A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Budapest vs. Kingston for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Budapest or Kingston?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Budapest and Kingston can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Budapest or Kingston?

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

Kingston

Kingston is Jamaica's capital city with a population of about 579,000. For being located on an island, Kingston is a very large city with several different zip codes. Not only is Kingston the cultural capital of the country, but also the commercial one as well.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Budapest, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Budapest.


Which place is cheaper, Kingston or Budapest?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Budapest is $89, while the average daily cost in Kingston is $108. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Budapest and Kingston in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $48
    Kingston $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $96
    Kingston $128
Compare Hotels in Budapest and Kingston

Looking for a hotel in Budapest or Kingston? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Budapest


Hotels in Kingston


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Budapest Hotel Prices and Kingston Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $10
    Kingston $29
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budapest

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Budapest:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $6.85
  • Metro Pass
    $3.76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

Also for Budapest, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Bucharest - Romania to Budapest - Hungary /Private Transfer: $1,182
  • Budapest - Bük Transfer: $153
  • Budapest - Vienna Transfer: $230
  • Budapest - Zagreb Transfer: $258
  • Budapest Airport - Budapest City Transfer: $35
  • Budapest Airport Transfer - return (arrival & departure) with discount: $51
  • Budapest Airport Transfers: $26
  • Budapest Airport Transfers: Budapest Airport BUD to Budapest City in Luxury Car: $114
  • Budapest Airport Transfers: Budapest City to Budapest Airport BUD in Luxury Van: $90
  • Budapest Airport arrival transfer (Luxury Vehicle): $46
  • Budapest Arrival Private Transfers from Budapest Airport BUD to Budapest City: $76
  • Budapest City - Budapest Airport Transfer: $31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kingston

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kingston:

  • From Montego Bay Airport (MBJ): Private Transfer to Kingston: $388
  • Montego Bay Group transfer to all attractions in Jamaica.: $320
  • Tropical Off-Road ATV Tour with Lunch and Transfer: $280
  • Airport transfer from Norman Manley international to Ocho: $240
  • NMIA & Kingston transfer to Negril: $225
  • Kingston Private Airport Transfer to Accommodation in Montego Bay: $215
  • Kingston Airport Private Transfer to Riu Ocho Rios: $200
  • Private Transfer Kingston Airport to Hilton Rose Hall: $187
  • Private Transfer Kingston Airport to Jewel Grande Montego Bay: $187
  • Kingston : Private Airport Transfer to Montego Bay: $169
  • Private Airport Round Trip Transfer from Montego Bay Airport to Ocho Rios : $133
  • Kingston Airport Transfers to Runaway Bay: $127

Is it cheaper to fly into Budapest or Kingston?

Prices for flights to both Kingston and Budapest change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Budapest $23
    Kingston $26
Typical Food Prices in Budapest

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Budapest:


  • Lunch
    $3.35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

For Budapest, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Dinner + Party + City Tour of Budapest : $6.00
  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Pizza & Beer Downtown Budapest Cruise: $46
  • Budapest Danube Cruise with Buffet Dinner, Performances and Music: $76
  • Hungarian dinner + Wine tasting in a beatiful Garden: $77
  • Budapest Danube River Candlelit Dinner Cruise with Live Music: $93
  • 4 course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show: $100
  • 4 course Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show: $100
  • Private Traditional Dinner Hungry for Hungary and Country Presentation: $100
  • Goulash Cooking and Wine Tasting in Budapest: $104
  • Hungarian Cooking Class & Market Tour by a Professional Chef: $108
  • Secret Food Tours Budapest Obuda: $108

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Budapest $21
    Kingston $13
Typical Entertainment Prices in Budapest

For Budapest, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $6.72

Tours and Activities in Budapest

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Budapest.

  • Self Guided Tour In Budapest With 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.27
  • Free walking tour in the Buda Castle incl. Fisherman's Bastion: $3.28
  • Alternative Street Art Walking Tour of Budapest: $3.28
  • Past and Present of Budapest Jewish District Tour: $3.28
  • Guided Tour in Budapest Castle District: $3.28
  • Original Budapest Walking Tour: $3.28
  • Budapest Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.57
  • Discovering Budapest's hot pools and heroes: a self-guided audio tour: $6.99
  • Experience Kids Club Activity in Balatonfüred: $7.66
  • Budapest (Jewish Quarter) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $8.09
  • St.Stephen's Basilica: Tickets and Optional Grand Organ Concert: $8.76
  • Private Self Guided Tour of Downtown Budapest History: $8.99

