The climate in Budapest is moderate. The Carpathian Mountains protect the city from cold winds, which is why intense heat or severe frosts are quite rare here.
The best time to travel to Budapest is spring (April – early June) and autumn (September-October). The summer months also attract large numbers of people who visit the city as tourists.
Weather in Budapest in winter
The weather in Budapest in the winter is quite cold and can be snowy. Winter starts in the Hungarian capital around the end of November to the beginning of December. The coldest winter month is January, when the Danube becomes covered with ice. However, winter in the city is not constant, periodically there are slight thaws, when the snow melts and it rains.
For those who are prefer hot sun, or for travellers with children, the winter perhaps is not the best time for a vacation. But if you feel comfortable in any weather condition don’t miss your chance to admire this marvellous city while it’s not as crowded as it is in the high season.
In winter, begin by visiting the baths. The city has 27 baths, and 13 of them are healing. Szechenyi is the largest balneary in Europe. And it provides the hottest thermal water from the St. Stephen source. The temperature of water is 70 ° C, and it has healing properties for spine and joints, neuralgia, and also strengthens the skeletal system.
In good weather, which in winter is not uncommon in Budapest, be sure to spend one day walking around the city centre. Budapest in winter looks like a magical city. Snow-covered narrow streets, old Gothic buildings, real cobblestones … everything tells you that you came to a winter wonderland called Budapest. After the walk it’s worth visiting a cosy cafe or restaurant and trying the hot, sharp Hungarian goulash, which is the main national dish, and of course the world famous Tokaj wine will be just the thing on a cold winter day.
Before Christmas is a fine time to be in Budapest. At night the city is decked with millions of coloured lanterns, filled with noise and commotion, with all the holiday activity taking you back to memories of a happy childhood.
Christmas in Budapest is fantastically beautiful!!! On the 31st of December Hungarians gather together at the Heroes’ Square, where music plays, there is a fireworks display and everyone begins playing special pipes, drinking champagne and shouting “Buek!”, “Happy New Year!”. And finally, you must visit the outdoor ice rink in the Varoshliget park, where every day until late evening old and young skate to classical music.
- Average temperature in Budapest in December: 1C, 34°F
- Average temperature in Budapest in January: -0.5C, 31°F
- Average temperature in Budapest in February: 1C, 34°F
Weather in Budapest in spring
The weather in Budapest in spring is warm. Gradually, with the end of the winter the snow begins to melt and the air warms day by day. But in the early to mid-season, night frost is quite possible and it sometimes rains in the afternoon.
By the end of spring the weather is at its most comfortable and attracts numerous visitors to spend their holidays in the city. In early and mid-spring, Budapest parks are especially beautiful. After winter, buds bloom on the trees and the grass turns to green. The average temperature in spring in Budapest is around +12C.
It’s best time to visit Hungary for several reasons.
Firstly, Budapest is the only European capital city with natural springs filling its resort baths. Since ancient times, the local mineral springs have been known for their healing powers. Therefore, Budapest is a great SPA-resort, where you can get your body in good shape for summer.
Secondly, the weather in May is warm and mild, but not as hot as in summer, and there is no slush, as there is early in spring. What could be better than a beautiful European city in the beams of the warm spring sun and bright colours of blooming flowers?
Thirdly, in May the holiday season is just beginning, and it means that you can visit all local sights without hustling crowds. Catch the moment!
- Average Temperature in Budapest in March: 7C, 45°F
- Average Temperature in Budapest in April: 12C, 53°F
- Average Temperature in Budapest in May: 17C, 62°F
Weather in Budapest in summer
The weather in Budapest in the summer is reasonably hot. This time of the year is not the best to travel to the capital of Hungary, not because of hot days but due to the inconvenience of a large number of tourists in summer. The average summer temperature in Budapest is around +22 C.
Actually, very hot days in summer in Budapest do not occur very often. Mostly, there is fairly comfortable weather which attracts many tourists: youth, couples, families with children.
If large crowds of people don’t bother you, you will spend a really wonderful time here. Travellers from around the world take tours to Budapest to look at its picturesque scenery. You can endlessly wander the streets of the city, visit interesting museums, explore the architectural attractions, and there is always insufficient time to enjoy Budapest.
At this time of the year you can leave the hotel early in the morning and come back after midnight, because in this city it’s a pity to waste time sleeping. But the bulk of tourists come here not for sightseeing, but for treatment. Medical Tours in Budapest became popular many years ago, when the richest people in Europe came to the Hungarian capital to improve their health.
- Average Temperature in Budapest in June: 20C, 67°F
- Average Temperature in Budapest in July: 22C, 71°F
- Average Temperature in Budapest in August: 21C, 70°F
Weather in Budapest in autumn
The weather in Budapest in the autumn is quite mild and warm. The beginning of autumn is characterized mainly by dry and warm days, with little rainfall. From mid-October and early November the rainy season begins and it gradually gets cooler.
At the beginning of autumn, you can visit local parks and go for long walks through the ancient streets, but don’t forget stock up with warm clothing and an umbrella. During a walk, take a break to rest in a warm, cosy local restaurant. At the end of autumn you can experience not only heavy rain, but wet snow. The average temperature in autumn in Budapest is around +10 C.
- Average Temperature in Budapest in September: 18C, 64°F
- Average Temperature in Budapest in October: 12C, 53°F
- Average Temperature in Budapest in November: 6C, 42°F