Are you about to visit Budapest in 3 days and you need to optimize your time? What to do and see in Budapest in 3 days?

Discover the best of the Hungarian capital over a long weekend by following our itinerary suggestions with some tips that will allow you to visit Budapest in 3 days and see the essentials of this rich city. Lovers of culture, architecture, history or shopping: the Hungarian capital will please everyone!

Discover the main tourist attractions of Budapest in 3 days: Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament, the Great Market Hall, Széchenyi and Gellért baths, and much more to see and do in Budapest!

To learn more about the monuments mentioned in our itinerary for Budapest in 3 days, see our article,’ Budapest Must-see sights’ on this link.
You will have only one desire after this trip to Budapest, to come back as soon as possible!
Here is our program ‘Budapest Travel Tips’ for visiting Budapest in 3 days:

Visit Budapest in 3 days – Day 1

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Path: 7km journey – Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, Chain Bridge, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Vörösmarty Square, Váci Street, Great Market Hall.

Morning: visit the old town to Buda


Budapest funicular - castle district

Start on the Buda side facing the Chain Bridge by taking the funicular on Clark Ádám Square to reach the castle district. Climbing by stairs is also possible or you can take bus n°16 at Clark Adám Square (cheaper than the funicular) and get off at the second stop called ‘Dísz tér’.


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After admiring the beautiful view of Pest in front of the Buda Castle, take the opportunity to visit the works of the greatest Hungarian masters in the Hungarian National Gallery located in the main building.

DON’T MISS! Buda Castle Free Tour (2,5h)

Explore one of Budapest’s most emblematic monuments on this free guided tour of Buda Castle and discover the secrets of the former residence of the Hungarian royal family:

Information Buda castle Free Tour and Booking – click here

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.


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Reach the old town on the other side of the hill, and in 10 minutes you will be at the foot of the beautiful Matthias Church, located 50m from the Fishermen’s Bastion.
Adult admission: ≈7 €. Open hours: Monday-Friday: 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday: 9:00 to 12:00, Sunday: 13:00 to 17:00.

You can also enjoy a guided tour around the Matthias Church and learn about its rich history and architecture:

Buda Castle District walking tour information – click here


budapest fisherman's bastion

Entrance fees for the upper gallery of the Fishermen’s Bastion are available on this link (free from 19:00 and 09:00 year round, otherwise adult tickets (≈3 €).

If you want to have lunch, we recommend that you head to Chef Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant ‘Jamie’s Italian’ (Szentháromság u .9) or restaurant Ramazuri Bistronomy  (Úri u. 30) and finish off touring the old town (20mn walking).

Afternoon: visit of the center of Pest


chain bridge visit budapest in 2 days

Get off the hill by the funicular or go on foot and cross the oldest and most beautiful bridge of Budapest, the Chain Bridge. You will arrive at Széchenyi István Square, facing the Palace Gresham (Four Seasons Hotel). Do not hesitate to enter and admire the beautiful Art Deco interior of this palace, or even have a coffee and then head to the Hungarian Parliament, located only 10 minutes away on foot.


budapest_must_see_parliamentFind detailed information (timetables, guided tours, etc.) and tips on the Hungarian Parliament in our article How to visit the Parliament of Budapest. If you would like to have lunch later, we recommend on ‘Kossuth’ Square the bistro Elysée or the Café Smúz.

Budapest Parliament 45-Minute Guided Tour ticket – click here

Do not miss: on the left side of the Parliament (facing the Danube), go down to the edge of the river for 200m to reach the poignant memorial, ‘Shoes on the banks of the Danube’, dedicated to the victims of the Shoah in Budapest. About forty meters of metal shoes represent the thousands of Jews who were shot before removing their shoes.
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A visit to St. Stephen’s Basilica is a must in Budapest, and if you have the courage, do not hesitate to climb the 370 steps (or take the elevator) to admire a panoramic view of Pest rooftops. Open hours: from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.45pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5.45pm.

Skip the line and take a guided tour of St Stephen’s Basilica:
Learn about its history, admire its artworks, and see the Holy Right relic. Choose the option to visit the dome terrace and treasury and take an elevator to the panoramic terrace around the dome, a unique lookout point above Budapest.
Enjoy a superb 360-degree view of the whole city. Duration: around 1 hour.

Information St Stephen’s Basilica Tour and Ticket – click here

Enjoy also an organ or a string concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings in Budapest. Take your pick from 3 concerts, each with 4 seating classes, to tailor your experience to your taste and budget.

