Are you planning your trip of a lifetime to Europe and want to see the best of Budapest? We’ve been living here for almost 6 years, we can tell it’s a vibrant, wonderful city that has been gaining popularity quite fast these days. No wonder, actually – it has stunning architecture, exciting museums and festivals, a wonderful river panorama and busy nightlife. And so much more… This is what this guide is about – ALL the things to do in Budapest, and all the useful things to know to make your trip more enjoyable.
Whether you’ll be here for the first time or the fifth, Budapest never gets boring, and it has something for everyone. Let’s see…
Sights for first timers
Walk on Váci Street. It’s the main walking and shopping street of Pest with fashion stores and gift shops. And with amazing architecture. It leads you to Vörösmarty Square. This lively and newly renovated square hosts different festivals throughout the year.
Take a free walking tour in the city center. If you prefer to be taken to the most famous spots and told the best stories about them by enthusiastic guides, choose a free walking tour. Free means that there’s no fixed price, you pay the amount you consider appropriate for the tour at the end.
Take pictures of our Parliament from every angle. It’s beautiful! See it from Kossuth Square, from the Danube Bank, from Margaret Bridge, from the Buda side.
Take a tour of the Hungarian Parliament. Yes, you can go inside. Sign up for a guided tour in the visitor center on Kossuth Square. Or book it online in advance, especially if you visit in the summer or on a weekend.
Shoes on the Danube Bank. Not a large but a moving monument close to the Parliament. It’s a memorial to the Jews who were killed by the fascists in Budapest during World War II. Why empty shoes? These people were ordered to take off their shoes, then they were shot at the edge of the Danube so that their bodies would be carried away by the river.
Hop on Tram 2 for great views. We call it “the tourist line”. It’s a regular tram line, but its route is along the Danube, and it offers amazing views of the city all the way. You can get off at the Parliament at the end. Just try to avoid the rush hours.
Look around on Vigadó Square. Its famous concert hall “Vigadó” looks like a palace with its lovely little formal garden. There are pretty statues in front of the garden. And you have views of Buda Castle and the Danube.
Walk through Chain Bridge. It’s one of the most famous icons of Budapest. Opened in 1849 it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. And it’s still the most beautiful of all the Budapest bridges with great views of both Buda and Pest.
Walk up or take the funicular to Buda Castle. Once the seat of Hungary’s kings, it’s not a furnished castle these days. But most of its inner courtyards and gardens are open to the public for free. Its upper terraces look towards the Danube and offer stunning panorama over Budapest. Matthias Fountain is a pretty piece of architecture, and there are other fountains and statues there waiting to be found in the courtyards. Then you can continue to the lower terraces that have been renovated and reopened recently.
Walk in Buda Castle District. Its narrow streets impress with medieval, Baroque and 19th-century houses and churches. We like taking a walk there in any season. Don’t miss Trinity Square (Szentháromság Square in Hungarian) where Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion stand next to each other. They offer more unique architectural beauties and more amazing panoramas.
Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica. This Neo-Classical church is 96 metres tall – which is the same as the height of the Parliament. They are the highest structures in Budapest. St. Stephen’s Basilica has a stunning interior, and entrance is free.
Visit the second largest synagogue in the world: Budapest’s Great Synagogue. Built in the Moorish Revival style, it hosts the Hungarian Jewish Museum, and there’s a Holocaust Memorial Park in the courtyard.
Learn about history at Heroes’ Square. This square played an important role in Hungarian history and has been a place for many political events. Enclosed by two pretty buildings, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Műcsarnok, there’s an iconic statue complex in its center. It features important national leaders of Hungary. In front of it lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – not a real tomb but a memorial for all the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of Hungary.
Walk on Andrássy Avenue. This avenue that connects the City Park and Heroes’s Square with the city center is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It’s home to amazing Eclectic Neo-Renaissance palaces, houses and embassies, including the neo-Renaissance State Opera House and elegant boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna or Gucci. Take a guided tour to see the amazing interior of the Opera House!
Take a walk in the City Park (Városliget in Hungarian). It’s one of the first public parks in the world, and it hosts some spectacular sights like Vajdahunyad Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath or Budapest Zoo. It’s right behind Heroes’ Square.
Relax in a thermal spa. Budapest is the city that has the most spas in the world. Five of them are famous historical thermal baths: the amazing Art Nouveau building complex of Gellért Thermal Bath, Széchenyi Thermal Bath with its 21 different pools, Rudas Thermal Bath with its amazing panorama pool, Lukács Thermal Bath and Király Baths – a small Turkish Bath.
