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Where Do I Start? The Beginner’s Travel Guide To Budapest

The capital of Hungary, Budapest is also the country’s largest city. It is the heart of the country’s commercial, industrial, political, and transportation sectors, and the cultural hub of the nation. With over 1 million inhabitants, Budapest is the only city to occupy both banks of the Danube River.

Budapest is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. It has an extensive World Heritage Site that would make tourists from all over the world in awe with its beauty. These include the Buda Castle Quarter, the Heroes’ Square, the Millennium Underground Railway (which is one of the world’s oldest), and the Andrássy Avenue.

Making the city more interesting is the fact that it has the largest thermal water cave system in the world, the second largest synagogue (next to Belz Great Synagogue in Jerusalem), and the third largest Parliament building.

Regarded as among Central Europe’s most important capitals, Budapest also emerged as one of the most livable and idyllic places to live according to EIU’s quality of life index and Forbes, respectively. Each year, about 2.3 million people from all over the globe come and visit Budapest.

From the city’s major attractions, to its culture, nightlife, sports, and even its transports, surely, there is more to find out and experience with our Budapest travel guide.


Some people enjoy exploring a place on their own with just a map as guide to the beautiful city and to take them to famous sights and attractions. They feel that they get to experience the city more this way. This doesn’t apply to all travelers though. If you are part of this group who is not so keen to rely everything on a map, then the best option for you is going on a tour.

This is another way of exploring a city. It may cost you and some may be a bit expensive but it is truly worth it as you are sure to go to every important spot of the city. Plus you are sure to learn something about each place you visit as the guide will have something to share about it. And most importantly, you will never get lost if you go with a tour group. That is unless you stray away from the group, then you are in big trouble.

There are different types of tours that you can participate in while in Budapest. There is a walking tour, where as the name suggest go to all of the places included by walking there. In this type of tour, the places that are included are usually just close to each other. You may be going to just a number of places in one area. Of course, the tour guides wouldn’t want to tire you out going from one district to another.

Another type is the bus tour. This is the most common and perhaps the most popular. Obviously, you would ride on a bus to get from one destination to another. This way you get to visit many places that are from different areas of the city. You can say that can explore a city more this way as you are able to cover a wide area of the place.

While walking tours may be considered as a more intimate tour as you get to really see the entire tour up close, the bus tours a bit more general and focus more on each spot. Whatever tour you choose to get in, it all depends on the type of experience you want to get out of your travel.

Free Budapest Walking Tours
Vorosmarty ter, Budapest 1052, Hungary

Free Budapest Tours & Private Guides
Inner City, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-269-3843

Budapest Bike Breeze – Bike Tours, Wine tastings and Canoe rides
Deak ter 4 | Our meeting point (no office), Budapest 1055, Hungary
Phone: +36 20 488 5954

MyPersonalBudapest – private Budapest tours
Nap utca 28, Budapest 1185, Hungary
Phone: +36-70-428-8848

Bus Tours

Bus tours are one of the most popular ways to explore Budapest. A lot of tourists go on bus tours if they want to see many of the city’s popular attractions and world-renowned tourist spots. Some tourists may find it hard just to rely on maps, the Internet and just asking around. So they go to the most convenient way of discovering a city.

There are many advantages if you go on a bus tour while in Budapest. One is comfort. You are seated comfortably while you are going from one famous spot to another. You are assured of a seat and you don’t have to worry of the next train or trolley to catch. All the hassles of public transportation are taken out and you don’t have to worry or tire yourself out from driving yourself. Second is you are assured to be able to visit the places that the city is known for. The bus will surely take you there and you can even learn some interesting things about that spot as the tourist guide will surely have some neat trivias to give out about the place. And best advantage of all is the price. There are a lot of bus tours now available in Budapest and there are now a number of them that are very affordable.

Some of the bus tours available in the city are the: City tour and Parliament Visit, Folklore Evening Tour, Jewish Tour of Budapest and the Budapest City Tour. Most tours last for 2 to 4 hours. You can just pick which one interests you the most and choose the one that is best for your budget.

You can rest assured though that whichever one you choose, you will definitely have a comfortable, hassle-free, informative and affordable trip around Budapest.


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