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Road Trip in Hungary

A 5-day road trip to explore cities outside of Budapest in Eastern Hungary. We saw castles, tried different Hungarian wines, visited cute towns, and even climbed to the highest point in Hungary.

by kesitoandfroAbout Me:Ivy League grad who quit her job on Wall Street to travel the world. She has backpacked for 5+ years visiting 60+ countries read more

EuropeHungary4 days / October 2020

Highs & Lows

All the museums were free on the first day of the road trip since it was a Hungarian National Holiday.

Too many kids & people at the Miskolc cave bath. The valley of Beautiful Women was too toursity. We got a parking ticket.

Itinerary Overview

Who can name a city in Hungary that is NOT Budapest? Before I arrived in Budapest, I know that I couldn't. Yet a mini road trip is a great way to check off items for a Hungary bucket list and learn about other cities!

Note: Any portion of this road trip can be a day trip from Budapest. 

Quick Overview of the cities:

-Szentendre: Cute, small town that is only 30 minutes from Budapest. It's easy to take the train here. Most places open around 10 am, and you can take a couple of hours to walk the picturesque streets. (This photo is from Szentendre) Tip: if you are looking for a spontaneous activity, check out the Marzipan Museum and find sculptures made from marzipan.

-Visegrád: Known for its castle. An hour from Budapest and it's possible to visit by boat!

-Eger: A place known for wine, 1.5-2 hours from Budapest

-Miskolc: Relax in a thermal bath...in a cave! 2 hours from Budapest.

-Tokaj: Another wine region famous for its sweet wine. 

-Kékes: the highest mountain in Hungary. An hour from Budapest.

If you only had time for one of these days trips, would you vote for Szentrendre (small/colorful town), Visegrád (explore a castle), Eger (discover Hungarian wines), Miskolc (thermal bath in a unique setting), or Kékes (hiking)?

  • Day trip: Szentendre
    Cute atmosphere and close to Budapest.
  • 2 Nights: Eger
    The castle and to visit the valley of beautiful women
  • 2 Nights: Miskolc
    Visiting the cave bath
  • Day trip: Kékes
    To hike to the highest point in Hungary
  • Day trip: Visegrád
    To go bobsledding and see the castle

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would've gone to Miskolc caves either first thing in the morning or after 4 pm. The caves were pretty, but it was not enjoyable since there were lots of kids and yelling. Also, the water was colder than expected.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We ended up getting a parking ticket. Make sure to look out for parking signs, so you know when you have to pay.

  • How was the food?

    Gringos Amigos in Miskolc. Hungary is not known for Mexican food, but this hole in the wall was delicious and had amazing service.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    In Eger, make sure to get a central hotel, so you can walk to the Valley of Beautiful woman and not need a designated driver.

  • Transportation Tips?

    It's important to purchase a pass for the highway. If you don't have a special pass, then you will be fined. You can pick up a pass at a gas station.


  • Airbnb - we rented an Airbnb in another town because there was no accommodation available in Eger. It's easy to access Eger from other towns via the public bus.

  • Airbnb. It was very central and adorable