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Best 2 Day Budapest Itinerary: See Budapest in 2 days

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Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It is the most populous city in Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union. Budapest has a city vibe with an old-world charm that is hard to resist. Continue reading to find out how we explored the Hungarian capital city of Budapest in 2 days. This is your perfect 2 day Budapest itinerary covering historical sites, iconic sites, and an amazing dinner cruise.

When I think of Budapest, the picturesque River Danube comes to mind. And rightly so, the entire city gets its character and personality from this River, dividing the city into Buda and Pest.

2 Day Budapest Itinerary: What to do in Budapest in 2 days itinerary

2 days in Budapest Itinerary
2 days in Budapest Itinerary

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Budapest is a beautiful city with amazing architecture and delicious cuisine. At a glance here is what you can explore in 2 days in Budapest:

  • Day 1 of 2 days in Budapest Itinerary – Hungarian Parliament, Dohány Street Synagogue, Ruin Bars, Heroes Square, Museum of Fine Arts, Széchenyi Baths, New York Café
  • Day 2 of 2 Days in Budapest Itinerary – St Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Castle, Budapest History Museum, Fisherman Bastion, Central Market Hall, Bridges of Budapest

Now, let’s go over some planning tips for your trip 

How to get to Budapest Hungary? Arriving in Budapest

Budapest is served by Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD). Budapest airport is about 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) away from the city centre.

Budapest at Night
2 days in Budapest itinerary and guide

There are many ways to reach the city centre from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

  • Airport Taxi – Airport taxis (Fö Taxi) will cost around 30-35 euros and it takes 35 minutes to arrive at the city centre
  • Or book a minivan shuttle for almost half the price. Book your airport transfer here
  • Public Transportation – Buses also operate from the airport to the city centre, every 30 minutes and takes about 35 – 45 minutes. You will be taking the bus and exchange to a metro station to arrive at the city centre  (Bus 100E, get down at Kobanya-Kispest railway station, then take the Metro line 3 to reach the city center)

Quick tip for sightseeing in Budapest

If you are planning to use public transit extensively during your stay in Budapest, then consider purchasing the Budapest Card, which offers FREE transit rides including free access to 17 museums and discounts to many sightseeing attractions. Definitely a cost-saver.

Get your Budapest Pass here

If you are not flying to Budapest, and are driving instead, you can get into a car and reach Budapest from Vienna, Austria in 2+ hours!

Read: What to see in Budapest in 24 hours

Best Places to Stay in 2 day Budapest Itinerary

When we arrived in Budapest, it was raining. On our first day of arrival, we checked into our hotel in the Pest area – Ibis Style Hotel. Prices for accommodation and food are cheaper in Pest area as compared to Buda. 

The river Danube divides the city into Buda and Pest. Typically, hotel room prices range from 52 Euros and above. Most Downtown hotels start at 127 Euros.

Here is a list of hotels that we recommend for your Budapest 2 day itinerary –

🖤 Budget to Mid Range Hotels in Budapest

  • Ibis Styles Budapest Hotel – This hotel is located on the Pest side. We stayed in this hotel and had an amazing stay.
    • New hotel rooms. They are clean and pretty (like Mario images)
    • It is a great place to stay and is located very close to the New York Cafe
    • They have a restaurant, a souvenir store, and a bar on site
    • Very pocket-friendly!
    • Book your stay here
Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Ibis Styles Hotel
  • Casati Budapest Hotel Superior – Located in an 18th-century building, this adults-only hotel is a stunning hotel.
    • This hotel has won, the “Hotel of the Year award” in a three-star hotel category in the previous years
    • Main attractions and landmarks like the State Opera, and Saint Stephen Basilica are a short walk away
    • Book your stay here

