Top 9 Day Tours In Budapest, Hungary - Updated 2022

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A city with a rich history, beautiful architecture and a relaxed vibe, Budapest is the Hungarian capital. This metropolis, one of the most popular in Europe, boasts a variety of options for travelers and has a huge array of attractions to spend your time. From the several UNESCO World Heritage sites, historic buildings and iconic thermal baths to the flourishing culinary scene and abundant nightlife, Budapest brings something to the table for everyone. For vacationers visiting the city on short breaks, we have put together our favorite ways to spend the day in Budapest. See the main sights of the city with the convenience of tours, or take to the streets with a local to get a feel of life as a Hungarian. Read on to find out what day tours you could experience when in Budapest, Hungary.

1. Pamper yourself with a spa day (from USD 32.0)

Spend your day at the Széchenyi Spa, the largest public bath in Budapest, with its numerous indoor and outdoor pools. Pamper yourself at this historic site. Enjoy the warm pools, steam rooms, saunas, spring baths and even the option for a 20-minute aromatherapy massage can be included in this tour option. You’re sure to leave the baths refreshed and rejuvenated from your visit, ready to take on the next part of your adventure or wind down for the day at a nearby cafe, restaurant or pub.

Skip the Line Széchenyi Spa in Budapest with Massage Upgrade

Duration: 9 hours

1073 reviews

2. Sightseeing in luxury (from USD 678.0)

Spend your day on your own terms with a luxury vehicle to visit the sights of Budapest. From the UNESCO heritage sites to the bustling markets of the city, your private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the end of your day. You can create a bespoke itinerary for your day, spending extra time and attention at certain sights or just driving passed others. We highly recommend visiting the remains of the ancient Roman city of Aquincum, which can be seen at Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park in Budapest’s Óbuda district.

Budapest in a Day Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 8 hours

44 reviews

3. Private tour with lunch and cruise (from USD 93.0)

Spend your morning on a private tour of Budapest, exploring the city at your own pace and making your own decisions about which monuments and sights to visit and spend your day at. The tour includes a lunch break which is a three-course meal at a local restaurant to taste the local delights and then move on to a two-hour cruise along the Danube to take in the city from a different perspective.

Budapest with Parliament, Chain Bridge plus Lunch and Cruise

Duration: 7 hours

15 reviews

4. Hop-on Hop-off tour in Budapest (from USD 31.02)

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A tried and tested method of how to see the city is the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. Visit the key sights of the city, including the Castle Quarter- Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and the idyllic cobbled streets and pastel buildings for your next Instragam-worthy shot. The most convenient tour imaginable, you are taken through all the major sights of the city, and thus able to map out your favorites in order to only ‘hop-off’ at the ones you desire to visit. Tickets are available for up to three days and entitle you to a free river cruise, night tour, and a walking tour.

Budapest: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Duration: 1 day

1402 reviews

5. Private city guide (from USD 270.0)

Another option for a private tour in Budapest is this private, guided tour of the city, which allows you to take in the sights without the hassle of walking through the crowds. Visit the historical landmarks and get personalized recommendations from your guide for activities and sights that might interest you more than others. Take the time to get to know the city in a comfortable and convenient manner, with pickups and drop-offs from your hotel included in the tour.

Private Budapest City Tour by Car

Duration: 4 hours

19 reviews

6. Jewish heritage tour (from USD 100.0)

Take a private walking tour to discover the Jewish heritage in Budapest, including some haunting stories of the city’s history, architectural landmarks and heritage sites along the way. Many will enjoy the educative experience to learn what should never again be repeated! Some of the most famous sights include the Shoes on the Danube, Dohány Street Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and the Kazinczy Street Synagogue. In addition, do not miss the famous cakes at a nearby kosher patisserie for a sweet treat during your tour.

Private Jewish Heritage Tour including Hotel Pickup

Duration: 5 hours

24 reviews

7. Hungarian markets and cooking (from USD 94.0)

Learn about Hungary through its local foods, cuisine and cooking culture when you take on this market walk and cooking class tour. Try out local delicacies like the Pálinka (fruit brandy), elderberry syrup and poppy seed bread pudding during the market trip. Learn techniques and recipes for a four-course meal in an intimate, personal setting to really understand Hungarian cuisine and its influence on the culture of Budapest.

Easy Cooking Class Budapest - with Market Walk (local wine & pálinka included)

Duration: 5 hours

45 reviews

8. Off the tourist path (from USD 77.98)

off the tourist path

Visit the city through the eyes of a local who will give you the best recommendations to avoid crowded tourist traps and discover parts of the city only known to those who live there. You can choose the number of hours to spend with your local host and make the most of your personalized experience. Think about discovering the best street food spots, riding the underground trains and learning about Hungary’s unofficial ban on clinking beer glasses!

Budapest: Private Personalized Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hour

4 reviews

9. Sights with bikes (from USD 57.29)

sights with bikes

For those who need to stretch their legs and get in some outdoor activity while on a city break, there is no better way to see the city and enjoy its views than on a biking tour. You will be guided through the monuments of Budapest and a part of the city often missed by its visitors - the forests and nature that are in its vicinity. Take in panoramic views of the city during the biking tour and snack on a local strudel for some extra energy for the second half of your bike ride.

Budapest Adventure Sightseeing Bike Tour

Duration: 4.5 hour

25 reviews

Find your best fit in Budapest

A cosmopolitan city, Budapest has much to offer. Quirky markets and street food options, unique thermal baths, archaeological sites, and natural wonders, makes Budapest an interesting adventure for any traveler. Spend your time wisely with personalized tours, bespoke itineraries, and local recommendations when you look through our list of day tour options for your trip.

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