When traveling I love to try out new and exciting things. I’m a bit of an Adrenaline Junkie so to speak. On my travels, I try to visit all of the typical tourist spots, however, there is something special about gearing off the beaten track. On my first trip to Budapest, I had the opportunity to explore Hungary’s capital city in a unique and not so typical way. Budapest is famous for its thermal bath’s, thriving nightlife and stunning parliament, however, it is unknown to many tourists that beneath Hungary’s capital city lies a thrillseeking cave system. Caving Adventure Beneath Budapest
Today, I am going to tell you everything you need to know about caving beneath Budapest.
Hike: I personally hiked up to the Pál-völgyi cave, with four of my friends. It took us approximately two hours to reach the caves from Keleti train station. The hike can be steep at times, however, it gave us the opportunity to see a side of Budapest we would have otherwise missed.
Bus: Alternatively, you can get the number 65 bus from Kolosy square. This route takes approximately six minutes. The bus stop is called Pál-völgyi cave.
Summary of Important Information:
Price: The experience cost 7000 HUF per person, which is roughly 23 euro.
Time: The tour is 2 and a half hours of excitement and fun.
Equipment: All equipment is included in the price, overalls, helmet, and torch.
Just be sure to bring a nice comfy pair of shoes, they do get dirty, however, I had no issues brushing the dirt off afterward.
Book: This activity needs to be booked in advance.
More information can be found on the official website here.
What to expect:
Are you ready to go sliding through a 30km cave system? Do you want to experience something that is out of this world? Are looking to take part in an activity that gets your heart pumping? If you answered yes to all of the above, look no further, this is the activity for you.
The tour starts, with all members of the group getting fitted for overalls. Once everyone is briefed on all the safety information, the descent into complete darkness begins. However, There is no need to let this scare you, head torches are supplied alongside a helmet for safety. The experience lasts a little over two and a half hours and involves some crawling, climbing and sliding. At times the route contains some tight enclosed spaces, therefore I would not recommend this activity for those who suffer from extreme claustrophobia. Caving Adventure Beneath Budapest
This truly is a phenomenal experience one you will never forget. There is one moment in particular that I really enjoyed. At one point we came large open space, well as open as it can get when surrounded by a cave. We all sat down and our guide asked us to turn off all our lights. As a group, we sat there in complete darkness. It was a strange experience, I remember becoming extremely aware of each breath I took, I could feel my heartbeat, I also remember constantly thinking one of my friends was going to try to scare me.
As the tour ended and we approached the opening of the cave. I remember the sense of pride and excitement I felt. I was overwhelmed by the experience. It was something I had never tried before, something that scared me slightly, something I found challenging. I would recommend this activity to anyone one is has a strong sense of adventure and fun. It was a truly unforgettable experience, one I’d definitely take part in again. Caving Adventure Beneath Budapest
My visit trip to Budapest was part 3-week week interrail trip through Europe, check out my itinary here.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope it helps with your Budapest caving adventure if you have any other questions feel free to ask in the comment section below. Until next time, Slán go Fóill.