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Budapest tours – experience Hungary’s capital
Called the Pearl of the Danube or the Paris of the East, Budapest is an underrated destination that presents its visitors with a surprising mixture of influences. If you want to get a taste of the past and the present, then the Hungarian capital is a great material for a city break. Whether you’re visiting for a short weekend getaway or planning a longer trip, you’ll find enough activities and Budapest tours to fill your itinerary. Stroll along the Andrassy Avenue, soak in Budapest’s thermal baths, admire the impressive parliament building while taking a cruise down the Danube river, see the gothic Buda castle, try traditional dishes, and spend the evening in the popular ruin bars to experience Budapest’s nightlife. These are just some of the activities that you can experience in the Hungarian capital. Looking for more ideas? Have a look below at our short guide of Budapest’s best attractions and tours.
A very brief history of Hungary and Budapest
Did you know that Budapest didn’t officially exist before 1873? You could say that it is still a relatively young city, but don’t be mistaken. Budapest is actually a combination of “Buda”, “Pest” and “Óbuda”, three towns that were connected in 1873 to form one city – now known as the capital of Hungary. Another thing that may surprise you is that Celts were the first people who occupied this terrain. Later the area of contemporary Budapest was occupied by the Roman Empire which built the city of Aquincum there. Of course, it doesn’t exist anymore, but you can see its remains in the Aquincum Museum. The Kingdom of Hungry came into being in the 9th century and since then experienced numerous invasions (Ottoman Turks, Germans, the Soviet Union), influences, and territorial changes. In fact, after World War I, the country lost 71% of its territory! The history of Budapest and Hungary is quite long and interesting, so we suggest joining Budapest tours with a local and knowledgeable guide as it is the best way to learn about this unique place and its people.
Tours in Budapest with MrShuttle
Visiting Budapest for a short break and not sure how to fit all of its top attractions and activities in your schedule? Planning a longer stay in Hungary’s capital and don’t know how to fill your time? MrShuttle is here to offer you a convenient solution. Explore Budapest with a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide who will show you all the best places and tell a bit about Hungary and its complicated history.
Here are a few reasons why sightseeing with MrShuttle is a good idea:
- Airport transfers: Start your tour of Budapest promptly and get to all the sights in no time. By booking our Budapest airport transfer you save a lot of time and don’t have to worry about bus tickets, crowds, or getting to your accommodation. Unless the traffic is crazy, our driver will get you to your destination in less than 1 hour.
- English-speaking drivers: Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages in the world so being able to communicate in English can be a lifesaver. Even purchasing a bus ticket can pose a challenge so having a driver who can speak English and answer your questions will surely be a relief.
- Guided tours in English: We want you to see the city and experience it to the fullest, so we try to find the best local guide and offer you the best tours. You can be sure that your sightseeing won’t be lacking and you’ll get to see all the main attractions while being able to understand and talk to the guide in English. In addition, with a guided tour there’s no chance of getting lost and you don’t have to waste precious time figuring out the best route. Not a native English-speaker? Wish to book a tour in German, Spanish, or Italian? Nothing’s lost! Contact our helpdesk to see if we can offer you a tour of Budapest in different languages.
- Sightseeing in a small group: We try to keep our Budapest tours relatively small so that you can experience the city in the most efficient way. Most of the time, the size of the tour will depend on the number of reservations and current restrictions. We are also flexible so if you’d like to book a private tour to enjoy Budapest with just your friends or family, make sure to get in touch with our helpdesk and ask about this possibility.
Go on a tour of Budapest with us!
