Trains from Budapest to Vienna: How To Travel Cheap by Train?

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna is simple, cheap and comfortable. Now you can even save by buying your train ticket online in advance. Here are some frequently asked questions with the answers:

Railjet - economy class seats of Budapest - Vienna train travels

Railjet – economy class seats of Budapest – Vienna train travels

How much does it cost to travel from Budapest to Vienna by train?

Single train tickets

The single train ticket from Budapest to Wien is approx. 3600 HUF/ 13 Euros / 20 USD (single ticket). This is currently the cheapest Budapest – Vienna train ticket. This ticket is called SparSchiene‘ ticket (say shpar-shee-ne). An interesting thing is that the Budapest – Vienna train ticket is slightly cheaper to buy in Budapest than in Vienna (e.g. single is 13 Euros in Budapest vs. 19 Euros in Vienna).

Return train tickets

A return train ticket for Budapest – Wien – Budapest is

  • 9300 HUF/ 33 Euros / 45 USD (return ticket). It’s the price of a full adult ticket. This ticket is called TripTicket Austria (Kirandulojegy in Hungarian), which for this price (33 Euros) contains the rail trip from Budapest to Vienna, in Vienna you can use the public transport free of charge for two days, then you can travel back to Budapest. (Note: the train ticket does not contain free public transport in Budapest only in Vienna)
  • 7,100 HUF/ 25 Euros / 33 USD (return ticket, also called TripTicket Austria): the other return ticket from Budapest to Vienna and back to Budapest does not contain the local public transport in Wien, Austria, only the return train trip between the two cities: Budapest-Vienna-Budapest. This option is ideal for a 1 day quick trip to Vienna (in Hungarian ‘Becs’ Bécs)
Nyugati Train Station Budapest

Nyugati Train Station Budapest (photo: Damian Entwistle)

Kids between 6-14 years of age travel at approx. half price, but there is no price discount on the Sparschiene tickets (single train tickets at the cheapest price).

Return Ticket Deals from Budapest

Special deal about the return train ticket: if you buy the more expensive TripTicket Austria return ticket for the route Budapest – Vienna-Budapest, your two-way ticket is valid for 4 days. Plus on the first two (only 2!) days of your trip to Vienna, you can freely use the public transport in Vienna, i.e. trams (streetcars), metros, buses free (incl. VOR 100 zone local buses, S-Bahns, ÖBB regional trains and Wiener Lokalbahnen trains too.), so the ticket acts like a Vienna travel pass combined with the return railway tickets.

What if Discount Tickets are Sold Out?

Budapest Train Departures

Budapest Train Departures (photo: Robin Brown)

Mind you, if the very favorable ‘SparSchiene’ and ‘TripTicket Austria’ tickets are sold out (they are limited and only sold online, so usually they easily sell out weeks before a trip), you can still buy regular train tickets at the railway stations in Budapest a one-way train ticket from Budapest to Vienna is about 6700 HUF/ 24 euros / 36 USD (no public transport pass included), or a standard return ticket for Budapest-Wien-Budapest. So if you cannot book online in advance, or you do not want to book in advance, there are still tickets available, but at a slightly higher price.

The trains have never been so full that no train tickets were available for a given day (there are more trains from Budapest to Vienna on a day, and you will surely get a ticket for one of them! Although Christmas time is special, as many Hungarians love to visit both the Budapest Christmas markets and the Vienna Christmas market!) See further deals and useful travel tips below.

Is it cheaper if I buy the train ticket online?

YES, it is! We do not want to seem overtly joyful as the interface of the Hungarian Rail company’s online train ticket purchase system is still awfully lame and useless (sorry, that’s the truth, even though we love MAV). BUT we have made a detailed guide to How to Buy Hungarian Train Tickets Online?

Let’s just say that the current online purchase system of train tickets is not really prepared for buying railway passes / tickets in English. Although the interface starts off in English, at a point it turns into fully Hungarian. So hopefully our guide will be of help to travel from Budapest to Vienna.

NOTE!

