Hungary

Hungary offers travellers a slice of classic, Central European grace and grandeur. With cobbled streets, charming castles, magnificent concert halls and historic churches, Hungary is all class. But what might surprise travellers is that Hungary is also a burgeoning wine-producing region, home to bucolic villages, thermal lakes, steaming hot springs and markets filled with organic produce - what's not to love?

Hungary Tours & Travel

All our Hungary trips

Balkan Adventure

15 days from
USD $2,450
CAD $2,530
AUD $2,480
EUR €1,695
GBP £1,435
NZD $2,760
ZAR R24,820
CHF FR2,065

Travel across historic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Croatia. Visit cultural sights and cities in Serbia, Montenegro...

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Best of Central Europe

15 days from
USD $2,395
CAD $2,495
AUD $2,440
EUR €1,680
GBP £1,395
NZD $2,720
ZAR R24,420
CHF FR2,035

The Best of Central Europe tour combines popular sights with unique experiences while travelling through Austria,...

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Berlin to Venice

15 days from
USD $2,270
CAD $2,340
AUD $2,295
EUR €1,580
GBP £1,325
NZD $2,555
ZAR R22,970
CHF FR1,895

Discover Central Europe from Germany to Italy. Travel from happening Berlin to ancient Prague, visit charismatic...

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Vienna to Dubrovnik

29 days from
USD $4,695
CAD $4,850
AUD $4,755
EUR €3,270
GBP £2,750
NZD $5,295
ZAR R47,590
CHF FR3,960

Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik and discover Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia...

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Europe Explorer

36 days from
USD $6,420
CAD $6,625
AUD $6,495
EUR €4,470
GBP £3,755
NZD $7,235
ZAR R65,020
CHF FR5,395

Visit Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy on this epic journey that includes the best of Europe's...

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Berlin to Rome

22 days from
USD $3,515
CAD $3,625
AUD $3,555
EUR €2,445
GBP £2,055
NZD $3,960
ZAR R35,580
CHF FR2,960

Embark on a tour of Europe as you travel from Berlin to Rome visiting Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria,...

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Budapest to Bucharest

10 days from
USD $1,593
CAD $1,723
AUD $1,692
EUR €1,165
GBP £940
NZD $1,885
ZAR R16,938
CHF FR1,408

Enjoy a fascinating tour of Eastern Europe through Hungary and Romania. Explore Budapest and Bucharest, sample local...

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St Petersburg to Budapest

16 days from
USD $3,455
CAD $3,565
AUD $3,495
EUR €2,395
GBP £2,020
NZD $3,890
ZAR R34,985
CHF FR2,895

Jump aboard this amazing tour of Eastern Europe. Travel from St Petersburg to Budapest via Moscow, Novgorod, Kyiv,...

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St Petersburg to Istanbul

32 days from
USD $5,925
CAD $6,120
AUD $5,995
EUR €4,125
GBP £3,475
NZD $6,675
ZAR R60,010
CHF FR4,995

Travel from enthralling St Petersburg through the best of Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria to the...

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Eastern Europe Explorer

17 days from
USD $2,664
CAD $2,749
AUD $2,695
EUR €1,854
GBP £1,557
NZD $3,001
ZAR R26,982
CHF FR2,245

Travel from beautiful Budapest to iconic Istanbul. Venture through the baroque town of Eger, visit the black church...

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Heartland of Central Europe

9 days from
USD $2,325
CAD $2,395
AUD $2,350
EUR €1,620
GBP £1,360
NZD $2,620
ZAR R23,520
CHF FR1,960

Travel to Central Europe and explore the cities and highlights of this exciting region. From Germany, travel through...

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Christmas Markets of Central Europe

8 days from
USD $1,730
CAD $1,875
AUD $1,840
EUR €1,265
GBP £995
NZD $2,050
ZAR R18,420
CHF FR1,530

Experience the festive markets of Central Europe. Go Christmas crazy in the market mayhem of Munich, savour delicious...

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Budapest & the Balkans

10 days from
USD $1,242
CAD $1,282
AUD $1,255
EUR €864
GBP £715
NZD $1,399
ZAR R12,564
CHF FR1,044

Set out from Budapest on a small group adventure down to Dubrovnik. Visit the White City of Belgrade, stop in at...

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Articles on Hungary

Opening doors in Budapest

Posted on Mon, 31 Mar 2014

The capital of Hungary is an open gallery, a perfect example of well preserved and finely restored buildings from different centuries and styles dating back over a thousand years.

