Welcome to Marco Polo Top Ho(s)tel, located in the center of Budapest with very good public transport facilities, day and night. This building was built to be a hostel: open 24-hours, 365 days a year you will always find someone at the reception to be there for you!
Hostel does not only mean a place to stay but to meet others, share experiences, stories, to have fun and adventure! Forget apartment “hostels” where you just cannot find the HOSTEL FEELING! With a little Hungarian touch, staying with us, you will feel in Budapest, not in an Africa or Asia or in a place that could be anywhere in the world.
Marco Polo Top Ho(s)tel is not only located right in the center of Budapest (near the Blaha Lujza tér) but also in the middle of the bar district of the city, nowadays world famous for its ruin pubs, pubs and restaurants!
from Keleti pályaudvar / Eastern railway station
Take Metro 2 (red line) direction “Déli pályaudvar” and go to station “Blaha Lujza tér” (1 stop). Exit the metro onto Rákóczi út (direction Burger King) and walk as you were going to the Burger King. Pass it, and keep going ahead. Take the 3rd street called “Nyár utca” on the right. The hostel is directly ahead.
It takes around: 8 minutes
from Nyugati pályaudvar / Western railway station
Leave the station and cross the main road to get to the tram station (to the one which is going to the left – when you come out from the train station). Take either tram number 4 or 6. You will have to get off at “Blaha Lujza tér”, the 4th stop. Look for the Burger King – it will be on the other side of the big square (no, not the Mc Donald’s, the Burger King! ). Pass the fast food restaurant on Rákóczi út, and keep going ahead. Take the 3rd street called “Nyár utca” on the right. The hostel is directly ahead.
It takes around: 8 minutes
from Déli pályaudvar / Southern railway station
Go to the metro line 2 (red line). Take the metro direction Örs Vezér and go to station “Blaha Lujza tér” (6th stop). Exit the metro onto Rákóczi út (direction Burger King) and walk as you were going to the Burger King. Pass it, and keep going ahead. Take the 3rd street called “Nyár utca” on the right. The hostel is directly ahead.
It takes around: 10 minutes
from the Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér / Liszt Ferenc Airport
Take the bus nr.200 or 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest. From here you need to catch the Metro, you get off at “Ferenciek tere”. Exit the metro to the left and take the bus 7, 5 or 173 (away from the river) to „Urania”. Walk on to the crosswalk and turn down Nyár utca. The hostel is directly ahead on the left.
It takes around: 50 minutes
We also can organize airport shuttle service, if needed. Please, contact us by e-mail!
Coming by car?
- Secure parking houses near to the hostel. During the day from 08:00 – 20:00 you need to pay for the parking on the street.
- Parking is FREE from 20:00 – 08:00 at night, during the weekends and on the public holidays.
Budapest’s seventh district has emerged as one of the best bar-hopping neighborhoods on the busy Pest side of the Danube. Places – called ruin pubs - were opened one after the other in tenement houses and factory buildings doomed to destruction. These pubs were equipped with rejected furniture of old community centers, cinemas, and grandmothers’ flats, bringing a retro feeling into these places. Theses Ruinpubs can be not only places to drink and have a party but also function as cultural community areas with film clubs, theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, and creative workshops, too. Every place has a unique style and atmosphere: socialist beer-garden feeling from the 80’s or a labyrinth of the tenement house or …
Marco Polo is the best choice to explore theses ruin pubs easy!
Top reasons to stay at the Marco Polo Top Hostel
- “I want to be in downtown Budapest, somewhere I can explore on foot, but in safety.”
- “I'd like to stay in a place where I can meet other backpacker travelers, like me.”
- “I would book on-line but need direct contact as well with prompt reply”
- “I need recommendation & information about the city, programs, special offers,exchange rate, weather etc....”
- “We are a group and would like to book ahead for programs like paintball, shooting, caving and private party facilities organized specially for our group! Marco Polo does all that for us free of charge!”
