We had heard of Budapest’s architecture and history, but we were not aware of it as the hip city in Hungary for young tourists looking for a fun weekend or even an away day! So, here is our Guide to Budapest if you had less than 30 hours to visit!
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If you had only 28 hours in Budapest, what do you do?
Well, you may not know that Budapest is also known to have some of the best nightlife in Europe. The main attraction in the city for us were the natural hot spas. But no spoilers here…Today we share the Pkjulesworld guide to Budapest in 28 hours or less!
Of course, you know that Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, right? Its wrapped around and curves the river Danube with its nuevo architecture, historic natural baths and fun night life. It is also infinitely romantic… (Says the romantic in the pkjulesworld quartet) 😉Historic natural baths and fun night life. It is also infinitely romantic
Guide to Budapest – The Basics
We found Budapest an easy city to navigate. Simply because the river Danube is its epicenter, with the Buda part of the city to the west of the river. (Buda means hill)
The Buda side is also where you find the Presidential Palace and lots of fun tourist sites. It’s quite green and leafy with some natural hot springs. The views across the Pest side are amazing as you note the sky dominating Gothic parliament building on the far riverbank.
Talking of the Pest side, (Flat or Plain) this is on the East side of the Danube famous for its Jewish quarter, the hip shopping boulevards and the famous Ruins Bars!
Quite bohemian we think! As they look like a scene from some kind of eclectic ruins.East side of the Danube and its famous for its Jewish quarter, the hip shopping boulevards
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How to Get to Budapest
With lots of flights from UK, you will be spoilt for choice. Since we are based in the North West, we usually fly from Manchester Airport and we make our bookings via Booking.com.
Of course, you can go straight to any airline website, or you can be a Savvy traveller and use our Flight Tips to grab a bargain! We got one for £28 One way + tax!
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Where to Stay in Budapest
We will not assume you are on a Budget….So we will share top end, and budget options for ya.
If you got the Platinum, head to The Corinthia Hotel on Andrassy Boulevard and you will feel like you just walked into a den of luxury… You will have! For a Superior suite you should be ready to part with at least £280 a night, Incl. breakfast!
We stayed there on our very first visit to the city and I can tell you it is breath-taking.
You can read about our first visit to Budapest above or here.
And according to the Locals,
“The Corinthia Hotel Budapest is the Hotel to be at in Budapest, if you have a deep wallet”.
If you are on a budget, Budapest has lots to offer you too and you could stay at the Brody House. A boutique style hotel right opposite the Museum on the Pest side of the city.
You will be within walking distance of all the main “left bank” sights. Be ready for what for want of a better word we shall call shabby chic at £68 a night (at time of publishing). Remember you are here for only 28 hours. 😉If you are on a budget, Budapest has lots to offer you too
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What to Do while awake in Budapest
Okay let’s assume you arrive in the city of Budapest at the crack of dawn and you are whizzed off to your hotel in record time by your pre-arranged airport pick up ride!
Then you could have all day to savour the sites of Budapest, have some fun at night and have at least 6 hours kip before you head on to your next stop!
So, let’s say first things first, you need breakfast and its served at your hotel yay!
#1. While at the concierge, you book your stop over at the Budapest Thermal Baths. If its summer time, the Public baths are open and free!
If you booked yourself at the Corinthia Hotel above, you want to stick to the Spa, its world class and you paid for that at £280+ A night.
Otherwise, we recommend the Szechenyi Baths. This could set you back between £15 – £20 depending on which website you chose!
You could kill an hour or so at the baths then…
#2. Take the Hop-on-hop-off Bus tour of the city so you get a taste of both the Buda and Pest parts, including those Selfie Insta-worthy moments! You definitely will need at least 3 hours with minimal hop off if you are to take in most of the well-known sites if this amazing city! This should set you back £20 – 33 depending on the add-ons you chose!
We would choose a 24hour Hop-on-hop-off Bus tour with optional Night boat Cruise…Get a taste of both the Buda and Pest parts, including those Selfie Moments
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These buses offer a run-down of the sites you see via an on-board audio commentary so you know where you can hop off for a deeper look and kodak moments! Very helpful.
Our tour came with our booking so we had everything sorted.
We wandered around the Old Buda side, checked out the Presidential Palace, marvelled at the Budapest statue-of-liberty, and the breath-taking views across to the Parliament!
We had a romantic night cruise across the Danube, the feeling and views are simply awe inspiring.
Be sure to choose a departure point that’s not too far from your hotel or you will have a long walk for your bus pick up and drop off point!
With all that site seeing you will be ravenous so let’s find you some food.
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Where to eat in Budapest
You could head on to the Pest side and taste samples of choice cuts of Hungarian ham at Divin Porcello. Be sure to call in case you don’t get a table! 😊 A board could set you back a modest £6
And you could grab some Cheese selections while you are there as a gift for your bestie maybe!
Address: Apaczai Csere Janos utca 7, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Tel: +36 30 665 1004
If you are vegetarian or vegan, definitely check out Google and fund your restaurant or café of choice.
With your stomach sorted, how about you head to the Metro. Take the city line to the City Park Városliget and the boating lake, which doubles as a skating rink in winter.
The park opens on to a world heritage site: the Heroes Square. Next to the Museum of Fine Art…Well ya gotta feed your arty farty nature, right? 😉
Now its time for your Thermal Bath, right.
As you while away your 28 hours the day turns into night and you want to see one of Budapest’s ruin bars for a bit of a drink before dinner at your hotel.
Not any Ruin Bar, the original one at that; Szimpla Kert. This bar may look like something from a furniture flea market in a ragged court yard.
