Areas and Suburbs in Budapest
Budapest is divided into 23 districts. Buda, the area west of the Danube, contains six districts, whereas Pest, on the east bank, encompasses 16 districts; there is also one district between the two on Csepel Island in the middle of the river. The districts are numbered in a clockwise direction from the centre of the city outwards. Further afield, on the Buda side, are a number of suburbs that some expats choose to live in.
Of Buda’s six districts, the most popular ones for expats are districts 11 and 22. On the Pest side, districts 5, 6, 7 and 13 are favoured by expats in Budapest. Outlying suburbs on the Buda side include Erk, Torokbalint, Diosd, Budakeszi and Budaors.
District 11, also known as Ujbuda (New Buda), is an affluent hilly residential area southwest of the city centre. The Sashegy and Sasad areas in this district are the most popular. District 11 straddles Gellert Hill and provides one of the most spectacular panoramic views of Budapest. With the completion of Metro Line 4 in early 2014, the suburb has recently gained a number of metro stations.
Also known as the ‘town of wine and champagne’, District 22 (Budafok-Tétény) is home to several of Hungary’s major wine and champagne manufacturers. The district commands spectacular views of the city and offers numerous restaurants and shopping centres, including the Campona Mall. There are also plenty of transportation options in District 22.
Property prices have risen in this district in recent years, with demand highest in the upper parts of Rózsavölgy. The area is popular with artists and musicians.
Budapest's District 5, also known as Belváros, is as central as it gets. Apartments are the favoured choice of accommodation here. Belváros is close to restaurants, bars, pubs and shopping centres, as well as the main banking and financial district and even Hungary’s parliament buildings. Because of its central location, accommodation in Belváros tends to be more expensive and generally smaller than that of other areas.
District 6, Terézváros, is great for expats who enjoy cultural entertainment. It is close to the Liszt School of Music and the Budapest Opera House. Public transportation in this district is a breeze and there are a number of shopping and nightlife options within easy walking distance of one another. However, Terézváros also has its down side, small alleys are home to many potentially seedy pubs and bars and noise levels can be irritating.
Historically, District 7 (Erzsébetváros) was home to Budapest’s Jewish population. Currently, there are still a number of beautiful synagogues in the area as well as the city’s medical and veterinary universities. Residentially, this neighbourhood is a sound choice and has an international school, diplomatic residences and a variety of public transportation options.
District 13 (Angyalföld and Újlipótváros) is a clean and well-kept area in downtown Budapest. The city has spent a lot of money improving the area and setting up a paved pathway alongside the river. The area has a number of malls and shopping centres and is conveniently close to the business district; however, all the international schools are located on the opposite side of the river, which can pose a problem for families with kids.