Updated Septemeber 2019
A complete guide on How to Spend 3 Days in Budapest. Budapest was a delightful surprise, to say the least. I don’t actually remember what made me want to go, but I do remember once I had Budapest in my head, there was nowhere else I wanted to go. So I talked it up and made sure I found unbelievable flights and a super amazing accommodation to make sure that we could spend at least 3 days in Budapest on our 10-day European adventure. The decision to go was heavily influenced by me in my group I am not going to lie. But without further a here is a complete guide to Budapest Hungary.
If you are travelling to Budapest as part of an European adventure and need recommendations for other cities, make sure to check out my other travel guides: I have one on how to spend 5 days in London, how to spend 3 days in Paris and where to eat in Amsterdam.
Where to Stay in Budapest
When we landed in Budapest, a kind stranger explained to me that Budapest is broken out into 2 distinct areas separated by the river. The “Buda” side and the “Pest” and to keep it real simple you just need to look at a map and you see how the river just splits the two and left side will be the “Buda” side and the right side will be the “Pest” side. Personally, I would say that the Buda side is for beautiful views, but Pest side is where the action and food are, so for that reason, I would recommend staying on the Pest side.
From there Budapest is split into 23 districts and the lower the number, the closer the district is to the city centre. We ended up staying in District VII (Erzebetvaros) because my research showed that it was the most lively at night. However, if I were to do it again, I would try and stay close to the river and the Chain Bridge on the Pest side just because that’s where we ended every night (you can’t beat that view and vibe). But our place was just a 20 min walk away so it wasn’t bad at all.
For our trip, we decided to go with an Airbnb for our trip because there were super cute properties for really low prices. We ended up with a really cute loft-style apartment that I really like and would recommend. But if I could do it again I would have just splurge for a hotel because hotels in Budapest are actually really affordable, so why not ball out on a budget.
3 Days in Budapest: What to Do in Budapest
Day One: Buda – All of the Beautiful Things
- Buda Castle Hill Funiclar you either go up the tram for rough ($6 CAD) or you can walk up as well.
- Buda Castle, it’s really grand here.
- Explore the Matthias Church Neighbourhood
- Fisherman’s Bastion, if you go closer to sunset or in the evening, it’s actually FREE!
- Walk over the Chain Bridge but don’t forget a sweater cause although its hot during the day, it was quite breezy at night!
Day Two: Pest – Eat Your Heart Out
- St. Stephen’s Basilica – it was the best 3 dollars we spent because the views were amazing.
- Central Market Hall, buy your souvenirs here because they have it all!
- The Opera House, if you can go for a show, its a must-do at the price point!
- Walk along the River and see the Shoes on Danube & Hungarian Parliament Buildings
- Either go on a Night River Cruise or just walk it some desserts.
Day Three: Explore, Relax & Play
- Wake up early go to the Thermal Baths.
- Visit Heroes Square
- Go shopping on Váci Street
- Go to the Citadella for Sunset – this is a hike up, it didn’t take that long but pack some cold drinks and stay hydrated. The view was breathtaking and you could see all of Budapest and then some, it was spectacular.
- End the night at a Ruin Bar
Where to Eat in Budapest
- The Alexandra Bookcafé, because it’s really pretty.
- Walzer Cafe for breakfast or brunch
- Pest-Buda Bistro
- Osbudavar Pizzeria
- Coffee @ Expresso Embassy
- New York Cafe, warning this place is completely overpriced but the cafe is really really pretty.
- Lucky 7 Burgers
- 2 Spaghi for dinner
- A la Maison
- 360 Bar
How Much Did We Spend in Budapest in 3 days?
Honestly not that much. Budapest was really pretty and really cheap. I think I ended up spending something around $75 cad a day for EVERYTHING, accommodations, food, drinks, attractions, transportation, everything. Budapest was incredibly cheap with most of the attractions were free if not just a few dollars. I found myself splurging on treats and drinks throughout the day because I could.
Extra Budapest Travel Tips
- Take the Trams, they are so cool.
- English is okay, it’s all we spoke and we were okay.
- Check out the dessert bars.
- Go into the old building and hotels, they are incredible on the inside
- Walk the streets in the day and night, the street in Budapest are so charming
And that’s my guide on Budapest and how to spend 3 days in Budapest if there is anything must-do thing that I missed please let me know because I do plan on going back soon. I absolutely loved the city, the people were nice, the food was amazing and the views were spectacular especially if you are sunrise and sunset chaser like myself.