can stay in a local’s home for free!

Tim and Amy love to record videos much more than writing. Their blog isn’t updated every week like some bloggers. Instead, you’ll find their best content on YouTube:

They post new YouTube content every Wednesday, so subscribe today so you don’t miss their next video.

You can connect with Tim and Amy on their website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Click here to download our one-page guide of Tim and Amy’s tips for Budapest.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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What’s your favorite part of Budapest, Hungary? Let us know in the comment section below or continue the discussion in our Facebook group!

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  1. Anonymous

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