Escape the city by visiting Margaret Island (Margitsziget). It’s our favorite park in Budapest. As its name suggests, it’s an island in the Danube. It’s a popular recreation area, and it’s home to medieval ruins, pretty fountains and gardens, running tracks, an open-air theater stage and open-air baths. Cars are not allowed to enter.
See the night lights from the Danube. Cruise along the river after dark. Some cruises even include dinner. Here’s a short one that only takes one hour. Or if you want the views for free, just walk on the Danube Bank, walk on Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge to see the Parliament and Buda Castle lit up.
Even more beautiful views
Walk up to Gellért Hill. This hill is in the heart of the city, and it’s our favorite place to enjoy the panorama of Budapest day and night. The hill itself is especially colorful in spring and autumn.
Climb up to the bell tower of St. Stephen’s Basilica for panoramic views. Check the opening hours here.
Take a walk through Margaret Bridge, then walk to Chain Bridge on the Buda side. It offers great views of our Parliament standing proud at the bank of River Danube on the Pest side.
Take a ride on the Budapest Eye. The 65 meters height ferris wheel on Erzsébet Square offers fantastic views. It goes more rounds and you can stay for 5-10 minutes.
Enjoy city views from a thermal pool. 450 years old Rudas Thermal Bath has a unique rooftop panorama pool.
Watch the sunset from a rooftop bar. 360 Bar at Andrássy Avenue 39 or High Note Skybar at Hercegprímás Street 5 are popular places to enjoy views above the city while drinking a cocktail – or two.
Hike to Elizabeth Lookout on János Hill. This easy hike in the Buda Hills takes you to a pretty lookout tower with distant views of Budapest. It’s the nicest in spring with all the blooming flowers. János hill is reachable by chairlift, too, if you’d spare the walk.
Adventurous things to do
Take a driving tour in a 2-stroke Trabant. Trabants were produced from 1957 to 1990 by a former East German car manufacturer, and this was the usual car of everyday people in the Communist era.
Have fun in one of the countless escape rooms. How could one make use of the basement of old houses in the city center of Budapest? By turning them into quirky and exciting escape rooms. Lots of these escape games can be played in English and are suitables for families, as well. As Star Wars fans we really liked the Star Wars game of Magic Rooms Escape Empire.
Crawl through a cave system under Budapest. Those hot springs that feed the famous thermal baths of Budapest also carved out huge cave systems in the limestone rocks under the city. Pál-völgyi Cave, the most popular one offers marvellous limestone formations and dripstones, as well. Guided tours start hourly throughout the year.
Go diving in the flooded cellars of a beer factory. Okay, Kőbánya beer factory is not in operation anymore. But as its underground cellars got flooded by water from the wells, it turned into a unique dive site. Most of the tunnels are only accessible to certified full cave divers. They’re worth the effort though, since the pure fresh water offers perfect visibility, and different artefacts which were left behind when the factory closed are still there. Here’s a short video to get a taste of it.
Dive in the underwater Molnár János cave below Buda. This natural thermokarstic cave system is filled with water which is between 20 and 28°C. It’s an actively forming cave even today. There are also cave diving courses organized – more info here.
Have fun at a bath party. Széchenyi Baths has crazy Summer Sparties with live DJs, a laser show, acrobats and dancers on Saturdays between April and November. Lukács Baths hosts parties in the autumn-winter season.
Go paragliding above the Buda Hills. If you’ve never tried it before, you can choose tandem paragliding with a skilled pilot. Or you can do a course if you have more time.
Go canoeing or kayaking on River Danube. If you long for something more active than just sitting in a boat, enjoy the scenery from a canoe or kayak. You can find most rentals on the outskirts of the city.
Take the kids to the Palace of Miracles. Or become a kid yourself. The Palace of Miracles is an interactive science museum designed for kids. Learn in a playful and fun way!
Museum of Fine Arts on Heroes’ Square. Reopened in 2019 after two years of restoration work, this museum is to charm all art lovers. The building itself is very impressive, and the museum hosts exhibitions about the European and Hungarian arts, and also about ancient Egypt, Hellas and Rome. There are exciting temporary exhibitions, too. But what we found the most breathtaking are the two main halls, the Marble Hall and the Roman Hall.
Buda Castle is home to the National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Széchényi Library. Established in 1957, National Gallery covers Hungarian art in all genres, including the works of modern artists. The Budapest History Museum showcases the city’s history from the Middle Ages to the present day, including traditional rooms in Hungary’s traditional culture or the magnificent Gothic and Renaissance Halls and 14th-century Tower Chapel.
