48 Hours Itinerary For Budapest

48 hours is just about the right time to get completely convinced that Budapest is worth a thousand more hours. I first visited Budapest in June, 2015 and have made three visits since then. In this post, you’ll see how Budapest has all the merits to get included in your upcoming Euro Trip.

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Generally, you would plan your itineraries and expenses on an excel doc, routing plans on google maps, specific notes on a notepad and finally, print them all out and bundle them together. Pebblar brings all these resources under one platform and immensely simplifies the process for us.

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  • The currency of Budapest is Hungarian Forints (HUF). Euros are accepted widely and most of the ATMs dispense HUFs with American Credit/Debit cards.
  • I HUF = $0.003 (subject to economic dynamics). Are you ready to spend hundreds of thousands at Budapest?

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Hop on Hop Off : Hop on Hop off bus service is,in my humble opinion, the most convenient and economic public transportation in Budapest. There’s also metro. The best part is that, like the name suggests, you can hop off at any stop, wander around clicking pictures and learning about the place and then hop back on to the bus, as and when you like. Also, there’s high chances that you’ll quicly make friends with the strangers you meet in the bus! I recommend getting a two day pass for the bus.

Make your bookings in advance by clicking here –> Hop On Hop Off


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The limits of my language are the limits of my world.
‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language is the roadmap of a culture. If understanding a culture and making meaningful connections with the local residents is important to you as a traveler, then why miss out on learning the local language in advance? Over 6000 spoken languages exist in the world and mastering all is going to be tough. That’s why I am giving you a list of:

10 Most Useful Hungarian Phrases for Travelers

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Time to cover: 1-3 Hour

  • The Danube is the longest river in the European Union. It’s strong and swift as the name literally suggests.
  • I was overwhelmed to learn that it runs through 10 countries. Starting from the Black Forest, passing through ten countries, it ends into the Black Sea. Imagining a cruise already?


  • The Danube splits the city of Budapest into two towns – Buda and Pest. Try getting a good view that represents the split.
  • You should spend the first few hours hiking around the Danube to get a good hang of the place. Walk around, enjoy the solace and strike conversations with Hungarians!
  • Shoes on the Danube: This is a memorial on the east bank of the Danube, built in the honour of the Jews who were killed during World War II.


   “They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away.” 


Time to cover: 1-2 hour

  • One of the most visited locations in the Hungarian capital is Hero’s Square. The iconic structure was constructed to mark the 1000th anniversary of Hungary.
  • The panoramic view of the square makes it a photographer’s delight. Though, you’ll have to keep some patience to capture a good snap of the monument, as the square usually stays crowded with visitors.


  • If you have extra time, do check out the Museum of Fine Arts at the Hero’s Square.



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“The national lacks a home,” stated Mihály Vörösmarty, back in 1846

50 years later..

“Around 176 000 cord ground was moved, 40 million bricks were laid, more than half a million ornamental stones were carved,” 


  • When you visit the parliament building, do remember that it’s the 3rd largest parliament in the world.
  • There cannot be a bigger incentive of joining Hungarian politics than to be working from one of the 200 offices in this splendid parliament building, isn’t it?
  • You need to book your tickets in advance to get a tour inside the parliament and the tickets and schedule can be found here.
  • Nothing beats the night view of the Parliament.



Time to cover: 2-3 hours


  • The Danube embankments and the Buda Castle district have been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


  • I highly recommend that before visiting the Buda Castle, you should read about the history of Buda Castle. The castle was constructed on top of the Castle Hill in the 13th century (I am guessing the hill wasn’t called Castle Hill back then, for obvious reasons!).
  • The castle has been bombed and reconstructed several times since it was first constructed, most of the damage happened during World War II.
  • The history enthusiasts should revise the important events of the 50 days long Battle of Budapest, which finally ended with the city of Budapest surrendering to the Soviet forces. Buda Castle played a pivotal role in those 50 days.




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Time to cover: 2 hours



  • The boat cruise is very affordable, to start with, under $5. So don’t think twice before booking it. But, if you have a preference for special kind of boats, then make sure to book in advance.
  • Try getting the tickets for both, the evening and night tours. Tickets are usually available right from the deck of the boats parked by the river.
  • Audio tours are highly recommended.
  • On the fro side of the trip, you can get atop the roof of the boat, allowing the wind to hit you on your face and the Danube to mesmerize you with its enormousness.
  • I will let these picture speak a thousand words for themselves:




Time to cover: 1-2 hours

  • Budapest has 2 islands, Margaret Island being one of them. You can get there on a boat from Buda or Pest.
  • It’s a popular recreational area, ideal for a morning run and an evening walk or a morning walk and an evening run. Whatever suits you.
  • With a park, music fountain and a zoo, your family and pets will really love being on the Margaret Island.
  • If you’re on a family trip, kids are  going to love it.



