Day trips from budapest

discover the hungarian countryside

excursions outside budapest

You may not know, but there is also plenty to discover outside the capital. Whether you are interested in arts, history, nature or gastronomy, you can be sure to find the perfect destination for a half or full day tour. Please see below a couple of ideas for your trip to Hungary.

If you have more than three days in Hungary, we recommend to take at least one day trip to see the surroundings, as well.


szentendre, the artists' village

The picturesque, cobbled streets of Szentendre have made the city one of the most popular half day trip destinations outside Budapest. Szentendre used to be the city of artists back in the day. Today it hosts the famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum and the Marzipan Museum. To make the most out of your stay we suggest to go for a guided walk, so that you can get to know the history behind the Baroque streets and churches.

half day tours


Only a 50-minute drive away from Budapest you will find the historic city of Gödöllő. You can visit the beautiful Baroque Grassalkovich Palace, which used to be the summer residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi) and Francis Joseph. During your visit you will learn about life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You may also combine the visit with a traditional Hungarian horse-show. Start the experience with tasting the local spirit, pálinka accompanied by a savoury scone (pogácsa) then enjoy a carriage ride. The highlight of the tour is the horse-show.

full day tour

danube bend tour

This excursion takes you to the most interesting historic cities along the Danube: Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre. Esztergom is the former capital of Hungary and still remains to be the center of the Catholic Church. You can visit the largest cathedral of the country and you can even drive through to Slovakia to enjoy the views over the cathedral. Visegrád – the name comes from the Slavic words ‘high castle’. It is the town with the most history along to Danube Bend. You can visit the remnants of a 13-century Citadel on the hill, which offers magnificent views over the valley. Szentendre: This historic Baroque city is located at the gate of the Danube Bend and used to be the Artists’ Village. It is a very popular destination just about 30 minutes away from the capital with its Mediterranean atmosphere and cobbled streets.

full day tour

Lake balaton & herend

If you just have one day to spend at Lake Balaton, we would suggest to go to the Northern Shore to visit the Tihany peninsula and abbey and the most popular beach resort in Hungary, Balatonfüred. Balaton is also known as the ‘Hungarian Sea’ as locals like to call it. The Tihany abbey was built in the 11th century and is located on top of the hill, offering fascinating views over Lake Balaton. You find plenty of small traditional restaurants and gift shops along the cobbled streets of the village. After visiting Tihany, our suggestion is to head to Balafonfüred. Stroll along the lake, have lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants and enjoy the holiday vibes. If the weather allows, you can take a dip in the lake or if you wish to soak in more culture, you can also visit Herend and the famous Porcelain Manufactory.

full day tour

puszta tour

Would you like to experience the real Hungarian countryside? Visit Kecskemét and a traditional Hungarian farm to enjoy a delicious three-course lunch and an unforgettable horse-show. Kecskemét is a city in Central Hungary, only a 1-hour drive away from Budapest. The best way to get to know the city is to go for a guided walk so that you can learn about the history behind the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. After the city tour you are invited to visit a Hungarian farm, where you can enjoy an authentic welcome drink and snack, followed by a horse-show and a traditional three-course lunch menu including the famous Goulash soup accompanied by gipsy music.