House of Terror on Andrássy Avenue. It has exhibits about the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in the country, and covers everything from Second World War to everyday life in the communist era.
Hungarian National Museum. Again, an impressive Neoclassical building. It hosts Hungary’s most important collection of historical relics such as King St Stephen’s coronation mantle or a piano used by both Beethoven and Liszt Ferenc. There’s a nice garden with statues around the museum.
Ruins of Aquincum in Óbuda district. Aquincum was an ancient city in the province of Pannonia within the Roman Empire. Ruins of houses, baths, courtyards, fountains and sophisticated underfloor heating systems can be seen there today. And Aquincum Museum has a collection of Roman daily life objects and wall paintings.
Museum of Applied Arts. This gorgeous Art Nouveau building decorated with Zsolnay ceramic tiles is home to Hungarian and European furniture collections from the 18th and 19th centuries, other Art Nouveau artefacts and objects related to trades and crafts.
Vajdahunyad Castle. Modelled after Corvin Castle, a fortress in Transylvania, it hosts the biggest museum of agriculture in Europe.
Hungarian Railway Museum. A fleet with locomotives of the Hungarian State Railways – of which some are still operational. Hand-powered cars. Soviet Chaika – an automobile that was the official car of a Hungarian Prime Minister once. A ridable miniature railway for children. Many of the exhibits are open-air.
Chocolate Museum with chocolate tasting. Learn about chocolate, make chocolate, eat chocolate. You need to book the chocolate tour in advance though. They have English tours, as well – see more info here.
House of Houdini in the Buda Castle District. This small museum is dedicated to the Hungarian-born magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. It features Houdini artifacts and also treats visitors with a short magic performance at the end.
Places to visit if you like history
Kerepes Cemetery. Also called Fiumei úti sírkert in Hungarian. You find gravestones of statesmen and national heroes like Lajos Kossuth, Ferenc Deák or Lajos Batthyány, and graves of many who died in the 1956 Uprising. Get a map that indicates the location of noteworthy graves at the entrance.
Explore the Jewish Quarter. Walk on the streets of the former Ghetto, visit synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants and kosher shops. It’s a colorful neighborhood with a tragic past and a lively present.
Marvel at giant statues in Memento Park. What to do with statues of Lenin, Marx or Béla Kun after the Communist era? Instead of being thrown away, they were moved to Memento Park. Called the “socialist Disneyland”, this park showcases 42 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989.
Visit some lesser-known, beautiful churches. Like the Neo-Gothic Church of St. Elizabeth with its rose garden on the Square of Roses (Rózsák tere). Or the medieval Jewish Prayer House on Táncsics Street in the Buda Castle District.
Reflect on the past in the Holocaust Memorial Centre. It’s in the Páva Synagogue since 2004. The building complex itself is an interesting mix of classical and modern architecture.
Relax in parks
Sit out on Erzsébet Square. Just a stone’s throw away from majestic St. Stephen’s Basilica and Fashion Street, there’s a lovely park with benches, fountains and playgrounds on Erzsébet Square. Take some time to relax here in the middle of a busy sightseeing day. (You can get drinks and ice-cream, too.)
Have a picnic on the lawn on Liberty Square. Surrounded by some of the most impressive old palaces of Budapest, there’s a nice green park on Liberty Square. Check out the interactive fountain, too!
Visit the cool social space and playgrounds in Olimpia Park. Redesigned and renovated in 2014, it’s only a short walk from the Hungarian Parliament, and also rewards with pretty Danube views.
Take a walk at Millenáris Park. In place of a factory Central Europe’s largest recreational park was built, along with an exhibition and conference center. Walk among its 300+ trees, lie on the lakeshore, marvel at the hanging gardens, the blossoming cherry trees (usually some time in April) and the water displays.
Enjoy a drink at Kopaszi gát. Located a bit out of the city center, Kopaszi gát is one of the most beautiful places to relax by the Danube. Countless restaurants and bars offer tables outside along the promenade. It’s also a popular place among bikers, runners and yoga practitioners.
Hidden architecture gems
Take a walk around Nyugati Train Station. It might not be so hidden since it’s one of the busiest railway stations in Budapest, but it’s not a typical sight that people include in their sightseeing walk. But you definitely could. This giant iron-and-glass building built in 1877 is quite impressive.
