Budapest travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: -2 - 26 (°C)

Visit Budapest’s historic attractions in the spring or autumn, when you can enjoy clear skies and mild weather in the mid-teens (°C). Summers are warm and bright, with average highs of 26 at the peak of the season, while winter temperatures can drop to as low as -2. Use the cold weather as your excuse to visit Budapest’s magnificent thermal baths. 

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Couples: Bring out your romantic side with a trip for two to one of the city’s luxury thermal baths.

Culture lovers: Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, impressive museums and extensive art collections.

Cyclists: Set out on a bike ride, to explore the scenic cycle trails along the banks of the Danube.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Budapest is Hungarian.

Currency: The currency used in Budapest is the Hungarian forint (Ft).

Local time: Budapest is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, around 16km southeast of central Budapest.

Alternative transport: Once you’ve crossed the English Channel by Eurostar, mainland Europe is well connected by rail.

Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Budapest tourist information can be found at http://uk.gotohungary.com/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Budapest.

GETTING AROUND

Metro: The Budapest metro network links the city across four lines, stopping by major train stations and connecting with the airport bus. Line M4’s trains are so high-tech they run without drivers!

Public transport boats: Navigate the Danube aboard a local passenger ferry, an effective way of keeping both banks connected.

Bus: With around 200 lines to choose from, there’s bound to be a bus service to take you where you want to go. 

Tram: Take in the scenic view as your tram trundles alongside the flowing Danube. 

EVENTS

Spring in your step: For 30 years the Budapest Spring Festival has topped Hungary’s list of cultural celebrations. Visit the city in April to enjoy classical music concerts, jazz nights, theatre performances and open-air concerts.

Art extravaganza: The CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, held in October, turns Budapest into a creative showcase. Expect a varied programme of performance art, design, literature and photography events.

Celebrate Sziget: Each August nearly 400,000 fans from over 70 countries descend on Sziget Island in the heart of Budapest. This line-up features a variety of live music, circus acts, theatre performances and exhibitions.