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.
More adventurous visitors can rent a bike with Cityrama, join the BIKE & RELAX Welcome Budapest bike tour at 50% discount, or take a tuk-tuk with a 20% discount provided by BUDAPEST CARD.
It is definitely worthwhile to devote a day to culture: with the 72-hour BUDAPEST CARD, the permanent collections of 19 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.
If you are at Castle District, make sure to visit Castle Garden Bazaar, where you can see the “New World Was Born” exhibition for free or take part in the Sisi and Mikve tours at a 50% discount and enjoy the magical view of the city.
The selection of baths is a bit more varied on the Pest side, 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.
Extra gastronomic experiences are offered by the House of Unicum and Visitors’ Centre and Chefparade Cooking School, where visitors are filled in on the secrets of gastronomy. You should not miss the Tasting Table tasting tour, where you can have a taste of the finest foods, wines and beers from Hungarian producers or take part in several other gastro tours at a 10% discount.
Discover the cellar system in Budafok, taste delicious Hungarian wines and sparkling wines, and enjoy the magic of gastronomy in the cellars of Budafok! This unique place can be visited by bus on the first Saturday of the month. Buses leave every 40 minutes from the car park of the impressive Bálna building between 1.30 pm and 10.00 pm.
Attention! Your BUDAPEST CARD only ensures a free ticket for the bus. Additional discount are available with the free bus ticket at the venue.
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 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.
Read more about where the Budapest Card is accepted.
This article was published in cooperation with BFTK (Budapest Festival & Tourism Center)