🖤 Mid to Luxury Range Hotels in Budapest

  • Boutique Hotel Victoria Budapest – Located in the old historic town of Budapest on the Buda side, this hotel offers the best views of the Buda Castle and the Danube River
    • Stay here for amazing views. The hotel also offers spa and sauna services
    • Located very close to most of the tourist areas like – the Hungarian Parliament, Chain Bridge, Danube River, Matthias Church
    • The hotel is rated as one of the best in Budapest. The hotel also offers complimentary tea in their lovely restaurant
    • Book your stay at the Boutique Hotel Victoria
  • Hilton Budapest – This Hilton hotel is located in an amazing area – in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Located 15 minutes from the centre of Pest, with easy access to most tourist areas including Buda Castle
    • In their ICON restaurant, you can savor Hungarian cuisine, whilst enjoying breathtaking panoramic views
    • Book your stay here at Hilton Budapest
  • Corinthia Hotel Budapest – Corinthia Hotel is a 5 star rated hotel in Budapest. The hotel building is very stunning.
    • The hotel has a spa and a multi-cuisine restaurant
    • There is an indoor pool as well
    • Best value for money – by staying in the heart of the city
    • Book this hotel today

More Accommodation: Hotel deals in Budapest 

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  • Hungarian Parliament
  • Dohány Street Synagogue
  • Budapest Ruin Bars
  • Heroes Square
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath
  • New York Cafe
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • Buda Castle
  • Budapest History Museum 
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Central Market Hall
  • Bridges in Budapest
  • Danube River Cruise

Read: More time in Budapest? Here is a 4 days in Budapest itinerary

Day 1 of 2 days in Budapest Itinerary – Hungarian Parliament, Dohány Street Synagogue: the largest synagogue in Europe, Ruin Bars, Heroes Square, Museum of Fine Arts, Szechenyi Baths, New York Café

On our first day of arrival in Budapest, we explored some of its famous landmarks. We started with the best – the stunning Hungarian Parliament.

The Hungarian Parliament is not only an iconic landmark but it is also one of the most photographed buildings in Budapest. It is built in a classic Gothic architectural style.

Did you know? The Parliament Building is the largest building in the city!

The Parliament attracts millions of tourists to its complex, especially during springtime and late evenings.

You can tour the Hungarian Parliament building, learn about its rich history, and enjoy the interiors. The adult entry tickets start at 8000 HUF or about 21 Euros.

Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - your perfect 2 day Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, culture and dinner cruise
Hungarian Parliament

There are tons of options for tours, with a guide, pick up, and drop off services included, and you can easily spend 2-3 hours at the Parliament building.

We highly recommend this tour to the Hungarian Parliament which includes a hotel pick-up so that you can start exploring right away.

Book the tour here

Located close to the Parliament building, is the Dohány Street Synagogue. Also called the Great Synagogue (or Tabakgasse Synagogue), this is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world (the other one is in New York City).

Built in the mid 19th century (1859), the synagogue has both Romantic and Moorish architectural elements.

Dohany Street Synagogue
Budapest, Hungary low angle interior view of illuminated Dohany Street Synagogue, Dohany utcai Zsinagoga.

There is a Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial on the north side of the Synagogue, built over the mass graves of those murdered by the Nazis. The synagogue also has a Jewish museum inside.

The Jewish quarter houses the quirkiest side of Budapest. Have you heard about ruin bars?

A few years ago, a group opened up a bar in one of the dilapidated buildings in the 7th district in Budapest and started selling cheap drinks. Slowly more and more ruin bars started to crop up everywhere.

Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar

Eventually, some of them were closed due to safety concerns and stayed on. Szimpla Kert was the first ruin bar in Budapest and it continues its legacy even today.

Pro Tip:

If you are looking for a walking tour to explore the Jewish synagogues and taste some coffee or a drink at the ruin bars, then check out this tour.

This 3 hour guided tour covers the Jewish quarters with a historian, a drink at the ruin bars, and an awesome street art exploration.

Book your walking tour here

Next, we explored Heroes Square in the heart of Budapest. Heroes Square or Hősök Tere is one of the major squares in Budapest and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important leaders.

Heroes Ssquare Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Heroes Square

The color of the columns and the green statues shine even brighter with the raindrops, adding a melancholic charm to the square’s history. This complex also hosts the Museum of Fine Arts and the Műcsarnok

Visiting the Square is absolutely free.

This square has witnessed many political rallies and movements in Hungary. The location of this monument is also unique – it is a mix of a Communist neighborhood and a new edgy city. 

Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Heroes Square

Take a walk around the square, and look at the beautiful sculptures and figures.

If you have some more time, you can surely visit the Museum of Fine Arts and Palace of Arts located by Heroes Square. The buildings are beautiful to look at.

Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Budapest Museum

From the Heroes Square, head to the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, which is the largest medicinal bath in Europe (and located just a few minutes away). 

Enjoying a relaxing time at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the must-do items in Budapest. These baths have medicinal properties, other than being of relaxation and entertainment value. They promote health and wellness. 

Thermall Baths

The ticket price of the entrance fee to the thermal bath is very affordable as compared to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (shhh). Get your 1 day pass to the Széchenyi thermal bath here

Budapest has tons of options for thermal baths. Other notable baths include – the Gellért Baths, Király Baths, Lukacs Baths, and Rudas Baths.

From here, we drove over the river Danube. As you drive across the river, you will notice that Budapest has beautiful bridges. Each bridge has its own long history and legacy.

Chain bridge in Budapest
2 days in Budapest itinerary

There are about fourteen bridges built over the river Danube in Budapest, connecting Buda with Pest. 

Of them, seven are the most notable – Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Arpad Bridge, Liberty Bridge, Petofi Bridge, and Racokzi Bridge. Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the oldest of them all.

On the Danube banks, there is a shoe memorial called the Shoes on the Danube. The history of this memorial site can be traced back to 1944-45 when the Arrow Cross military shot Budapest Jews.

The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial to honour the Jews who were massacred in Budapest during the Second World War
Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial to honor the Jews who were massacred in Budapest during the Second World War

Years later, film director Can Togay and the sculptor, Gyula Pauer built this memorial consisting of 60 pairs of shoes, in exact size and shape/style, and made out of iron.

If you have additional time on your hands it is worth taking a stroll at the Danube banks. The memorial is free to see. 

As mentioned Budapest is made up of Buda and Pest. All of the major historical sites are located in Buda, across the Danube. Pest, on the other hand, is cheaper in terms of living expenses. It has a lot of residential buildings.

From Pest side, you can see wonderful buildings in the faraway land. That faraway land is the Gellert Hill. Gellert Hill is a high hill overlooking the Danube in Budapest. It is named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to death from the hill.

Liberty Monument - Gellert Hill - Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Gellert Hill

Again from the Pest area, you can see the Liberty Monument – this monument was built to honor the lives and sacrifices of the people for fought for Hungary’s freedom. Hungarians were the prime revolutionaries who wanted to break away from the Socialist umbrella.

The Liberty Monument was first erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from the Nazis. This monument has undergone many changes, including its inscription, which has been altered to reflect the freedom from Communism.

And currently, this is what it says, “To the memory of those all who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary”.

The famous Statue of Liberty, Gellert hill in Budapest
The famous Statue of Liberty, Gellert Hill, Budapest, Hungary

Its location on top of the Gellért Hill makes it a prominent feature of Budapest’s cityscape (and also gives great photography options). The entrance to the monument is free.

As we explored Pest, we decided to spend some time in the world’s best cafe – New York Cafe. We decided to spend the evening there as it started to rain. Rain makes this city even more beautiful and serene. New York Palace Cafe is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cafes.

Check out the interiors to know why. 

New York Cafe Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
New York Cafe

New York Café was built in the late 19th century. It was built in Renaissance style and has a hotel included in its vicinity (the hotel is called Boscolo Budapest Hotel). The New York Café was very popular among writers and influential people of the early 20th century.

The cafe was ignored during the 2nd World War. Once the war ended, the cafe was used as a sporting goods store and later was renovated and restored to its original splendor. Since 1954, the cafe has remained open.

We spent a few hours in this beautiful cafe, with cappuccino and cookies. We ordered SacherTorte (sweet) and it tasted okay. The menu has multicultural cuisines, including Hungarian classics like Beef Goulash, Chicken – Paprikash, and Wiener Schnitzel. 

The items on the menu were expensive. (Cappuccino was about 9.50 Euros). We went in there for the cafe experience, not for the food. The cappuccino was good, nevertheless.

Day 2 of 2 Days in Budapest Itinerary – St Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Castle, Budapest History Museum, Fisherman Bastion, Great Market Hall, Váci Utca, Bridges of Budapest

Our second day in Budapest was filled with some more exploration (and some more rain). We made a quick stop at St Stephen’s Basilica before making our way to the historic Buda Castle District.

