When is Hungary’s Capital the Most Favourable For a Visit?
The weather in Budapest is definitely not boring. Since Hungary lies in the temperate zone, four seasons follow each other in constant cycle.
Oceanic, continental and mediterranean climatic zones affect and form the country’s climate.
Hungary lies in the Carpathian Basin that provides both protection and isolation.
Thus weather in the capital, and in the whole country tends to be changeable.
The Best Time to Come
Budapest shows its charm best in spring and early autumn, though most tourists visit the city in summer. Winter in Hungary is rather cold and grey, but you’ll find plenty indoor attractions and things to do.
So our city has something for you in all four seasons. Below you can read more about the climate and recommendations about things to do in every season. I hope it helps you to plan your trip well.
March – April – May
In spring the city awakens from its winter sleep.
The first buds on the trees appear and sunshine caresses the air and our faces.
Spring flowers, trees and grass in all shades of the green make a refreshing change after the grey winter days.
Weather in March and in the first half of April is a bit unpredictable, often windy, but in the second half of April and in May, days become more and more warmer.
Daily temperature rises up to between 20-25 °C (68-77°F).
Visiting Budapest in Spring
The Budapest Spring Festival in mid- April is a great source of cultural entertainment.
Browse our page about Budapest events, things to do in March.
TIP: See also our program/activity recommendations for April.
Spring Holidays in Hungary
15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary when we commemorate the Revolution against the Austrian-Habsburg oppression breaking out on 15th March in 1848.
TIP: Easter is the other significant spring holiday in Hungary.
It is on 01 – 02. April in 2018.
Find out about some program and things to do tips on Easter in Budapest.
May Day/Labour Day is another popular holiday with plenty of outdoor programs in the capital and the rest of Hungary.
June – July – August
Summer can be very hot and dry in Hungary. It was in the previous couple of years. Daily temperature can go well over 30°C (86°F), especially in July and August.
See some tips on how to endure the heat in Budapest. Scientists say it’s due to the global warming and extreme hot summers are going to be a tendency in near future.
The buildings and the asphalt conserves the heat and can’t really cool down during the night. However, warm summer evenings are perfect for several outdoor programs.
So if you come here in the summer and plan to walk a lot in the city, bring clothes suitable for hot weather.
Sudden showers can occur, so don’t forget your umbrella! The annual average number of sunny hours (2000 hours) is among the highest in Europe.
As a result, Hungary produces a wide variety of delicious fruits and vegetables. Do taste them!
Visiting in Summer
Summer tends to be rather hot, though you can do more sightseeing due to longer days. In the warm evenings you can enjoy many outdoor events, or just sit in a terrace of a café or restaurant.
Recommended Restaurants & Cafes
- Restaurant Guide
- Michelin-Star and other Top Rated Restaurants
- Hungarian Restaurants
- Restaurants with Patio
- Italian Eateries in Budapest
- French Restaurants
- Best Cafes
- Gerbeaud Coffee House
On the other hand, tourists overflow the city in summer months, but if you don’t mind crowd summer is perfect for a visit because you can enjoy many summer events the most popular ones being:
- Sziget Festival – one of Europe’s best outdoor Pop-Rock Festivals.
- Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix – takes place in Mogyoród Village, a few kilometers northeast of the capital.
- 20th August is a National Holiday in Hungary with plenty of programs and a spectacular Fireworks Show at night.
- Browse also our August in Budapest page for event and things to to do recommendations.
- Visit our page about Events in Budapest and choose from the wide palette of summer programs.
TIP: See more summer program recommendations.
In September days are still warm but there’s no scorching heat like in summer.
Kids have gone back to school and the flock of tourists starts to disappear too by this time.
If we’re lucky the first half of October presents us with nice sunny days too.
This period is called vénasszonyok nyara in Hungarian (old women’s summer) or Indian summer.
November leads us to winter with shorter, grey and cloudy days. Temperature goes below 0 °C (32°F) especially at nights.
Visiting Budapest in Autumn
Early autumn is an ideal time for sightseeing and walking on the streets of the city. I often do strolls in the parks and admire the beautiful golden and reddish leaves on the trees.
Sunlight in on a clear autumn day lends a mysterious hazy atmosphere to the city. A perfect time to take stunning photos of the city.
Autumn Holidays in Hungary
23. October National Day: We commemorate the 1956 revolutuion and war of independence.
Halloween/All Saints Day – 31. October – 01. November
December – January – February
Weather in Hungary in winter can vary from year to year. Usually January is the coldest month, with daily temperatures around between -5°C (23°F) and 0°C (32°F).
Sometimes we have very cold weather lasting for a few days, with temperatures around -10 (14°F). Nights can be particularly cold.
Usually we get some snow every winter but it melts away after a few days. Even in winter there are beautiful sunny days with crystal blue sky.
Visiting Budapest in Winter
Although it is rather grey and cold in winter you’ll find plenty things to do. Why not go for a museum tour?
You can choose from couple of great museums, ranging from large ones to small, friendly exhibitions.
If you aren’t a museum fan immerse in one of the hot baths. The Hungarian capital is the city of spas, read more about Budapest spas!
I can’t imagine a better way to warm myself up after strolling in the cold streets than dipping in a hot steam bath.
For an afternoon café and cake sit in one of the city’s Coffee Houses.
In December the city dresses up in Christmas decorations. Do your Christmas shopping at the Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square!