Visit a library that takes place in a palace. Neo-Baroque Wenckheim Palace hosts Szabó Ervin Library since 1931. This is the place where many local students go to study. Buy yourself a day ticket and look around inside.
Take a walk in the Palace District (Palotanegyed in Hungarian). This area is roughly from Astoria to Múzeum Avenue. This was a prestigious place to live so lots of wealthy families built their palaces here in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some magnificent pieces are Festetics Palace (Pollack Mihály Square 3), Károlyi Palace (Pollack Mihály Square 10), Keglevich Palace (Bródy Sándor Square 9), Bókay Palace (Múzeum Street 9) or Eszterházy Palace (Pollack Mihály Square 8).
See the colorful interior of Kazinczy Street Synagogue. Built in Art Nouveau style, it’s one of the largest operating orthodox synagogues in Europe.
Wander on the streets around Liberty Square. Find the amazing Art Nouveau building of Royal Postal Savings Bank with its colourful tiles and folk motifs (Hold Street), Walkó House, one of the first Art Nouveau buildings in Budapest (Aulich Street 3), the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau (Honvéd Street 3) or the National Bank of Hungary.
Take an interior tour of Liszt Music Academy. Or go for a concert. The interior of this Art Nouveau concert hall has been renovated and is richly embellished with Zsolnay porcelain and frescoes.
Enjoy luxury in the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel. The Art Nouveau Gresham Palace facing Chain Bridge houses this luxury hotel today. If you’re on budget, take a look at it from the outside, that’s worth a photo, as well.
Visit the Cave Church of Gellért Hill. This small chapel was built into a cave on Gellért Hill in 1926. It’s free to enter, and masses are held there regularly.
Hunt for even more stunning Art Nouveau architecture. Find the National Institute for the Blind, Miksa Róth Memorial House, Sonnenberg House (Munkácsy Mihály Street 23), Sipeki Villa (Hermina Way 47) or Fasori Reformed Church – all near the City Park. The Hungarian Royal Geological Institute with its roof decorated by Zsolnay ceramics is a bit longer walk from the City Park. Dob Street High School in the city center (Dob Street 85) has a beautiful, colorful facade. You can even find an Art Nouveau piece in Budapest Zoo: the Elephant House.
Find award winning modern architecture. Namely the Palace of Arts (MÜPA) near Rákóczi Bridge. It’s home to Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, a modern Festival Theatre and a gallery of contemporary art.
Get romantic at Barabás Villa at Városmajor. This Neo-Classicist building, once the summer home of Miklós Barabás, a famous Hungarian painter, is a popular wedding venue these days.
Walk on the bridges. Budapest has eight bridges. Though Chain Bridge is the oldest and most famous one, there are some more that look pretty and offer pretty views of the city – Liberty Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, Margaret Bridge or Rákóczi Bridge.
Eat & drink
Eat goulash or Fisherman’s soup. They are the most iconic and quite fulfilling Hungarian dishes. Goulash is somewhere between a soup and stew, with beef, carrot, potato and paprika. Fisherman’s soup is prepared from mixed river fish and with a great amount of hot paprika that gives it a typical red color. You can find them in any Hungarian restaurant, but they’re often sold as prepared street food at festivals and markets, as well.
Visit the Great Market Hall to taste some local food. This large indoor food market is close to Váci Street. It’s not only known for the great variety of food offerings, but also for its amazing architecture. Prepared food are sold on the second floor – try stuffed cabbage, goulash soup, lecsó (a local ratatouille), sour cherry soup, lángos (somewhat like a donut, but it’s salty, not sweet) or Hortobágyi palacsinta (a salty version of crêpes filled with meat).
Check out one of the ruin pubs. What’s a ruin pub? The recipe is as follows: find an old abandoned building in downtown Pest, occupy it (rent it, I should say), fill it with furniture as old and rickety as possible, invite some contemporary artists to decorate the walls, serve some drinks, and people will love it. And well, people do love ruin pubs. These funky places are popular. Szimpla Kert is the oldest one, but there are dozens more. If you need help, take part in a guided pub crawl or a local guided small group ruin bar tour.
Taste Hungarian street food. Lángos, roasted sausage with mustard, pogácsa (something like a biscuit, but it’s not sweet), palacsinta, fánk (the Hungarian donut) or kürtöskalács (chimney cake). The latter is an essential part of any Hungarian Christmas Markets.
Eat typical Hungarian sweet pasta dishes. Not every Hungarian dish has meat as an ingredient. These pastas are cheap (not in the elegant restaurants though) and can be easily made. You’ll unlikely to see any Hungarian eating it in a restaurant, because we eat it at home. And any Hungarian kid can name their favorite – noodles topped with jam (lekváros tészta), ground walnuts (diós tészta) or poppy seeds (mákos tészta).
