3 Days In Budapest

If you've got 3 days in Budapest - congratulations! You've booked the perfect trip!Okay, okay. Obviously there's a heck of a lot to do in one of Europe's most charming and vivacious cities, and three days barely scratches the surface. But although trips to Budapest are an increasingly common vacation choice, with Budapest prices being an attractive incentive to spend more than enough time there, you can certainly see the highlights within three days. If you're backpacking through Europe, or having a trip to Budapest as a single stop in an extended tour, it's a perfect amount of time to see the sights, whilst still having time for other locations.So, I've prepared the perfect 3 days in Budapest itinerary for you - what to do in Budapest, how to get there, where to stay, and where to eat. I've spent a total of nine days in the city over multiple trips, so I've taken my experience, distilled it down like an expert craftswoman, and presented it in a rather attractively-decorated cocktail glass for your consumption. There's a little umbrella and a crazy straw and everything! But if you're ready to dive head-first into the world of Budapest holidays, and spend a bit more time in the city, then I've still got plenty for you! I'll be giving you details on some awesome Budapest day trips, letting you explore the rest of Hungary (and even some neighbouring countries!).If you're still not sure how many days in Budapest are right for you, then stay tuned. I've got something for you too!As you'd expect from a large city in Central Europe, Budapest has a whole ton of transport options! The city's airport is the largest in Hungary, and a major hub, meaning that you should find a flight route from any airline that knows its shizz. Alternatively, if you're on an extended trip through Europe, it's incredibly easy to reach by train.Most people will kick off their Budapest vacation by arriving at the out-of-town Liszt Ferenc International Airport - but luckily for you, it's super easy to get into the heart of the city.Getting from Budapest Airport to Budapest by bus is so simple that even a particularly dim-witted koala could do it (let’s face it, they’re cute but stupid).When you touch down, whisk yourself through passport control and baggage reclaim, and emerge outside the airport’s Arrivals exit. Take an immediate left turn, and you’ll soon come to some buses parked up, with a purple machine just in front of them on the sidewalk.The easiest bus to catch is the 100E, which will take you straight into the heart of the city. Queue up to use one of those purple machines (don’t worry; they translate into multiple languages, and the use of them is pretty straightforward). You want to select an Airport Shuttlebus Single – it’s located in the first column on the left, right down at the bottom, and will cost you 900 HUF. Simply have it checked by a man waiting outside the bus, or validate it in a machine once you’re onboard, then sit back as the bus takes you directly to Deák Ferenc tér Metro station in the city centre.If the thought of taking the bus doesn’t appeal for some reason, then you can grab one of the multitude of taxis waiting outside the airport for your custom. Be prepared to pay considerably more, though – it’ll set you back roughly 8000 HUF, which is equivalent to €25.There are a mighty four train stations in Budapest, making it an easy destination to reach by train, and giving rise to the popularity of doing the Prague – Vienna – Budapest route through Europe (though if you’re travelling on a budget and want to save on costs, you might want to consider doing Prague to Budapest, or Budapest to Prague. Vienna be pricey). As a result, you should find frequent services to Budapest no matter which direction you’re coming from – you’ll find trains going there in places as diverse as Berlin, Lviv, Zagreb, and Cluj-Napoca. Depending on which direction you’re coming from, you’ll arrive at one of Nyugati, Keleti, Kelenfold or Deli stations, but honestly – it doesn’t really matter which one it is. All of them are connected to Budapest’s excellent Metro system, which is beyond simple to use and navigate, and you’ll find your way to your Budapest accommodation in no time.