The Ideal 3 Days in Budapest Itinerary (+ Travel Guide)

When we first spent 3 days in Budapest in 2015, we immediately knew that we would be back–and after many trips to Budapest over the years, it’s safe to say we were right!

Budapest grabbed us hard right from the start, and we quickly fell for the city’s beautiful architecture, amazing river views, and unique repertoire of things to do (the lower-than-usual prices for exploring an epic European capital city helped, too!).

At this point, we’ve cumulatively spent several weeks visiting Budapest during most seasons of the year, getting to know the city a bit deeper on each visit–and each time we say goodbye, we find that we’ve fallen in love with it even more.

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The Perfect 3 Days in Budapest Itinerary

Day One in Budapest Itinerary: Parliament, the Danube, Fisherman’s Bastion + Beyond

Visit the epic Hungarian Parliament.

Nestled right up against the Danube, Hungary’s incredible Parliament building is known as one of the most beautiful in the world for good reason!

If you’d like to take a tour inside the building, you’ll need to book a tour at least a few days in advance.

Kate Storm in a black coat standing in front of Budapest Parliament in November.

When updating this post in 2023, I was surprised to see how far in advance tickets are booked out–so the further ahead you can plan this visit, the better!

(If tickets are sold out for your dates and you want to be sure to visit, another option is booking a third-party guided tour like this that includes a visit to Parliament.

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If you’d rather not fork over the forint, admiring the building up close from the outside is definitely still worth stopping by.

We make a point to walk by several times during all of our trips to Budapest!

3 Days in Budapest Itinerary: Parliament

Stop by the Shoes on the Danube monument.

If you leave the Parliament Building and walk along the edge of the Danube River toward the Chain Bridge, you’ll soon notice dozens of bronze shoes on the ground, facing the water.

These represent a memorial to people (many of them Jews) who were murdered along the banks of the Danube in Budapest between 1944 and 1945.

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Before being shot and having their bodies fall into the Danube to be swept away, victims were forced to remove their (valuable) shoes, so as not to waste them.

It’s a very moving tribute and a must-see spot when visiting Budapest.

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Stroll across the Chain Bridge.

After reflecting at the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, it’s just a short walk to the Chain Bridge.

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Complete with its iconic lion statues, the Chain Bridge is one of Budapest’s most famous landmarks, and no visit to Budapest could be considered complete without walking across it.

The views of the river and the Parliament are beautiful–be sure to stop for plenty of pictures!

Photo of the Chain Bridge with yellow leaves from fall in the frame above it. Essential sight to see even with only one day in Budapest!

Enjoy the views from Fisherman’s Bastion.

Justifiably Instagram-famous, beautiful Fisherman’s Bastion is home to some of the best views in Budapest (though not the very best in our totally biased opinion).

We love climbing all over the towers and through all of the viewpoints–in many ways, Fisherman’s Bastion is a bit of a grown-up’s castle jungle gym!

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If you’re hoping to snap photos… well, you’ll be sharing the view with a few hundred friends.

If dreamy Fisherman’s Bastion photos with no crowds are on your Budapest wish list, consider shuffling this Budapest itinerary around and arriving around dawn.

To get to Fisherman’s Bastion from the base of the Chain Bridge, you can either catch a local bus, ride the funicular up Castle Hill, or make your way up via a long and steep walk!

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Step inside Matthias Church.

Directly behind Fisherman’s Bastion sits one of the best places to visit in Budapest: the colorful and striking Matthias Church.

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With its brightly colored tiled roof, detailed painted interior, and architectural splendor, it’s no surprise to learn that this building has quite a history.

Dating back to the 13th century (with significant changes and rebuilds at several points dating into the 19th), Matthias Church has, among other highlights, played host to royal weddings, the coronations of two Hapsburg Kings, and spent 150 years as a mosque.

close up of colorful rooftop tiles of matthias church, one of the best places to visit with a few days in budapest hungary

Walk to Buda Castle.

Buda Castle is an iconic landmark in the city and features gorgeous views of the Danube and the city from the free-to-access terraces in front of the castle.

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Whether you want to visit just for some of the beautiful views from the grounds and to enjoy the exterior of the building or you feel like ducking inside the Hungarian National Gallery or Budapest History Museum, Buda Castle is a must-see item on any Budapest itinerary.

