Budapest City Breaks: Best of Budapest
Budapest Is Great For
Thermal spas for the ages
Classical music venues
Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Budapest
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) is the primary airport in Budapest. It offers service to/from many international cities on most major and smaller airlines.
For more info on Budapest airport, visit here.
There are three rail stations in Budapest: Keleti, Nyugati, and Déli, which all offer regional and international service.
For more info on train service to Budapest, visit here.
Do I need a visa?
Since Hungary is one of the 26 Shengen Area countries, tourists from those countries do not need a visa for visits less than 90 days, but passports must be valid for at least six months after departure dates. The same goes for Americans. See here for more info.
When is the best time to visit?
Summer: Summer is festival season in Budapest, and highlights include the Budapest Summer Festival, LGBT Pride and weekend festivities on the Chain Bridge. Average daily temperatures this time of year can reach highs of 80 Fahrenheit (30 Celsius) and lows of around 59 Fahrenheit (15 Celsius).
However, that’s not to say winter isn’t wonderful as well. To see Budapest’s UNESCO-listed monuments covered in a dusting of snow, visit in winter. The cold season is the perfect time to tuck into goulash, warm up at the thermal baths and visit festive Christmas markets.
Public transit card
Budapest has great public transportation, so get a Budapest Card, which gives you free access to transit, tours, museums, attractions and discounts at restaurants, shops and more.
For info, visit here.
BKK operations Budapest’s public transportation, so be sure to download its app for the most up-to-date service info. Visit here for more info.
There are four metro lines running across Budapest, including Line 1, continental Europe’s oldest underground rail.
There are more than 30 tram lines in Budapest, and they are the easiest way to get around. Only the 6 tram runs overnight. Ride the 2 for amazing views of the city.
There are more than 200 routes across the city and surrounding towns for its blue buses. The red trolleybuses operate in Pest and Zugló.
BKK’s four riverboat services are a great way to not only get around but also see Budapest from the Danube.
The Cogwheel (technically tram 60) and Chairlift are a great way to get up to the hilly Buda section of the city if you’re not up for the trek on foot.
Taxis are plentiful in Budapest and easily recognizable thanks to their yellow color. While cash and bank cards are accepted, some bank cards may not be, so make sure you have some cash on hand just in case.