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BUDAPEST CARD – THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER THE CITY

ONE-DAY SIGHTSEEING WITH THE 24 HOUR BUDAPEST CARD

A single day might not be enough to fully explore a modern metropolis, but the 24-hour BUDAPEST CARD offers an excellent sightseeing programme for the entire day, any time of the year. For this, we can provide various exciting ideas for public transport, entertainment and relaxation, cultural and culinary experiences.

With 24-hour free public transportation included in the BUDAPEST CARD, it’s worth heading to Kossuth Square and the stunning Parliament building in the heart of Budapest, first thing in the morning.

Also located on Kossuth Square is the stylish Szamos Chocolate Museum, offering BUDAPEST CARD holders a chocolate gift with the purchase of every experience tour ticket. From there, it’s easy to reach Deák Ferenc Square, which is also a favourite meeting and recreational place for young people and is also considered the centre of night-life. Continuing on from Deák Ferenc Square, the truly unique Millennium Underground Railway (the M1 metro line) takes you to Heroes’ Square. Two beautiful buildings, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle, are located here; both offer BUDAPEST CARD holders free entry to their permanent exhibitions.

With a short walk the nearby City Park is one of the largest parks in the capital and is easy to explore. This part of the city is home to numerous attractions, such as the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, or the Széchenyi Baths, each offering card holders 25% and 20% discount on entrance tickets, respectively.

You can get the full picture even if you are spending only one day in the city: pick one of the hop-on hop-off bus services (with a 10-20% discount); a Cityrama sightseeing tour, which is entirely free of charge with the BUDAPEST CARD; or (if you are feeling more adventurous) a bike, Segway, tuk-tuk, or even a motorised scooter sightseeing tour, all of which offer 10-50% discounts for card holders.

Foodies are also guaranteed to find something special, as local flavours can be explored with Cityrama’s downtown gourmet tour, entitled Eat Hungary, at a 30% discount.

If you spend just one day in the city, you may particularly appreciate BpKoffer’s free luggage storage services, or miniBUD’s fast, comfortable and reliable airport transfer, which is 15% off for BUDAPEST CARD holders.

 

TWO-DAY SIGHTSEEING WITH THE 48 HOUR BUDAPEST CARD

Discover the most interesting sights in Budapest over a single weekend! Immerse yourself in the waters of the city’s unique thermal baths, walk the cobblestone streets, explore outstanding works of art by Hungarian artists, and taste the best local dishes. The 48-hour BUDAPEST CARD offers exciting programmes to visitors eager to explore the capital.

If you are looking to spend a full weekend packed with excellent programmes, it is worth planning ahead so that you know what you want to do, when, and what it is you don’t want to miss. The capital’s public transport network is free of charge for two-day BUDAPEST CARD holders, so you can explore the city at your leisure.

It is worth spending the first day on the Pest side, heading to Kossuth Square, where the stunning Parliament building is located, first thing in the morning.

Also located on Kossuth Square is the stylish Szamos Chocolate Museum, offering BUDAPEST CARD holders a chocolate gift with the purchase of every experience tour ticket. From there, it’s easy to reach Deák Ferenc Square, which is a favourite meeting and recreational place for young people, and is also considered the centre of night-life. Continuing on from Deák Ferenc Square, the truly unique Millennium Underground Railway (the M1 metro line) takes you to Heroes’ Square. Two beautiful buildings, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle, are located here; both offer BUDAPEST CARD holders free entry to their permanent exhibitions. With a short walk, you can explore the nearby City Park (Városliget) – one of the largest green spaces in the capital. This part of the city is home to numerous attractions, such as the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden and the Széchenyi Baths, each offering card holders 25% and 20% discount on entrance tickets, respectively.

