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Our most recommended Budapest Castle & Palace Tours

  • From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour

    1. From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour

    Your 4-hour tour begins with a drive from Budapest to Gödöllö, site of the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth, who was known as Sissi. This palace is the second-largest Baroque chateau in the world, and an estate that has preserved the atmosphere of 19th century royal splendor. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you’ll enjoy a tour of the renovated castle, and walk along the same hallways, on the same staircases, and through the lovely park as the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. At the end of your guided tour, you’ll be transferred back to your central Budapest hotel.

    Well organized bus trip to the palace but too much talking by the 3 guides in 4 different translations. The palace is a reconstructed and repainted version of the original rooms. Little is original. Not much historical information about her life

  • Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

    2. Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

    Away from the crowds of Pest, this informative and educational tour takes you to some of the charming, magical places of the city where Hungarian rulers once toiled deep into the night at the Buda Castle. Hear stories of cruelty and learn the despicable actions of Elizabeth Bathory, the bloody countess. You will also learn how the Romanian prince, Vlad Dracula ended up in the prison of Buda Castle. Join your Gothic-attired guide as they take you on a 2-hour walking tour of the city by night. Learn the history of Old Hungary where, according to legend, "vampires" were born and roamed the streets during this dark period of European history.

    Lots of fun, great guide, and awesome views of Budapeste at night. Totally worth it.

  • Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

    3. Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

    As your 3-hour Grand City Tour of Budapest begins you’ll pass by the iconic Parliament building before crossing the Danube River by the Margaret Bridge. The coach will take you to the Royal Castle area on the Buda side, where you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Fisherman’s Bastion and to see the exterior of Matthias Church. Next, the tour continues up the Gellért Hill, where you’ll have a photo stop and time to take in the great views over all of Budapest. After this stop the coach will take you across the Elizabeth Bridge and along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Pass by the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica on the way back to the Intercontinental Hotel, where the tour ends.

    Elizabeth our tour guide was brilliant! Great to see all the sites. Photo stop opportunities we good too. Highly reccomend.

  • Budapest: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill

    4. Budapest: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill

    Explore the beautiful city of Budapest in the most relaxed way possible, by E-bike. Follow your local, enthusiastic guide to some of the most famous sights in the city and learn interesting facts about each location.  Ride your bike to the Chain Bridge and climb up to the stunning Castle Hill, where you can experience incredible views over the city. Descend back down to the Danube and journey alongside the famous river. Spend some time on Margaret Island, before you visit the Hungarian Parliament Building. Travel to Freedom Square and admire St. Stephen's Basilica. Venture down Andrassy Avenue and view the Hungarian State Opera House and the House of Terror on the way. End your tour at Hősök tere, one of the major squares in Budapest, and spend some time in City Park before you return to the office. 

    This was a fantastic way to see Budapest highlights and get a general overview for the city. Our guide, Andy, was very knowledgeable about the history of the city/ country, a lot of incidental information. The ride was easy, we had e bikes and they were comfortable and easy to ride, not much effort at all. The tour was one of the best we have been on. Would definitely recommend this company/ tour. Thanks Andy, great afternoon!!

  • Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

    5. Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

    On this amazing 2.5-hour walking tour, get acquainted with the historical core of Buda, the oldest part of Budapest. Experience more than 1100 years of Hungarian history coming alive in front of you through your history buff tour guide's presentations, and learn all about the local significance of the Buda Castle: a district where thousands of people live and many more go for romantic strolls, enjoying the superb views and lights. You will walk through the winding alleys and experience breathtaking views from the ramparts. Be ready for the fascinating historical stories about Buda Castle from the Middle Ages to World War II.  Explore the whole complex of the Buda Castle District including the Royal Palace, Savoy Terrace, Matthias Fountain, Palace Gardens, Alexander Palace, the Hungarian Presidential Palace, Matthias Church, and get panoramic views of the Parliament & the Pest side from...

    Very interesting tour, allowing to better understand main stages of Hungarian history and to discover it's heritage. Our guide was very nice and provided clear explanations.

  • Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

    6. Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

    Your tour begins at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church - built in the splendid Gothic style of the 15th century. Next to the cathedral you can admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building. After a pleasant walk on the old cobble-stone streets, leave the residential district to travel to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes. Walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace. From the royal terraces you can enjoy the the most stunning views of the other side of the city across the majestic Danube River, with full views of its main bridges: Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge. After walking back from the Royal Palace, explore the other side of the castle. Fr...

    The Hungarian guide showed that she has great knowledge of Hungary’s history and civilisation.

