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Everyone is looking for something a little different when it comes to solo travel. Maybe you want a beach getaway or want to switch things up with a city break.
Solo travel has grown substantially over the years, with more and more people traveling on their own terms, with Hungary grabbing the spotlight in a recent ranking.
A landlocked country in Central Europe, you won’t find pristine beaches here. What you will find in Hungary are medieval castles, impressive architecture, and a welcoming community of travelers.
According Rebound 2023 travel index, Hungary tied with Spain as one of the top destinations for solo travelers worldwide: and for good reason!
Here’s why you should think about trading it and heading to Hungary for your next trip:
boredom is not a thing
With 23 districts with different vibes, when I say there is a LOT to do in Budapest, there is a LOT. Museums, thermal baths, food tours, boat trips and shopping, there is something for every traveler.
The House of Terror, the Holocaust Memorials, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Budapest History Museum are just some of the attractions you can enjoy in the city. Enjoy a wonderful day riding along the Danube to experience the sites at night.
With more than 136 thermal spas At home, Hungary also offers a relaxing downside for solo travelers looking for a little indulgence at an affordable price. Budapest even has a beer spa where you can soak in the hops and pour yourself your own pints!
There are also a variety of day trips and quaint mountain villages to visit if you prefer a more relaxing stay.
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friends come easy
With its famous ruin bars and bustling Jewish quarter, Budapest especially attracts hordes of solo travelers year-round. A plethora of hostels across the city host pub crawls in the city, where you’ll definitely run into a friend or two.
If hostels aren’t for you, it’s still very possible to meet other travelers and locals here. With a welcoming mentality among the locals, you’ll always have a good time in town. Grab a seat in any of the ruin bars or outdoor food markets and start chatting!
cheap and cheerful
There are so many ways to save money in Hungary as a solo traveler. Of course, if you venture into the countryside, prices drop; however, even in major cities like Budapest, it’s still much cheaper than Western Europe.
To save money in Budapest, opt for the ‘Budapest Card’ to save on local attractions, dining, and transportation. Hungary also used its own currency: the guilder (HUF). So you are already getting things at a bargain price compared to the euro.
For context, a decent glass of wine will set you back anywhere from $1-3: YES!
Most solo travelers are looking to backpack and visit other destinations in Europe as well. Being centrally located, Hungary is easily accessible, and it is even possible to take short day trips to other countries from here.
Depending on how much time you have and your interests, take a day trip to Austria or Slovakia, or spend a few more days there. The average train journey from Budapest to Vienna is just over 2 hours, and to Bratislava is about 2 hours.
Budapest is also a hub for cheap flights across Europe, making it ideal for solo travelers looking to venture into a couple more countries while they’re here.
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