Time to cover: 1-2 hours

  • I spotted 6 bridges during my visits. I read somewhere that there are 8 bridges across Budapest’s stretch of the Danube river. The two towns- Buda and Pest are connected to each other through these 8 bridges.
  • Again, here’s some delight for photographers..




  • The chain bridge was bombed in World War II and was later reconstructed. The chain bride is often hailed as the pride of Budapest. Though it was heartenign to see this image, that I later googles, which shows the bombed chain bridge.


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Nothing fulfils your curiosity than traveling does. I often say, “Traveling is the answer. The Question does not matter.”

While aimlessly wandering has its own set of unique pleasures, but, a travel guide can add a lot more meaning to your journey by connecting what you see with the historical facts and cultural traditions. Here’s a list of my favourite travel services in Budapest, who will add a lot more meaning to your journey in Budapest!

Budapest Local

BL faceook cover 02Budapest Local is a leading English media platform with articles and unique videos about Budapest as well as with products for travelers, including a fully customized itinerary, themed guides and a Budapest Craft Beer Tour.

Make Booking with Budapest Local


Context Travels

Context Travel provides small group (6 person max) and private tours for the intellectually curious traveler. Context runs walks in 37 international cities, all led by scholars who are passionate about guiding visitors on an experiential journey through these cultural capitals.

Make Booking with Context Travels



Visites guidées à Budapest

947024_1138867292822111_9073097569567575851_nIn one day, you have a full historical and cultural view of Budapest with the most important places: Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Old Town of Buda with the Fisherman’s Bastion and Royal Castle.

Make Booking with Visites guidées à Budapest

Budapest Beyond Sightseeing

Gázgyár-150509-12340Our social-cultural tours are based on interactions, we use the buildings as theaters, and we lead your curiosity to places, that are hidden from the tourist, hidden from the public. We try to make Budapest your own thru meeting the people, hearing their stories, learning about all Hungarian subcultures.

Make Bookings with Budapest Beyond Sightseeings



Budapest Gyógyfürdői

10636561_935097646566191_8674701584474264465_oThe thermal baths of Budapest will not only cleanse, relax and rejuvenate you, but will also amaze you with their architectural beauty. These centers of health and recreation might even turn into party venues at nightfall. There’s no doubt about it, Budapest’s healing waters cater for all your senses.

Make Bookings with Budapest Gyógyfürdői

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Artizàn Budapest

12496444_1036647833073479_1091988475149815518_oWe make everything on the spot and use locally sourced and whenever possible organic ingredients which are always additive free. Our best selling dishes are the cardamom buns. These sweet pastry buns are flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and delicious home made custard.

Visit Artizan Budapest

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We stayed at Boutique Hotel Zara, which is almost a 14 minutes walk from the Danube river. The hotel staff was very pleasant, spoke decent English and the interiors were remarkable. I’d stay there again!



  • Stay within a walkable distance of 10-15 mins from the Danube river.
  • The major bus stops and landmark locations are around the Danube river.
  • Don’t rely upon booking hotels on the spot, you may get overcharged.



It was around midnight and we were walking down the streets, coming back from a night cruise. 4 drunken men started following us, talking aloud in  Hungarian. Initially, we thought that they were seeking our help, but as they approached closer we quickly assessed that if anyone was in need of help, it was us and not them. We increased our pace, switched streets and somehow reached the hotel safely. That part of the night wasn’t a good experience.

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Place: Budapest, Hungary

  • Tourist-friendly: ★★★☆☆
  • Cost-effective: ★★★★☆
  • Pet-Friendly: ★★★★★
  • Food: ★★★☆☆
  • History and Culture: ★★★★★
  • Safety: ★★☆☆☆
  • Nightlife: ★★★★★

Overall Travel Ratings: ★★★★☆


Hyper by Nature, Gypsy by Choice: Shivansh Chaudhary

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62 thoughts on “48 Hours Itinerary For Budapest

  • January 28, 2016 at 4:01 am

    What an awesome intensive guide! Hopefully I get to put this to use soon because I’d love to spend some time here and discover its secrets!

  • January 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Never been to Budapest. Thanks for the extensive listing. Reading about those shoes on the Danube, my heart definitely skipped a beat….

  • January 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Now you have all the reasons to visit Budapest 🙂 Thanks for going through the extensive list!

  • January 28, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Great post here. Very interesting and beautiful pictures I must say. That thing about the shoes is something else. I’ve never heard anything like that before. What a story. Thank you for sharing. Keep it up!