Spoil yourself with a special Hungarian dessert. Rétes (the Hungarian version of strudel) filled with apple, cherry, cottage cheese or poppy seed is a popular dessert, especially at Christmas time. Somlói Galuska is made of sponge cake, layered with chocolate cream, walnut kernel, rum and whipped cream. Legendary Dobos Cake was invented in 1885 by the Hungarian confectioner József Dobos. It’s made of sponge cake, layered with chocolate buttercream, and topped with crispy caramel. Then there’s chestnut purée – made from chestnut (yepp, they’re not just for roasting).
Cook some easy Hungarian dishes yourself. There are those foods that Hungarians would never order in a restaurant. They’re typical and easy to make. Like layered potato casserole (rakott krumpli), green pea stew (zöldborsó főzelék) or lecsó.
Try a typical dish – savory or sweet – with cottage cheese. If you ask us, cottage cheese (túró) is the best ingredient used in lots of Hungarian dishes. Some of these dishes are savory, some are sweet – and there’s one that can be both (though there could be serious fights in the family about which version is the original 😀 ). Our favorite is cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc) that you’re unlikely to find outside of Hungary. Then palacsinta filled with cottage cheese is a typical street food. Rákóczi túrós is a sweet-pastry topped with cottage cheese and apricot jam. Baked noodles can also be made with cottage cheese and sour cream (túrós csusza) – in certain families it’s a savory dish with crispy pork cracklings, in others it’s turned into a sweet dessert by using powdered sugar instead.
Drink pálinka. It’s a popular and strong Hungarian alcoholic beverage that’s traditionally distilled from different kinds of fruits – plums, pears, peaches, cherries or grapes. When you drink it, it warms you up from the inside.
Taste a famous Hungarian wine. Because Hungary is famous for wines. A sweet dessert wine called Tokaji aszú is an authentic and unique wine from Hungary’s most well-known wine region, Tokaj.
Try the special sweets and handmade bonbons at Szamos Gourmet Palace and Cafe on Váci Street. It’s one of our favorite places to go for sweets – or delicious ice cream in the summer.
Sip gourmet coffee at New York Café. It’s probably one of the most beautiful places in the entire world to have a coffee. Or hot chocolate. Or tea. Or apple pie.
Visit a milk bar. Yes, it’s a thing in Budapest. Offering a large selection of pastries and dairies, they’re great places to have a delicious breakfast. The most well-known milk bar is probably Cserpes Tejivó.
Buy Túró Rudi in any supermarket. This chocolate bar is filled with sweet cheese and also available in flavoured versions, like with different jam fillings. Pöttyös is the most popular brand.
Visit the Christmas Markets in December. Marvel at the decorations, try delicious meals, drink hot mulled wine and share some good laughs with your friends.
Go ice-skating on the rink in front of Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park. This is a lovely artificial lake in summer and an open ice rink in winter.
If it’s cold outside, treat yourself with a hot chocolate. Here are our favorite places to get one!
We could continue the above advice differently: if it’s cold outside, drink mulled wine. Sweet, spicy and hot. It’s not only popular at Christmas markets but anytime in winter.
Have a fröccs in the summer. Though this drink exists throughout the year, people usually drink it on hot summer days. It’s red or rosé wine mixed with different quantities of soda water.
Have fun at Sziget Festival in August. Each August the island of Óbuda turns into one of the largest music festivals in Europe: Sziget Festival. It offers more than a thousand different performances and a unique atmosphere.
Go roving in front of Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park. Ice rink in winter, lake in summer. It’s not just New York’s Central Park where you can go roving even though that’s what we usually see in movies. 😀
Marvel at fireworks over the Danube on the 20th of August. This national holiday celebrates Hungary’s first king, St Stephen, and the foundation of our state. It ends with spectacular fireworks in the evening.
Visit one of the open-air bars in the summer. Some of them are truly quirky – like Pagony, AnKERT or Fellini Római with its own little beach.
Stroll beneath blossoming trees in spring. Blossoming cherry trees included. Some nice places for a spring walk are Baross Street, Reviczky Street, Gellért Hill, Kopaszi-gát, Erzsébet Square, Károlyi Gardens or the streets of Buda Castle District. Or you can visit Füvészkert, the botanical garden of ELTE University.
Visit Budapest Spring Festival in April. Taking place at multiple venues across the city, you can enjoy concerts, listen to readings or see theater shows.
