We like to think that Budapest is the kind of city with something to offer throughout the year, whether frost on the ground or dazzling summer sunshine is in the forecast. But the way the weather changes can dramatically affect your experience of the city, so it’s good to know what each month has to offer. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to what to expect from the weather in Budapest every month of the year.
Our guide to what to expect from the weather in Budapest every month of the year.
January is the coldest month in the Hungarian capital, with average highs of just 3°C, so wrap up warm and make sure that your footwear has plenty of traction. Snow is very common in January, which makes historic districts like Várhegy (Castle Hill) even more beautiful. The days will be fairly short, so get an early start to make the most of the daylight.
February’s average temperatures rise to 5-6°C, and snow is still a possibility, the perfect setting for atmospheric Valentine’s Day snapshots. Expect cool conditions and be ready for rain with cosy waterproofs and umbrellas. Make time to warm up with some piping hot Hungarian goulash or baked tea with caramelised fruit.
In March, spring is getting underway, and the city’s colourful pansies start to poke through the soil. The weather will be much warmer, and mini heat waves are possible, although jumpers and coats are essential. But if the chill is an issue, March is a great time to sample Budapest’s famous thermal baths, with night parties at the Szechenyi Baths attracting huge crowds. The Aquincum Hotel has its own thermal bath.
April’s weather is often sunny and bright, with 15°C average highs. It’s also the month when Budapest’s events scene really slips into gear, with Wine and Jazz Festivals, Budapest Art Week, and much more. Moreover, with mild weather arriving, it’s a great time to cycle along the Danube’s banks.
When May arrives, expect average highs well over 20°C, and t-shirt weather almost every day. For many people, May brings perfect sightseeing conditions, so if you want to include visits to Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge, and St. Stephen’s Basilica, there’s no better time to visit.
June marks the traditional start of Budapest’s “peak” travel season, as temperatures stay over 25°C most days. Rain is a possibility (keep an umbrella handy), but the warmth and longer days make June an attractive month to visit. Seasonal events like the Night of Museums and the start of all-night boat parties add extra appeal.
July is the hottest month in Budapest, with regular temperatures over 27-28°C. Anyone who thrives under plenty of sunshine will adore July, although the humidity isn’t to everyone’s taste. However, with gorgeous green spaces like Margaret Island and riverside beaches available, there will always be a way to chill out.
August temperatures are similar to that of July, and the heat will be just as intense. There may be light evening breezes towards the end of the month which make open air dining even more enjoyable. So, if you want to sample cocktails and fine food in District VII, or find a garden hideaway in the Castle District, August is the time to do so.
As summer slips away elsewhere, September in Budapest can often remain pleasantly warm. Expect average highs of 21-22°C, and relatively little rain. Even better, September is foodie central in the city, with a burst of wine festivals, while tours of the major attractions will be much less busy.
October sees autumn arrive in force, but still offers mild temperatures and comfortable sightseeing conditions. The early part of the month provides ideal weather for walking around central Budapest. And if the chill arrives, events like the Palinka Brandy Festival on Castle Hill offer the ideal antidote.
If you visit in November, coats, scarves, gloves, and jumpers come back into the picture. The weather will be much cooler, dipping under 8-10°C on most days, but there’s plenty to do. For instance, St Martin’s Day (11 November) is a major feast day, and Christmas markets will be getting underway as well, but won’t be too busy.
Finally, December is a time for festivities, even if the weather is usually pretty chilly. It’s a time to linger at the wonderful Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square, await the arrival of Santa on St Nicholas Day (6 December), and to gorge on seasonal delicacies. From freshly baked strudel to roasted pig and mulled wine, December’s tastes will delight everyone.