We visited the National Gallery during our first trip to Budapest and greatly enjoyed it–eventually, we’ll make it to the Budapest History Museum, too!

view of buda castle with chain bridge and the danube river in the foreground

Take a cruise on the Danube River.

… And for best results, take one at sunset.

On our first trip to Budapest, we watched the sun go down and the city lights come on from the water, and it was one of those magical travel moments that ended up sticking with us for years.

Whether you opt for an extremely affordable sightseeing cruise or a dinner cruise featuring Hungarian food and folk dancing, it’s definitely worth the splurge to hit the water while in Budapest.

Book your Danube River cruise today!

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Day Two in Budapest Itinerary: Central Market Hall + Thermal Baths

Begin at Central Market Hall.

No 3 days in Budapest itinerary would be complete without a stop at Central Market Hall–honestly, this is one of our favorite spots in Budapest!

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We love markets of all kinds, and this one is particularly large and beautiful.

The ground floor is made up of groceries and is a great place to pick up some Hungarian paprika (and yes, you should definitely get some) to take back home.

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The second floor (or first floor for Europeans) is home to souvenirs, and, more importantly, the prepared foods section.

Be sure to try a Hungarian langos while you’re there!

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They serve them in just about any way imaginable these days, but for your first taste, go traditional: fried bread, sour cream, and cheese.

Sounds a little strange (at least it did to us), but it is amazing.

traditional hungarian langos with sour cream and shredded cheese, one of the best foods in budapest hungary
No trip to Budapest is complete until we eat one of these!

Make your way across Liberty Bridge.

After filling up at Central Market Hall, take a quick walk across the Liberty Bridge!

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Also known as Freedom Bridge, this is one of the best-known bridges in Budapest after the iconic Chain Bridge.

The views are pretty and the walk is likely necessary after binging on langos, but the real purpose of this walk is to make it to the other side of the Danube, where the rest of the day awaits.

green iron liberty bridge in budapest, a fun stop on a itinerary budapest 3 days

Visit the Cave Church.

Almost directly across the street from the Liberty Bridge sits Cave Church, which is literally exactly what it sounds like: a church in a cave.

Set literally inside Gellert Hill, the church is (clearly) remarkable in appearance and makes for a very interesting stop in any Budapest itinerary.

There’s also plenty of history here, including surrounding WW2 and the Communist Era in Hungary.

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Relax the afternoon away at the Gellert Baths (or the Szechenyi Baths).

Luxurious thermal baths in a building that makes you feel like Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are about to wander through the door at any moment–what could be better than that?

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We love the architecture inside the Gellert Baths, and can easily spend hours there.

… And that’s without even splurging on a massage, which we’ve promised each other we will do next time!

The baths also have an outdoor section that is more like a community pool than anything, but we prefer to stick to the indoors most of the time.

close up of tiled details in gellert baths as seen when visiting budapest hungary
There’s so much detailed tilework in the Gellert Baths!

If you’d rather make the Szechenyi Baths part of your 3 days in Budapest (those would be the ones with the yellow building in the background that you see all the time on Instagram), they are all the way across town on the Pest side of the river.

For that reason, if you’re headed there, you may want to consider shuffling this Budapest itinerary around and starting your morning there before going to Central Market Hall.

Whichever bath you choose, one thing is certain: spending an afternoon relaxing in thermal baths is one of the absolute best things to do in Budapest!

Grab tickets for the Gellert Baths or Szechenyi Baths today!

view of Szechenyi Thermal Baths from under an arch in budapest hungary

Enjoy sunset at the Citadel.

Remember how I mentioned that the view from Fisherman’s Bastion wasn’t our favorite view in Budapest?

Well, this one is–especially at sunset.

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The Citadel is set at the top of Gellert Hill, and watching the sun go down over the Danube from that vantage point is a remarkable experience.

Be sure to stick around long enough to watch the lights come on over the city!

There’s nothing like seeing Parliament, Buda Castle, the bridges, and more lit up and glowing in the night sky.

view of danube and budapest at night, a great view that may influence your decision to visit budapest or prague

Alternative: enjoy a Hungarian wine-tasting class.

