Crime in Budapest, Hungary

Crime rates in Budapest, Hungary

Level of crime
32.70 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
46.98 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
34.63 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
30.22 Low
Worries car stolen
38.48 Low
Worries things from car stolen
43.85 Moderate
Worries attacked
29.19 Low
Worries being insulted
33.12 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
27.48 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
36.05 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
48.20 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
25.48 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
73.62 High

Safety in Budapest, Hungary

Safety walking alone during daylight
83.42 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
60.14 High

Contributors: 368

Last update: February 2019

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

#baeary on Feb 16, 2018 :
On my 27th birthday on 11 November 2016, I was coerced into a fake taxi in Budapest, Hungary by a man who then picked up another man, driven to a campsite on the outskirts, raped at knifepoint, had my money stolen, and then dumped on the side of a motorway in the middle of nowhere at 3am.

When I found my way back to the hotel, the police upon arrival referred to me as an ‘english prostitute’ and a liar and the hotel receptionist informed me of this. They then took me alone back to the scene of the crime, where I was held for maybe 5 hours in the back of a car and was given no medical treatment at all, despite the police promising my sister they would take me straight to the hospital after.

I was refused water and to go to the toilet and taken to the station where I was told to sit down, and wait. The officers understood me only when it was in their favour and eventually after 7 hours and being told that if I tried to leave I would be restrained.

I was given the all clear the week of Christmas 2016 after 4 weekly visits to the hospital for hepatitis shots and multiple tests. I waited until the results, as a HIV diagnosis would have been life changing, but the police do not view this as just reason to wait to file a complaint.

I hope one person sees and stays vigilant and they could be saving this happening to themselves.
#James T. Kirk on Dec 17, 2017 :
Garay utca can be an annoying area, there is vagrancy and the squatters are around.

What I find difficult about the area is that there are people posted up all over the public spaces trying to anticipate what you're going to do, if you're a rich foreigner, so they can find a way to rob you. I don't like getting off of a train to gang members uttering my full name, and then discovering that I'm being chased through the city by pimps trying to pair me with prostitutes who look like ex-girlfriends whose photos they found on the internet. That's about as aggressive and long as a con can get without looking like espionage.

The 8th is more local than the 6th and 5th, where all the brothels are. I don't like being around pornographers and people on meth everywhere I go, so the 8th is preferable.

Budapest has a relatively low rate of violent crime, but the two things that spike violence rates are present: extortion rackets and methamphetamine use. People eventually start brutally killing each other in that sort of an environment. And if you're not in it, you kind of look backwards and say, "well I hope so."
#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.