Since Budapest is such a beautiful city with numerous museums, great places, and activities, MrShuttle offers a varied selection of Budapest tours. Whether you’re looking for an immersive walking tour or comfortable tours with transport included, MrShuttle has something that should suit your needs. Here are our 3 highlights:
Budapest Grand City Tour: St Stephen’s Basilica and other must-sees
No matter the length of your stay, you have to make your way through Budapest’s main attractions. Our Budapest Grand City Tour is a walking tour with some driving involved so that you can see the top sights in a relatively short time while not feeling absolutely exhausted. You’ll begin this 3-hour Budapest tour with the famous Chain Bridge, see the Hungarian Parliament Building, and see the Buda Castle while strolling around the Buda side of the city. You’ll also have the chance to take some panoramic photos from the Fishermen’s Bastion and Gellért Hill (Citadel). The tour’s guide will also take you across the river to the Pest side to the Central Market Hall and the largest Synagogue in Europe. During this tour, we’ll also pass by the Opera House, the Heroes’ square, and one of the most popular thermal baths, not only in Hungary but the whole of Europe – Széchenyi. Of course, this Grand city tour will not leave out the great St Stephen’s Basilica which is home to Hungary’s first king’s (St Stephen) mummified hand. Sounds a bit creepy? Perhaps, but it is an important symbol of Hungarian history.
Budapest by night: the city’s evening charm
Going to Budapest with your other half and looking for a way to spend a romantic evening in the Paris of the East? Experiencing the city’s world-known sights by the Danube river is one of the top activities in Budapest. We invite you to explore Budapest by night, but this 4-hour tour is not just about sightseeing. We will also take you to a traditional Hungarian restaurant so that you can fill your stomach with the country’s tasty cuisine. On top of that, the dinner will be accompanied by a folk dance show and gypsy music that should that a touch of color to your trip. What can we say, we just want you to have the most unforgettable time in Budapest. Another plus? For your comfort and peace of mind, this tour comes with door-to-door service.
Danube Bend Tour: beyond Budapest
Once you’re done with all of the city’s main activities, museums, and thermal baths and still have some time left, consider our Danube Bend tour to experience more of Hungary. We offer you an opportunity to explore three more cities in one day: Esztergom, Visegrád, and Szentendre. This will be a full-day tour full of history and wonderful views. In Esztergom you will see Hungary’s largest cathedral, Visegrád will offer some stunning views of the Danube valley, while Szenrendre (or the Artist’s Village) will present you with an opportunity to visit a number of museums and see baroque architecture. If you happen to be in Budapest between May and September, a boat trip from Szentendre to Budapest is included.
Looking for more Budapest tours and activities? Check out our tours and if you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Have a great stay in Budapest!
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There are so many wonderful things to see in Budapest it is hard to give just a handful of recommendations. Start with Andrassy Avenue, one of the most beautiful streets in Europe. Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, so you can’t say you experienced the city if you didn’t take a soak in Széchenyi Bath! St. Stephan’s Basilica is a treat for anybody wanting to witness some impressive architecture. There are very few people who would not enjoy a Danube River Cruise, so make sure to secure a place for it in your schedule!
Budapest was added to the UNESCO Heritage Sites in 1987. The entry includes Buda district on the right bank of Danube, and Pest district on the left bank. The Roman city of Aquincum also deserves its place on the list, so do not miss it.
Ever heard of Balaton? Probably seen some pictures? Well, let's be honest here - no picture or video can really convey how awesome Lake Balaton is. You are doing yourself a disservice by skipping it. Esztergom is just a car ride away, and cradle of Catholicism in Hungary, it is a very special place. The atmosphere there is unique and magical.
The Budapest Airport is located about 22km from the city. There are multiple ways to get from the airport to the city. A car trip might take 35 or 45 minutes, maybe a little longer if the traffic is really intense. Public transport averages around 40-50 minutes, but is also susceptible to traffic jams. If you want reliable transport and don’t feel like taking care of all the annoying things when jetlagged, consider reserving your airport transfer in advance. Door-to-door transport with MrShuttle is the best! We will take care of your luggage, avoid traffic jams to get you to your destination fast and efficient, and wait for you in advance, so you don’t have to spend any extra unnecessary time at the airport. Meet-and-greet and enjoy no stress with MrShuttle!