One day in Budapest: a sightseeing guide

In this article, you will find a sightseeing guide to spending one day in Budapest!

Budapest is a city of immense cultural significance and lots of fantastic sights. For a traveler having only one day to explore the Hungarian capital, it can feel quite overwhelming. Let me help you with a perfect itinerary to get the most of Budapest in one day!


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Grandiose Buda Castle

To kick off your great day in Budapest head to the Castle District!

To do that you have three options:

1) taking a bus 16 from Deák Ferenc tér metro station getting off at Dísz tér

The price of single ticket is 350 HUF (1,12 EUR)

To check the timetables go HERE

For a Budapest public transport practical guide go HERE

I suggest you buying a Budapest 24-hour travelcard to minimize costs of using public transport

The price is 1 650 HUF (5,32 EUR)

2) taking a Buda Castle Funicular from Clark Ádám tér

Funicular is a great way to enjoy the view but it is a bit pricey option

Single ticket is 1200 HUF (3,87 EUR), return – 1800 HUF (5,80 EUR)

All the info about the funicular HERE

3) walking up the hill taking the stairs from Clark Ádám tér

Castle District is one of the most sights-packed areas of Budapest!

First of all go to the Buda Castle to admire the grandiose architecture and iconic Budapest views

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View from the Castle Hill

Currently Buda Castle houses Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum

After enjoying the grandeur of the Castle take a walk though the charming streets of Buda part of the city

In 1849 the Chain Bridge linking Buda with Pest was opened as the first permanent bridge across the Danube and in 1873 Buda and Pest were officially merged with the third part, Óbuda (Ancient Buda), thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest

Go to one of the most beautiful highlights of the city, splendid Matthias Church

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To enter the church you have to buy a ticket, the price is 1500 HUF (4,83 EUR)

All information about visiting the Matthias Church can be found on the official website

After the church go to the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion. It is one of the symbols of the city as well as a great viewpoint to enjoy the splendid view of the Parliament building

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Fisherman’s Bastion viewpoint
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Superb Parliament view from the Fisherman’s Bastion

You can walk around the picturesque Castle District for a little while to feel the Old Town atmosphere

Take bus 16 again to descend to the Pest part, – it’s time for a coffee break!

Get off at József nádor tér bus stop and walk along the elegant Október 6. St to a place called Espresso Embassy

Espresso Embassy is one of the best coffee shops in the city as well as a great place to take a break before exploring the city further

Check my article on 5 great coffee shops in Budapest, Hungary for the other good coffee places in the Hungarian capital


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After having a coffee break head to one of the most beautiful parliament buildings in the world – Hungarian Parliament Building

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It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest

For the information about visiting the Hungarian Parliament Building go to the official website

After grandiose Parliament walk to the impressive St. Stephen’s Basilica

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You can get inside for free and admire beautiful interior

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Then take a vintage metro at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út station to the Hősök tere station. This will bring you to another symbol of Budapest – Heroes’ Square

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There are two museums on the square to choose from:

Take a walk to the City Park packed with interesting things to see and do including:

  • Vajdahunyad Castle – a castle built for the Millennial Exhibition which celebrated the 1,000 years of Hungary since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895

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Art Nouveau entrance to the Budapest Zoo

You can spend a day just exploring the area around the Heroes’ Square but if you have a day only then I suggest having a glance at the sights and proceed on

Lunch Time

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Budapest is home to many restaurants of different cuisines and price ranges. If you don’t know where to go you will be overwhelmed by the quantity of different food places in the city. Let me share with you some good choices for a place to eat in Budapest!

For Hungarian cuisine: 

Good and affordable places to eat include:


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If you’re still ready to explore after a long and colorful day in Budapest, I suggest going to the Citadella Hill for absolutely magnificent views of Budapest

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You can do so by taking bus 27 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér M to the bus stop Búsuló Juhász (Citadella)

The views there are the best ones to observe in Budapest

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Another idea for the evening could be a relaxing stroll along the Andrássy Avenue – a masterpiece of city planning. Home to many boutiques, cafes, restaurants, it is a beautiful highlight of the Budapest city life

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State Opera House on Andrássy Avenue

Check out my other articles about Budapest:

And about Hungary:

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2 thoughts on “One day in Budapest: a sightseeing guide”

  1. Great Guide! I love the breakdown including the prices, ect. I definitely want to take a return trip to Budapest (and hit up some of the places on this list)!

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