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Europe's Hidden Treasure - Budapest

In 2019 more than 62,000 travelers voted Budapest the best destination in Europe, leaving London, Paris, and even Barcelona in the dust. 

The European Best Destinations (EBD) contest is a reflection of the magic of Budapest in the Old Continent. 

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Nearest Airport

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport and commonly known as Budapest Airport.

Best time to visit Budapest

Budapest is a summer holiday destination. The European summer is from June to August is the best time to explore Budapest. This is the time when there are usually plenty of festivals and great summer vibes. 

Budapest gets snow in the winter, but the city is not a winter ski destination. The city’s landscape does not lend itself to skiing. 

Budapest is served by an extensive public transportation network. The Millennium Underground is the second oldest underground railway in the world (after London's Metropolitan Line)! Tickets must be bought before boarding, and are available at metro stops and newsstands. But be warned: a standard single ticket doesn't allow you to change between lines, so ask about special tickets if your journey requires them.

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How Expensive is Budapest

The travel costs below are averages to help you plan your trip’s budget. It is the combined results from real travelers, just like you.

Save with city card

The 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120-hour Budapest Card gives you:
  • discounts on tours, and popular restaurants
  • unlimited use of public transport
  • free entry to top museums like the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery
  • free entry to Lukács Thermal Bath and Pool

You also get a guidebook that sets out all the freebies and discounted travel deals.

The Best of Budapest

Even just seeing the sights could fill a long weekend in the city quite effortlessly. If you want to experience Budapest's best baths, museums, and nightlife then start thinking about at least a week!

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BUDA CASTLE - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Budapest, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue are known as the Pearl of the Danube. "It is one of the world's outstanding urban landscapes and illustrates the great periods in the history of the Hungarian capital." - whc.unesco.org

Hop-On-Hop-Off in Budapest

See all the top sights of the city and you can hop-on and hop-off at major landmarks to explore in your own time. Recorded commentary is available in multiple languages making Big Bus’ Hop-On-Hop-Off a perfect option in terms of flexibility. Travel and Home tried and tested Big Bus’ Hop-On-Hop-Off routes and it’s worth it. 

City Sightseeing Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Ride

Organ Concert in the St. Stephen's Basilica with Optional Danube Cruise

  • The largest religious building in Hungary.
  • Together with the parliament, the highest structure in Hungary which is 96 meters (315 ft) – this equation symbolizes that worldly and spiritual thinking have the same importance in Hungary.
  • Alan Parker, director of the movie EVITA, chose St. Stephen’s Basilica for the wedding scene between Evita and Perón.
  • The biggest bell in Hungary is in St. Stephen’s Basilica – all of 9 tonnes of iron!
  • And now for something freaky… The mummified hand (“Holy Hand”) of St. Stephen (who passed away more than 1,000 years ago) is on display in the Basilica!
  • Go up in the Panorama Lookout Tower for a panoramic view of Budapest.
  • You simply have to book an evening concert in the Basilica. The sound is incredible, and the atmosphere is beyond words.
  • The Basilica is also open to masses and ceremonies.

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