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Pfannkuchen pilgrimage through Europe

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2011

Intrepid's Christian Schoberl is a self-confessed sugar addict and chocoholic, so it was no surprise to find him on a pfannkuchen pilgrimage from Berlin to Venice.

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About Hungary

At a glance

Trips Available: 1
Capital city: Budapest (population 2 million)
Population: 9.9 million
Language: Hungarian
Currency: HUF
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +36

Best time to visit Hungary

July and August are the busiest months for tourists in Europe, outside of these times it tends to be less crowded. The Hungarian summer is warm, sunny and unusually long, but the tourist areas tend to get very crowded in late July and August, so some of the best months to visit are May, June and September. Hungary can be a little wet in May and June, but spring is just glorious. Autumn is beautiful, particularly in the hills around Budapest and in the Northern Uplands. Hungarian winters are typically cold and bleak, with museums and other tourist sights often closing.

Hungary weather chart

Geography and environment

Ivy covered buildings
Located in Central Europe, landlocked Hungary shares borders with Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. While most of Hungary is flat, there's some mountainous terrain to be found in the north and near the Austrian border. While Hungary has no coastline, the country is rich in rivers, brooks, lakes and hot springs, with the Danube and the Tisza flowing through, as well as other tributaries. Blessed with a vast amount of arable land, Hungary has an extensive agriculture/viticulture industry, with vineyards, orchards, farms and grazing livestock a common sight when travelling out of the city.

Top Picks

Fisherman's Bastion

Top 5 Classic Castles of Hungary

1. Vajdahunyad Castle

A blend of many different architectural styles, this urban castle located in Budapest showcases Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance features. Modelled on a Transylvanian castle, this unique building is now home to a museum dedicated to Hungarian agriculture, wine making and forestry.

2. Fisherman's Bastion

Providing exceptional panoramic views of Budapest, this white stone castle-like structure was built in 1905. Retaining a distinct 'Disney-like' air, this charming building has winding staircases, towers, parapets and a conical roof - hallmarks of all good fairytales!

3. Festetics Palace

This Baroque palace located in Zala County may technically not be a castle but definitely has all the opulence and grandeur of one. Built in the 18th century for the wealthy Festetics Family, this palace is now home to a coveted book collection (considered the greatest surviving aristocratic library in Hungary) as well as a museum and concert hall.

4. Castle of Eger

This ancient castle has survived invasions, explosions and the ravages of time to become one of Eger's most popular attractions. Surrounded by cobbled streets, the panoramic views from atop the fortress walls are splendid in clear weather.

5. Brunswick Castle

Built in 1775 for Count Antal Brunswick, this grand neo-gothic castle once played host to Beethoven. Now surrounded by a nature reserve and home to a museum, church and research institute, this impressive castle just outside of Budapest is well worth a day trip.

FAQs on Hungary

Tipping is generally expected by service workers in Hungary. A tip of around 10% is sufficient for taxi drivers, wait and hotel staff.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and hotels in Hungary's cities. Regional and rural areas may have less internet access, but overall, Hungary is well connected to the web.
Mobile phone coverage is good in most parts of Hungary. Be sure to activate global roaming on your phone before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile.
Most toilets in Hungary are of the modern, flushable variety. Public toilets are quite scarce in Hungary and expect to pay a small fee when visiting, as is standard practice in many other Central European countries.
Slice of cake in a cafe = 300-400 HUF
Public transport ticket = 320 HUF
Bottle of local beer = 600 HUF
Bowl of hearty soup = 600 HUF
Simple fast food meal = 1,000-1,500 HUF
Three-course meal in a restaurant = 3000-10,000 HUF
The tap water in Hungary is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, restaurants, boutiques and shops. Smaller retailers like family-run restaurants, market stalls and small shops may not accept credit cards, so always carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases.
Travellers will be able to find ATMs throughout most of Hungary, especially in large cities and regional towns.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 15 Anniversary of 1848 uprising against Austrian rule
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 20 Whit Monday
Aug 20 National Day (Feast of St Stephen)
Oct 23 Republic Day (Anniversary of 1956)
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/hungary/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Hungary Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Hungary

1. Be considerate of Hungary’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat Paul Lendvai
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to AmericaKati Marton
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in HungaryAranka Siegal
Made in Hungary: A Life Forged by HistoryMaria Krenz
The Melancholy of ResistanceLaszlo Krasznahorkai
FatelessnessImre Kertesz
SkylarkDezso Kosztolanyi