In the Hungarian MAV internet train system:

  • you can buy tickets from Budapest to Vienna
  • you can buy tickets from Vienna to Budapest, if it is a return trip, i.e. Budapest – Vienna – Budapest
  • you cannot buy tickets from Vienna Budapest as a single trip (only in Wien can you buy it)
  • you cannot buy return tickets from Vienna, i.e. Vienna – Budapest – Vienna (only in Wien can you buy it)

In the Austrian OBB internet train system:

  • you can buy tickets from Vienna to Budapest
  • you can buy tickets from Budapest to Vienna, if it is a return trip, i.e. Vienna – Budapest – Vienna
  • you cannot buy tickets from Budapest to Vienna as a single trip (only in Budapest can you buy it)
  • you cannot buy return tickets from Budapest, i.e. Budapest – Vienna – Budapest (only in Budapest can you buy it)

Bear in mind that – supposing you travel from Budapest to Vienna – you cannot buy your ticket via OeBB as they only deal with train trips originating in Austria and not in Hungary (i.e. from Vienna to Budapest and not from Budapest to Vienna). However, you always have the option to buy a return train ticket (currently about 25 euros), and use it as a one-way ticket, which in some cases may be cheaper than a normal one-way ticket. You could ensure your cheap train seat by

  • buying your Budapest – Vienna train ticket online (allow half an hour) OR
  • by going to any of the major train stations in Budapest:  Nyugati Train Station (the nicest!), Deli Train Station or, where most of the Budapest – Vienna trips depart from, Keleti train station a few days before the planned trip (especially in summer time / high season). Don’t forget to take Hungarian forints with you. Younger train ticket agents are more likely to speak English.
Budapest - Vienna railjet trains at Keleti Pu Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest – Vienna railjet trains at Keleti Pu Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary

Are there Further Train Deals?


Special discount is for kids between the age 6 and 14 (approx. -50%). Additional goodies: the TripTicket Austria ticket includes a two-day free public transportation pass in Vienna: during the first 2 days in Vienna, you can freely travel by trams (streetcars), metros, buses, and the following vehicles in the VOR 100 zone: local buses, S-Bahns, ÖBB regional trains and Wiener Lokalbahnen trains too. If you are visiting Budapest with kids, and you cannot buy the cheaper train tickets online, don’t worry, you will surely be able to buy some at the cashier: please allow at least one hour before train departure (to locate the cashiers, stand in queues, buy tickets, go to your platform)

Where do trains from Budapest to Vienna leave from?

Budapest-Vienna trains leave mostly from Keleti Train Station (in Hungarian Keleti Palyaudvar), abbreviated as Keleti pu. railway station (say: keh-let-tee pah-yah-ood-vahr). Some trains leave from Deli train station.

If you arrive at Budapest airport, and take the train to Nyugati train station , here is how you can get from Nyugati to Keleti train station. Learn more about Budapest airport transfer here. If you want to buy a Budapest card, you can get it online here (5% discount on online buying). Budapest cards (24h, 48h, 72h), are in fact quite cool: check out the 2013 list of Budapest card benefits. The cards include the local transport in Budapest, free guided tours, free tickets to museums, and many more discounts (even a free ticket to a Budapest bath). You can also buy simple Budapest travel passes, without further tourism deals (just for travel).

You can easily get to Keleti Railway Station by taking the metro (M2 red metro line) and getting off directly at Keleti pu. station (approx. 10-15 min from the city center, Deák tér station). You can also take the bus number 7, whose route goes from the Buda side to the Pest side and touches upon Gellert Spa Bath, Elisabeth Bridge, Vaci utca shopping street, Astoria square, Blaha square and then Keleti Train Station.

Where on earth is Keleti Pu. Railway station?


OK, here’s the Budapest Tourist Map to help you (see the train sign in the middle? You can also click on any of the icons to get more info, or follow the blue link ‘View Larger Map’ under the map to get a larger picture of Budapest).


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How long does the train trip take from Hungary to Austria?

Traveling time is about 3-4 hours (similarly to the Budapest Vienna bus ride). Check the exact duration here.

Are there any passport checks, delays or other inconveniences when the train crosses the border of Austria and Hungary?

Not any more! Hungary joined the Schengen area December 21, 2007. No more borders to keep buses up for passport check. (likewise, rail passengers enjoy the same smooth crossing between the two countries). But if you are a tourist from outside the EU, you will need to check if you need a visa to Hungary, and a visa to Austria.

