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From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour

1. From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour

Your 4-hour tour begins with a drive from Budapest to Gödöllö, site of the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth, who was known as Sissi. This palace is the second-largest Baroque chateau in the world, and an estate that has preserved the atmosphere of 19th century royal splendor. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you’ll enjoy a tour of the renovated castle, and walk along the same hallways, on the same staircases, and through the lovely park as the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. The tour ends at Hotel Intercontinental Budapest, in the city center.

Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

2. Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

This full-day tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád where you will learn about life in the Middle Ages while enjoying spectacular views of the Danube Valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country and see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. Cross the river and border into Slovakia to see the stunning view from the opposite side.  You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. Wander the narrow streets to soak up the magical atmosphere and catch panoramic vistas of the river. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan. Browse the shops of the village if you prefer, before the return journey to Budapest. Travel during the months of May through September and this will be on a magical boat cruise, a fitting way to arrive back in the city center. The return trip from the tour's final stop Szentendre to Budapest is on a Danube boat from Friday to Sunday between the beginning of May and the end of September. 

Budapest: Buda Castle Caves Walking Tour

3. Budapest: Buda Castle Caves Walking Tour

Explore a part of the network of underground tunnels under the Castle Hill with your guide. Learn more about the history and role of the cave tunnels and its geology. Admire the natural limestone and the manpower that went into creating this labyrinth cave system. Meet your guide at the meeting point on Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér) and enter the Buda Castle underground cave system. After a short introduction you will start your tour and learn about the history of the labyrinth-like of cave system which once served as wine cellars, bomb shelters and even a medieval prison. The length of your tour is approximately 1.5km (1 mile) and you will get the chance to admire the natural limestone caverns and the 800-year-old man-made cellars in one of the most unique caves of Hungary. The tour is a journey through time during which you will be able to learn a lot about not only the geology of the Buda Castle but also about the combined work of man and nature throughout many centuries.

Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

4. Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

Your half-day tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. Enjoy a drive to the Etyek wine region, just a half hour outside Budapest. En route you’ll learn about Hungary’s fascinating history and hear about the country’s long and rich wine tradition. After arriving in Etyek village, you’ll visit 2 unique wineries. These small, family owned boutique wineries produce about 15,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine each year, mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. Tour the cellars and taste 4 wines at each of the wineries. Finish the day with a rustic, 3-course home-cooked meal. Savor classic Hungarian dishes and discuss your wine discoveries as you enjoy your meal, perhaps enjoying some wine with your food. After the tour and meal, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

5. Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

Embark on a full-day, guided hike just outside of Budapest through the Danube Bend, including hotel pickup and drop-off via an air conditioned and comfortable van. A memorable day for lovers of nature and the outdoors awaits. Spend the day in the volcanic Visegradi Hills, where the memory of the old volcano still pervades. The volcano is no longer active, so there remains no danger. The starting point of the hike is at a tiny, romantic village on the coast of the Danube, called Dömös. Begin with the steepest climb of the day while you're still feeling fresh. After the climb, you'll find yourself on a ridge that offers beautiful panoramic views over the river and surrounding mountains. As you look around, check out the huge volcanic rocks that were left behind after the ancient eruption. After a few hundred yards more, climb to Predikaloszek, the summit with some of the best views in Hungary. This place is very famous among locals and visited the whole year through by nature-lovers. Stop for a snack at the lookout and take in the amazing scenery. After refueling, a nice and long downhill trek is waiting for you through a wild and untouched valley. During the descent, observe the power of water; see how it created ravines in the soil of the forest. Before starting your climb in the canyon, refill your bottles with clear spring water from water reservoirs. The Ram Canyon is a great adventure for all ages, boasting a nice cool climate, great depth, and waterfalls to climb with the help of ladders and rails. Head back toward the starting point filled with positive energy and unforgettable experiences. The whole hike is just over 11 miles; the trip is recommended for experienced hikes, but manageable for anyone who is in good physical condition.

From Budpaest: Páty Wine Village Tour with Tastings

6. From Budpaest: Páty Wine Village Tour with Tastings

Experience the perfect wine tour for those who wish to venture outside of Budapest and discover the wine regions of Hungary. Start the tour by getting picked up from the meeting point in central Budapest and set off for the small wine-producing village of Páty, which is just a 20-minute drive outside of the city. Here, find a variety of old, astonishing cellars, which were built as early as 1880. These typical cellars can be found only in this region and have the feel of the Hobbit burrows in the Shire from the Lord of the Rings. On the way to Páty, listen as your guide gives you an introduction to Hungary's 1000-year-old wine tradition. When you arrive in the region, visit at least 2 wineries, one of which is known for making organic wines. Meet the winemakers and head to their cellars for a tasting of at least 4 glasses of wine at each location. Enjoy an interactive tasting experience where you will have many opportunities to ask questions and get to know the local producers. At the final wine cellar, the host will prepare a tapas plate of olives, ham, sausages, and different cheeses all produced in the region by local farmers. After the program, return to Budapest and get dropped off back at the meeting point where your memorable day will conclude.