Duration: about 70 minutes. Information on Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica
and tickets – click here

Address: ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA, Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map


Café Gerbeaud

On Vörösmarty Square, have a coffee and a Hungarian pastry at the famous Café Gerbeaud, one of the most beautiful historic cafés in Budapest.
Do not hesitate to consult also our article on tasting Hungarian pastries.


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Turn right onto Vörösmarty Square towards the Danube onto Vigadó Street or Deák Ferenc Street (on the corner of the Hard Rock Café) to reach the Danube bank on Vigadó Square to admire the beautiful panorama of Buda Castle and the Matthias Church.


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Then return to the pedestrian street Váci, where you can go shopping.
Nearby at Március 15 square, you can have an aperitif (on the terrace in the spring) or dinner at the restaurant ‘Kiosk.

You can also discover Budapest every night
from a new angle on a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h) !
Information and booking on Budapest Sightseeing cruise on this link.
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You also have the opportunity to dine during your cruise while admiring Budapest by night! :

In the evening departing at 19:45, you can enjoy a 2 hour cruise on the Danube accompanied by a dinner and the musical performance of local Hungarian artists:

For information and booking dinner cruise – click here

Visit Budapest in 3 days – Day 2

Budapest in 3 days -day 2

Path: 7 Km – New York Café, Széchenyi Baths, Vajdahunyad Castle, Heroes Square, Andrássy Street, Opera House, Goszdu Court, Erzsébet Square.

Morning: Széchenyi Baths and the Városliget district.


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Start the day with breakfast or a coffee in Budapest’s finest historic cafe, Café New York, backed by Hotel Boscolo on ‘Blaha Lujza’ Square in Pest (open daily from 9 am to midnight, link to New York Café menu).


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Take the tram or metro to Oktogon Station (15mn away on foot) then M1 underground until the ’Széchenyi fürdő’ stop.
It’s time to discover Budapest’s baths at the Széchenyi baths, a unique experience during any season. Full information on the baths is available in our specific article ‘The best baths in Budapest’ on this link.

Our Tip: avoid long lines (especially on weekends, during school holidays, Christmas and New Year) with the tickets ‘skip-the-line’:

Information and Tickets  skip-the-line for Széchenyi baths – click here


budapest heroes square

Cross the City wood ‘Városliget’ (a 10-minute walk) to reach ‘Heroes’ Square.
This imposing square is ‘framed’ by the Museum of Fine Arts  and the Hall of Art, called ‘Mücsarnok’. Take the metro line M1 (‘Hösők Tér’ station) direction Vörösmarty Tér and get off at ‘Oktogon’ station.


Reach Liszt Férenc Square and its many patios for lunch. We recommend the iconic restaurant Menza (Liszt Ferenc tér 2) to discover the Hungarian cuisine.

Afternoon: visit of the city center in Pest.


After lunch, take Andrássy Avenue and enter number 39 on the first floor to enjoy an espresso in the sumptuous Café PÁRISI ( previously named Café Lotz).
Open every day from 09.00 to 21h00. Video of Café PÁRISI on this link.
CAFÉ PARISI is unfortunately closed in 2024.

You can also go right next door to number 39 on andrassy avenue, discover the roof of the 360 ​​Bar that offers a panoramic view of Pest!


budapest opera

After more than 4 years of renovation, the Hungarian National Opera opened its doors on March 2022! With a capacity of 1200 seats, the National Opera of Budapest inaugurated in 1884 is an iconic place of the Hungarian capital to discover absolutely by its architectural beauty and the quality of its representations!

For informations and tickets – click here

Budapest Opera House Guided Tour

Discover the second largest stage in Europe on this guided tour of the Hungarian State Opera House, a must-see on your trip to Budapest!
A tour of the Opera House of about 60 minutes starts daily at 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30 in English. Booking at least 1 week in advance strongly recommended.

Information Opera House Guided Tour
and booking – click here 


Discover the GOZDU court, one of Budapest’s night spots with its many cafes and restaurants. If you want to eat or just have a drink, we recommend the Spiler Bistro.


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At this point, discover Erzsébet Square Park, its big wheel and especially its patio from the spring. For an aperitif or an outdoor dinner, we recommend the Fröccs terrace. Finally, for dinner in Budapest, check out our article on our selection of our favorite restaurants!