Don’t be fooled. Its totally popular with the hip youngsters! And you will get your evening coffee hit in the coffee shop!
Don’t forget your Night Cruise and then it will be good night for you before your flight or trip to your next destination!See one of Budapest’s ruin bars for a bit of a drink before dinner
Getting Around Budapest – Transportation:
Of course, we don’t expect to do all that walking around a major European city. Grab a Budapest card for about £15 for 24 hours and you will enjoy stress free travel around this awesome city!
This card gives you unlimited travel on public transport and Free or discounted admission to various tourist sites including museums and baths! Woot!
Be sure to get it before you buy your thermal baths ticket!
Our Guide to Budapest in 28 hours – Final Words
Of course, we know you want to do a spot of shopping for the wifey, hubster, bae, boo and your little gifts aka children!
There are lots of farmers, flee and street markets across Budapest, so you could grab some unique trinkets and memorabilia.
Otherwise for the usual high street stuff…We visited the WestEnd Shopping centre.
It is very modern with a spectacular man made waterfall! Inside the main front entrance to the mall!
You could also check which mall is closest to your accommodation or is on the Hop-on-hop-off route!
Also, you could wander around the boulevards and shops after your thermal baths on the Pest side, why not. Shop like a local right!
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39 thoughts on “Pkjulesworld Guide to Budapest, Hungary!”
Budapest is one of my favourite cities in Europe, and I feel like it is oftentimes underestimated by western tourists. I really enjoyed reading this and will use some of your tips for my next trip.
I really love Budapest too and it is really up there with my favourite places in Europe and I agree with the underestimated thing 😀 I hope the tips help !
I traveled to Budapest last summer. I didn’t know that the thermal baths were free! I did go to Szceheny and loved it! Also the ruin bars were super cool!
You will Note that we stated the price for the Thermal baths and if you buy a day card you may get them even cheaper or even free. Just to clarify! 🙂
I love Budapest! I just went and it was amazing 🙂 Wish I saw your tips before I went
I love budapest so much and i thought it was great 😀 😀
We have never been to Budapest, will have to rethink our travel plans after reading your post. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop.
Oh, Budapest looks gorgeous. I’d love to travel there one day, thank you for the tips.
I’ve read a lot of good things about Budapest. Great job for showing us what an incredible place this is.
hey Wendy ,
You are so welcome… maybe you cold visit sometime 😀
That hotel is absolutely beautiful! We’re vegan so I would have to check out some cafes.
I’ve always wanted to go there. I’m a foreign language freak and Hungarian is on my to-do list. Great article.
you should definitely find some time to go visit , I’m sure you will enjoy it
Budapest is a beautiful city – it’s on my bucket list. 🙂
What a great guide this is. You really sold the place to me it looks incredible and sounds like somewhere that is a must see!
I always appreciate these virtual trips bloggers like you offer, with pictures and descriptions. It’s unlikely I’ll ever travel there from here in the US, but it’s fun to vicariously “visit” through a post like this. I could totally get into visiting flea markets, for sure! And yes please, on cheese!
Thank you so much, that means a lot 😀 ! I hope you can enjoy some of my other posts
I have never been in that place but sounds like a really nice place to visit and to explore.
Hey Rachael ,
maybe one day you can visit 😀
Such an interesting read! I’ve always wanted to go there and this is the perfect guide!
Hey Serin ,
i really hope you enjoyed and i fingers crossed you see budapest one day
BUdapest is so amazing with diverse culture, food, tradition,religious sites and beautiful sights. WOuld love to visit the place .Adding it to my bucket list
Such a nice post and you really have a great guide for anyone who are going to see and explore this place and I hope I can visit this place someday.
Thank you so much 😀 , I hope and pray that you can enjoy Budapest 😀 !
I have never been in Budapest but definitely love to go there someday and I will definitely use your tips once we plan for our Budapest trip.
Budapest is one of my favourite places to visit! It’s got so much culture, amazing food, gorgeous sites, and an INCREDIBLE number of antique shops!
We have not visited Budapest yet but after reading this would love to visit one day.
I really do hope that you can go visit one day 😀 😀
You certainly seem to have seen and experienced quite a bit in 28 hours! From all I’ve read and including this post, Budapest seems like a great destination, appealing to all people and budgets. The Hungarian countryside is also meant to be known for its natural beauty. I look forward to visiting someday, but will definitely shoot for a lot longer than 28 hours to enjoy a more relaxed pace.
Budapest is so amazing and i really hope that you can go there one day 😀
I spent some time in Budapest a couple of years ago. They were having a heat wave at the time, so no thermal baths for me. Next time. My 3 favourite things were a river cruise, a private cooking lesson, and a trip to the Central Market.
I’d love to relax at the baths and do a night cruise! Budapest hadn’t really been on my travel list, but now I’m thinking it would be a cool spot to check out!
Relaxing at the baths and night sailing, Budapest needs to be added to his list right away 😀
Budapest Sounds like an amazing city! Which did you enjoy best, the Buda or the Pest?
Budapest is amazing and i can’t really say that i like one over the other i like Budapest in general 😀
When I was young, I dreamed of traveling the world. Now, I would be content to travel just half of it! Budapest is on my travel bucket list and hopefully, we get to visit in two years time when our trip to Europe becomes a reality.
Budapest is by far my favorite city in Europe. Love the unique architectural style. Thanks for sharing this handy guide for a shorter trip!
I loved reading about your views and details of Budapest because I have been there. It is a good place.
NEED and want to go so badly. Ugh. There are so many places on my bucket list! I feel like I don’t have enough time!
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