The second day is best spent exploring the more tranquil Buda side. Begin with a pampering visit to one of the many baths to relax after the first day’s busy sightseeing: Római Beach (20%), Rudas Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool (20%), St. Gellért Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool (20%), Király Medicinal Baths (20%), or even St. Lukács Baths and Swimming Pool (free of charge) all guarantee relaxation in a special setting. When you warmed up a little after the baths, you might want to head to the Buda Castle District, and explore the entire area with the official, eco-friendly castle bus service.

Starting from Szentháromság Square, Cityrama’s free, guided walking tour of Buda takes you to the area’s most important sights: the unique Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Royal Palace. At the end of the day, visit the Castle Garden Bazaar, where you can see various permanent exhibitions at 30% discount, not to mention its magical view of the city. To finish off, we recommend the panorama restaurant aboard the A38 ship, where the 48-hour BUDAPEST CARD rewards you with 10% off the bill.

Should you prefer to get a more complex picture of the whole city, instead of exploring a smaller area, make use of one of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus services, available at 10-20% discount, or take a ride on the RiverRide amphibious bus, the first of its kind in Europe (10% discount).

With the BUDAPEST CARD, your luggage will be safe, thanks to the free luggage storage services of BpKoffer. Culture buffs will be pleased to note that the permanent collections of 17 museums are entirely free to see with the 48-hour BUDAPEST CARD.

The BUDAPEST CARD does not let you down at the end of your trip, either: you can use the fast, comfortable and reliable miniBUD airport transfer, available at a 15% discount.

 

THREE-DAY SIGHTSEEING WITH THE 72 HOUR BUDAPEST CARD

Spend three days in Budapest, full of exciting programmes and unforgettable experiences, with the help of the 72-hour BUDAPEST CARD. Whether it is riding a bike through a metropolis of 2 million residents, immersing yourself in the waters of the Budapest spas or taming the waves of the Danube aboard a sightseeing boat: you’re in the right place. The BUDAPEST CARD is your passport to all these and many more exciting experiences.

Right from the start, the 72-hour BUDAPEST CARD assists you on your journey. You can use the fast, comfortable and reliable miniBUD airport transfer, available at a 15% discount.

With free public transport included in the BUDAPEST CARD for the entire duration of your time here, you can discover the beauty of Budapest at your own pace. Before getting lost in the details, it is worth seeing the broader picture with a tour on one of the hop-on hop-off bus services, or the RiverRide amphibious bus, the first of its kind in Europe. Other options for more adventurous travelers to explore the capital’s zigzagged streets include night-time bike tours, Segways, tuk-tuks, or even electric scooters, available at 10-50% discounts.

It is definitely worthwhile to devote a day to culture: with the 72-hour BUDAPEST CARD, the permanent collections of 17 museums are entirely free to see. Europe’s largest synagogue can be visited at a discount: discover fascinating facts about the Dohány Street Synagogue on our Jewish heritage tour. Just a few minutes away, past Deák Ferenc Square, a favourite meeting place for young people that also happens to be the centre of night-life, is St. Stephen’s Basilica. There is a 25% discount to visit the Treasury of the Basilica, and you get 15% off if you climb up to the look-out point in the main cupola to get a breathtaking view of the city.

Budapest has been known as a spa city since 1934, and it is worth your time to visit one of its many baths during your three days here. On the Buda side, St. Lukács Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool is free of charge with the 72-hour BUDAPEST CARD, and there is a 20% discount to visit Római Beach, located at the site of springs that were known to the Romans; Király Medicinal Baths; Rudas Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool; and St. Gellért Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool as well. At the Gellért Panorama Restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious meal while marveling at the picturesque panorama of Budapest. When you’ve warmed up a little after the baths, you might as well head to the Buda Castle District, and explore the entire area with the official, eco-friendly castle bus service.

