Crime in Budapest, Hungary

Crime rates in Budapest, Hungary

Level of crime
32.36 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
46.40 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
38.03 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
30.80 Low
Worries car stolen
41.63 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
46.44 Moderate
Worries attacked
29.03 Low
Worries being insulted
31.62 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
27.31 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
34.04 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
49.36 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
25.21 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
72.64 High

Safety in Budapest, Hungary

Safety walking alone during daylight
83.93 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
59.24 Moderate

Contributors: 238

Last update: December 2017

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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9 Comments so far

#James R. Stewart on Nov 28, 2017 :
In Hungary they can steal your house, squat in it if you don't physically fight back, the municipality can declare the house and all your property to belong to the invaders and the police can declare that "no crime was committed." It happened to me.

James Stewart of Toronto, Canada.
For more details call me at 647-839-8525
#Doudou on Aug 01, 2017 :
I am a vet student starting this Sept. i opted for a small flat on Garay utca. I am a bit worried as this is close to district 8 and the Eastern train station. Should I be worried? Is it safe there? Are there assaults in this area atnight?
#Mark Brittain on Jul 24, 2017 :
I felt very safe here on my visit in April 2017. I'm from New York City so I am cautious and street smart. I imagine walking around at night might be unwise. I walked miles and miles during the day and felt very safe. I encountered other tourists and asked them to take pictures of me , and I did the same taking their pictures. I was never uneasy displaying my camera in it's carrying case attached to my belt. It does feel like a safe city from my limited 10 day experience. Other comments are correct in not leaving anything visible in the car, or showing where you keep your wallet, but then again I always put it in my front jeans pocket and NEVER in my back pocket.
#Netcop on Jan 30, 2017 :
I'm a now retired cop and I worked for the Budapest PD for almost three decades. I can tell you that compared to other major cities in Europe and around the world Budapest is a very safe place. Of course like any other place crimes do happen, but if you just basically "street wise" you'll get by with no problem at all. Pickpocketing is a major problem, especially in the downtown areas, mostly where tourists and other larger crowd gather (public transport, major event venues...etc.). Crimes against property, while on the rise is basically moderate. Vehicle thefts are decreasing, but DO NOT leave valuables in you car, because that's tempting to opportunists. Violent crime is low, but does happen maily at night in some areas. Beggars can be a nuisance but usually will go away if you tell them to. Drunks and junkies can be a problem sometimes but usually only late night.
Taxis are like everywhere else, they'll take you for a "sucker" if you let them, use only city certified cabs, but even then be vigilant.
All in all I can only repeat myself, that compared to other large cities around the world Budapest IS a safe place if you take the basic measures for your own security. Have fun and enjoy! :)
#Andor on Oct 03, 2016 :
There is an android app for that, search for NoGo Budapest, there is an interactive map to check the dangerous zones.
#fari on Jul 28, 2016 :
Hello, can somebody please tell me how safe is area around Pillango subway station in Budapest, Bánki Donát utca.

#Viktor on Apr 23, 2016 :
Moderately safe. Dont leave anything valuable open to see in your car, like GPS, laptop, phone. Hide your wallet well, especially if you use public transport. Buses are not very safe. Once an alcoholist or junkie tried to steal my phone, then threatened me when I didnt give it to him in front of dozens of people. Another time I was harassed and pushed by a group of gipsies during daylight.
#Akos on Nov 21, 2014 :
#Sam on Sep 03, 2013 : Nothing extraordinary, but cars are mostly stolen from rich districts (Buda side). I have been living in the US for 4 years, traveled to cities from the East Coast to West Coast, visited about 30 countries, and I can surely tell, Hungary has been proven to be one of the safest countries I have been to. As it has been listed above, I would not go out with a suitcase full of money at night around 3am in the 8th district, but as almost every corner has camera installed to, the situation has improved a lot better. Somewhere I read, Budapest was in the list of top 5 safest cities in Europe (if I remember well, placed second).
#Daisy on Jun 17, 2014 :
Budapest is rather safe than unsafe.Be careful in district 8,10,21 the mostly,and especially at night. Taxi drivers and ticket controllers can be tricky sometimes,keep your wallet in safe place and watch over it on crowded trams and buses. Budapest is beautiful,have a nice time here guys! :)