Tours and Activities in Kingston

Here are a few actual costs in Kingston for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise, Blue Hole with Snorkeling, free beverages: $174
  • 4x4 Jeep Safari & Blue Hole Adventure from Ocho Rios: $158
  • ATV Outback Adventure from Kingston: $288
  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour and Tasting from Ocho Rios: $232
  • Authentic Jamaican Food Experience: $140
  • Blue Hole and Sightseeing Tour from Ocho Rios: $99
  • Blue Lagoon and Canoeing Ride Experience Portland Jamaica : $210
  • Blue Mountain Bicycle Hike & Bike Tour from Runaway Bay: $178
  • Blue Mountains Coffee Private Tour from Kingston: $180
  • Bob Marley Guided City Tour: $100
  • Bob Marley Museum Admission & Kingston Sightseeing Tour from Ocho Rios: $258
  • Bob Marley Museum Tour from Runaway Bay: $258

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $18
    Kingston $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

Also in Budapest, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Budapest Pub Crawl +6 free Shots +VIP Access +Drinking Games : $22
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $25
  • Budapest Pub Pass: The Bar Crawl Tour: $38
  • Tipsy Ruin Pub Crawl Tour with 4 Drinks Included: $43
  • Private Wine Tasting in Budapest: $50
  • Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $50
  • All You Can Drink Pub Crawl Through The Ruin Bars in Budapest: $59
  • Premium wine tasting in Budapest: $67
  • Wine Tasting Walk in Jewish Quarter Bars: $72
  • Original Budapest New Years Eve Pub Crawl: $86
  • Half-day Wine Tasting Tour in Etyek Wine Country near Budapest: $99
  • Enjoy a Hungarian Strudel Class & Local Wine Tasting: $115

Sample the Local Flavors in Kingston

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Kingston:

  • Ocho Rios Pub Crawl and Sightseeing Tour from Ocho Rios: $185


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Budapest and Kingston, we can see that Kingston is more expensive. And not only is Budapest much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Budapest is in Europe and Kingston is in Caribbean Islands, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Budapest would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Budapest and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Kingston would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kingston than you might in Budapest.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Budapest Expensive? and Is Kingston Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Budapest or Kingston?

Budapest has a larger population, and is about 81% larger than the population of Kingston. When comparing the sizes of Budapest and Kingston, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Budapest or Kingston?

Budapest has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Kingston experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Budapest or Kingston in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Budapest as well as Kingston. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Budapest this time of year. The warm climate attracts visitors to Kingston throughout the year.

In the summer, Budapest is cooler than Kingston. Typically, the summer temperatures in Budapest in July average around 21°C (70°F), and Kingston averages at about 29°C (83°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kingston. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Budapest this time of the year. In the summer, Budapest often gets more sunshine than Kingston. Budapest gets 278 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kingston receives 254 hours of full sun.

Budapest usually gets more rain in July than Kingston. Budapest gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Budapest 21°C (70°F) 
    Kingston 29°C (83°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Kingston in the Autumn?

Both Kingston and Budapest are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Budapest for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Plenty of visitors come to Kingston because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In October, Budapest is generally much colder than Kingston. Daily temperatures in Budapest average around 12°C (53°F), and Kingston fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).

It's quite sunny in Kingston. Budapest usually receives less sunshine than Kingston during autumn. Budapest gets 152 hours of sunny skies, while Kingston receives 229 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kingston. In October, Budapest usually receives less rain than Kingston. Budapest gets 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Budapest 12°C (53°F) 
    Kingston 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Kingston in the Winter?

Both Kingston and Budapest during the winter are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Budapest in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Kingston year-round.

Budapest can get quite cold in the winter. Budapest is much colder than Kingston in the winter. The daily temperature in Budapest averages around -1°C (31°F) in January, and Kingston fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).

In Kingston, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the winter, Budapest often gets less sunshine than Kingston. Budapest gets 61 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kingston receives 257 hours of full sun.

Budapest usually gets more rain in January than Kingston. Budapest gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 18 mm (0.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Budapest -1°C (31°F) 
    Kingston 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Kingston in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Budapest and Kingston. Most visitors come to Budapest for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months. Kingston attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the spring, Budapest is much colder than Kingston. Typically, the spring temperatures in Budapest in April average around 12°C (53°F), and Kingston averages at about 26°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Kingston this time of the year. Budapest usually receives less sunshine than Kingston during spring. Budapest gets 178 hours of sunny skies, while Kingston receives 251 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Budapest usually receives more rain than Kingston. Budapest gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Budapest 12°C (53°F) 
    Kingston 26°C (80°F)

Typical Weather for Kingston and Budapest

Budapest Kingston
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (31°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (79°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
Feb 2°C (35°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Mar 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 26°C (80°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Apr 12°C (53°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (80°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
May 16°C (62°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jun 20°C (67°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 28°C (83°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 29°C (83°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 21°C (69°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 29°C (83°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 29°C (83°F) 107 mm (4.2 in)
Oct 12°C (53°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
Nov 6°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 27°C (80°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)