The selection of baths is a bit more varied on the Pest side, with the spiritual Mandala Day Spa (20%), popular Palatinus Thermal Bath, Public and Wave Pool (20%), mesmerizingly exciting Aquaworld Resort Budapest (20%) and traditional Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool (20%) ensuring a relaxing experience for young and old. The spectacular Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool, located in City Park, opened at the turn of the last century and continues to be one of the largest bath and spa complexes in Europe. You could easily spend a few days in the area, as it is home to the huge Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, which offers a whole day’s programme and can be visited at a 25% discount. Two beautiful buildings on nearby Heroes’ square, the Kunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts, both offer BUDAPEST CARD holders free entry to their permanent exhibitions. From there, take the Millennium Underground Railway to Vörösmarty Square, and one of Budapest’s most beautiful and oldest shopping areas, Váci Street. (For more shopping opportunities, see the BUM mobile application, downloadable free of charge.)  Just a few minutes’ walk away from Vörösmarty Square, you can get on tram line 2, which will take you along the river, passing by all the bridges of Budapest. To finish off the day on a high note, choose one of our boat restaurants available at a discount: Vén Hajó, Spoon the Boat, and Columbus all guarantee stunning views, lavish food and unforgettable memories.

For those who prefer to explore Budapest in good company and get the full picture fast, Cityrama’s free sightseeing walks on the Buda and Pest sides, or the Cityrama downtown gourmet walk entitled Eat Hungary (30% discount) might be a good option to pack in even more during their stay.

No need to worry about the luggage, either. While you are out exploring, it will be in safe hands thanks to BpKoffer’s free luggage storage services.

 

FOUR-DAY SIGHTSEEING WITH THE 96 HOUR BUDAPEST CARD

Spend four days in the Hungarian capital with the 96-hour BUDAPEST CARD. You can have countless experiences and enjoy a wealth of programmes in Budapest: immerse yourself in the waters of the city’s unique thermal baths, walk the cobblestone streets, discover outstanding works of art by Hungarian artists, and taste the best dishes from both traditional and modern Hungarian cooking.

Right from the start, the 96-hour BUDAPEST CARD assists you on your journey: you can use the fast, comfortable and reliable miniBUD airport transfer, available at a 15% discount.

With free public transport included in the BUDAPEST CARD for the entire duration of your time here, you can discover the beauty of Budapest at your own pace. Before getting lost in the details, it is worth seeing the broader picture with a tour on one of the hop-on hop-off bus services, or the RiverRide amphibious bus, the first of its kind in Europe. This way, you can first see the sights from a distance, as well as learn about the rich cultural history and the hidden treasures of Budapest with a view from the comfort of your seat.

Other options for more adventurous travelers to explore the capital’s zigzagged streets include night-time bike tours, Segways, tuk-tuks, or even electric scooters, available at 10-50% discounts.

It is definitely worthwhile to devote a day to culture: with the 96-hour BUDAPEST CARD, the permanent collections of 17 museums are entirely free to see, and you can also listen to a 10-minute concert at the Opera House (and enjoy a tour of the building) at a 20% discount with the BUDAPEST CARD. Europe’s largest synagogue can be visited at a discount: discover fascinating facts about the Dohány Street Synagogue on our Jewish heritage tour. Just a few minutes away, past Deák Ferenc Square, a favourite meeting place for young people that also happens to be the centre of night-life, is St. Stephen’s Basilica. The Holy Right, one of the most important sacred religious relics in the country, is kept here. Regardless the sacral nature of this building, it has also become a popular meeting place for young people due to the ever increasing number of bars and cafés in the neighbourhood. There is a 25% discount to visit the Treasury of the Basilica, and you get 15% off if you climb up to the look-out point in the main cupola to get a breathtaking view of the city. Every Thursday from March to December, St. Stephen’s Basilica hosts an organ recital, with one organist, one opera singer and one flutist performing works by Liszt, Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Stradella, Albinoni, Bizet and Mozart. This special event is available at a 10% discount for holders of a BUDAPEST CARD.

Budapest has been known as a spa city since 1934, and it is worth your time to visit one of its many baths during your four days here. On the Buda side, St. Lukács Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool is free of charge with the 96-hour BUDAPEST CARD, and there is a 20% discount to visit Római Beach, located at the site of springs already known to the Romans, Király Medicinal Baths, Rudas Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool and St. Gellért Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool. At the Gellért Panorama Restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious meal while marveling at the picturesque panorama of Budapest.