Experience a traditional Hungarian Easter at the Open Air Ethnographic Museum (Skanzen) in Szentendre. Take part in Easter activities like egg painting and other arts and crafts.
Get impressed by unique architecture pieces during Budapest100 each May. It’s an annual celebration of 100-year old buildings in the city, first held in 2011. You may visit residential houses, schools, museums and offices that are otherwise closed to the public.
Enjoy wildflower blooming in the Buda Hills in spring. Countless popular trails start from Normafa, Hűvösvölgy or Csillebérc.
Marvel at the countless shades of autumn in the city parks and in the Buda Hills. Budapest has four seasons, and autumn can be just as spectacular as spring blooming. You already know the parks and trails, but what’s the best time? Usually, autumn is the most colorful in October.
Choose your festival for autumn. Several ones take place in autumn. Budapest’s Pálinka and Sausage Festival. Budapest Wine Festival. Two-weeks Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival that’s focused on contemporary arts like film, dance, music, photography and theater.
Take some fun pictures
Pose next to a Trabant in Memento Park. Trabant is the famous “people’s car” of the communist era, it was made of pressed plastic units.
Take a picture with Ronald Reagan on Liberty Square. The statue honors Reagan’s efforts to end the Cold War. Ironically, it looks directly to the monument commemorating the Red Army.
Sit next to The Little Princess. This statue of a little girl sits on the railings of the Danube promenade at Vigadó Square.
Hug the Fat Policeman. The statue of a policeman stands on the corner of Zrínyi Street and Október 6 Street since 2008. It’s said that patting his belly will bring good luck.
Join Attila József, a famous Hungarian poet, staring at the Danube near the Parliament. He is one the most significant Hungarian poets whose poems are taught in every Hungarian school. He had a difficult life and commited suicide at the age of 32.
Get your shot at Fisherman’s Bastion for Instagram. With the views and the architecture, it’s one of the most beautiful spots to take a picture in Budapest.
Take a picture with a historical tram. Several lines run on the streets of both Pest and Buda. Famous tram 2 running along the shore of the Danube is also a historical tram.
Take a picture with Columbo near the National Comedy Theatre. What the greatest detective of all times has to do on a street in Budapest? Peter Falk, the actor who played Columbo, was born from a Jewish Hungarian mother.
Take your shot with the Millennium Underground Railway. Metro Line 1. It’s the oldest metro line in Budapest, having been in operation since 1896. Both its trains and stations have a retro look.
Tips for getting around in Budapest
You don’t need a car, public transport is good. Actually, a car only causes headaches because of crazy traffic and limited parking. Public transport is okay even during the night. Tram 4 and Tram 6 have a 24 hours service; otherwise night lines have different routes and timetables than regular ones so check it if you’ll need to use them.
Get to Budapest from Liszt Ferenc Airport by public transport, too. 100E is the express bus from the airport to Deák Ferenc Square, you need a special ticket for it. Bus 200E and metro line M3 also takes you to the center with regular line tickets or passes. Between 12 am to 4 am in the night, check the night service.
Plan public transport routes in Budapest with the BKK Futár app. Alternatively, you can plan with Google Maps, as well, it’s pretty accurate for Budapest public transport.
Use Mobiljegy app to buy tickets and passes for Budapest public transport. Metro stations and most of the main bus and tram stops have ticketing machines where you can pay with card or cash. But if it’s not working or there’s no machine, you can buy your ticket or pass on your phone with Mobiljegy app. As a last resort, you can buy it when getting on the bus, but it’s more expensive then – and drivers rarely have change, so you need the exact amount in cash.
Parking is usually free in the city center on weekends. No guarantee though that you actually find a free spot anywhere, and there are a few parking zones where a fee is charged even on weekends. We prefer public transport.
Use the Simple app to buy parking tickets with your phone. Of course, the app tells you whether you’re in a toll zone or whether a toll is charged on that particular day. You can also use this app to pay for toll roads, taxi, or buy different kinds of tickets.
Über is not available in Hungary, but you can use Taxify/Bolt. Download the app to your phone, request a taxi and pay through the app. It’s the safest way to get a taxi for a reasonable price.
Easy to get around by bike. The city center of Budapest is quite walkable, but there’s also a bike-sharing system that you can make use of if you prefer exploring it by bike. More info about “MOL Bubi” bike-sharing and their available tickets here.
Now you tell us, what did you like the best in Budapest? Or what would you like to see the most, if you haven’t been yet?
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