St. Stephen’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica, which is named in honor of Stephen who was the first King of Hungary. The basilica was once one of the largest churches in Hungary. At one point, it was also a theatre.

Interior of Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary

Today, it’s still the third-largest church in Hungary and often hosts music recitals. The basilica is a MUST visit during Christmas.

From St Stephen’s Basilica, let’s head to the Buda Castle district.

The central area, in Budapest, along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes important sites like the Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Gresham Palace, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, Liberty Statue, and the Hungarian Parliament.

Matthias Church Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Matthias Church

When we reached the Buda Castle complex, St Matthias Church welcomed us.

Built in Romanesque style in 1015, St Matthias Church is a roman catholic church. With the rain, fog, and “peek-a-boo” sunrays, the diamond pattern roof tiles and the gargoyles-laden spires sparkled beautifully.

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
Fisherman’s Bastion

A few steps away and we were at the Fisherman’s Bastion. The towers in the Fisherman’s Bastion refer to the seven Magyar tribes of Hungary. 

From these towers and the terrace, you can get a spectacular view of the Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east, the Gellért Hill, and of course the stunning Hungarian Parliament.

Views from the Buda Castle
View from the Buda Castle

Many of the balconies and 7 towers are free to enter, while the upper towers have a small entry fee.

The easiest way to get to the free parts of the Fisherman’s Bastion is from the Matthias Church. Just walk to the balconies of the Halaszbastya to enjoy a superb view.

Fisherman's bastion in Budapest
Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest

(Tip: You can enter all the areas and towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion for FREE between October 15 and March 15)

At last the Buda Castle. It is the historic castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings. A massive Baroque palace, this site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are funicular options (Castle Hill funicular) available to reach the top of the Buda Castle.

Funicular in Budapest. Funicular to Buda castle in Budapest, Hungary

The Buda Castle is often referred to as the Royal Palace or the Royal Castle, as it was the main seat of administration for Hungarian kings. The first castle was built in the 13th century and since then it has undergone many changes, uncertainties, and renovations.

In the 18th century, Maria Theresia gave the castle to nuns and during World War II, the castle was almost lost, only to be recovered later.

The castle now houses 2 important museums, which speak volumes of the Hungarian history of over 2000 years and they are located within the Buda Castle. They are – the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

National Gallery Budapest
National Gallery Budapest

The Hungarian National Gallery is a national art museum.

The Budapest History Museum (or Castle Museum), on the other hand, highlights the stories, exhibitions, and life in Hungary over the centuries.

Entry to the Budapest History Museum is free with a Budapest Card. Without the card, you pay HUF 2400 (adult entrance fee). They are open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. During the winter season (Nov 1 – Feb 28), they operate on a limited schedule from Tuesday-Sunday –  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

To learn more about the Buda Castle District, take a guided tour with a historian. Book your tour here.

Other than the historical UNESCO structures, there are souvenir shops and restaurants in the Castle District.

Buda Castle District Souvenir Shop
Buda Castle District

From Buda Castle, we started to the center for souvenir shopping. 

Vasarcsarnok: Central MarketHall is a vibrant shopping area. It is a great spot to shop for paprika, embroidered knickknacks, crystals, and fresh produce or local cuisine, and of course, you can get souvenirs for 1-10 Euros.

Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - Market Square
Market Square in Budapest

After some shopping, we took a quick stroll around the central area. Rains had colored the city with a refreshing luster. We were mesmerized at the stunning bridges on one hand and on the other, were the lovely roadside cafe and historical market-places.

For lunch, we stepped into a restaurant called Casablanca and tried their lunch specials. We tried the Goulash soup. It was good and the menu prices were decently priced.

Casablanca Restaurant Budapest Hungary
Casablanca Restaurant

If you prefer to take a food tour in Budapest, consider doing that at the Great Market Place to savor and try tons of delicacies. Here is a culinary tour.

From here, make your way to Váci Utca, a bustling pedestrian street. This iconic thoroughfare, teeming with life, showcases a blend of history and modernity. Vintage buildings housing high-end boutiques, artisanal shops, and a diverse range of eateries promise an exciting, unique experience. 

Hang out here, go shopping, and enjoy your evening before embarking on the dinner cruise.

