Budapest holiday – find cheap flights and city break offers from Ireland at Holidayguru.ie!
The capital of Hungary is regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. A holiday in Budapest guarantees a unique cultural landscape, historical buildings and impressive museums. Bridges, concert halls and theatres decorate the cityscape of one of the largest and liveliest cities in the European Union. These and many other highlights attract tourists from all over the world to the metropolis on the Danube. If you want to visit this European jewel, you will find the best offers for Budapest here. I regularly search the Internet for the best deals, to ensure that you can have a cheap trip to Budapest. You will find a large selection of different hotels. I also search for cheap flights to Budapest. Travel packages are provided with both of these, which you will also find at bargain prices.
If you have not had a serious look at Budapest, it’s time to add it to your bucket list!
Find and book cheap flights to Budapest from Ireland
Seeing as Budapest is such a popular city break destination, you’ll be glad to know that it can be dead easy to find cheap deals and flights from Ireland to Budapest. The city has one main airport, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, which enjoys easy connections to the city centre thanks to the frequent bus services, subways and even taxis. Cheap flights from Dublin to Budapest are more common outside of the peak tourist season in summer, though prices also start to rise somewhere in the lead up to the Christmas markets, another popular time to visit the city. Those of you living in Cork will also welcome the news of a new direct route to Budapest with Ryanair, so it will make it much easier to find cheap flights from Cork to Budapest now. All other airports in Ireland will require a stopover along the way.
If you’re on the look out for cheap flights to Budapest from Ireland, I’d recommend having a look at my Flight Finder tool. You’ll be able to browse, compare and book the cheapest flights deals to Budapest, so be sure to have a little look!
Hotels & Accommodation in Budapest
Since Budapest has really taken off as a tourist destination in recent years, the amount of hotels and properties in the city available to visitors and holidaymakers has increased a great amount – there’s never been a greater choice to be had in Hungary’s capital city!
Like many other Eastern European cities, the cost of living is very competitive compared to home, so you’ll get much more bang for your buck in the city. 4* and 5* hotels can be competitively priced, though it always pays to remember that during the high season prices can be extortionate no matter the hotel class you’re looking at. One option to go for if you’re looking to save some money when booking your Budapest city break is to go for a self-catered apartment. There are plenty to choose from, and not only are they cheaper than conventional hotels, they also offer you the opportunity to really make yourselves at home in Budapest and live like a local. You’ll be able to find cheap apartments in Budapest on all conventional booking sites, but Airbnb also has loads of lovely properties and holiday rentals for your next city break to Budapest as well. And of course there are plenty of hostels catering to younger travellers looking to get stuck into the city’s famous nightlife. ;)
If you’re needing to book a hotel or apartment for your next city break to Budapest, be sure to take a look at my Hotel Finder where you’ll be able to browse and compare the cheapest deals for accommodation and hotels in Budapest.
Where to stay in Budapest
Budapest is a pretty large city – in fact it’s the 9th largest in the European Union! So if you’re a bit lost on whereabouts in the city to stay, here are some useful pointers in terms of the best neighbourhoods and districts in Budapest to stay in. Generally as a good rule of thumb, it’s best to look for a place to stay that’s between the Grand Boulevard (known to the locals as Nagykörút) and the river. District V., known as Belváros, is the most central downtown district so pick this if you want to be close to everything. However you might have to pay a bit extra to enjoy that tip-top location. Want to be central but are a bit tight on the budget? Then consider looking at District VI (Terézvaros) and the section of District VIII known as Palotanegyed, the Palace District. I can also recommend District VII (Erzsébetváros), especially if you want to experience the famous ruin bar scene along side street food, craft beers and trendy cafes.
The most important sights in Budapest
The city of Budapest emerged through the combination of Buda, Pest and Óbuda. The formerly independent cities are now popular districts in Hungary’s largest city. Buda is situated on the west side of the Danube. Pest is located on the east side of the Danube. Both city districts offer important sights and attractions for you.
Sights on the west side in Buda
The Buda side offers a lot of attractions for tourists from all over the world. This side of the Danube is generally more hilly than the east side. The reason for this is Gellért Hill, which is an important sight in Buda. This is where the Statue of Liberty and the Citadel are located. From the top, you get a wonderful view of the city. It makes for a wonderful panorama. We continue on to a fascinating UNESCO world heritage site: Castle Hill. At the top of the 180-metre-high hill, stands the former royal castle. Today, it is home to the National Library, the National Gallery, as well as a museum. There is a lot to see, so you should allow plenty of time.
