public toilets


For Boomers and Enthusiastic Walkers:

Your stride may be longer than your endurance, and it’s useful to know where you can find clean public restrooms.  There are a number around the city with supervision and a modest charge.  They are well-maintained, though seldom modern, and cost about 100 HUF or less.  There is one in the rear of the Central Markethall.  There is one at the distant Flea Market at Ecseri, there are several in Metro stations.

But the better deal, and the more prevalent options, are by and large free.  They mostly involve walking into some public space and acting as though you belong there -- a major hotel, a major tourist restaurant, a fast food outlet of a vast American chain.

Some particular tips:

In the Gresham Palace Hotel walk in the main entrance and then towards the reception desk.  Turn left into the major hallway as you approach the desk and the toilets are on your right.

In The Intercontinental Hotel go in the main entrance and continue straight past the reception desk and the concierge through a narrowing of the hallway towards the restaurants; there’s a left turn you can take into a vestibule that fronts of the hotel’s side entrance, and the restrooms or on the left side of that vestibule.

In the Meridien Hotel.  If you are facing the reception desk, look to your right; there’s a small corridor, and if you walk down that hall a few feet the entry to the toilets is on your right.

In Gerbeaud, even if you aren’t eating there, simply walk straight in through the central doors, with resolve, and look ahead of you.  There’s an empty coat check room.  To the left of that there is an open archway with a stairway down.  The toilets are at the bottom of that stair.

In the Mercure Korona Hotel in Kalvin ter go in the main doors and head for the lobby bar.  To the left of the bar itself there is a corrdor and the restrooms are just off that corridor.

In the National Museum, enter through the main doors and then head down one flight of stairs to the basement exhibition space.

Most Burger Kings share a building and restrooms with a Cafe Anna.  Look around for a location between the two.  In the one near the Central Markethall, it's through a door at the very back of the Burger King and downstairs.

Many small restaurants don’t have toilet facilities, but the counterbalance is that most will not mind if you ask for and use theirs even if you are not eating there...most of the nearby shopkeepers already do, why not you?

There’s also a website devoted to this very question:

The Bathroom Diaries - Hungary


Oddly, the usual strategy of assuming that every restaurant will have a toilet, doesn't always work in Budapest, especially in the smaller places.  Here are some tips for those wandering the center city.  If you engage with the city as it invites you to -- by stopping regularly for a coffee or a beer or a glass of wine or juice in a café, you will sooner or later find yourself scanning every alley for available public facilities...