Type: Food and Drink, Festivals
Event Dates: Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015
Venue: Olof Palme sétány, City Park
Főzdefeszt, Hungary's semi-annual Craft-Beer Festival, moves to a new location in 2015. The festival will be held in City Park (Városliget). The aim of the festival is to introduce Hungarian beer and to bring breweries, pub owners and beer-lovers together. 60 microbreweries from all over the country will come to Budapest to showcase their products. Visitors will have a chance to taste 'Korty', a famous Hungarian beer specialty, fermented with Tokaji Aszú, and only available on tap in Miskolc and Prague. Other beers to taste are the dark colored, blueberry beer from Békésszentandrás and the millet beer, brewed especially for the festival. Guest breweries from abroad include Schneider Weisse and Camba Bavaria from Germany and Zatec, Koutsky and Vyskov from the Czech Republic.
Type: Concerts, Festivals
Event Dates: Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015
Venue: Erzsébet tér, Szabadság tér and Zrínyi utca
Belvárosi Fesztivál (or BelFeszt) is a free music festival that takes over the inner city of Budapest from Erzsébet tér to Szabadság tér along Zrínyi utca for three days. Visitors can enjoy live jazz, rock, pop and folk concerts on three different stages in downtown Budapest. Kid's programs, fashion shows, film screenings and dance shows are also part of the festival.
Buda Castle Beer Festival
Type: Food and Drink
Event Dates: Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015
Venue: The Royal Palace's Oroszlános and Hunyadi courtyards, and the Savoyai terrace
In 2015, the 4-day festival brings almost 200 domestic and international beer types to beer-lovers. Well known breweries like Borsodi, Dreher and Heineken along with lesser-known microbreweries will be in Buda Castle at the Royal Palace to showcase their products. German, Czech and Belgian beers will also be represented among many other nations' best brews. Visitors will have a chance to taste beer specialties, learn about the history of beer making and learn how to draw a drought. There will be plenty of tasty fare to pair with your beer and several live performances to keep everyone entertained.
Budapest Summer Festival
Event Dates: Jun 12, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015
Venue: Margaret Island and Városmajor
Open-air theater performances, musicals, dance shows, kids’ programs and several concerts are held every summer (June-July-August) during the Budapest Summer Festival. Programs are offered at two locations, on Margaret Island and in Városmajor. The Margaret Island Open-air Stage, located in the shadow of the historic Art Nouveau water tower, is the only permanent open-air stage in Hungary and can accommodate approximately 3000 people.
The Night of the Museums
Type: Arts and Music, Exhibitions
Event Dates: Jun 20, 2015
Venue: See participating museums in Budapest
Have a sleepover with history; spend the night at Budapest's museums and find out if museums really do come to life after hours. Museums open their doors to visitors until 2:30 am for this annual event. Participating museums include famous museums and galleries, like the Hungarian National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Budapest History Museum, the House of Terror Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Applied Arts and the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Unique museums with quirky collections are also on the list, such as the Hospital in the Rock Museum, the Underground Railway Museum, the Museum of Electrotechnics, the Postal Museum and the Museum of Transport. There are more than 1,000 programs offered, all of which can be visited with one single ticket; including bus transfer between main venues.
Event Dates: Jun 27, 2015 - Jul 6, 2015
Venue: Multiple locations
The week-long Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival offers theater performances, film screenings, discussions, concerts, parties, and more.
This year the Pride Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th. The meeting point is Kossuth tér. The parade is followed by a picnic in City Park, stage performances, live music and various speeches. The march will start at 4 pm.
Red Bull Air Race World Series
Type: Exhibitions, Sports
Event Dates: Jul 4, 2015 - Jul 5, 2015
Venue: City Center, Banks of the Danube
This spectacular acrobatic flying competition attracts fans from all over the world. The race takes place above the Danube, in the heart of the city, between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges. Among the competing pilots is Hungary’s very own Peter Besenyei, an expert aviator, widely admired for his smooth yet aggressive style of flying and often referred to as the 'Godfather of the air race'. In 2009 he was the only pilot without a single pylon hit.
Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix
Event Dates: Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
The Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij is held at the Hungaroring Grand Prix Circuit near the small town of Mogyoród, 18 km northeast of Budapest.