A long walk through the Castle District is a must here. It stretches over a length of 1.5 kilometres and is about 500 meters wide. It is best to start the tour through the Castle District, from Vienna Gate. From here you can reach the oldest street in the district, Andrew-Hess Square, and also Trinity Square. It continues on to Matthias Church. This is the most famous church in the whole city and definitely worth a visit, as well as a few photos. Directly beside the church is the next attraction in Buda: the Fisherman’s Bastion. The sight of this immediately sends you back to the Middle Ages. Sandór Palace is also located in the impressive Castle District. The classical palace is the official residence of the President of Hungary. The buildings, squares and narrow streets of the Castle District make it a unique highlight of your holiday in Budapest.
Another wonderful attraction continues underneath the Castle District: a cave system. The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is partly open to the public. Be sure not to miss this excursion. The Buda side covers about one-third of Budapest. Whereas, the Pest side constitutes a whopping two-thirds of the city. There is plenty to see!
Sights and highlights on the east side in Pest
The east side of the Danube is flatter than the west side. Here you will find the large and picturesque district of Pest. This district also deals with the economic and political aspects of the Hungarian capital. Here, the sights string together to create a beautiful cityscape. In addition, there are numerous shopping opportunities, an exciting nightlife and much more. The most famous building in the city is the parliament building. The neo-gothic style architecture means this building should be at the top of your sightseeing list. It is also home to the famous St. Stephen’s crown and is one of the tallest buildings in the city. But St. Stephen’s Basilica provides some competition. It is the highest church in Budapest. If you within the big ring of Budapest, there is yet another highlight: the Great Market Hall. Here you can stroll past typical market stalls, shops and snack bars. You can easily spend a few hours on the three-floored market.
If you want a more intense shopping experience, head to Váci utca. From the Great Market Hall, you can quickly reach the most famous pedestrian shopping street in Budapest. It is located in the heart of the old town and has many shops and boutiques. If this is not enough, the Arena Plaza near the main train station is waiting for you. It is the largest shopping centre in the city. Further recreation awaits you in the green heart of the city: the City Park. The park extends over a large area and there is more to it than just grass and trees. If you enter the City Park at the south-west entrance, you will find Heroes’ Square. The spacious square with the iconic monument is the gateway to the recreation area. In the park, you will find Vajdahunyad Castle, as well as an artificial ice rink in the winter, where you can skate. If you’ve still got the energy, continue sightseeing! The State Opera House, the National Theater, numerous museums and the Andrássy út await you. There is so much to see when you go on holiday to Budapest. It is one of the most interesting cities in the world and a holiday here is a must for everyone. Don’t wait too long to visit!
A holiday in Budapest has a healing effect
The Hungarian capital is known as a bathing city. What many do not know: Budapest is Europe’s largest spa town. This can be attributed to the countless thermal springs and bathing houses. The natural springs release thermal water, which, because of its mineral content, has a healing power. The most beautiful and famous thermal baths are the Gellért baths. They are located in Buda, at the foot of Gellért Hill. Crafted in Art Nouveau style, it offers a variety of pools. Those who want to heal their skin, can do this here. Another famous bathing complex is the Széchenyi Baths. These thermal baths are located on the eastern side of the Danube in the City Park of Pest. With its numerous pools, it is considered the largest thermal bath in Europe. There are many other thermal baths in both districts of Budapest, which will also offer a relaxing break. These include, for example, the Király thermal baths, the Lukács thermal baths, the Rudas thermal baths and the Veli Bej baths. It was the Romans who discovered the hot springs and built the baths. Consequently, you are not only immersed in an oasis of relaxation, but also in the history of the city. Enjoy!
The Danube and its bridges
Whilst on holiday in Budapest, you will not miss the most important landmark of the city: the Danube. It winds its way through the city and offers wonderful views, particularly during a boat trip. Nine bridges cross the Danube and provide further sights. The oldest of the nine bridges is the Chain Bridge. It is also the most famous bridge in the city. It connects the centre of Pest with Castle Hill in Buda. Particularly in the evening, it is a joy to look at, as it illuminates beautiful lights. The second oldest bridge is Margaret Bridge. It is also worth a visit whilst you are on holiday in Budapest. It forms a star-shaped junction and leads to the southern tip of Margaret Island. No less remarkable is Liberty Bridge. It also impresses as an architectural masterpiece. The turul bird sits on the top of the bridge and guards it. Árpád Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge, Petőfi Bridge, Rákóczi Bridge, the southern and northern railway bridges, as well as Megyeri Bridge and Deák Ferenc Bridge, complete the bridges in Budapest.
Book cheap city breaks and flights to Budapest from Ireland
The city well and truly has earned its nickname as the “Pearl of the Danube” and I’m so happy that more and more people are discovering the Hungarian capital for themselves! If you’re yet to visit this grand, quirky and diverse city yourself, be sure to keep checking back on this page often. You’ll find my latest deals to Budapest as well as cheap flights from Dublin and Cork to Budapest – if you see a deal you like, click through and you’ll be given more information on how to book your next Budapest city break!