Not into shopping? Visit the City Park and enjoy the views of the Vajdahunyad Castle. This architectural gem, steeped in history and romance, beautifully illustrates Hungary’s architectural evolution from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. 

Vajdahunyad Castle
Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, Hungary

The castle, with its Gothic Revival towers, Romanesque turrets, and a charming Baroque-style chapel, is truly an aesthetic delight. The grounds surrounding the castle host a variety of events throughout the year, from wine festivals to classical concerts, adding to its appeal.

An Evening to Remember – Danube River Cruise Budapest

We were excited for our evening in Budapest. We had booked a dinner cruise on the Danube River, isn’t it amazing and romantic?

2 days in Budapest Itinerary
2 days in Budapest Itinerary

There are lots of options to choose from when selecting a cruise on the Danube. Dinner cruises are for 2.50 hours. The cost of dinner cruises starts at 85 Euros or about 90 USD.

We enjoyed a 3-course meal including a few glasses of Hungarian Tokaji wine. We stepped outside to the dock and it was amazing. The city of Budapest was lit beautifully. 

Hungarian Parliament - Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - this is your perfect Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, city life and a dinner cruise
Hungarian Parliament from the Danube River cruise

All the bridges were sparkling with lights. Our eyes were fixed on the Budapest Parliament – it was gorgeous!

Other Sights and things to do in Budapest in 2 days

  • Opera House: The Hungarian State Opera House is one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest. Its facade is decorated with statues of muses and great opera artists like Puccini, Mozart, and Verdi. The Opera House conducts three tours daily.
  • Read about more beautiful places in Hungary to add to your bucket list

Budapest Travel Tips

Travel Documents and Visa for Budapest Hungary

Hungary belongs to the Schengen zone in Europe, which means that if you require a travel visa to Europe and it is a Schengen visa, the same visa is sufficient to enter the country. Typically citizens of India, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, etc. require a Schengen Visa.

Hungarian Parliament
Hungarian Parliament

Schengen visa is not a visa on arrival and should be applied from your country of residence in advance. Allow up to 2 weeks of processing time for Schengen visas. Learn all about Schengen visa application

Visitors with US and Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter the country and stay for 90 days; however, from 2025, an online authorization – ETIAS – is required prior to travel. 

Travel Insurance for Hungary

Always, always insure your trip against cancellations, lost or delayed baggage, or any medical emergencies. This is a requirement for Schengen Visa applications (insurance coverage via your credit card may not work for visa applications). Get your insurance quotes here

Currency and credit cards

The official currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Euros are widely accepted. (1 EURO = 380 HUF approx). Please keep cash with you at all times. Most shops and restaurants don’t have card machines.

When is the best time to visit Budapest?

We visited Budapest in Spring (mid-March). Spring is a great time to visit. It does rain though, but tourist places are less crowded (and touristy things a little less expensive).

Summer is festival season and busy. But May and June are notorious for heavy showers and downpours, often without warning.

Autumn is beautiful, just like Spring. Rains are less, unlike the summer months. And as it’s shoulder season, you will experience fewer crowds.

Budapest, Hungary - Autumn in Budapest. The Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Siklo) with the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica at sunrise with autumn foliage
Budapest, Hungary

Winter is okay and not very severe, but certain tourist attractions may be closed during this time. Christmas in Budapest is beautiful though. 

There are Christmas markets set up on St Stephen’s Square, light shows at the basilica and other decorations brighten up the city. River Danube gears up for winter/holiday season glow. The city park also gets ready for ice skates!

Things to pack for 2 days in Budapest

Here are some of the packing items that you MUST take to Budapest for a great trip.

Souvenir Ideas: What to buy in Budapest?

Embroidered items (table cloth, mats, mittens, you name it), Crystals, Paprika, Lace Items, Rubik’s Cube, Painted Wood Souvenirs (pencils, toys), and Hair Accessories.

What to eat in Budapest Travel Guide 

Budapest is a gastronomic heaven. I was completely in LOVE with the traditional Hungarian soup – Goulash Soup (Beef Stew). I had tried it in different restaurants in Budapest and all tasted slightly different. The soup was not as thick (base) as the one I had in Prague. But the spices definitely had a good KICK to it. 

