From trackside camping to 5-star hotels in the centre of Budapest, here are the best places to stay for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix 2024 on July 19-21
- The 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix will be held on July 19-21. Tickets are now on sale.
- Reserve your accommodation with free cancellation through Booking.com
- Add accommodation and circuit transfers to F1 Experiences Ticket Packages.
- The Editor has attended the Hungarian Grand Prix five times, most recently in 2022.
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Budapest offers accommodation to suit all budgets and the city offers exceptional value for a European capital city, even on Grand Prix weekend. The Hungaroring circuit is located around 12 miles (20km) northwest of the city center. Camping at the circuit is a popular option, but we recommend staying in the center of Budapest to soak up everything this grand European city has to offer in the summer.
Where to Stay in Budapest?
- Districts: Budapest is split into two main districts, Buda and Pest, which are on either side of the Danube river. The best place to stay is on the flat Pest side of the city where most of the city’s best shopping, restaurants and bars can be found and access to the circuit is quicker. Don’t discount staying on the pretty Buda side though if you want a quieter stay; get a hotel near a stop on the Western end of the red Metro line for trains to the circuit. (More info in Getting There & Around)
- Hostels: There are plenty of well-rated hostels in the center of the city, most of which are close to the metro and offer decent access to the circuit. Dorm beds generally cost around €20-30 per night.
- Apartments: Worth considering, particularly for a family or group of friends who are keen to keep costs down. Most apartments range in price from €100-150 per night for a studio or one-bed apartment suitable for two adults, up to €200+ per night for larger two-bed apartments which can sleep 4-6 adults.
- Hotels: Budapest has a decent selection of hotels at prices a fraction of what you would pay in Western Europe. Not too many F1 destinations offer such great value.
Where to Stay in Pest
With its late-20th-century identity as an Eastern Bloc nation behind the Iron Curtain still fresh in many minds, it’s worth remembering that Budapest has been a proud cultural center for hundreds of years, as one of the pillars of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
As such, a trip to Budapest is less likely to reveal the ravages of communism than the beauty of grandiose 18th- and 19th- Century architecture. You can find easy examples of this at places like the incongruously named New York Cafe, where you can enjoy tea and cakes under the towering ceilings of what appears to be an 18th-Century ballroom. You might have to wait a while to be seated because of the venue’s popularity. While you’re waiting, head down to the Great Market Hall, Budapest’s biggest market, where you can find all kinds of curiosities and bargains under the classical roof.
Dormero Hotel Budapest offers modern functionality at a reasonable mid-price, with allergy-free rooms, good WiFi, and access to a garden. Elsewhere, for more of a luxury experience, Hotel Oktogon Haggenmacher takes you back to the Hapsburg era with its old-world opulence. If you don’t like messing around or waiting for anyone, KViHotel Budapest calls itself “the smart hotel”, and offers a fully digitalised experience, from check-in to your futuristic room.
The F1 teams and drivers normally stay at the best 5-star hotels in the centre of Budapest, such as the The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest and Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection.
Where to Stay in Buda
Buda is quieter than Pest by some measure, and the hilly district on the opposite side of the Danube is underrated as a tourist destination, partly because it’s further from the biggest tourist attractions, and partly because its undulations make it a slightly more challenging prospect on foot. With that said, it’s the perfect place to station yourself if you like the idea of being around one of the grandest old towns imaginable, with Buda Castle standing proud at the edge of the river.
PEST-BUDA Design Hotel by Zsidai Hotels at Buda Castle is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Buda district, standing in the castle grounds, with the timber-framed rooms all featuring flatscreen TVs and enviable views. Those rooms are only accessible by stairs, unfortunately, but the hotel was renovated in 2016, and earned a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award in 2021. Hotel Clark Budapest – Adults Only is a perfect getaway for couples or solo travellers, with a highly-rated restaurant and bistro in-house, and balcony views in many of the well-furnished rooms.
The Hungaroring, bordering the village of Mogyorod, is half an hour’s drive from the Pest district, though drivers coming from Buda should allow more time for their journey.
Camping at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Fans from all over Europe make the annual pilgrimage to the Hungaroring, and many of them choose to camp next to the circuit. The atmosphere is excellent, though it can get a bit rowdy and drunken at times. If you have small children or know that you need a good night’s sleep, you would be better off choosing alternative accommodation in Budapest.
Three official campsites are located within walking distance of the circuit. We recommend camping at the Zengo campsite, which is located close to the final corner. Tickets can be bought from the official supplier, with prices starting from €224 for a two-person lot for three nights. The other two official campsites, Camping Gold Parorama and Camping Aqua, are already sold out for 2024.
Learn More: 2024 European F1 Camping Guide