Visit Budapest in 3 days – Day 3

Budapest in 3 days - day 3

Path 3 km trip – the Great Synagogue, the National Museum, the Great Market Hall, the ‘Whale’, Gellért Baths.

Morning: Synagogue, National Museum, the Great Market Hall.


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Visit the largest Synagogue in Europe which offers guided tours throughout the day. Open hours: from the beginning of March to the beginning of November, open from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Thursday, from 10am to 4pm on Fridays. From the beginning of November to the end of February: open from 10h to 16h from Monday to Thursday and from 10h to 14h on Fridays. Closed on Saturdays.

Tip: avoid the long queues to visit the synagogue of Budapest with skip-the-line tickets (see below). Guided visits included:

For information and Skip-the-Line tickets for the Great Synagogue – click here

Address: The Great Synagogue, Dohány utca 2, VIIth district, Pest – map

Since you are now in the Jewish Quarter, why not discover a ruin bar located 5 minutes from the great synagogue? Indeed, the most famous, called ‘Szimpla Kert’, can be also visited during the day and worth the detour. Inside, you will find an abandoned building on several floors, an iconic place of Budapest nightspot!
Address: Szimpla kert, Kazinczy u. 14th, 7th district, Pest – mapwebsite.
See our detailed article about the best ruin bars in Budapest.
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Budapest in 3 days - National musueum

The Hungarian National Museum allows you to discover the history of Hungary over the centuries. Temporary exhibitions are also scheduled (programming found on this link to the museum site). Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays.

Address: Hungarian National Museum, Múzeum krt. 14-16, 8th district, Pest – map


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Finish your morning with a visit to the Great Market Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will make you appreciate the culinary specialties of Hungary and also its buffets, crafts and many souvenir stands on the first floor.
This is one of the favorites on our program,‘Visit Budapest in 3 days’!
Address: Great market Hall, Vámház krt. 1-3, Pest – planwebsite. Open hours: Mondays from 06:00 to 17:00, Tuesday to Friday: 06:00 to 18:00, Saturday: from 06:00 to 16:00.
Be careful The Great Market hall is closed on Sundays.


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Head to the Danube and the ‘whale’ (Bálna) on Fővám tér Square 11, a cultural center whose unique architecture will not leave you indifferent. You will find the ‘Esetleg Bistro’ where you can enjoy lunch on the terrace facing the Danube.

Afternoon: at the baths!


Budapest Gellért baths
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Cross the Danube on the Liberty Bridge to reach the Gellért Baths, a Budapest institution located on the right flank of the Hotel Gellért. On a 10-minute walk, discover its unique outdoor and indoor architecture! The medicinal and relaxing virtues of these baths of Budapest will relax you! See detailed information in our section on The best baths of Budapest.

Book now:
Information and ticket for Gellért bath – click here

You are now ready for your last dinner: choose from our selection of restaurants on this link.

Enjoy splendid views of Budapest with a sightseeing Bus tour!

Bus tour budapest

Explore Budapest at your own pace: Hop on and off at at any of the 39 stops with a 1, 2 or 3-day ticket to visit the city’s key landmarks!

Information Bus Tour and ticket – click here

3-Hour Live Guided Sightseeing Tour:
Budapest 3-Hour Guided Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of Budapest and learn the highlights of a thousand years of Hungarian history. Visit the Castle District, Heroes’ Square, enjoy the views from Gellért Hill, see the famous Central Market Hall and much more!

Information and Ticket – Budapest 3-Hour Guided Sightseeing Tour –
click here

Discover Budapest with a guided Sightseeing Bike Tour!

Budapest Bike tour

During your guided Bike Tour through Budapest (3.5 hours), you can admire a number of World Heritage sites of Budapest, stop and enjoy a refreshing drink (small group tour, private tour available).

Information and tickets Budapest guided bike tour – click here

Historic Budapest Free Tour (2,5h)
Historic Budapest Free Tour

This Historic Budapest Free Tour will take you through the southern part of the Austro-Hungarian capital while you learn about the most important events during the 19th and 20th centuries and monuments (St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest Parliament, Chain Bridge,…).

Information Budapest Historic Free Tour and Booking – click here

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

If this itinerary to visit Budapest in 3 days seems too long or too short, do not hesitate to consult our recommendations to visit Budapest in 2 days and in 4 days.

You can also discover Budapest from a different angle with a cruise on the Danube: discover the different cruises on this link of our article, ‘Cruises in Budapest’!