March – May
September – November
LCY → BUD
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 14 £GBP (30 min)
Subway: 3 £GBP (45 min)
It is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and Budapest is the ideal choice for a weekend break or longer. Scenic, cosmopolitan and packed with architectural treasures, this city will both inspire and enchant you with its contrasts.
Divided into two by the river Danube, Buda and Pest present very different faces to the world yet work in harmony to create a beguiling destination – Buda has a picturesque, garden-like vibe and Pest with its more urban feel. Budapest is often called the ‘Paris of central Europe’, meander along the UNESCO-listed medieval streets of Castle Hill. Admire the unique architecture which runs the full gamut of styles and eras, or experience the Turkish and thermal baths on your Budapest holidays.
In winter, which runs from November until early March, Budapest can be cold with little sunshine. Snow falls most years and night time temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit) are reasonably regular from mid-December to mid-February. In spring weather conditions are variable with rapid increases in average temperatures with pleasant days and fresh evenings. Summer is long in Budapest – lasting from May to mid-September and typically is warm to very warm with the city receiving as much summer sunshine as many Mediterranean resorts. So this time is perfect for holidays to Budapest. Autumn in Budapest typically features little rain, long sunny days with mild temperatures. Temperatures often rapidly become cooler in late October.
The majority of the best accommodation for Budapest holidays can be found in Pest, the city itself, but as no visitor to the city should miss Buda’s Castle Hill area across the iconic Chain Bridge, a hotel near the Danube is perfect for sightseeing.
However, Budapest’s transport system is extremely efficient. Best of all for any visitors, all accommodation in Budapest represents incredibly good value. Most hotels fall into the ‘inexpensive’ bracket where in other cities they would be considered ‘mid-range’ or even ‘luxury’. Many of them are housed in beautiful tastefully restored old buildings and featured with every modern convenience you can imagine.
The variety of things to do during Budapest city break is seemingly endless. Wander the medieval streets around Castle Hill or pay a visit to the 13th century Buda Castle – a former Royal Palace. Admire stunning examples of Art Nouveau architecture on Andrassy Avenue and discover more about Hungary’s history at Statue Park or in Heroes’ Square.
Another unique aspects of Budapest are busy markets existing adjacent to shopping malls and stores peddling traditional Hungarian crafts next to boutiques dedicated to leading-edge fashion. Walk along the long pedestrian-only Vaci Utca street. Visit the Great Market Hall to immerse yourself in Budapest’s shopping scene.
Set in Medieval Budapest’s centre, Castle Hill is all narrow cobbled alleys and ethereal squares. Delve some more into history in the Hungarian National Museum or visit the famed traditional Hungarian bath complex the Gellert Baths during your holidays to Budapest.
Visit one of the oldest restaurants in the city – the Karpatia Restaurant and Brasserie for the best of traditional and contemporary Hungarian cuisine or take a dinner cruise on the Danube and take in views of the Chain Bridge before hitting the town to experience Budapest’s wild nightlife.