Budapest Travel Guide & Information

Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary has long been known as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation center, and is considered an important hub in Central Europe. The city has been portrayed as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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Book flights to Budapest to experience a city sprinkled extensively with World Heritage Sites, like the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other premier highlights of the area include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world's largest thermal water cave system and the third largest Parliament building.

Part of the European Union since 2004, Budapest, also known as the 'Queen of the Danube' is a magnificent city exuding cultural sophistication that entices and enchants. With neo-Gothic buildings, sidewalk cafes and Magyar cuisine; classical concerts and Hungarian folk music, the city promises everything travelers expect out of a premier vacation destination.


Things to do in Budapest


The city of Budapest brings dozens of interesting and diverse offerings to charm every type of traveler. Budapest has some big museums with large-scale exhibitions, as well as smaller, more intimate museums.

Hungarian Natural History Museum: The Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest dates back to 1802 and houses the largest natural history collections of Hungary and the region. Departments of Anthropology, Mineralogy and Petrology, Geology and Paleontology and the Library are already housed in Ludovika. The bird and mammal collections of the Zoology department, the Molecular Genetics Lab, Paleontological Research Group and the Animal Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Hungarian Natural History Museum can also be found here.

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The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum: The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum conveniently located within Erzsebet Town. Completed in 1859, the style is typically Byzantine-Moorish, with exquisitely patterned brickwork in the red, blue and yellow colors of the city's coat of arms. Gilded domed towers, archways and beautiful window designs, are just some of the features that make this one of Budapest's landmarks.

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Ancient buildings, parks and many other prominent sites are scattered through the city of Budapest. The indoor and outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities are simply amazing and endless.

Fisherman's Bastion: Designed by architect Frigyes Schulek, built in 1905. The white-stoned Fisherman’s Bastion is described as a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque, full of projections, parapets, and climbing stairways.

Heroes Square: Situated at the end of Andrassy Avenue; Heroes’ Square is one of the most-visited attractions in Budapest, both by visitors and locals. The centerpiece of the square is the Millennium Monument, built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest.

Matthias Church: Located in the heart of the Castle District. Matthias Church was built in the 13th century and was Budapest’s first parish church. However, the original structure has and continues to be renovated and refashioned in the popular architectural style of each era.


Where to Stay in Budapest:

Peppered throughout each district in Budapest, you’ll find cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, Bed and Breakfast hotels, as well as Hostels.

District II & District III: If you are the type of traveler that enjoys the lively pace of a fast paced city by day and the tranquility of countryside by night, these districts are ideal. The area offers numerous opportunities for activities like hiking, biking and long strolls. Travelers will find many hotels within every budget, including spas and resorts offering in-house thermal waters and spas.

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District V: This area offers multiple options, everything from backpacker hostels, to luxurious world-class hotels. Premier hotel chains, like Marriott’s, InterContinental, Sofitel and Kempinski, to name a few. The area is on Pest Side and forms a triangle from the River Edge, up to Parliament and down to the Magnificent Market at the end of Vaci Utca. District V is full of majestic buildings. In this area, you will find most 4-star and 5-star hotels.


Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

Budapest is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Budapest for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Budapest.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips before Planning your Visit.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Budapest

You can visit Budapest throughout the year. You’ll find that there are lots of festivals and events throughout the year that you might want to participate in. Climate wise, the best time to visit is, either July, or September and October, when the weather is at its best.

The winter is the least popular time, due to extremely cold weather, but airfare prices are the cheapest and there are many indoor concerts and museum events.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June to August, December)

Low season: (January to February)

Budapest Weather

Budapest has four distinct seasons with great variability within each season. During summers, temperatures can rise above 90 degrees. During the winters, it can be bitterly cold. Year round, it’s very rainy.

* Winters are fairly short, very cold weather arrives in mid-December. The forecast is usually cloudy and damp with infrequent bright sunny days and frequent, but light, snow.

* During spring, summer and early fall, from April to September, Budapest has a high proportion of sunny, warm days with relatively high humidity and long sunny days, about 10 hours a day.

Currency and Language:


Though Budapest is a member of the European Union, they have not started using the Euro as of yet. Forint or HUF is the official currency in Hungary.

We would advise you to obtain Hungarian Forints upon arrival to Budapest than exchange it with a bank at home, as local banks work with better rates than their counterparts abroad.

* Most international credit cards are accepted in Budapest for shopping and currency withdrawals.


* Hungarian is the primary language.

* Many tourist-related services offer English speakers and guides. Restaurants usually have menus in Hungarian and English.