Hungarian Parliament Building. Buy plane tickets to Budapest
Széchenyi thermal bath. Buy plane tickets to Budapest
Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Buy plane tickets to Budapest
Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. Buy plane tickets to Budapest
Kürtőskalács. Buy plane tickets to Budapest
Parliament Building
Széchenyi thermal bath
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
Budapest Funicular
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The most convenient way to get to the capital of Hungary is to buy a flight ticket to Budapest. The best money-saving option is to purchase a round-trip ticket. Flights arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (flight duration: about 3 hours). Please note that the best airfares to Budapest usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance.

Budapest is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. The city centre, with its magnificent views across the Danube, is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. As well as castles, museums and famous baths, the city offers attractive prices to travellers, too, making it a perfect destination for a weekend break. The climate is moderate and continental, like Central Russia, with mild, short winters and warm, gentle summers. In other words, visiting Budapest is a pleasure at any time of year.

General flight information Moscow   Budapest

Distance between cities

1569 km

Time difference in winter

-2 h

Time difference in summer

-1 h

Average flight time

2 h 50 min

What to see

Once upon a time, there were three cities on the site of Budapest — Buda and Óbuda on the western bank of the Danube, and Pest on the eastern shore. At the end of the 19th century, the settlements were united and given the name everyone now knows — Budapest. The right-hand (western) bank is hilly and green while the left (eastern) one is flat. This variety makes the city even more beautiful.

The city's main thoroughfare, Andrássy út, is in Pest. It is seen as the local Champs-Élysées — just as green, spacious and grandiose as its French older brother. This is where the country's main buildings and museums are to be found — the Hungarian Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház) and the House of Terror (Terror Háza Múzeum), dedicated to the totalitarian period in Hungarian history. From Pest you can make your way to two old town bridges — the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) which was the first permanent bridge to link the shores of the Danube – and the Margaret Bridge (Margit híd). The latter is famous for its unusual design: the two parts are joined at an angle of 165°. The central support of the bridge stands on Margaret Island (Margit-sziget). This is a little patch of natural beauty right in the middle of the Danube with an arboretum and a spa resort.

On the upper right bank of the Danube where the old Buda city used to be, you can see the majestic Royal Palace (Budavári Palota). This former residence of Hungarian kings now plays the role of the capital's cultural centre, as it is the site of the National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria), the Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum) and the National Széchényi Library (Országos Széchényi Könyvtár). The royal palace is encircled by the walls of Buda Castle (Budai Vár), from which a magnificent view opens out over the opposite bank of the Danube and the most famous building in the city, the Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház). It is reminiscent of both the Doge's Palace in Venice and London's Westminster Palace. The Ethnographic Museum (Néprajzi Múzeum) stands alongside the Parliament building and houses one of the richest collections in Europe.

There are more than a hundred natural and artificial thermal springs within the boundaries of Budapest, many of which have become the focus for bathhouses including the beautiful Gellert Thermal Bath (Gellért Gyógyfürdő). Although really looks more like a museum or a palace than a bathhouse, the prices are quite reasonable.

Hungarian cuisine deserves its own dedicated gastronomic tour of the world-famous dishes prepared here: goulash (gulyás), a thick and spicy soup of meat and grated vegetables, and paprikash, white meat in a sour cream and sweet pepper sauce. This is all washed down with local wines like Egeri Bikaver or Tokay.