Type: Arts and Music, Concerts, Festivals
Event Dates: Aug 10, 2015 - Aug 17, 2015
Venue: Shipyard Island (Hajógyári sziget)
Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the world and certainly the best party-filled week of the year in Hungary. Around 400,000 people come every August to the 'Sziget' for a week of music and entertainment. The organizers teamed up to present the hottest concerts of the day featuring well known international artists, the cream of Hungarian bands and rising stars.
Budapest International Half Marathon
Type: Budapest street route
Event Dates: Sep 13, 2015
Venue: Budapest street route
The Budapest International Half Marathon follows a scenic route from Pest, over the Chain Bridge to Buda and back to Pest again all the way to the finish-line in City Park. The start gate on Kós Károly sétány is located about 100 meters from the race centre. The race led through the most beautiful parts of the city. At several points along the route, runners were greeted with a unique musical experience. On Andrassy Avenue, a World Heritage site, 5 pianos were set up alongside the road playing classical (Mahler, Liszt and Erkel) and jazz music to inspire and help runners to achieve their goal. To help runners along the way organisers prepared 120,000 cups of water, 3,500 litres of Powerade iso drink, 700 kg of bananas, 100 kg glucose and 10,000 apples. Close to 300 people worked at the refreshment stations and overall, the event was organised with the help of 600 people.
Event Dates: Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 21, 2015
Venue: Heroes' Square
National Gallop is an annual cultural event celebrating Hungarian equestrian traditions. It's a horse race reviving Hungarian military history and the famous 'hussar' culture. The center of the event is a national horse race, a spectacular show, where Hungary's towns and villages prove their horse riding skills. The event takes place in Heroes' Square, which is turned into a huge race course and covered with sand.
World Press Photo 2015
Event Dates: Sep 25, 2015 - Oct 26, 2015
Venue: Museum of Ethnography
Photos about everyday life, politics, sport, arts, nature and history of our time, as well as people in the news. Some 200 pictures, the works of 57 photographers from 24 countries, made the final set of the 2013 traveling World Press Photo Exhibition.
Type: Food and Drink, Festivals
Event Dates: Oct 9, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015
Venue: City Park Ice Rink (Műjégpálya)
Oktoberfest Budapest promises to be the city's biggest celebration of the favorite malty beverage. The festival brings about 100 domestic and international beer types to beer-lovers. Well known breweries along with lesser-known microbreweries will showcase their products in City Park (Városliget).
Chimney Cake Festival
Type: Food and Drink, Festivals
Event Dates: Oct 10, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015
Venue: City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle
Budapest's new gastro festival, the Chimney Cake Festival, promises to be a fun and delicious event. Visitors can learn everything about the sweet, spiral-shaped 'kürtőskalács', a traditional pastry, that is so popular in Hungary. The festival offers a wide variety of chimney cakes, prepared over charcoal or fried in oil, plain or rolled into various toppings. There will be drawing contests for kids, magic shows, baking contests and lots of live music.
Spar Budapest International Marathon
Event Dates: Oct 11, 2015
Venue: The start gate will be at Heroes' Square (Hősök tere)
The fascinating scenery and the beauty of Budapest makes this Marathon a unique experience. The route of the Budapest Marathon passes by Heroes' Square, Andrassy Avenue, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, Margaret Island and the Parliament Building. Runners set off along the beautiful Andrássy Avenue and passed several of Budapest’s famous sights, including the Chain Bridge, the Budapest Opera House, Castle Hill, Gellert Hill and the Parliament building. The wind and rain along the banks of the Danube made the run even more challenging, but everyone managed to overcome the elements. The sights of Budapest, the musicians along the course, the organisers and the volunteers all pitched in to help the runners complete the distance.
TO-DO FOR FREE
Budapest is a great city to explore. To help you get started we’ve put together a tour for you. All you’ll need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a 1-day travel cared and a camera to record the wonderful sights you will see.
Our first stop is Deák tér (tér means square) which is a great meeting place in the heart of the transport system where the 3 metro lines meet. From here, we visit anywhere.
For example, to the North, the inspiring St. Stephen’s Basilica and chic Andrassy avenue are a stone’s throw away, to the South, the Synagogue. But on this trip, we’re going to resist these temptations and take tram 47 or 49 to go to Gellért tér, Buda side of the Szabadság bridge.