  • Budapest: 4-Hour Guided Bus Tour with River Cruise

    7. Budapest: 4-Hour Guided Bus Tour with River Cruise

    Enjoy our 3-hour live guided city tour with professional guides and then an unforgettable sightseeing cruise on the Danube. Your tour begins with a 3-hour Grand City Tour of Budapest. You will pass by the iconic Parliament building before crossing the Danube River by the Margaret Bridge. The coach will take you to the Royal Castle area on the Buda side, where you will enjoy a short walk to the Fisherman’s Bastion and to see the exterior of Matthias Church. Next, the tour continues up the Gellért Hill, where you will have a photo stop and time to take in the great views over all of Budapest. After this stop the coach will take you across the Elizabeth Bridge and along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Pass by the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica on the way back to the Intercontinental Hotel - EUrama office where the bus tour ends in order to start the Danube cruise experience. The boat...

    Our tour guide Attila was amazing. Very informative and very polite. We enjoyed him and the tour very much.

  • Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

    8. Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

    Start at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church. Admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building.  Head to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes and walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace.  Walk back from the Royal Palace, and explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls, you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks.  After the guided walking tour enjoy a few minutes break in the entrance hall of the Hospital in the Rock Museum. Receive a skip-the-line ticket from your tour guide and who will help you to join your scheduled visit to the museum. This will be the most exciting part of your tour. Ha...

    We were really pleased with the service we received from “Tourist Angel”. She was quite knowledgeable and very kind. We learned a lot of fascinating facts about Hungary and its history. We would highly recommend anyone interested to know more about Hungary to get a tour from “Tourist Angel”

  • Budapest: Haunted Budapest Exploration Game & Tour

    9. Budapest: Haunted Budapest Exploration Game & Tour

    Follow the clues in the app and discover Dracula’s Castle, the House of Terror, the Haunted House, and many other haunted landmarks around Budapest. Read fascinating stories about the different destinations you are led to and uncover events that took place in them, as well as the people who used to live or work there. The quest can be played at any hour but it is recommended that you try it at night, for the full haunted experience. It will take between 1 and 2 hours to complete but there is no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace.  Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions so you will not need a map or GPS. When you get the correct answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. You will not need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and you are ready to go on a haunted adventure. For larger groups, one person c...

    My 13 years old daughter and me had wonderful time during this activity where we had the chance to visit very interesting points of the city such as the city park, the house of horror, the castle etc and to notice many details. We finally spent 2,5 hours full of entertainment and although we walked a lot in a very cold evening we wanted to finish all the questions. The last question was difficult to find so he had to ask for help and the person who was responsible for this was very helpful. Interesting concept!!!!

  • Budapest: Buda Castle Caves Walking Tour

    10. Budapest: Buda Castle Caves Walking Tour

    Explore a part of the network of underground tunnels under the Castle Hill with your guide. Learn more about the history and role of the cave tunnels and its geology. Admire the natural limestone and the manpower that went into creating this labyrinth cave system. Meet your guide at the meeting point on Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér) and enter the Buda Castle underground cave system. After a short introduction you will start your tour and learn about the history of the labyrinth-like of cave system which once served as wine cellars, bomb shelters and even a medieval prison. The length of your tour is approximately 1.5km (1 mile) and you will get the chance to admire the natural limestone caverns and the 800-year-old man-made cellars in one of the most unique caves of Hungary. The tour is a journey through time during which you will be able to learn a lot about not only the geology ...

    We really enjoyed the walking tour underground!! Is good to feel that your walking under the road.. Don't forget to take a jacket! Mrs Vicky the tour operator she was really good. She answered every question we made to her. She is a very pleasant person and made us feel all as a team. Thank you mrs Vicky! I really recommend this tour

5 best day trips from Budapest

Day trip to the Danube Bend (Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom)

1. Day trip to the Danube Bend (Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom)

The Danube Bend is overflowing with activities to offer day trippers from Budapest. Stop at quaint Szentendre, a former Serbian enclave exemplified by Belgrade Cathedral, and stroll through the old town. This area doubles as a thriving artist colony, which means there’s no shortage of browsing opportunities. Peek into Szentendre’s many galleries and studios located in converted mills and factories and inquire after artisan wares at local market stands in its small squares. When you get hungry, there’s no shortage of Hungarian delicacies and regional wines to sample. If you’re looking for a perfect vantage point, climb the hill to Visegrád, a 13th-century castle town with a stunning view. Next, visit the Renaissance Palace ruins for some open-air history. Be sure to spot the country’s largest basilica at Esztergom, and then ramble the forested chalk cliffs and caves at nearby Pilis Mountains.

How far is the Danube Bend (Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom) from Budapest?