How many trains leave for Vienna a day? What about the train schedule?

Trains leave almost every two hours! So trains are very frequent between these two beautiful cities. For instance, on a weekday you could leave Budapest for Viena at approx. 6am, 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm. Excellent connections, right? The Budapest-Vienna train schedule may change, so always check the fresh data, please:

Where can I buy train tickets in Budapest?

Train tickets can be bought at any railway stations in Budapest: e.g. Nyugati Pu (on the Pest side – accessible easily by blue metro line), Deli pu (on the Buda side – accessible easily by red metro line) or at Keleti pu (on the Pest side – accessible easily by red metro line). All 3 major railway stations are quite close to the city center, and are the names of given metro stops, so you can’t miss them.
Online purchase: unfortunately, on the Hungarian railway ticket system, you need to speak Hungarian to go through the purches process, so let’s skip this option for a while. Here is the Austrian railway ticket system online train ticket system, or you can call the Austrian call center if you have any questions: 00-43-05-1717.

Are the Budapest – Vienna trains comfortable?

Sure they are. If you need something more comfy, you need to buy a more expensive train ticket for the first class (the prices above refer to second class regualr seats)

Keleti Train Station, Budapest - photo by Matt Francis

Keleti Train Station, Budapest – photo by Matt Francis

Any quick programs at Keleti railway station?


If you are stuck at Keleti train station (which is a beautiful historical building), and you have a couple of hours to kill, for example you want to eat something in the neighborhood, there are some budget options or mid range options in the vicinity of Keleti train station:

  • McDonalds with a McCafe 2 min walk from the entrance of the train station
  • Montenegroi Gurman Balkan Bar, 12 min walk, open day and night, 24/7 food bar
  • Sissi Food Bar (Sissi Ételbár), 8 min walk, Mon – Fri: 7:30 am-4:00 pm
  • sausages, chicken legs, etc. at the counter of a traditional Hungarian butcher, 80 Rakoczi Way Budapest District VII, about 7 min walk
  • you can see from the entrance of the train station the Golden Park Hotel or diagonally the Best Western Hotel Hungaria, which are two hotels right on the Baross square (5 min walk from the railway station) – you can have an elegant cup of coffee or lunch there.

Budapest Attractions by Keleti Train Station:

In general, the city center is only 15-20 min by metro (red metro line) so you can check out some of the attractions of Budapest (also on the map).

Buses or Trains from Budapest to Vienna?
The vast majority of users on forums (me added) will say: TRAINS are better to travel from Hungary to Austria. But if you wish to learn more about bus travel from Budapest to Vienna, follow the link.

What to do in Budapest?

Here are some ideas what to do in Budapest, Budapest attractions and upcoming events (festivals, concerts, exhibitions, free programmes, etc.) in Budapest Events Calendar – note: the calendar is a bit slow to download but worth having a look at.

Last updated: June, 2013

Kádár Étkezde (Kádár Diner) – Simply Authentic Hungarian Lunch in Budapest

Eating at Kadar Etkezde in Budapest is partly dining partly submerging into decades old Hungarian culture: yes, it is a simple eatery with a very diverse clientele all united in the joy of eating something authentic, well-known, made well, without any fuss. As Frommer’s puts it (placing the eatery in the Jewish walking tour) Kádár Étkezde “is a simple local lunchroom serving a regular clientele ranging from young paint-spattered workers to elderly Jews.” The sholet is genuine. The worn-down charm likewise.

If you want to know more about the social phenomenon of Kadar Etkezde, this is a nice description made by Dumneazu. If you are specifically interested in Jewish places and attractions in Budapest, I suggest the Jewish Budapest map.

Kádár Étkezde (Kádár Diner) - Simply Authentic Hungarian Lunch in Budapest

Address: Klauzál tér 9., Budapest, 1072
Phone: 00-36-1-321-3622
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 – 15:30
Note: No dinner time. Sundays closed.
Getting here: tram/ streetcar 4 or 6, get off at Király utca stop

See the location of Kadar Etkezde on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Kadar Etkezde is not far from the Grand Synagogue in Dohány street, and the Mai Manó House of Photography.
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Kisbuda Gyongye Restaurant (Kisbuda Gyöngye Étterem) in Budapest

Kisbuda Gyongye Restaurant (Kisbuda Gyöngye Étterem) in Budapest is loved by locals and not so easily found by foreigners, as it’s not in downtown Budapest, but about 30 min from the city center (district 5 and 6). So it makes Kisbuda Gyöngye a good place if you want to get away from the touristy places and find something authentically Hungarian and nice to eat. Mind you, it does not mean that the restaurant is considerably cheaper than its counterparts in the city center. The restaurant has been awarded various prizes in the past decade (including the Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2000), and it’s often visited by Hungarian and foreign celebs.