One of the most memorable wine tastings we have ever done (and we’ve done more than our fair share!) is this evening wine tasting in Budapest.

Put on by Taste Hungary, everything from the wines to the charcuterie to the atmosphere was perfect–and I will never, ever forget the flavor combination of blue cheese and Tokaj wine.

Throughout the tasting, we sat with one other couple as our sommelier, Gergely walked us through details of not only the sparkling wine but also one other white and two reds.

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Gergely was an expert, and he used a map of Hungary laid out in front of each of us to show us the regions that each wine came from (he was also the one who taught us that Hungary has 22 distinct wine regions!) and taught us different facts about the taste and history of each wine.

For most of the year, taking this class would mean missing sunset at the Citadel–but for foodies and wine fans (no expertise required), it’s an incredible experience.

Book your Hungarian wine-tasting class today!

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Day Three in Budapest Itinerary: Caving, Viewpoints + Ruin Pubs

Spend the morning adventuring through Budapest’s cave system.

It may not be the most traditional sightseeing activity, but climbing and crawling our way through some of the caves under Budapest is, hands down, one of our favorite things we have done in the city.

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Adventurous travelers will love, love, love the opportunity to explore these caves!

We seriously can’t recommend this experience enough, and even with only 3 days in Budapest, it deserves to be on the itinerary.

If you are interested in experiencing the caves but don’t think that an intense adventure tour is for you, there are walking tours available in more accessible parts of the cave system as well.

people climbing into a cave in budapest hungary

Head to the Szabo Ervin Library.

I’ll be honest: this library is a tiny bit out of the way from the rest of the stops lined up for the afternoon, but if you’re a book lover, it is so worth it.

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Nestled on the fourth floor of the Szabo Ervin Library sit several absolutely beautiful rooms that had me just about squealing.

If you grew up dreaming of having thousands of books or of replicating Belle’s Beauty and the Beast library for yourself, well… it’s in Budapest, and the ticket to get in is just a handful of forint.

3 Days in Budapest Itinerary: Szabo Ervin Library

Stop by the gorgeous Central Cafe.

Budapest is famous for its glitzy, glamorous cafe scene–most famous, of course, is the New York Cafe.

Beautiful 19th-century cafes can be found all over Budapest, however, and we’re partial to the lovely (and much less crowded) Central Grand Cafe.

Their Esterhazy cake is one of my favorite cakes in the world (the traditional Dobos cake, pictured below, is fantastic too).

We stop here at least once on every trip to Budapest!

Slice of Dobas Torta on a white plate as served at Central Cafe in Budapest

Tour the Hungarian State Opera House.

Majestic and beautiful, the Hungarian State Opera House is well worth a visit.

Guided tours run 3 times per day in the afternoons, or you can check for shows running during your visit if you’d like to spend an evening at the opera!

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Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica.

One of the two tallest buildings in Budapest (it’s tied with the Parliament building), St. Stephen’s Basilica is remarkably beautiful and ornate, both inside and out.

If you’d like to add a gorgeous view to your list of things to see in and around St. Stephen’s Basilica, be sure to climb the tower!

Couple on roof of St. Stephen's Basilica, Best Things to Do in Budapest
Worth visiting even on a freezing cold day!

Take a ride on the Budapest Eye.

Had enough incredible views of Budapest yet (seriously, it’s an amazing city to look at)?

Hopefully not, because just a short walk away from St. Stephen’s Basilica sits the Budapest Eye.

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Far less famous than the London Eye (though with what I imagine are much shorter lines), the Budapest Eye is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the city.

I have a deep-seated and highly irrational fear of Ferris Wheels, but even with that, I can confidently say that riding the Budapest Eye was worth it (once).

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Stop by a ruin pub.

The ruin pubs are one of Budapest’s unique features and are a must-stop on any 3 days in Budapest itinerary.

The pubs are set up in what used to be abandoned buildings in Budapest’s old Jewish Quarter (technically called District VII).

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The ruined buildings, mismatched furniture, funky art, and, of course, the bars themselves all make the atmosphere wonderful and a spot you can’t afford to miss in Budapest.

