Map of routes and landmarks in Budapest
1. Hungarian Parliament
2. Fisherman's Bastion
3. St. Stephens' Basilica
4. Danube and Margaret Island
5. Buda Castle
6. Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Hungarian flag and Budapest coat of arms
Budapest city limits: ~1.8 million
Metropolitan area: ~3.3 million
Vác (28 mi / 45 km)
Székesfehérvár (40 mi / 64 km)
Szolnok (75 mi / 120 km)
Szeged (108 mi / 174 km)
Bratislava, Slovakia (124 mi / 200 km)
Debrecen (144 mi / 231 km)
Vienna, Austria (151 mi / 243 km)
Zagreb, Croatia (213 mi / 343 km)
The most widely used method of transportation is the bus system. It’s 200+ bus lines reach nearly every point in the city. The metro and tram lines are faster but not as far-reaching.
The Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is in the outskirts and connects with Budapest via bus 100E.
Home to the third largest Parliament in Europe, the second largest synagogue (route 4) and the largest thermal water cave system in the world, Budapest is considered by many to be one of the most unique, diverse, and innovative cities of Europe. Its fast-growing urban economy contrasts with its incredible myriad of ancient cultures, architecture styles and cuisines. Since Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank of the Danube were unified in 1873 to become the capital of Hungary, Budapest has found its place among Europe’s avant-garde as the unifying link between western and eastern Europe.
Thanks to its impressive system of natural thermal waters, Budapest has long prided itself on its unique spa culture, which has especially thrived since Turkish occupation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Of the eight baths built in that era, two in Buda are still functioning in their original state: Rudas and Király. Among the most popular baths for tourists are Gellért, Lukács and Széchenyi, the latter being the largest spa complex in Europe and over 100 years old (route 5). Széchenyi is additionally known for its summer DJ-pool style parties called "Szecska". Any tourist can appreciate the incredible spa tradition in Budapest and take advantage of their many health benefits.
Alongside Champs Elysées of Paris and Austria’s Ringstrasse in Europe’s hall of fame for grand avenues is Budapest’s gorgeous Andrassy Avenue. A World Heritage site since 2002, Andrassy was built in the 19th century by prestigious architects of the time led by Miklós Ybl. The avenue quickly became the host of numerous Renaissance Revival buildings such as the State Opera (also designed by Miklós Ybl) and the Drechsler Palace (route 2).
Near the end of Andrassy Avenue is the peculiar Vorosmarty Square, with cafés full of charm and delicious pastries. The square boasts an exciting diversity of modern and traditional restaurants like the century-old Café Gerbeaud, with first-class Hungarian pastries and creative desserts. At nighttime, bars and clubs like the Akvárium and the G3 Gödör light up the area and entertain visitors with concerts and cultural shows.
Want a perfect ending to a day touring the city? The views at dusk hour from the Citadel lookout will leave you in awe. Alongside the glittering reflections in the Danube, you’ll be able to see the immense Hungarian Parliament Building boasting its presence between the elegant Chain Bridge and the island that was once royalty’s hunting grounds, Margaret Island (route 3).
Stocking up on energy while touring Budapest isn’t simply a necessity – it’s a pleasure, thanks to the diverse (and affordable) Magyar gastronomy. The slight spice in a warm Goulash stew or a halászlé, a traditional, spicy fish soup, will take your taste buds for a spin. These typical dishes are often served with spätzle, a tender, homemade dish made with flour and eggs. A true foodie would top off the meal with a tokaji, a reputable wine with an exquisite touch of sweetness produced in northeastern Hungary since the 17th century. These dishes are served in traditional restaurants, such as the Hungarikum Bisztro near the Parliament.
Dürer Kert (live music club)
Várkert Bazáar (Center of the Castle Gardens exhibitions)
Central Market of Budapest (fresh local produce)
Hungarikum Bisztro (traditional Hungarian restaurant)
La Casa del Terror (museum of fascism and communism)
Museo Kunsthalle (Contemporary Hungarian art)