Step off the tram opposite the Art Nouveau Gellért Hotel behind which you’ll see the hill. Convenient lanes lead up and around the hill to the summit. You can also take a bus 27 from Villányi road to the top of the hill, though you will mess a nice walk and some gorgeous sights of Pest through the trees. On your way up, you’ll pass the Gellért Monument, an 11m high bronze statue erected in memory to an 11th Century Benedictine Abbot who was rolled down the hill in a barrel by pagans for his beliefs. Standing tall on the top of the hill is the striking Liberation Monument – nicknamed „God’s crown-cork bottle opener” due to its special shape by the locals. Take some time to wander round the Citadel – a fortress built by the Austrians in the 19th century before wandering back down the hill towards the Gellért Hotel through the trees. From Gellért tér take tram 19 to Clark Ádám tér.
The oldest and most magnificent bridge in Budapest, especially by night when it is floodlit. Anglophiles will note a resemblance to the Hammersmith Bridge in London, which was designed by the same English engineer, William Tierney Clark. But the man who took the blue prints and made the first bridge in Budapest a reality was another Clark, the Scottish engineer Adam Clark. Clark was so taken with Hungary he stayed here as a naturalized Hungarian until his death. The Hungarian’s, for their part, named the square on the Buda side of the bridge after the great Scot. On Clark Ádám tér runs the funicular railway, which gives you a short but breathtaking ride up to the Castle District.
The Castle District
The original castle built in the 13th century lies deep under the Royal Palace. The remains can be seen in the lower floors of the Budapest History Museum which shares the former palace of Queen Maria Teresa with the Hungarian National Gallery. Taking a walk in the Castle District offers you a snapshot of how Buda must have looked around the 18th century. Be sure not to miss Szentháromság tér, with one of the most magnificent churches in Hungary, the Matthias Church. Right on the other side of the square lies the Fishermen’s Bastion offering a great view over the Danube and the Parliament. This district has it’s own bus line, the Várbusz ( castle bus). It takes you down to Moszkva tér. From there, take the subway 2 (M2, the red line) to Kossuth tér.
Home to Hungary’s Parliament, this splendid building can only be visited by guided tours in different languages. It’s well worth the visit. After the tour, head south along the Pest bank of the Danube which offers a shady promenade with coffee houses on the way. If you are feeling tired of walking, no problem, trams 2 and 2A go the same way. Get off on Március 15. tér, on the east side of Erzsébet bridge. Walk about 100 meters away from the bridge, and you’ll find Váci street on you left.
This is Budapest’s traditional shopping promenade, the place to be for true shopaholics. This buzzing pedestrianized street links to the beautiful Vörösmarty tér, the favourite hangout of street musicians and artists. Along the way you can browse some smart shops bearing all the famous names, take a look at some of Budapest’s most beautifully renovated architecture or just sit in one of the elegant coffee houses soaking in the atmosphere. At Vörösmarty tér, take the chance to ride on the Millennium Underground (M1, the yellow line) to Heroes’ square.
Marking the end of Andrássy Avenue, the Millennary Monument dominates the square. From here is it the short walk to the Budapest Zoo, the Pleasure Park and the City Park, which is the largest park in Budapest.