The oldest and largest of these ruin pubs is Szimpla Kert, which makes a great first stop on any ruin pub crawl.

If you’d like to make your way through several ruin pubs and prefer a group experience, a ruin pub crawl can be a fun way to wrap up your visit to Budapest!

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Where to Stay When Visiting Budapest

Trying to decide where to stay in Budapest?

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Luckily, there are plenty of options for any budget on either side of the river!

Here are a few well-reviewed picks for where to stay in Budapest.

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Jackquaters — Located right next to Vaci Utca and only 100 meters from the Danube, Jackquaters is the perfect location for anyone visiting Budapest.

Budapest highlights like the Chain Bridge and Great Market Hall are within easy walking distance.

Check rates & book your stay at Jackquaters!

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Hotel Erzsébet — With Central Market Hall and Vaci Utca at your fingertips, you definitely won’t go hungry while staying at the beautiful Hotel Erzsébet!

With modern interiors, easy access to the metro, and a central location, this well-reviewed property is a reliable and cozy place to stay.

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Erzsébet!

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Hotel Mika Superior — Not only does Hotel Mika Superior offer beautiful rooms, fabulous service, and a delicious included breakfast, but it’s also located in the old Jewish Quarter of the city, near the Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian Opera House.

This is one of our personal favorite neighborhoods to stay in while visiting Budapest!

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Mika Superior!

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Getting Around During 3 Days in Budapest

Budapest has a great public transportation network comprised of trams, a metro, and buses.

You can buy single tickets, a group of 10 tickets, a 24-hour pass, a 72-hour pass, or a 7-day pass to the transportation system.

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Personally, we always buy the passes.

It tends to work out to be cheaper and is also more convenient–we don’t want to worry about forgetting to validate a ticket and end up with a hefty fine.

They do watch tickets very carefully in Budapest–we had ours checked several times.

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How Many Days in Budapest?

As many days as you have in Budapest, that’s how many you can spend in the city (here are our suggestions if you only have one day in Budapest).

In our minds, Budapest is perfect for longer stays, which is why in an ideal world we like to stay for a week or more.

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There is enough to do that you can’t get bored, and so many things that are wonderful about the city (looking at you, thermal baths) can be enjoyed over and over again.

However, if you’re trying to work Budapest into a greater European itinerary, 3 days in Budapest is the perfect amount of time for a first overview of the city.

You’ll see the bulk of the major sights and attractions, get a taste of the nightlife, and have enough time to fall just enough in love with the city that you leave planning your next trip back.

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More than 3 days in Budapest?

If you have more than 3 days in Budapest, you’ll find that there’s plenty more to see!

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Consider taking a trip out to Margaret Island to enjoy a bit of green space, visiting the Hospital in the Rock, dropping by the Pinball Museum (high on our list for our next visit), or visiting the House of Terror.

Don’t confuse the House of Terror with the cheesy medieval museums that pop up across Europe: this is an in-depth look at the pain and fear spread by the back-to-back fascist and communist regimes in the 20th century.

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Other options include visiting Heroes Square and Vajdahunyad Castle, touring the Dohany Street Synagogue, and relaxing in one of the many other thermal baths in the city.

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Consider heading out to the beautiful town of Szentendre!

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About Kate Storm
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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

50 thoughts on “The Ideal 3 Days in Budapest Itinerary (+ Travel Guide)”

  1. The ruin pubs sound awesome, I remember having a sneaky drink on a Soviet bar in Buda when I was about 15 and had escaped from my parents with some young locals!

    Always good to find a mix of cultural a d fun and it seems Budapest has exactly what you need to make that possible.

    Next time I head to Budapest I’ll be sure to use your itinerary for odeas.

  2. It seems as wherever you goin Budapest you have an amazing view of the city! Look at that first photo of the Hungarian parliament! What a building! The Matthias church is beautiful aswell. A romantic sunset moment at the Citadel doesnt look bad either, one must come back with a beautiful sunset of the city right!? Budapest has been on my wish list for some time now but to be honest I am not sure whenever I will get the chance to explore the city. But that day I do, I would surely be happy that I have stumble upon your post!