Depending on where you go, the trip could be as close as 21 kilometers (13 miles) or as far as 51 kilometers (31 miles) away. Generally, a trip to the Danube Bend can be as quick as 40 or 50 minutes on a high-speed train or an hour by car.
Day trip to Vienna

2. Day trip to Vienna

Once the seat of power for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna’s proximity to Budapest gives travelers the opportunity to explore the city’s rich and refined history. Walk, bike, or scooter on a tour through the abundant historical sites and buildings in the old town — and don’t forget to taste a real schnitzel. Visit the Natural History Museum where you can encounter relics and sculptures dating back to the city’s founding under the Roman Empire. If you’re looking for more recent Art Nouveau works, head to the Leopold Museum. With roughly three dozen classical music concerts held each day, it’s easy to experience Vienna’s dedication to Mozart and his peers with your own ears. Simply visit any one of the city’s numerous churches, concert halls, parks, and squares. For caffeine lovers, Vienna’s coffee culture is peerless, so don’t miss a chance to sip a café melange.

How far is Vienna from Budapest?

At 242 kilometers (150 miles) away, make sure to leave plenty of time for travel. By car, the trip takes two and a half to three hours on average. A direct train will take 2 hours and 40 minutes, while a transfer will make travel time a little over 3 hours.

3. Day trip to Gödöllő

As the favorite residence of Hungary’s 19th-century royalty, Gödöllő is home to the second-largest Baroque palace in the world. Wander around the opulent public spaces and see the decadent private rooms of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, King Francis Joseph. Once you’ve had your fill of palace intrigue, explore the neighboring countryside and traditional farms of the region. For lunch, order a savory scone, called a pogácsa, and a shot of pálinka liquor to unwind before heading to watch a traditional Lipizzaner Horse show.

How far is Gödöllő from Budapest?

Fifty minutes by car, or an hour plus journey by train and then connecting to a bus.
Day trip to Eger

4. Day trip to Eger

Red wine flows freely in the city of Eger, where the cellars are cut into the solid rock below the colorfully named Valley of the Beautiful Women. On the southern edge of the Bükk Mountains, Eger offers a chance to hike, climb, cycle, or ride horses. See if you can identify all 17 Baroque churches, including Eger Basilica and St. Anthony, and the Turkish minaret that gives the city its distinctive skyline. Other popular things to do in Eger are visiting the 11th-century Castle Eger, dipping into one of the traditional thermal baths, and peeking through the camera obscura inside the Great Tower overlooking the city.

How far is Eger from Budapest?

Eger is 139 kilometers (86 miles) east of Budapest. The trip will take you an hour and a half by car or just over 2 hours by train and bus.

5. Day trip to Balatonfürd

A popular resort town on the shores of Balaton, Central Europe’s largest lake, Balatonfürd is a popular destination for relaxation outside of the city. Called the "Hungarian Sea," Balaton features historic waterfront cafés and restaurants, with small shops spread out across town. If you’re looking to get out on the water, rent a boat. For a more adventurous experience, take a ferry or boat tour to nearby Tihany Peninsula where you will discover a Baroque abbey and a stunning panoramic view from twin extinct volcanoes.

How far is Balatonfürd from Budapest?

While the 135-kilometer (83 miles) journey only takes an hour and a half by car, traveling by combination of train, tram and local bus will take you just under 3 hours.

Budapest Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Cars, trains, and buses are all great ways to traverse the scenic region around Budapest. In some cases, you will have to switch from a regional train to a local bus to reach your final destination.
  • • Budapest day trips by train

    Unique among the day trips being offered, you can reach Vienna via a direct high-speed train that offers scenic views from the window. Other day trips like Balatonfürd, Eger, Danube Bend, and Gödöllő can be reached via regional Hungarian trains before transferring to a local bus.
  • • Budapest day trips by bus

    Local buses can be used for day trips to Balatonfürd, Eger, Danube Bend, and Gödöllő, but it will be considerably slower travel experience. For a more exciting option, consider booking a hop-on hop-off bus tour or guided tour of the day trip destination.
  • • Budapest day trips by car

    In many cases, taking a car will be the fastest option for travel around Budapest. Go around at your own pace and take in all the stunning scenery Hungary has to offer.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Depending on where you’re going outside of Budapest, taking a guided tour might be your best option for both travel and learning about your destination. Having somebody lead you around cities like Vienna or Gödöllő will give you additional insights into the local history and enrich your trip.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Many destinations around Budapest will be in rural Central Europe’s mountains, valleys, and river plains, so you should wear comfortable shoes and clothing good for walking and hiking.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,176 reviews

A wonderful trip, both the Palace and the Horse show were amazing. Our guide Attila was very knowledgeable and a great guy to spend the morning with!

Great experience, worth the price and time. Guide is excellent and you get to hold a mammoth tooth.

Wonderful experience and a very welcoming ambiance. An absolute must while visiting Budapest!

Super guide, friendly and knowledgeable. Car is great to be in and a unique experience.

Wonderful tour and optimal explanation of the sights. Highly recommended!