Day trip Vienna to... Budapest

Budapest Chain Bridge

Austria and Hungary have a long history together and the two main cities, Vienna and Budapest, have a lot in common. And yet they could not be more different.

Since Budapest is only around 250km away from Vienna, it is still possible for a day trip. And it is worth seeing, in any case, almost a pity, if you only have one day here.

I am also very much connected with Hungary, because my father is Hungarian and therefore also part of my family lives in Hungary. And so I was already from small on every year several times in Hungary. Since my father also has the big garden a bit outside of Budapest, Christian and I have found the perfect place for holidays very close to Vienna. And then there is always a visit to Budapest a must.

Let's go to Budapest...

Fisherman’s Bastion

What comes to your mind, if you think of Budapest? The most famous sights are for sure the Chain bridge, the Buda Castle with the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Heroes’ Square, the Opera, the Gerbeaud pastry shop, the market hall, the thermal baths and the Gellert Hill. And these are just a few of the sights.

But same as in Vienna, as soon as you leave the well-known tourist paths, there are so many beautiful squares and quarters, it is really difficult for me to say where I like it best. Some of them have a southern flair, some of them are the big city and other quarters are young and pulsating.

Apart from the sights you will be spoiled in Budapest with lots of delicious food. Hungarian cuisine has much to offer, not only goulash (which is called Pörkölt in Hungary, because goulash is what we know as goulash soup).

A city with many facets as you see and in addition, as in Vienna, the Danube runs through the city and conjures up a very special atmosphere to the promenade.

I can really recommend a visit to Budapest from my experience. Although as I said, one day is usually too short, but definitely better, than not seeing the city at all.

All information about Budapest, the sights, activities and much, much more can be found on the website of the Budapest Tourism

Your journey by boat, train, bus or car

Matthias Church

Well, do you want to explore Budapest? Great, then you only have to decide how to get there.

If you like the train, then the ÖBB offers you train connections the whole day.

Very comfortable is also by bus. Here Flixbus offers you all day direct connections. Just look on the website for the departure times. The ride itself takes about 3h.

By car you need about 2.5 hours to the capital of Hungary. For the Hungarian highway you need a vignette which you get online with VirPay.

All from one hand and a personal recommendation

Szecheny thermal bath

Do you wish to leave the planning and organization of your trip to Budapest to others and do not have to take care of anything then I recommend you the tour of the Vienna Sightseeing Tours. Here you have the possibility to go to Budapest by bus and get a full day program in the city. So sit back and enjoy the trip. The tour you can comfortably book online.

No matter what you choose, Budapest is definitely worth a visit and you can enjoy the city in one day. And then already plan what you will do when you come back.

And now my personal recommendation. If you plan to stay longer than a day in this beautiful city, then I can highly recommend the apartments of a friend of ours. The Town Hall Apartments are located in the middle of the city, in a very nice neighborhood. And on foot you are within a short time at many sights and with all major public transport.

So, when do you plan to go to Budapest?

Greetings from the Appartements Ferchergasse


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