  3. So glad to hear you fell in love with Budapest too! Has a magic pull doesn’t it! the views from Fisherman’s Bastion were some of my favorite in the city, and then taking a Danube river cruise to see the Parliament building and the city lit up – awe inspiring! Was so glad to see each of these on day one of your recommended itinerary :)

  4. Oh, the shoe thing just gets me. We just visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and the bin full of shoes made me cry. Budapest is a beautiful city and your photos are gorgeous. I didn’t realize Budapest had an Eye. That’s something that the hubby and I would have to do just to see the view. Thanks so sharing your itinerary.

    • Oh, I know. :-( The first time we visited Budapest was just days after seeing Auschwitz-Birkenau, and it was even worse seeing them with those memories so fresh as compared to this most recent time. Such a sad spot.

  5. Apart from the (obvious) Parliament, I also like the architecture of Fisherman’s Bastion, your pictures are amazing! I had a friend who visited Budapest and wasn’t really impressed and since then, I’ve been a little unsure about placing it in my list of countries I’d like to see but I do like your suggestions and it seems like the sort of place I’d love to explore as a solo traveller. I might just fly there for a long weekend, thanks for sharing this 3-day itinerary, it’ll be super useful for me if I do that.

    • I agree, Budapest would make a great long weekend! I love Fisherman’s Bastion, too–we’re not really winter people, but if I could be guaranteed to see snow falling on Fisherman’s Bastion, I’d probably make the trip during the cold!

  6. Wow, Budapest looks so gorgeous through your pictures. I have never been and it is definitely on my list for my next European adventure. I am someone who went and cried at Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam. So I definitely would be crying if I saw the bronze shoes by the river too. Thank you for sharing your itinerary.

  7. Thanks for the details and the info on how many days to spend in Budapest. For people like me who travel a long way with a long bucketlist it is really helpful to know how many days to spend in each place .photps are really good as well ?. Great post

    • Thank you! I agree–especially back in the 9-5 days, one of the hardest parts of travel was deciding how many days to spend where!

    • There’s always a reason to return, right? That’s one of my favorite things about Budapest–even “big” items like the thermal baths can easily be enjoyed again and again.

  8. You gave a very detailed overview of Budapest.
    My favorite, the library. I LOVE libraries, and love visiting them as I go around, so seing that photo was super captivating for me. And the photo of the Citadella was enough for me to follow you on Instagram. So intrigued by your travels ?

    • Aw, that’s awesome Karen! Glad to have you on Instagram. :-) I agree, we adore libraries (and bookstores, and books in general) as well–it’s actually a subject I’m hoping to blog more about in 2018!

  9. I was in Budapest three months back and I fell madly in love with the city, it is so beautiful and rightly called the “Paris of the East”. I loved the Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion. Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit the Cave church. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it this year.

  10. Superb guide to Budapest, Even though it was cold and windy in Budapest, the Budapest Eye was enclosed and gave protection from the wind. It was a great view from the top of Budapest. A great place to get some sceneic photos over the city and the rooftops. Or even a great place to sit and watch the wheel go around.

    • Agreed! I imagine it must have been quite the reprieve from the cold if you visited in the winter–I wonder if they’re let you bring mulled wine on board? :-)

  11. I live in Budapest and it was really nice to read how much you love our places here.:) I must admit neither I have been to all of them.:D
    However, I’d suggest visiting some beautiful places in the countryside too, we have a lot to see there as well.

    • I agree! We’d love to make it to the Hungarian countryside and to some of the smaller towns and cities–maybe our next trip will finally be the time we head out there. :-)

  12. hi Kate, We are planning a trip to Budapest and feel lucky to get hold of your itinerary. Plan to make best use of it. After completing 11 days medical treatment for our son in Poland (Mielno Town near Gdansk), We want to cover 2 places, 3 days each, in Europebefore we head back to our home in India. Which is the other city you would recommend in addition to Budapest. We were thinking of Berlin. What’s your view on that ? But i am afraid if we go to Berlin we will miss the train ride – we were originally thinking of doing a train ride between Berlin – Prague. Any inputs will be helpful. Thanks, Rishi

    • Hi Rishi!

      Not sure what you mean by catching the train–you mean you’ll be taking a train ride to Prague to head back to India?–but I’m afraid I can’t offer much guidance on Berlin, as we’ve never been there.

