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5-day Budapest City Guide

Our 5-day Budapest City Guide shows you a step-by-step time line and itinerary for your stay in Budapest. Follow it and get the best of your days in the city.

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DAY 1

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Take Metro Line 2 (Red) to Batthyány tér station
09:00-09:20 Batthyány Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • The best view of the Hungarian Parliament
Read more about Batthyány Square
Take Metro Line 2 (Red) from Batthyány tér station to Kossuth tér station (Direction: Örs Vezér tere) - 10’
09:30-10:00 Kossuth Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Historic square
  • Houses the stunning Parliament building
Read more about Kossuth Square

Photo: Julie Lyn

Take a walk to Hungarian Parliament
10:00-11:00 Hungarian Parliament (Monument, 3400 HUF)

Why visit

  • One of the most imposing parliament buildings in the world
  • A masterpiece of Neo-gothic architecture
Read more about Hungarian Parliament

Photo: das21

Take a walk to the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau - 10’
11:10-11:55 House of Hungarian Art Nouveau (Museum, 1500 HUF)

Why visit

  • Hidden treasure of Art Nouveau architecture
  • Playful Art Nouveau coffee house
Read more about House of Hungarian Art Nouveau
Take a walk to Szabadság Square - 5’
12:00-12:30 Szabadság Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Grand and spacious square
  • Remarkable buildings
Read more about Szabadság Square
Take a walk to St. Stephen’s Basilica - 15’
12:45-13:55 St. Stephen's Basilica (Church, Free)

Why visit

  • Imposing neo-Renaissance church
  • Sweeping views of Buda and Pest from the cupola
  • Final resting place of Ferenc Puskas
Read more about St. Stephen's Basilica

Photo: swperman

Lunch time
Take a walk to Váci Street
15:30-16:40 Váci Street (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Budapest's most upscale shopping street
  • Great buildings along the way
Read more about Váci Street

Photo: wfbakker2

Take a walk to Danube Promenade - 10’
16:50-17:35 Danube Promenade (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Stunning view over the Danube and Buda side of the city
  • Promenade with a unique ambiance
Read more about Danube Promenade
end of day 1

DAY 2

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Take Bus nr. 16 from Deák Ferenc tér stop to Szentháromság tér stop
Take a walk to Matthias Church
09:30-10:00 Matthias Church (Church, 750 HUF)

Why visit

  • Famous Budapest landmark
  • Beautiful example of neo-Gothic architecture
  • Unique color tiled roof
Read more about Matthias Church
Take a walk to Fisherman’s Bastion
10:00-10:30 Fisherman's Bastion (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Fairytale like viewing terrace
  • Stunning view over the city and the Danube
  • Part of a World Heritage Site
Read more about Fisherman's Bastion
Take a walk around the Castle District
10:30-12:00 The Castle District (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Breathtaking panorama
  • World Heritage Site
Read more about The Castle District
Take a walk to the Cave Hospital and Bunker
12:00-13:00 Cave Hospital and Bunker (Museum, 3000 HUF)

Why visit

  • Fascinating subterranean complex
  • Budapest's once secret nuclear bunker and hospital
Read more about Cave Hospital and Bunker
Take the funicular (Budavári Sikló) or take a walk down to Chain Bridge - 30’
13:30-13:50 Chain Bridge (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the most beautiful bridges of Europe
  • Architectural masterpiece
Read more about Chain Bridge
Lunch time
Take Metro Line 1 (Yellow) from Vörösmarty tér station to Opera station (Direction: Mexikói út)
16:00-16:15 Opera House (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Architectural masterpiece
  • Great example of Neo-Renaissance style
Read more about Opera House

Photo: Elin B

Take a walk along Anrdássy Avenue
16:15-16:45 Andrássy Avenue (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Imposing boulevard
Read more about Andrássy Avenue
Take a walk along Teréz körút or take tram nr 4 or 6 to Nyugati Railway station - 25’
17:10-17:30 Nyugati Railway station (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Iron lattice roof with same technology as the Eiffel Tower
  • Imposing building
Read more about Nyugati Railway station

Photo: maistora

end of day 2

DAY 3

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Take Metro Line 1 (Yellow) to Hősök tere station
09:00-09:30 Heroes' Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Truly remarkable square design
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Collection of imposing statues
Read more about Heroes' Square

Photo: j0nny_t

Take a walk to the Fine Arts Museum
09:30-11:00 Fine Arts Museum (Museum, 1600 HUF)

Why visit

  • Hungary's largest collection of international art
  • Beautiful Neo-Classical building
Read more about Fine Arts Museum

Photo: Chad Briggs

Take a walk to City Park - 10’
11:10-12:00 City Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • An oasis of green
  • Home to the famous Széchenyi bath
  • Houses the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle
Read more about City Park

Photo: PONCE 2007

Lunch time
Take Metro Line 1 (Yellow) to Deák tér station
Change to Tram nr 47 or 49 from Deák tér stop to Gellért tér stop
15:00-15:15 Gellért Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Elegant square
  • Dominated by the historic Gellért Spa Hotel
Read more about Gellért Square

Photo: dennis.tang

Take a walk to the Cave Church - 5’
15:20-15:50 Cave Church (Church, Free)

Why visit

  • Remarkable cave church
  • Out of the ordinary church interior
Read more about Cave Church
Climb the Gellért Hill
15:50-17:20 Gellért Hill (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Stunning view over the city
  • Covered by a landscape park
  • Topped by Liberty Statue and the Citadel
Read more about Gellért Hill

Photo: Tanukik

end of day 3

DAY 4

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Take Tram nr 47 or 49 to Fővám tér stop
09:00-09:45 Great Market Hall (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Tasty Hungarian delicacies
  • Beautiful building
Read more about Great Market Hall
Take Tram nr 47 or 49 to Astoria stop (Direction: Deák tér) - 15’
10:00-11:00 Great Synagogue (Church, 2000 HUF)

Why visit

  • World's second largest synagogue
  • Richly decorated interior
Read more about Great Synagogue
Take a walk to Deák tér metro station
Take Metro Line 1 (Yellow) to Vörösmarty utca station - 30’ in all
11:30-12:50 House of Terror (Museum, 1800 HUF)

Why visit

  • Great historical exhibition
  • Memorial to the victims of the Communist and the Fascist regimes
Read more about House of Terror

Photo: Neilhooting

Lunch time
Take a walk to Oktogon tram stop
Take Tram nr 4 or 6 to Jászai Mari tér stop (Direction: Moszkva tér)
Take a walk through Margaret Bridge to Margaret Island
15:00-17:00 Margaret Island (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Landscape park with various attractions
  • Popular recreational area
Read more about Margaret Island
end of day 4

DAY 5

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Take HEV from Batthyány tér station to Szentendre station - 40’
Or take the boat from Vigadó square at 9am
10:00-12:30 Szentendre (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Picturesque small town
  • Pastel-coloured buildings
Read more about Szentendre

Photo: Adam Reeder

Lunch time
Take HEV from Szentendre station to Batthyány tér station
Change to Metro Line 2 (Red) to Deák tér station (Direction: Örs vezér tere)
Change to Metro Line 1 (Yellow) to Széchenyi fürdő station (Direction: Mexikói út)
16:00-18:00 Széchenyi Bath (Park and outdoors, 2800 - 3750 HUF)

Why visit

  • A unique and relaxing thermal bath experience
  • Striking Neo-baroque building complex
Read more about Széchenyi Bath

Photo: allytibbitt

end of day 5

 

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