Read: Budapest Food Guide with the best restaurants 

Food in Budapest: 2 days Budapest itinerary

When visiting Budapest, you have to try out some of these foods – Hungarian delicacies: Goulash Soup (Beef Stew), Chicken paprikash (Chicken Paprika), Töltött káposzta (Stuffed cabbage), Lángos (fried bread dough), Chimney cake (Transylvanian specialty, famous as Hungary’s oldest pastry), Winter salami.

Are 2 days in Budapest enough?

With 2 days in Budapest, you can surely cover major attractions like Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. 

You can also explore the city’s abundant museums, art galleries, and of course, the world-famous ruin bars. But trust me, Budapest has so much more to offer beyond those iconic spots.

Fisherman bastion
Matthias Church, a church located in Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District

And it is a good idea to spend an additional day or two to venture to nearby areas and indulge in experiences! 

Oh, and don’t forget to treat your taste buds to some authentic Hungarian cuisine at local eateries while you are here (regardless of your trip duration)!

Is Budapest worth visiting?

Absolutely! Budapest is indisputably worth visiting. Known as the “Paris of the East”, Budapest offers an enchanting blend of history, culture, cuisine, and nightlife. The city split into Buda and Pest by the beautiful Danube River, is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Castle District and Andrassy Avenue.

Explore the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest in 2 days - your perfect 2 day Budapest Itinerary covering historical sites, culture and dinner cruise
Budapest Views

Thermal baths, vibrant markets, eclectic ruin bars, and mouthwatering Hungarian cuisine are just a few of the many experiences that Budapest offers to its visitors. Despite its rich offerings, Budapest remains one of the most affordable European capitals, adding to its allure.

So whatever your interests may be, Budapest promises a memorable experience that will make you fall in love with its charm and vivacity.

We hope you found our post useful in planning your two days in Budapest Itinerary!

Safe Travels. 

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  1. The weather did not look good but your pictures still turned out amazing! I went over the summer and it was awesome. The thermal bath was quite a treat!

  2. I haven’t been to Budapest but it is definitely a city I’d like to visit soon. This guide will be very helpful as we tend to spend around three days when we visit major cities like this. Great tips and beautiful photos!

  3. Love Budapest! Looks like we had similar weather too… it was unseasonably cold and rainy but it was still our favorite city!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos and suggestions… it bring me back! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much. Glad that you enjoyed my post and brought you some fondest memories of Budapest. I really enjoyed this beautiful city too!

  4. I visited Budapest less than 2 years ago and loved every part of the city. We are counting the days to go back (hopefully next year). We had about three days in the city so, we were able to see a lot. We tried all the food you mentioned in the post. The gastronomy is something that surprised us!

  5. Looks like such an amazing city! Budapest is on my bucket list for so long and I hope to visit it this year. I will definitely keep your guide for this.

  6. Budapest is pretty even on a rainy day. Last time I visited Budapest 5 months ago, every time I visit I like it more than before.

  7. I want to do a thermal so bad, Im looking forward to traveling to a destination that is known for them. The dinner cruise looks lovely as I like they way things are bright and lit up. I love the architect in the buildings, very detailed.

  8. I absolutely have to visit Budapest, I’ve heard epic reviews consistently and the photo opportunities there are too good to miss out on. I love your photos by the way. It helps that Budapest is a cheap destination to visit too.

    1. That’s amazing. So happy you loved the photos! It rained for the entire time that we were there. Guess we were lucky to capture some gorgeous spots in the city.
      Hope you get to visit soon!

  9. It always seems to rain in Budapest haha…. My weekend Itinerary was very similar! Although we visited one of the thermal baths which I’d definitely recommend. We missed the cafe however which I’m gutted about because it looks amazing

  10. Your pictures make Budapest look every bit as charming and picturesque as I’d imagined. The night cruise is such a lovely idea for taking in all that intricate architecture. And the NY Cafe is exquisite, though as a NYer of 13 years, I’m not sure the city lives up to the ideal they’ve created.

  11. Oooh I keep seeing posts about Budapest recently, it really does look like a gorgeous city to explore.

    This is the first time I have seen the New York Cafe though, Wowza, what amaaaazing interior!! I can see why you liked it.

    The food sounds blooming tasty too!

  12. Great guide Mayuri,covers almost every detail. I am surely going to follow it when we plan to visit Budapest.thanks so much for Sharing.

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