When you’ve warmed up a little after the baths, you might as well head to the Buda Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the entire area with Budapest’s official, eco-friendly castle bus service. Visit the National Gallery for free, or the upper lookout of the Fishermen’s Bastion at a 10% discount; or explore exhibits at the Hospital in the Rock – Nuclear Bunker Museum, where the events of World War II and the Cold War are brought to life with shocking authenticity, with a 30% discount.

The selection of baths is a bit more varied on the Pest side, with the spiritual Mandala Day Spa (20%), popular Palatinus Thermal Bath, Public and Wave Pool (20%), mesmerizingly exciting Aquaworld Resort Budapest (20%) and traditional Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool (20%) ensuring a relaxing experience for young and old. The spectacular Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool, located in City Park, opened at the turn of the last century and continues to be one of the largest bath and spa complexes in Europe. You could easily spend a few days in the area, as it is home to the huge Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, which offers a whole day’s programme and can be visited at a 25% discount. Two beautiful buildings on nearby Heroes’ Square, the Kunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts, both offer BUDAPEST CARD holders free entry to their permanent exhibitions. From there, take the Millennium Underground Railway to Vörösmarty Square, and one of Budapest’s most beautiful and oldest shopping areas, Váci Street. While you are delighting in window-shopping, try scrumptious delicacies from Molnár’s kürtőskalács at 20% off. (For more shopping opportunities, see the BUM mobile application, downloadable free of charge.)  Just a few minutes’ walk away from Vörösmarty Square, you can get on tram line 2, which will take you along the river, passing by all the bridges of Budapest. To finish off the day on a high note, choose one of our boat restaurants available at a discount: Vén Hajó, Spoon the Boat, and Columbus all guarantee stunning views, lavish food and unforgettable memories.

For those who prefer to explore Budapest in good company and get the full picture fast, Cityrama’s free sightseeing walks on the Buda and Pest sides, or the Cityrama downtown gourmet walk entitled Eat Hungary (30% discount) might be a good option to pack in even more during their stay.

No need to worry about the luggage, either. While you are out exploring, it will be in safe hands thanks to BpKoffer’s free luggage storage services.

 

FIVE-DAY SIGHTSEEING WITH THE 120 HOUR BUDAPEST CARD

A five-day visit is long enough to gain a full picture of the city and enjoy countless special Budapest experiences. Walk the cobblestone streets, immerse yourself in the waters of the thermal baths, tame the waves of the Danube aboard a sightseeing boat, or taste the most delicious dishes of traditional and modern Hungarian cooking.

The 120-hour BUDAPEST CARD provides indispensable help in assembling a variety of programmes, assisting you on your journey right from the start: you can use the fast, comfortable and reliable miniBUD airport transfer, available at a 15% discount.

With free public transport included in the BUDAPEST CARD for the entire duration of your time here, you can discover the beauty of Budapest at your own pace. Before getting lost in the details, it is worth seeing the broader picture with a tour on one of the hop-on hop-off bus services, or the RiverRide amphibious bus, the first of its kind in Europe. This way, you can first see the sights from a distance, as well as learn about the rich cultural history and the hidden treasures of Budapest with a view from the comfort of your seat.

Other options for more adventurous travelers to explore the capital’s zigzagged streets include night-time bike tours, Segways, tuk-tuks, or even electric scooters, available at 10-50% discounts.