- - exchanging cash at the arrival location (airport, railway station) is usually more expensive in most countries
- - railway stations are some of the most expensive places to exchange money in Budapest
- - be aware of the official exchange rate of the Hungarian Forint (HUF)
- - NEVER exchange money on the street
- - be careful when you arrive at the Keleti or Nyugati railway stations. Call a taxi in advance to meet you at your arrival while still on the train
- - during your stay, it is always safer and cheaper to call for a taxi of one of the reputable local companies than to get into one random off the street (known locally as „Hyena” taxis). The safer way to order a taxi to ask the hostel receptionist to order a taxi for you
- - some taxi drivers may recommend certain bars, clubs or restaurants – they receive a commission for doing so. If a driver offers to take you to one, please ignore any such advice. Please ask for a recommendation from the receptionist at your hostel
- - validate your ticket before starting your journey and keep your ticket until the end of your travel
- - you have to validate a new ticket every time you change lines except on direct metro to metro transfer
- - Tourists in Budapest are often confused by the ticket system and are targeted and fined by ticket controllers. The controllers do not have the right to detain you, but they usually accompanied by security officials who have the right to ask for identification and to detain you until the police arrive
- - once you have left the bus, tram, trolley or the metro area, you cannot be held liable
- - take sensible precaution when making „new friends” especially in small bars
- - some visitors are targeted under false pretenses. These scams of friendship are built on a false sense of security, resulting in missing wallets, passports and possibly robbed hotel room after a night of drink
- - or your new – and mostly beautiful – friends takes you to a place where you will be charged exorbitant prices
Restaurants, bars, clubs
- - near some large hotels in the district V, you may be charged exorbitant prices in certain bars, clubs or restaurants
- - you should avoid all establishments where menus do not properly display prices
- - even when prices appear, if you have any doubts about the bar, restaurant or club – do NOT go in
False police officers
- - in a foreign country, it is practically impossible to validate who is and who is not a police officer
- - you should know that police officers are NOT allowed to collect cash as a fine in Hungary
- - you should know that police officers are NOT allowed to check how much money you have on you
- - smoking is prohibited in Hungary in common and enclosed public areas, bars, restaurants and clubs
- - take special care of your valuables when leaving for a „smoke-break”
CITY OF FESTIVALS
Festivals belong to Budapest like the Parliament or the Goulash Soup. Budapest offers all year round entertainment in the form of festivals, cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, sporting events, and national celebrations. Starting from the well known Sziget Festival over the very popular Wine Festival to the Mangalica Festival you can find a festival for nearly everything.
Budapest is also called “Festival City” and Hungarians also love to enjoy their free days on festivals: listen to music from national and international musicians, eat and drink local specialties and simply to enjoy time with others.
We would like to offer you some program, which will make your stay a memorable holiday in Hungary!
Hop on & Hop off bus + Cruise
See every spectacular buildings and statues in the city within only 2 days! Take the Hop on-Hop off bus with a live english guide (it’s also available in 23 other languages). The ticket is valid for 48 hours, and includes a Danube cruise! You can also visit the city by night.
Visiting Budapest could not be complete without bathing in one of our world-famous thermal springs. We offer entrance tickets for the two most elegant thermal baths: Széchenyi and Gellért Bath. By booking your tickets in advance, you can avoid the queue in front of the bath. Would you like to have a party in a thermal bath? During summer time every Saturday night you have the opportunity to enjoy thermal-water spa parties, special dj-sets in the Lukács bath.
Discover Budapest’s night life: one night, 5 different bars, clubs and party places; visiting Budapest’s famous ruin bars; free shots, welcome drinks, bar games, special offers; ending up in a popular local club.
Caving under budapest
Come to climb and crawl with us in the labyrinth of a cave in Budapest (not open for public). It is a real multi-level labyrinth-system with most of its chambers reaching under the elegant residential districts of city! Join our 2,5-3 hours long tour, which are guided by qualified cavers!
Enjoy a tipical Hungarian lunch or dinner at Bajor Sarok! It’s 5 minutes walk from the hostel, and you are welcome to drink a tipical Hungarian shot, called ‘unicum’ (for free!). Don’t miss it ;)
Dinner &Cruise with live music
Budapest calms down a little bit at nights, lights are lit up, and a new city comes out from the twilight. Enjoy the wonderful view in a romantic candlelight atmosphere, and have a delicious dinner on a boat with live music.
The hungarian folklore is known worldwide. You have the opportunity to watch a performance which based on authentic dances, consists of 30 artists in traditional costume.
Danube Symphony Orchestra
If you like classical music, you will like the organ concert or the concert of the Danube Symphony Orchestra.
Please feel free to ask the reception, we will help you 0/24!
|How are you?||Hodge vahj?||Hogy vagy?|
|Good morning!||Yo rehg-gehlt!||Jó reggelt!|
|Good afternoon!||Yo nah-poht!||Jó napot!|
|Good evening!||Yo esh-tate!||Jó estét!|
|Good night!||Yo az-sah-kat!||Jó éjszakát!|