Budapest Travel Plan

budapest travel plan

In two weeks time I shall be traveling to Budapest with my Mum and Sister for a 4 day break. Obviously we are not going by boat but we are staying on a boat on the River Danube. It’s called the Aquamarina Hotel. I’ve never stayed in a floating hotel before so I’m excited to see what it’s like.

I’m incredibly nervous about the flight as I’m not a good flyer and I haven’t been on a plane for over 8 years now! Luckily though it’s only a short flight from London; around 2 and a half hours.

There is so much that I want to see while we are out there but as we only actually have 2 full days in Budapest I’m worried I won’t get to see it all. I’ve tried to create a travel plan to cram as much in as possible within the time frame we’ve got. I thought I’d share it with you today. Please do bear in mind though that it is a very rough guide.

budapest travel plan

Budapest Card

I plan to purchase a Budapest Card before we go which gives you free travel on all public transport, free entry to certain places and also money off other places. They seem to be really good value for money and it’s one less thing to think about when we get there. I’m guessing we will need a 48hr card which costs Ft 7505 or roughly £17.50.

Budapest Travel Plan

Day One

As our floating hotel is on the Buda side of the river I thought it would be good to explore that side first. The Buda side is the hillier more picturesque side of the river. I plan to stay mainly in the Castle District and North Buda area.

Sites I  want to see include…

  • Castle Hill
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Buda Castle
  • Matyas Church
  • Royal Palace
  • Chain Bridge
  • Citadella (if we have time)

I like to finish of the day of exploring with a visit to the Lukacs Spa. I mean you can’t really go to Budapest and not visit a spa now can you. Entry to this spa is free if we use our Budapest cards.

budapest travel plan

Day Two

On day 2 I plan to visit the Pest side of the river, this is where you will find all of the shops, restaurants and markets. I plan to stay mainly around the Parliament building area and Central Pest.

Sites I’m hoping to see include…

  • Shoes on the Danube River
  • The Parliament building
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica
  • Hungarian National Museum
  • Great Market Hall
  • Heroes Square (if we have time)

In the evening I would like to go on one of the evening river cruises. They appear to be really good value for money and it would be great to see the sites all lit up from the water.

I have no idea whether I will be able to fit all of those sites into 2 days but I’m going to give it a go. If you have been to Budapest I’d love to hear about it and any tips would be greatly appreciated.

More posts on Budapest…

Day One in Budapest

Day Two in Budapest

Aquamarina Hotel Review in Budapest

Travel Monkey
Wander Mum

8 thoughts on “Budapest Travel Plan

  1. I haven’t been to Budapest either but it sounds like you’ve got it sorted! I think it’s a really good idea to do your research before you go, have a vague idea of what you want to do and see but also leave some time just to relax – hang out in a few cafes and wander around, not knowing what you’ll discover around the next corner. Hope you have a fabulous time.

  2. Great to find your blog via #citytripping! I have not yet been to Budapest, but am planning a week-long stay there in June with a friend! Your plan sounds great, I’ve also heard that the “ruin bars” are really cool, if you’re into that kind of thing! I love that you split the sites up between the sides of the city; your little plan has helped me understand where things are so much better! Have a wonderful trip!

  3. I so nearly went to Budapest again last year – it’ll be 20 years since I last went, but we ended up in Ljubljana instead. I’m really tempted to go this year and that’s a great list of highlights. The floating hotel sounds so much fun! Hope you get some time to just wander and stop in cafes and people watch too. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

  4. I’m a planner too! I’ve always wanted to go myself and try out the spas! The Danube looks so beautiful. Hope the flight isn’t too awful and look forward to seeing if you pack it all in 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  5. I am sure your plans will work out. I guess the idea is to see some places from the outside and have a quick look at the inside and stay a bit longer on those that appeal more to you. Happy travels!

  6. Great plan! You are way more organised than me! I went to Budapest nearly 15 years ago. I loved it! I think we did a walking tour – there are a few free ones you can do which are worth checking out. We also went a bit out of town to see the park where all the old communist statues are. So interesting to see the imposing figures of Stalin and the like close up. You will have a great time. The spas are a great experience. It’ll all be worth the flight. Good luck with it! thanks for linking to #citytripping Let us know how you get on! X

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