First stop on my 3 week train journey across Europe was none other than the amazing Hungarian city, Budapest. I fell in love with Budapest, and not only because of it’s fun soaked thermal bath’s, thriving nightlife or stunning parliament. There was one adrenaline run activity that made Budapest the best European city I have ever visited. Before landing in Hungry, I looked up countless Budapest travel itineraries and dove deep into the off the beaten path locations. That is when I found, at the time, one of Budapest’s best hidden secrets. Beneath the city lies a thrill-seeking cave system. One that people can explore. For those of you looking to dive a little bit off the typical tourist path and want to take part in something special while in Budapest. Then Caving in Budapest is just the activity for you. Keep reading for a step by step guide on where to purchase caving tickets, how to get there and more.
How to get to the entrance of Budapest Caving System?
The cave system is located in the Paul Valley caves, on mountains that overlook the city. There are two ways to get to the caves, as listed below.
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. I will link google maps walking directions from the parliament (1 hour walk) for those of you looking to walk to the caves.
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.
How much does caving in Budapest cost?
Prices range between 10,000 HUF per person, which is about 30 euro and 14,000 which is 44 euro. It all depends on the tour you choose. I booked mine tour via email with caving.hu. I paid for the tour by cash at the location.
If you prefer to prepay the tour you can always use tour companies like get your guide. I will link their tour down below.
What is included in the price?
The price includes all equipment, so overalls, helmet, and torch. A guide for the whole duration of the tour. And well a whole lot of fun and adventure.
What do I need to bring on the tour?
First off, don’t bring anything valuable on the tour. Last thing you want is it getting lost in a dark cave system. If you want to bring a camera, I’d recommend bring a action camera like a Go Pro, one you can attach to you body so it doesn’t get lost.
I’d advise bringing old shoes if you have them. If not wear sneakers. Mine got really dirty, however, I did manage to get most of the dirt off with a wipe.
Wear comfortable clothes, that are easy to move about in. I would not recommend jeans, as they will be rather restricting.
Do I need to pre book my caving tour?
Yes, I would advise pre booking the caving activity to avoid disappointment.
How long is the caving tour?
The tour lasts a little over 3 hours but the time flies, I had no idea we where in the cave for that long. I was having way too much fun.
Will I get wet and/or dirty?
No, the tour does not go by any water, it does however, get very dusty, on the bright side, the overalls will protect your clothes from all the dirt.
I’m claustrophobic, will I be ok to take part in the tour?
If you have a fear of tight spaces, I’d sit this one out. It can get very tight and your are required to squeeze through tight holes and tunnels. There are alternative open space tours for those who don’t want to crawl through the cave.
More information can be found on the official website here.
Can you tell me a little bit of what to expect on the tour?
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.
My visit trip to Budapest was part 3-week week interrail journey through Europe, Caving was one of the highlights on the trip.
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.
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