It is definitely worthwhile to devote a day to culture: with the 120-hour BUDAPEST CARD, the permanent collections of 17 museums are entirely free to see, or you can listen to a 10-minute concert at the Opera House with a tour of the building at a 20% discount. Europe’s largest synagogue can be visited at a discount: discover fascinating facts about the Dohány Street Synagogue on our Jewish heritage tour. Just a few minutes away, past Deák Ferenc Square, a favourite meeting place for young people that also happens to be the centre of night-life, is St. Stephen’s Basilica. The Holy Right, one of the most important sacred religious relics in the country, is kept here. Regardless the sacral nature of this building, it has also become a popular meeting place for young people due to the ever increasing number of bars and cafés in the neighbourhood. There is a 25% discount to visit the Treasury of the Basilica, and you get 15% off if you climb up to the look-out point in the main cupola to get a breathtaking view of the city. Every Thursday from March to December, St. Stephen’s Basilica hosts an organ recital, with one organist, one opera singer and one flutist performing works by Liszt, Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Stradella, Albinoni, Bizet and Mozart. This special event is available at a 10% discount for holders of a BUDAPEST CARD.

Budapest has been known as a spa city since 1934, and it is worth your time to visit one of its many baths during your five days here. On the Buda side, St. Lukács Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool is free of charge with the 120-hour BUDAPEST CARD, and there is a 20% discount to visit Római Beach, located at the site of springs already known to the Romans; Király Medicinal Baths; Rudas Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool; and St. Gellért Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool. At the Gellért Panorama Restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious meal while marveling at the picturesque panorama of Budapest.

When you’ve warmed up a little after the baths, you might as well head to the Buda Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the entire area with Budapest’s official, eco-friendly castle bus service. Visit the National Gallery for free, or the upper lookout of the Fishermen’s Bastion at a 10% discount; or explore exhibits at the Hospital in the Rock – Nuclear Bunker Museum, where the events of World War II and the Cold War are brought to life with shocking authenticity, with a 30% discount.

The selection of baths is a bit more varied on the Pest side, with the spiritual Mandala Day Spa (20%), popular Palatinus (20%), mesmerizingly exciting Aquaworld Resort Budapest (20%) and traditional Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool (20%) ensuring a relaxing experience for young and old. The spectacular Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool in City Park opened at the turn of the last century and continues to be one of the largest bath and spa complexes in Europe. You could easily spend a few days in the area, as it is home to the huge Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, which offers a whole day’s programme and can be visited at a 25% discount. Two beautiful buildings on nearby Heroes’ Square, the Kunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts, both offer BUDAPEST CARD holders free entry to their permanent exhibitions. From there, take the Millennium Underground Railway to Vörösmarty Square, and one of Budapest’s most beautiful and oldest shopping areas, Váci Street. While you are delighting in window-shopping, try scrumptious delicacies from Molnár’s kürtőskalács at 20% off. (For more shopping opportunities, see the BUM mobile application, downloadable free of charge.)  Just a few minutes’ walk away from Vörösmarty Square, you can get on tram line 2, which will take you along the river, passing by all the bridges of Budapest. To finish off the day on a high note, choose one of our boat restaurants available at a discount: Vén Hajó, Spoon the Boat, and Columbus all guarantee stunning views, lavish food and unforgettable memories.

Find further culinary adventures at the Zwack Museum and Visitor Centre, or the Chefparade Cookery School, which specialises in introducing visitors to the secrets of Hungarian gastronomy.

Thanks to the 120-hour BUDAPEST CARD, it is easy to keep even the children entertained, with free admission to the Palace of Wonders, a 15% discount to visit the Tropicarium, or 30% off entrance tickets at the Miniversum Theme Park.

Take advantage of special experiences outside of Budapest, too: Visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, one of the largest Baroque palaces in Hungary, at half price; or explore Memento Park and its statues and monuments from the era of the failed communist regime, free of charge.

For those who prefer to explore Budapest in good company and get the full picture fast, Cityrama’s free sightseeing walks on the Buda and Pest sides, or the Cityrama downtown gourmet walk entitled Eat Hungary (30% discount) might be a good option to pack in even more during their stay.

No need to worry about the luggage, either. While you are out exploring, it will be in safe hands thanks to BpKoffer’s free luggage storage services.

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