Puszta Full-Day Tour from Budapest with Lunch

7. Puszta Full-Day Tour from Budapest with Lunch

Your full-day trip begins with a comfortable transfer from Budapest to Kecskemét, the capital of Puszta. Enjoy a guided walk and take in the main sights and historical buildings of the city. Following your city tour you’ll continue on to an authentic Hungarian horse ranch,where you’ll be welcomed with a drink of Hungary’s traditional fruit brandy, known as pálinka.  Enjoy a horse carriage ride before lunch and a unique horse show. You’ll be served a 3-course Hungarian meal, accompanied by wine. After your meal, you’ll be transferred back to Budapest, where the tour ends. 

3-Hour Budapest Tour with Russian Jeep

8. 3-Hour Budapest Tour with Russian Jeep

Don't wait with the crowds for a traditional city tour. Lean back in your authentic, vintage Russian Military Jeep, buckle up, and leave the rest to the guides! Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Budapest. This tour is highly recommended for those who wish to see a "bit more"  of Budapest, as you will be taken to where city tours have no access. See the wonders and secrets of this city. The tour takes you along the Hungarian Champs Elysees (Andrassy Ut). Make a stop at Heroes Square (Hosok Teren) for sightseeing and for photos. From here you can see the Western Railway Station (Nyagati Palyaudvart) designed by August De Serres, built by the Eiffel Company of Paris,12 yrs before the Eiffel Tower. The tour continues towards the beautiful Parliament Building, St Stephens/St Istvan Basilica and then you will make your way to Buda. Make a short detour/stop at the medieval castle, then venture onwards to the city's highest lookout point where you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Budapest, The Danube, Buda Castle. While heading back you can admire the city as you cross the Danube by bridge and head towards the Jewish Quarter. Here you will find Europe's largest functioning Synagogue and historical neighborhood with its own unique & interesting atmosphere.  Throughout the tour, your driver will be sharing interesting stories on points of interest and is open to questions. There is also the option of using your audio guide or you can listen to music with the JBL hi-fi system. Grab your camera and tour Budapest!

Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

9. Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Experience the beautiful and historic city of Budapest with a day trip on a comfortable tour bus from Vienna. Take a comfortable ride through the plains of western Hungary to the city of Budapest, located on the scenic banks of the Danube River. Take an informative tour of the Buda and Pest districts, learning about their historical and cultural significance of the Hungarian capital along the way. Admire the most famous sights of the city, such as the majestic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, a building inspired by the Palace of Westminster, and Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, Matthias Church, and enjoy a visit to Margaret Island as you learn the meanings of these diverse sights from your tour guide. At 17:00, return to Vienna and enjoy a drop off at your hotel.

Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

10. Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

Start with a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your board. Then you'll get out on the river to enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of the Danube River.  On this tour, you will be going on a sunset trip on your stand up paddle (SUP) board from Lupa Island all the way to Romai. You will be able to see some of the city’s hidden parts from the water and enjoy the sound of nature as you float by. This is also the perfect time to meet new people. The water is clean and the temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius during summer, so during the tour, it’s also possible to go for a short swim if you wish.

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5 best day trips from Budapest

Day trip to the Danube Bend (Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom)

1. Day trip to the Danube Bend (Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom)

The Danube Bend is overflowing with activities to offer day trippers from Budapest. Stop at quaint Szentendre, a former Serbian enclave exemplified by Belgrade Cathedral, and stroll through the old town. This area doubles as a thriving artist colony, which means there’s no shortage of browsing opportunities. Peek into Szentendre’s many galleries and studios located in converted mills and factories and inquire after artisan wares at local market stands in its small squares. When you get hungry, there’s no shortage of Hungarian delicacies and regional wines to sample. If you’re looking for a perfect vantage point, climb the hill to Visegrád, a 13th-century castle town with a stunning view. Next, visit the Renaissance Palace ruins for some open-air history. Be sure to spot the country’s largest basilica at Esztergom, and then ramble the forested chalk cliffs and caves at nearby Pilis Mountains.

How far is the Danube Bend (Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom) from Budapest?

Depending on where you go, the trip could be as close as 21 kilometers (13 miles) or as far as 51 kilometers (31 miles) away. Generally, a trip to the Danube Bend can be as quick as 40 or 50 minutes on a high-speed train or an hour by car.
Day trip to Vienna

2. Day trip to Vienna

Once the seat of power for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna’s proximity to Budapest gives travelers the opportunity to explore the city’s rich and refined history. Walk, bike, or scooter on a tour through the abundant historical sites and buildings in the old town — and don’t forget to taste a real schnitzel. Visit the Natural History Museum where you can encounter relics and sculptures dating back to the city’s founding under the Roman Empire. If you’re looking for more recent Art Nouveau works, head to the Leopold Museum. With roughly three dozen classical music concerts held each day, it’s easy to experience Vienna’s dedication to Mozart and his peers with your own ears. Simply visit any one of the city’s numerous churches, concert halls, parks, and squares. For caffeine lovers, Vienna’s coffee culture is peerless, so don’t miss a chance to sip a café melange.

