Here is my list of inexpensive places to stay. YOu would have to contact them to find out just how central and/or near transportation and check on current prices. Also is info on transportation passes. Hope it is useful. Sandy in LA
Budapest: Tourist Card $15 for 3 days of unlimited public transportation and admission to many museums. Available at tourist offices, subway stations and travel agencies.
Budapest B&B, Dr. Walter Fleps, 1022 Budapest II, Bogar UTCA 20/b, Hungary. Impeccably clean, views of the city on the Buda side. About $25 per couple.
Bed and breakfast in a Hungarian home, approximately $40 for two persons per night. Contact: Sarose Janosne, XIV Mimosa U.5, 1146 Budapest, Hungary.
Hotel Delibab, Delibab u. 35, H-1062 Budapest; 122-8763. Former Esterhazy mansion is now a state-run hotel. The crusty, chipped exterior is still being restored and painted. This is a hotel for Old-World ambiance. The rooms are clean but uninspired. Staff very kind at this no frills hotel, neighborhood quite grand, full of faded, crumbling old mansions and villas. Metro nearaby and Pest is reached in 10 minutes. The world famous restaurant, Gundel and Bagolyvar, the city park and zoo are within walking distance. Singles $40, doubles $49. 34 rooms, all with shwer, no lift, street parking only.
Hotel Kulturinnov, Szentharomsag 7, H-1014 Budapest 155-0122. This and the Hilton are the only two hotels in the Castle District. Amenities are typical of the Soviet, communist idea of comfort, smallish rooms, beds hgging opposite walls, tiny bathk, so-so shower. The hotel has little charm. Singles $45, doubles $58.