      As far as options near Budapest for your second city, Vienna and Prague are both very popular and easy to access, and not as far from Budapest as Berlin.


    • Glad we could help, Desiree! If you’re asking if you could do Prague as one of your three days in Budapest (so two in Budapest and one day trip to Prague), I wouldn’t recommend it–it’s further than it looks, and Budapest has a lot to see! Better to save Prague for a different trip, or visit before or after seeing Budapest.

  14. Thank for all the time you spend in putting this three day itinerary together. We are head there in August/September before the start of a river cruise to Linz. Any suggestions on a private tour of some of the sites using Viatour?
    Thank you.
    Rev. Alan

    • Thanks, Alan!

      We actually use Get Your Guide instead of Viator, but they offer similar services. I’ve linked some options in the post, but they are generally group tours. If you’re looking for a private experience, you’ll likely find options with similar itineraries available on both sites!

      Hope you have a great trip!

  15. Hi Kate, I love your blog – it’s definitely help me with planning my trip to Budapest. Can i ask which caves you visit in Day 3 – all the crawling and climbing, I’m interested in doing those as well. Thanks!

    • Hi Kaylee! I’m actually not sure of the exact name of the caves, but we went with a small company called Caving Under Budapest on their adventure tour (so not one of the caves with marked paths). You can find their exact link in our Things to Do in Budapest post. :-) The tour was amazing, and we highly recommend it! Definitely among the most memorable things we have done while traveling.

  16. Very good and helpful, thank you.
    One question .
    On public transport can you get a combined ticket for bus and Train.
    We also want to go out of the city.
    We are in Budapest for 7 days.

    • Hi Susan!

      Yes, the public transport tickets are good for buses, trains, and trams, but you will need separate tickets for your specific destination when taking a trip outside of Budapest. Within Budapest though, the tickets are combined. :-)

  17. Hi there,

    Thanks for the itinerary. How is shopping in Budapest? Do you get all the international brands at a reasonable price or is it only Hungarian brands that sell the most? Which would be a good place for shopping?



    • Hi Puneet!

      Vaci Street is considered Budapest’s shopping street that is most popular with tourists, and you’ll find all the usual international brands there.

      Not sure on the price comparisons–haven’t paid too much attention to those myself.

  18. Hi Kate,
    We are a group of 4 and are planning to visit Budapest in February 2020 (middle of the coldest month). I liked your 3 day itinerary and can extend to 4 to 5 days.
    Please advice:
    1. Will February be too cold to visit all the sights in Budapest?
    2. Is a wine tour or a trip to Margaret Island possible in February?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Ami!

      Not sure about the trip to Margaret Island, but I’d think so. The wine tasting we did in the cellar in town runs year-round last I checked.

      I would say that February won’t be too cold for sightseeing but absolutely bundle up–if you come from a warm climate, bundle up about twice as much as you might expect! Of course, you’ll want to check the exact weather for your dates as things get closer.

  19. Hey Kate!
    What a wonderful descriptive itinerary! Kudos. I read every bit of it and fell in love with Budapest. I will be travelling Solo in 2nd week March this year. Request you to suggest about Danube cruise/ferry, how costly is that, can we buy tickets at counters there or need to purchase it online.

    Many Thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Jonnie!

      The cruises vary a bit in price, but depending on inclusions can be very affordable–certainly under $20 USD/person. I have a popular one linked in the post that should give you a good idea of price.

      You can definitely buy tickets from various tour companies on the ground, personal preference as to whether you want to book in advance or not!

  20. I visited Budapest in December, but it is impossible to explore this city only for 3 days! Especially in winter, it was a bit cold to walk a lot through the city :( Thank you very much for this itinerary, it is very helpful! I noted some new spots for my next trip in summer! :)

  21. Hey Kate

    I’m delighted to see this fantastic 3-day Budapest itinerary! Budapest is undoubtedly a city that captures the heart of every traveler with its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture.

    The recommendations here, from exploring iconic landmarks like the Parliament building and Fisherman’s Bastion to indulging in the thermal baths and visiting ruin pubs, promise an unforgettable experience.

    Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning to this enchanting city, Budapest has something new to offer every time. Happy travels!


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