How to reach: You can either go by bus or train to budapest from Vienna. Of course, bus is any time economical however if you book train tickets well in advance you might it get cheaper than the bus. We booked train for vienna (Wien Hauptbahnhof) to budapest (keleti station) through www.oebb.at (austrain rail) and budapest to vienna through www.mavcsoport.hu (hungarian rail) . Once your tickets are booked you will get confirmation id on your email and you need to get your tickets printed from the respective railway station.
Places to Visit: Heroes Square,Budapest's Baths,Parliament,St. Stephen's Basilica,Castle Hill/Royal Palace. The Shoes on Danube River Memorial, Freedom Square,Gellert Hill, Fishermen Bastion, and many more.
Cheap Eats: Best is to always try local food wherever you go, Goulash Soup, Potato Pasta topped with sour cream or cheese. Sausages in corn dipped in mayonaise or any sause of your choice try them at KOLBice.
Retail Therapy: Vaci Street, Mammut shopping Mall, Vorosmarty Square, Westend City Centre , Chinese Markets
Tips: We did a day trip to budapest but later realized a min. of 3-4 days are required to see entire budapest. Hungary will make you feel richer and if you waiting to shop from other places like amsterdam or paris or munich then please drop the idea and shop from here.
It was a two-day weekend trip in extreme winter, temperature was low and it was cloudy days. I visited with my friend, fully covered in woollans, was not able to take our gloves to take pics, but we covered almost all famous areas...
This is a beautiful Europe city, nice people, beautifully structured city with good transport system. Famous for mulled wine, but we don't drink so didn't taste. Christmas market, castle group area, St basillica and heroes square was awesome.
We took ticket for tram but didn't knew of validating tickets...we sawed ticket to two railway people standing near elevator... as soon as we came down, another two railway people stopped us and asked 8000 ftp for not validating ticket... so if you visit, explicitly go and validate ticket and then go towards Tram or metro...buy day ticket for making journey easy and to cover things fast...
Buda and Pest, two cities separated by river Danube eventually became Budapest in 1871. However, for the observers, it’s the chain bridge that unites the Buda castle and the vast city of architectural splendor. I decided to relax my travel-stiff muscles and spent the entire day in the popular thermal bath. From mint sauna, medicinal spa to the open air hot water eddies; I camouflaged my loneliness in the crowded enclosure and wiped out every thought while the bubbles tickled my body.
On day two we saw all of the obligatory city sights with our incredible Hungarian friend and personal tour guide. We were repeatedly told that in terms of architecture it has the faded glamour of Vienna. Having now visited both, I totally get it. The buildings are incredible, in particular the parliament building is said to be one of the smallest yet most expensive ever built, right down on the Danube in all its glory. I also loved the warning sign on the egg shaped tunnel next to the funicular railway that warns you to only enter at your own risk due to its lack of ventilation.
We continued to bend it like Beckham that night and continued on to a pub crawl. At first we had a lovely little mixed bag group, but then all hell broke loose when an English stag do turned up late. I have to say I seem to have gotten pretty good at beer pong somehow, never expected that, my hand eye coordination in sports has always been rather below par. We saw some brilliant hidden bars and danced our hearts out.