Crime in Budapest, Hungary

Crime rates in Budapest, Hungary

Level of crime
32.50 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
47.66 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
34.67 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
30.02 Low
Worries car stolen
36.96 Low
Worries things from car stolen
42.97 Moderate
Worries attacked
29.37 Low
Worries being insulted
33.60 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
28.14 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
38.26 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
47.75 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
25.28 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
73.66 High

Safety in Budapest, Hungary

Safety walking alone during daylight
83.63 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
60.47 High

Contributors: 453

Last update: October 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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14 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Sep 29, 2019 :
I have been robbed in a store, someone came in and bumped into me (willingly as I later realized) while I looked at him surprised he took my wallet from my purse. Several of my visitors were also robbed, mostly on trams (especially #2, 4 and 6). The robbers try to distract you and steal your valuables while you do not pay attention.
Increasing racism and xenophobia, fueled by media and government discourses is also a concern.
#Lily on Jul 19, 2019 :
I had an experience in the metro station in which a woman accosted me for not having a ticket whilst looking for a machine to buy one. She took away my passport and refused to reason with me as she wrote down my name and demands an HUF 8000 fine. In the end I just walked away as not only would she have tried to steal the ‘fine’ from me but keeping my passport would have been illegal. Be vigilant in Hungary as the public services do not care about you, nor do they show any attempt of hospitality -on the tube or not- when you try and interact.
#Eric on Jul 05, 2019 :
I had very few problems in terms of robbery and theft. It happened just once i was robbed, but honestly it was late night, I was drunk and I did not take basic care of my valuables. The city is indeed very safe in these terms.

It is much worse with drunk people harressment, insults, racism, and this include also police forces which are definitely not taking care of the matter.
#Different opinion on Apr 17, 2019 :
I look at all the negative reviews that people leave on these types of forums because while it is true that some have had very bad experiences, and there is the chance of being treated badly by the local authorities, there is also the vast majority of those who have had no trouble at all.

I have lived in Manila, Jakarta, Barcelona, Madrid, Warsaw, Vienna and now Budapest and while I may have had a couple of run-ins with the locals, I was never made to feel threatened, and there is a reason?

The eastern Europeans do NOT show the same friendliness that the French, Spanish or Italians do. They tend to be distrustful until they get to know you, and this I suspect is because they are relatively new to multi-culturalism and mass tourism. Most are hard working with very low pay and do not like to waste time with pleasantries. They do not tend to smile when they first meet you, but once they get to know you they are very friendly and generous, especially if you make the effort to speak some of their languages.

People of Budapest are not really used to that much tourism or multiculturalism, it is mostly new for them, within the last 10 - 12 years. Don´t expect them to be the same as those from Countries that are used to this ideal. It has taken a year for the people at the Spar grocery store to even smile at me when I am there, let speak welcomingly at all.

If you are out in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th district, (Center) after 11 pm on any night, then that is when the party districts come to life and they attract both the decent as well as the indecent. You have to be vigilant in any city, but here where they are relatively new to foreigners, you need to be extra vigilant.

Very simply put, do not carry much cash, 25000 forints (about 80 euros) is more than enough for the night at a club or a bar. Always travel with a couple of others that you know and trust, use the "Taxify" app to get a reliable taxi and be polite to whoever your meet. You do not have to smile, but Hungarians respect politeness.

Why I have never had many problems, is 1) I am a big guy that most think would be too much trouble to mess with maybe, but I think it is because of number 2) Show some respect to the people you have to deal with, make the effort to speak your host country´s language.....even a little bit.

If you know that the area you are in is potentially dodgy, then don´t go there unless accompanied by others you can trust and rely upon.

Do not get drunk out of your skull and expect to be treated the same as your hometown, know when to quit and arrange to safely get back to the hotel.

Don´t walk around paranoid and jittery all the time, the person that walks down the street with confidence and a slight swagger maybe never has a problem.

And 4, buy some pepper spray if you feel necessary to do so.

In other words, quit expecting the world to be just like your hometown and realize you are not in Kansas anymore. The world is a dramatically diverse place and with that comes a very diverse personality for each place.

Budapest is a very safe city, (Compared to Manila, Jakarta or Barcelona), provided you make the effort.
#Disgusting place on Apr 07, 2019 :
Visited Budapest on two occasions. The locals are incredibly cold and untrustworthy; although, that could be said of any capital. The big difference with a city like Paris or London is that those cities have active and dedicated police force and halfway morally upright citizens. Got offered coke outside a train station in August 2018 and had my phone almost pickpocketed by some drunken animal who just sprinted away. The police just roam around the area but never deal with the mass of drunken degenerates out at night: So good luck trying to have a pleasant stroll at night.
The Turks should have disciplined these degenerates some more; maybe teach them some common decency.
#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.