Budapest for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Budapest

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🚵‍♀️ adventure | 🎨 culture | 🌳 nature | 🥾 hiking&walking | 😌 wellness | 🍸 nightlife | 🏙️ city break | 🍔 food & drink | 😎 great for singles | 😎😎 great for couples | 🚼 child-friendly | 🚶‍♀️safe for solo travellers

Why workation in Budapest:

  • Affordable living costs
  • Vibrant cultural and social life
  • Rich history and beautiful architecture

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ”Very beautiful city, vibrant, lots of things to do and moving around is so easy compared to other "big" capitals.”

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⌚ Time difference UTC +1 hours
📶 Average internet speed Very Fast 83 Mb/s
💉 Recommended travel vaccinations Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State) 🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

The local vibe in Budapest

Budapest pulses with a unique blend of history and modernity. Picture streets lined with grand, if slightly worn, architecture, leading to bustling markets and cozy cafes. The Danube slices through, with life unfolding on both banks. By day, the city buzzes with energy as locals hurry about, while nights welcome a laid-back vibe, with open-air bars and riverside hangouts coming alive. It's a place where tradition meets contemporary cool, all under the watchful eyes of centuries-old castles and thermal baths.

Pros & Cons of Budapest for digital nomads

Pros Cons
✅ Affordable cost of living ❌ Air quality issues
✅ High safety levels ❌ Smoking prevalence
✅ High-quality internet ❌ Challenges in freedom of speech and political climate
✅ Rich recreational and cultural activities ❌ Seasonal weather variations can be extreme
✅ Mild climate conditions ❌ High population density in urban areas
✅ Welcoming community and ease of socializing ❌ Road safety concerns
✅ Positive business environment ❌ Language barriers for non-Hungarian speakers
✅ High-quality healthcare
✅ Safety for diverse groups

Our favorite cafés with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafés recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Arch & Beans

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.6) – Google reviews

Free Wi-Fi

Lots of plugs

Comfortable chairs

Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM- 6:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary, a city where history and modernity collide to create a vibrant atmosphere that's hard to resist. For digital nomads, Budapest offers more than just a picturesque backdrop for your workday; it's a place where the energy of innovation meets the calm of traditional thermal baths, making it the perfect spot for those looking to blend productivity with relaxation.

The city isn't just about its stunning architecture and historical sites; it's also about the people you'll meet and the community you'll find here. With a plethora of coworking spaces and a buzzing digital nomad community, Budapest serves as a hub for creativity and collaboration. Whether you're looking to network or simply find your tribe, the city's friendly vibe and open arms make it an ideal destination.

A glimpse of life in Budapest

What fellow nomads say about Budapest

"Stayed for 2 weeks after almost a year n a half in LatAm. Beautiful city; great food options- especially for Asian food lovers. Plenty of authentic Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese options for about 50% of what you would pay in a Western city. Decent hostels will cost $11-$15 weekdays and between $18-$30 on weekends.... Good internet; beautiful architecture and people but it is true Hungarians can be very cold at times. Overall a good stay with many destinations just a quick and cheap flight/train ride away (Bratislava/Belgrade/Vienna,Bucharest/Sofia/Prague and several Polish cities ."

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Amy

"This was my first Slomad destination in September 2022. I stayed for 3 months and I would definitely go back. Pros: - Quality of life/Cost of living - Super safe (solo female traveler) - Gorgeous city, great architecture, Danube river, castle, Parliament, stunning parks - Walkable - Excellent public transportation: Bolt, bikes, train, airport relatively close - Fast internet - Fun nightlife - Diverse food options that are good - Thermal baths - Classical music shows around town - Easy to road trip to Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Austria - Loved the cocktail bars Cons: - Locals can sometimes be cold but for the most part, they were friendly - Queer community is tiny - It was probably me but I didn't find much going on with the nomad community."

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Michael

"I stayed here for 4 months. Very beautiful city, vibrant, lots of things to do and moving around is so easy compared to other "big" capitals."