  • January 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement. And yes, Budapest has so much to offer! It’s an emotionally enriching experience to travel budapest!

  • January 29, 2016 at 12:49 am

    That’s a great iterinary. Including historic places and spots during a travel is a must for me. I have never been to Budapest yet but will look forward to visiting this place in the future.

  • January 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I like to see the Danube River. I like how it separates the towns of Buda and Pest and it’s excellent to see the divide.

  • January 29, 2016 at 6:51 am

    You said it all. This is a very informative post for travelers setting foot in Budapest. In time, I will visit this place.

  • January 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Wow these are my dream destinations, I am going to save money to go Budapest. By the way, I love Hungarian food also.

  • January 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    thanks for sharing this very informative post about Budapest. A lot of people will really love this.

  • January 29, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks alot for the feedback Kai 🙂 I am here to help people plan and travel!

  • January 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    And please do let me know about you experience! I am glad I could motivate you to travel to Budapest!

  • January 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you for the compliment! Let me know about your experience there!

  • January 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the appreciation. All the best for your next travel!

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  • January 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I’m going to budapest next month and this is definitely helpful! i can’t wait 😀

  • February 4, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Beautiful post! I’d love to visit those places one day. The pictures you’ve shared are just so beautiful and it makes me want to explore that place. lol You also take so many good photos by the way!

  • February 4, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Thanks a lot for your appreciation, I hope that you visit us again for new posts!

  • February 6, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Great article. I loved Budapest. Such an interesting city. Could easily go back.

  • February 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    When you do, don’t forget sharing pictures with us!

  • February 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I enjoyed the post. It made me remember my amazing trip to Budapest nearly 10 years ago. I do find the layout of your blog a bit visually distracting though.

  • February 21, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    This is an awesome itinerary! I was in Budapest days ago but since I had to catch a flight, I didn’t manage to stay for as long 🙁 But I’ll surely be back! Thanks for the tips. I’ll take note of them 😀

  • March 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Wow this looks like a fantastic trip. This is def on my list of have to go places.

  • March 29, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Great pictures. The Buda Castle and view of Danube river is my favorite.:)

  • March 29, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Beautiful! Looks like you left no stone unturned!

  • March 29, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I’ve never been to Budapest. It looks like such a lovely city with so much things to see and places to go to. I like learning about a place’s history and it would be nice to be able to spend time at Hero’s Square.

  • March 29, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Wow — what an awesome guide! Looks like I have to add this to my ever-growing list!

  • March 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I would love to see the Danube river in person. It looks lovely. I love any kind of water.

  • March 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Wow! What a descriptive guide for Budapest. It’s such a big city with so much to be explored. This is perfect!

  • March 30, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Nice post! Very interesting and worth reading it. Thanks for sharing!

  • March 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    The shoe memorial by the river looks touching. And I’m intrigued by Pebblar and can’t wait to check it out!

  • March 30, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    oh, how cool! This is definitely useful and helpful guide. I would love to visit there someday. Thanks for sharing!

  • March 31, 2016 at 2:01 am

    It looks like I might need to add Budapest to my bucket list. This guide and itinerary has everything I need to plan a trip. Thanks!

  • April 1, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Budapest is on my travel bucket list! Thanks for tips on where to go when I get there.

  • April 1, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I had never known of the shoe memorial before. That is very touching. I can’t imagine what it would be like seeing it in person.

  • April 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the awesome guide! Putting Budapest really high on my list right now!

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Oh you must add it, and let me know if the itinerary on pebblar helps!

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    It was indeed very touching, let me know how you liked the itinerary on Pebblar!

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I am glad you liked, you must see it for yourself!

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I am glad you liked it! Budapest will be a great addition to the list!

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Yes, it’s also a great spot for photography!

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    It was a very emotional experience for me. It still has an impact..

  • April 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Great post! I bookmarked this for future reference. I’d love to see this place soon. Tahnks for the guide. Very helpful!

  • April 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Budapest! Thanks for sharing this awesome guide. I did not know about the shoes of Danude. It’s such a sad history.

  • April 14, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Loved the post! A great go-to place for all the info. I had to skip Budapest on my last backpacking trip through Europe, but it’s definitely on the bucket list!

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Great guide! I’m loving Pebblar – I had never heard of it before!

  • April 17, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    When you think that Budapest is so close to my city – I mean, I can be there in several hours, by car from my city 😀 and yet I’ve never visit it 🙂 I definitely have to change that! The photos and tips are great!

  • April 19, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    one of my cousins studied abroad in europe and said Budapest was one of his favorite cities. I’ve never been there, but the architecture looks amazing!

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