How far is Vienna from Budapest?

At 242 kilometers (150 miles) away, make sure to leave plenty of time for travel. By car, the trip takes two and a half to three hours on average. A direct train will take 2 hours and 40 minutes, while a transfer will make travel time a little over 3 hours.

3. Day trip to Gödöllő

As the favorite residence of Hungary’s 19th-century royalty, Gödöllő is home to the second-largest Baroque palace in the world. Wander around the opulent public spaces and see the decadent private rooms of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, King Francis Joseph. Once you’ve had your fill of palace intrigue, explore the neighboring countryside and traditional farms of the region. For lunch, order a savory scone, called a pogácsa, and a shot of pálinka liquor to unwind before heading to watch a traditional Lipizzaner Horse show.

How far is Gödöllő from Budapest?

Fifty minutes by car, or an hour plus journey by train and then connecting to a bus.
Day trip to Eger

4. Day trip to Eger

Red wine flows freely in the city of Eger, where the cellars are cut into the solid rock below the colorfully named Valley of the Beautiful Women. On the southern edge of the Bükk Mountains, Eger offers a chance to hike, climb, cycle, or ride horses. See if you can identify all 17 Baroque churches, including Eger Basilica and St. Anthony, and the Turkish minaret that gives the city its distinctive skyline. Other popular things to do in Eger are visiting the 11th-century Castle Eger, dipping into one of the traditional thermal baths, and peeking through the camera obscura inside the Great Tower overlooking the city.

How far is Eger from Budapest?

Eger is 139 kilometers (86 miles) east of Budapest. The trip will take you an hour and a half by car or just over 2 hours by train and bus.

5. Day trip to Balatonfürd

A popular resort town on the shores of Balaton, Central Europe’s largest lake, Balatonfürd is a popular destination for relaxation outside of the city. Called the "Hungarian Sea," Balaton features historic waterfront cafés and restaurants, with small shops spread out across town. If you’re looking to get out on the water, rent a boat. For a more adventurous experience, take a ferry or boat tour to nearby Tihany Peninsula where you will discover a Baroque abbey and a stunning panoramic view from twin extinct volcanoes.

How far is Balatonfürd from Budapest?

While the 135-kilometer (83 miles) journey only takes an hour and a half by car, traveling by combination of train, tram and local bus will take you just under 3 hours.

Budapest Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Cars, trains, and buses are all great ways to traverse the scenic region around Budapest. In some cases, you will have to switch from a regional train to a local bus to reach your final destination.
  • • Budapest day trips by train

    Unique among the day trips being offered, you can reach Vienna via a direct high-speed train that offers scenic views from the window. Other day trips like Balatonfürd, Eger, Danube Bend, and Gödöllő can be reached via regional Hungarian trains before transferring to a local bus.
  • • Budapest day trips by bus

    Local buses can be used for day trips to Balatonfürd, Eger, Danube Bend, and Gödöllő, but it will be considerably slower travel experience. For a more exciting option, consider booking a hop-on hop-off bus tour or guided tour of the day trip destination.
  • • Budapest day trips by car

    In many cases, taking a car will be the fastest option for travel around Budapest. Go around at your own pace and take in all the stunning scenery Hungary has to offer.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Depending on where you’re going outside of Budapest, taking a guided tour might be your best option for both travel and learning about your destination. Having somebody lead you around cities like Vienna or Gödöllő will give you additional insights into the local history and enrich your trip.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Many destinations around Budapest will be in rural Central Europe’s mountains, valleys, and river plains, so you should wear comfortable shoes and clothing good for walking and hiking.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,176 reviews

Such a beautiful day to spend half the day, wish I'd booked for a full day. Very fortunate to have only 2 people on the tour. Our tour guide Elizabet was so lovely and spoke amazing English. The trip to the marzipan museum was a great extra to the morning. Such amazingly creative people who sculpt the cakes. Such a fantastic small town. Enjoyed some clothes shopping and a very tasty ice cream here too. Sitting on a bench close to the Danube in peace and tranquility was amazing.

Top score from us! Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, Vicky was a delight to be around from beginning to end. The tour was filled with interesting anecdotes and fascinating historical facts. If you only have a day or two to spend in Budapest, opt for the Buda Castle cave tour, you will not be disappointed.

Such a great way to see the city. Really safe mostly on dedicated cycling lanes and our guide Thomas was brilliant. The bikes were well maintained and effortless to get around on. Thoroughly recommend.

La experiencia es formidable. Nadie debería de Budapest sin tomar este tour. La naturaleza es impresionante. Hilda es muy conocedora y tiene un muy buen trato

Excellent tour for the whole family! Our 9-year old daughter was asking many questions from the guide and was in general very interested.