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Pia

Daily Budget for Budapest

Accommodation
Hostel: $10-$25 per night
Guesthouse/Private Room: $25-$50 per night
Hotel: $40-$150 per night
Food and Drinks
Local Eats: $5-$10
International Cuisine: $10-$25
Wine at a Bar: $3-$8
Pastries: $1-$4
Transportation
Public Transport: $1-$2 per trip
Taxi/Rideshare (short distance): $4-$12
Bike Rental (daily): $5-$15
Coworking Spaces
Day Pass: $10-$20
Cafe (with Wi-Fi): $3-$10 (minimum spend)
Entertainment and Activities
Museum Entrance: $4-$12
Boat Tour: $15-$40
Miscellaneous
Souvenirs: $3-$15
SIM Card with Data: $5-$15
Total daily budget: $50-$180

Travel tips for exploring Budapest

How to Get There

Upon landing at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, the most convenient way to reach the city center is by the airport shuttle bus (100E) or by taxi. The shuttle bus is budget-friendly and has stops at key points in the city, making it a great choice if you're looking to save some money. Taxis are available 24/7 and offer a more private and faster option to your accommodation. For a smooth journey, consider downloading the Budapest public transport app, FUTÁR, which can help you navigate the city's transport system easily.

Greeting Phrases

  • Good morning - Jó reggelt
  • Good afternoon - Jó napot
  • Good evening - Jó estét
  • Hello - Szia (informal) / Jó napot (formal)
  • Thank you - Köszönöm

FAQ Budapest

How crowded is Budapest?

Budapest is a bustling city, especially in tourist-frequented areas like the city center and along the Danube River. During peak tourist seasons, such as summer and during major festivals, the city can feel quite crowded. However, there are always quieter districts and parks if you need a break from the hustle and bustle.


What is the nightlife like in Budapest?

Budapest is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, offering a wide variety of options from traditional Hungarian taverns to trendy bars and clubs. The city is famous for its "ruin pubs," unique bars that are set in dilapidated pre-war buildings. There are also many cultural events in the evenings, including concerts and theater performances.


What kinds of people can I expect to see in Budapest?

Budapest is a diverse and cosmopolitan city, home to a wide array of people including Hungarians and a significant number of expatriates and students from around the world. In the city center and tourist areas, you'll encounter travelers from all corners of the globe. The city's rich cultural scene also attracts artists, musicians, and creatives.


Are there healthy eating options available in Budapest?

Yes, Budapest has seen a rise in health-conscious eateries in recent years. You can find a variety of restaurants and cafes offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Traditional Hungarian cuisine, known for its hearty and flavorful dishes, also includes healthy options like fish, grilled meats, and plenty of vegetables.


Is Budapest pedestrian-friendly?

Budapest is generally pedestrian-friendly, especially in the city center and along the Danube promenade. There are numerous pedestrian zones, parks, and squares where you can enjoy a leisurely walk. However, like in any major city, it's important to be mindful of traffic when crossing streets outside of these areas.


Does Budapest experience frequent power outages? How long do they last?

Power outages in Budapest are not frequent. The city's infrastructure is robust, and outages are usually quickly resolved. On the rare occasions when outages do occur, they are typically short-lived and localized, often due to specific maintenance work or extreme weather conditions.


What is the natural environment like in Budapest?

Budapest boasts a beautiful natural environment, with the Danube River running through the city, providing scenic views and a natural divide between the Buda and Pest sides. The city is also home to several green spaces and parks, including the expansive City Park and the Buda Hills, which offer outdoor recreational activities and breathtaking views of the city.


Is it easy to access other destinations from Budapest?

Yes, Budapest is well-connected and serves as a central hub for exploring other destinations in Hungary and beyond. The city's central location in Europe makes it an excellent starting point for trips to neighboring countries, with efficient train and bus connections. Within Hungary, destinations like Lake Balaton, Eger, and the Danube Bend are easily accessible for day trips or weekend getaways.


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Local emergency number 112 (General emergency)
Best hospital Semmelweis University Hospital | Üllői út 78, 1082 Budapest | +36 1 459 1500
U.S. embassy Szabadság tér 12, 1054 Budapest | +36 1 475 4400

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