Super useful and totally free travel guides to Hungary

Aerial view of the Buda Castle Royal Palace
Buda Castle Royal Palace

Why We Love Hungary – There’s a lot to explore in Hungary, but you’re very likely to start in Budapest. And, while normally we’d be inclined to chastise you for being a lemming, the truth is that Budapest – for all its popularity – is a city that absolutely delivers. Wander streets featuring some of the best architecture on the planet. Partake in international cuisine from around the world. Cruise down the Danube at night, taking in the lights of the city all lit up. And just generally get ready for one of the best travel experiences on the planet. Oh, and be sure to get out to explore the beautiful Hungarian countryside once you’ve had your fill of the city!

Best of Hungary

🏙️ Destinations

View of a colorful street with restaurants and coffee shops
Colorful street in Old Town of Szentendre (photo: Milan Gonda / Shutterstock)

From exciting cities to countryside gems, Hungary is filled with incredible destinations. Some of the most popular places to visit include:

  • Budapest – Hungary’s capital city, Budapest is the main hub of Hungary and is home to noteworthy historical sites, gorgeous architecture, and legendary parties.
  • Szentendre – Whether you visit for a day or plan a longer stay, you’ll love Szentendre’s colorful Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and amazing shopping.
  • Eger – Located in northern Hungary, Eger is noted for its thermal baths, opulent architecture, and intriguing network of tunnels under the city.
  • Tihany – A village on the shore of Hungary’s Lake Balaton, Tihany is a historical destination featuring an Abbey dating back almost 1000 years, picturesque lakes, and great restaurants.

✨ Things to Do

From historical sites to parties, relaxing spas, and adventure activities, Hungary is full of things to do for every type of traveler. Some of our faves are:

  • Great Market Hall – Built in 1897, the stunning Great Market Hall in Budapest is the place to go for souvenirs, Hungarian-made goods, and produce.
  • Eger Wine Region – Located in northeastern Hungary, the Eger Wine Region is where the country’s most famous red wine, Egri Bikavér, is produced.
  • Gödöllő Palace – The Royal Palace of Gödöllő is a Baroque-style building offering tours, concerts, displays, and events.
  • Visegrád Castle – Situated just north of Budapest, Visegrád Castle is a 13th-century structure offering panoramic views and historical displays.
  • Sziget Festival – An August festival in Budapest, Sziget Festival is seven days of music and culture featuring over 1000 performances.

👉 Check out our full list of epic things to do in Budapest.

View of people in the Great Market Hall
Great Market Hall (photo: Botond Horvath / Shutterstock)

Hungary Travel Advice

🗓️ Best Time to Visit

While Hungary (especially its capital Budapest) is always beautiful, the warm months of May through September are the most popular months to visit for a lot of people (with a small uptick around Christmas time as well). But we suggest visiting in April or October, shoulder season when prices are lower and the crowds thinner.

⚠️ Safety

Other than the occasional pick-pocketing incidents that are common to a lot of tourist destinations, Hungary is a very safe place to visit. Just practice caution and common sense, and you’ll be fine. It is also a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination and to purchase travel insurance. 

👉 Tips & Things to Know

  • 💵 – Carry Cash – Though larger Hungarian establishments accept major credit cards, this isn’t standard for every business. Carry a days worth of cash just in case.
  • 🍂 – Visit in Spring or Fall – Many activities shut down in winter, and are completely swarmed by tourists in summer. Visit Hungary in Spring or Fall for the best experience
  • 💰 – Tipping is Polite – Though not the rule, tipping 10-15% of your bill is considered polite for restaurants, taxis, and bathhouses.
  • 🚇 – Take Public Transportation – Especially in the major cities, Hungarian public transport is easy to use and a great budget option. Get a Budapest Card or day pass to maximize savings.
  • 🏰 – Buda or Pest – The city of Budapest is split by the Danube River into Buda and Pest. Buda is more residential, while Pest is where the parties are at.

🧳 What to Pack

  • 🔌 – Universal Power Adapter – If you’ll be traveling from outside Europe, bring a universal power adapter and a converter to plug in and protect your devices.
  • 📚 – Hungarian Phrasebook – Though most locals working in the tourism industry know some English, learning a little Hungarian is courteous and goes a long way.
  • 🦺 – Travel Insurance – Though Hungary is a relatively safe country, travel insurance can protect you in the case of trip interruptions or medical emergencies.
  • 💻 – Virtual Private Network – If you’ll be using your computer in Hungary, secure your connection by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
  • 👞 – Walking Shoes – Whether you’ll be spending most of your time in the city or country, investing in excellent walking shoes will be a game changer in keeping you going from day to day.

🤓 Facts & Info

  • Population – 9.8 million
  • Capital – Budapest
  • Currency – Hungarian Forint ($1 = ~318.07 forint)
  • Language – English
  • Plugs – Type C or F, 230V / 50Hz.

💵 Budgeting & Money

Major establishments accept credit and debit cards, but smaller-scale accommodations, tourist sites, and restaurants tend to only take cash. ATMs are widely available.

📰 Hungary Travel Guides

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