Crime in Budapest, Hungary

Crime rates in Budapest, Hungary

Level of crime
30.53 Low
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
46.38 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
30.79 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
27.55 Low
Worries car stolen
31.05 Low
Worries things from car stolen
37.54 Low
Worries attacked
27.24 Low
Worries being insulted
32.66 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
26.03 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
38.32 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
44.37 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
22.78 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
70.85 High

Safety in Budapest, Hungary

Safety walking alone during daylight
84.76 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
62.30 High

Contributors: 730

Last update: May 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 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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8 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2024:
Budapest is not perfect, but some of the comments depict the city to be a lot worse than it really is.

I regularly walk in the city with my camera, hence I look like a tourist, and have never encountered any pickpocket, let alone robber (which of course doesn't mean you don't have to be careful, bad things can happen anywhere).

Just listen to your common sense and avoid sketchy people and tourist traps (like you would at any big city), 99% you'll be fine. :)
Commenting from Poland on Oct 28, 2023:
budapest is a dangerous city and other comments here confirm that. Never go out at night in this city or you might get in trouble because of pickpocketers or robbers. It's an overrated city.

I visited hungary some time ago and seriously, it's a depressing country I will always avoid.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2023:
It is a relatively safe city compared to Western European cities like London, Paris or Brussels, however nearly not as safe as these statistics show. I was insulted multiple times by aggressive gypsy panhandlers and by drunken tourists, even harassed and almost assaulted. Good thing is you are allowed to concealed carry pepper spray guns or rubber bullet guns with a permit, and the permit is issued on a shall-issue basis by your local police department. (I had to pull out my gun once at a line 3 metro station during daytime, to make the "would be" robber back off who threatened to stab me, but fortunately he quickly backed off as soon as I pulled out the gun and cocked the hammer. I didn't have to point it at anybody nor did I have to fire it.)
John Wick on Jun 16, 2023:
Well, well...
It's difficult to start...
To be honest, I loved this city so much that I introduced this city and its sightseeings for many foreigners.
I always recommended the capital of Hungary, as it was a warm and friendly city. I loved the atmosphere, the bridges, Danube and the suburbs like Dunakeszi. I still like Margaret Island, Óbudai Island and Citadel. They are still worth to visit at least once in a lifetime. As for politics and life in general, it became a serious topic. On the one hand, you are not allowed to reveal your opinion of politics or economy, or if you do so, your life can get in danger. On the other hand, it is more and more dangerous to write about the truth, and easier to keep secrets and walk away. It is almost impossible to have some privacy as "Big Brother" is always watching you. The real problem is that multinational companies put a huge pressure on government, and government put a big pressure on police and people. In general, I consider myself a friendly and warm-hearted guy in this city, that is unfortunately a negative point today. If you are not rude to people, they will be rude to you. You cannot trust in your friends, police or relatives... For me it is a tragedy to write, as I am a positive person, and always will be, so I can write I am still a believer and I hope things can get better. At least soup gulas is really delicious, so I can at least recommend that. :)
michael on Sep 13, 2022:
very unsafe place. i was attacked 2 times and being threatened in the metro by police. Budapest is not a aafe city
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2020:
As a native I will advice immigrant Muslims who like to wear those religius attire to avoid 8th district of the city ....very bad racist ..I witness last year a guy may be Turkish or iranian beaten at evening ...feel bad for them
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2020:
If you are black from whichever continent , avoid Hungary like a plague. It used to be a nice place until recently thanks to populist government.
Anon on Sep 13, 2020:
Relatively safe, just make sure not to use random taxis on the streets as they can scam you or be dangerous. Use only Bolt or licensed Taxi.
In terms of robbery, be vigilant of your belongings and avoid homeless people and drunkards.