Budapest is a rather affordable city in Europe. Of course, you can’t compare Budapest’s cost of living to that of Medellín. It’s still a much cheaper option if you want to spend some time in Europe as a digital nomad.
I was choosing between Budapest, Lisbon, and Prague for a home base. The rental options on Airbnb were better in Budapest within the same price range, in terms of quality and location. Prague seemed too big for my preference and Lisbon simply ran out of good apartments by the time I checked. I shared an apartment with a friend and we also split some groceries — having an extra person to split things didn’t save much money in reality.
We barely cooked, though, because our kitchen sucked. The abundance of good Vietnamese restaurants came to our rescue — I can’t even count how many times I ate pho and shrimp dumplings in Budapest.
There’s a lot to do in Budapest, especially at night. You can go a thermal bath at night time to enjoy the atmosphere. For party lovers, the nightlife goes on every day in the Jewish District. Alcohol is much cheaper if you buy it at the ABC stores rather than paying at the bar. Either way, it costs very little to have fun in Budapest. This party city seems like a popular choice for throwing a bachelor’s party. We’ve met at least 3 – 4 packs of guys from London who were in Budapest for that. Packs — that’s the most fitting description for the packs of loud European boys you’ll see strolling on the streets of Budapest.