Holiday Accommodation in Hungary

Information on finding the right place to stay in Hungary: self-catering, bed and breakfast, hotel or youth hostels...

There is a wide selection of holiday accommodation available in Hungary. There are hotels, holiday villages, bed and breakfast, youth hostels, self-catering and camping sites on offer.

Official requirements for all these types of accommodation; the services provided, equipment supplied within the rooms, number of bathrooms, parking, and cleaning services, for example, are regulated by law.

Hotels

A wide range and number of hotels are available all over Hungary; there are around 160 in Budapest alone, with a capacity of approximately 18,000 rooms. The range of hotels varies from traditional style to modern boutique or luxury spa hotels. In general, all prices shown include a breakfast fee, although any additional taxes and duties may not be quoted.

Hotels follow a compulsory hotel classification system and hotels are rated from 1 to 5 stars.

  • For further information on the hotel star rating system in Hungary and the rest of Europe: Click here (PDF)

Bed and Breakfast (Pension)

Guest accommodation in family-run bed and breakfasts (B&B) is available throughout Hungary, especially in the countryside and smaller towns. B&B accommodation in Hungary is ranked as either 1st class, 2nd class or 3rd class, depending on the services provided, size of rooms, type of beds, parking facilities and payment options. As these businesses are generally run by families, the atmosphere is often more personal and direct between owner and guest, and the host may therefore be more open to individual requirements.

Youth Hostels

Youth hostels can be found in most larger cities and tourist areas. In general they provide simple, budget accommodation, usually in shared rooms, although some individual rooms are available. Kitchen facilities are generally provided.

The Hungarian Youth Hostel Association (MISZSZ) is an association with around 40 members country-wide. It is a member of Hostelling International (formerly known as the International Youth Hostel Federation) and membership cards can be purchased, which allow a discount of at least ten percent on all hostels in Hungary.

Rural Tourism

Rural tourism is becoming increasingly popular, especially for families with children. Accommodation is often combined with other on-site activities, such as an equestrian park, livestock breeding, farming and handicraft workshops. The host generally organises and provides various programmes and events relating to Hungarian traditions.

The level of accommodation is not officially standardised but in general the number of "sunflowers" indicates the level of service, as follows:

  • 2 sunflowers: Lower-end hotel, shared bathroom, toilet, dining room and kitchen, parking
  • 3 sunflowers: Guests have a separate bathroom and toilet, dedicated dining room, kitchen and lounge, garden, parking
  • 4 sunflowers: Separate, private bathroom and toilet apartment with well-equipped room, dining room, lounge, kitchen, garden with furniture, parking

To find rural accommodation in Hungary visit the official website of Rural Tourism (in Hungarian), or take a look at the website of the Rural Tourism Centre.

Camping and Campsites

Campsites are plentiful in Hungary, and are usually located close to tourist areas such as lakes and rivers, larger towns, forests and other secluded locations.

Prices vary and depend on the campsite's location and facilities; most sites provide connections to electricity and water and some have a connection to a TV aerial.

The following websites show campsite locations in Hungary:

Self-Catering Accommodation

Self-catering rentals provide furnished accommodation in a house, cottage or apartment, and are available to rent on a daily, weekly (or longer) basis.

There are two types of self-catering accommodation:

  1. Fully equipped, with all household items (although there may be an extra charge for linen). It is advised to clarify beforehand if towels and bed linen are provided.
  2. Serviced apartments (in general available only in larger cities). Serviced apartments provide the same elements as a self-catering rental but with added hotel-type services such as cleaning, room service and reception, towels and bed linen.

Tourist Tax

A tourist tax is levied for each night spent in hotel or holiday accommodation. This tax is approximately four percent of the total accommodation fee, or a maximum of HUF 469 per guest and per night.