Kisbuda Gyongye Restaurant (Kisbuda Gyöngye Étterem) in Budapest

The interior design is like a well-off Budapest apartment from the turn of the century: antique chest of drawers, glass display cabinets, mirrors, chandeliers, Thonet chairs, lace cloths, etc.
Address: Kenyeres utca 34., 1034 Budapest, 3rd district (III. ker.)
Phone: 00-36-1-368-6402
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12 pm – 12 am
Note: Kisbuda Gyongye translates into English as the Pearl of Little Buda (Óbuda, or old Buda in this context). Oftentimes piano music is played in the background.
Getting here: take bus number 60 at Batthyány tér metro station (red line) and get off at Podolin utca. Alternatively, take streetcar number 4 or 6 up to Margaret bridge stop on the Buda side, then change to streetcar number 17 and get off at Podolin utca.

See the location of Kisbuda Gyongye Restauranton the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Kisbuda Gyongye Restaurant is relatively close to the Roman amphitheater (Aquincum Museum), the Pálvölgyi Dripstone Cave and the spa luxury hotel, Ramada Plaza Budapest.


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Le Bourbon Restaurant: French Cuisine in Budapest Le Meridien Hotel

Le Bourbon Restaurant located in downtown Budapest Le Meridien Hotel, one of the five-star luxury hotels in the capital of Hungary, serves high-end French cuisine. The restaurant has been picked by Chew, the Hungarian food blog amongst its ever-changing Top-33 list, which helps tourists to find the best restaurants in Budapest, Hungary. Le Bourbon boasts about being “the only restaurant in Budapest to offer a cheese trolley with 10 varieties of fine French cheese delivered weekly from the famous market halls of Paris.” Le Bourbon’s executive chef, Laurent Vandenameele is French and although the menu is French too, there is a ‘Hungarian Night’ on Fridays from 7pm (accompanied by a folk dance show).

Le Bourbon Restaurant: French Cuisine in Budapest Le Meridien Hotel

Address: Erzsébet tér 9-10., Budapest, 1051
Phone: 00-36-1-429-5770
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12:00 – 22:30
Note: the restaurant is within the luxury hotel Le Meridien, in the very heart of the city. Attire: elegant. One of the best Sunday brunches in Budapest (12 pm – 3 pm).
Getting here: metro (all lines) Deák tér station

See the location of Le Bourbon Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the yellow house map icon in the middle, and click on the knife and fork icons for further great restaurants or to learn more about the neighboring places of interest. You can also click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Le Bourbon Restaurant is very close to Váci utca shopping street, Roosevelt square with the Chain Bridge & the Gresham Palace as well as St Stephen’s Basilica, which is also ideal for taking panoramic photos of Budapest.


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Segal Restaurant (Segal Étterem) in Budapest

Segal Restaurant (Segal Étterem) located in City Home Concierge Residential Hotel Budapest has fusion kitchen of the highest quality (including the food and drinks, the interior design, the cutlery, etc.). “More striking is the way Victor & Co. are able to execute complex “concept” dishes while not losing sight of the fact that great food can be quite simple. In most Budapest restaurants, a dish like calamari sautéed in pistachio and cilantro pesto with fresh mango (above, Ft 2,800) would be a recipe for over-wrought disaster. Here, it seemed natural.” (Chew, the Hungarian food and culinary blog).

Segal Restaurant (Segal Étterem) in Budapest in Concierge Hotel

Address: Ó utca 43-49., Budapest 6th district (VI. ker.) 1066
Phone: 00-36-1-354-7888
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7 am – 12 am
Getting here:

  • underground (yellow metro line), Opera station
  • trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6

Note: the restaurant is accessible for those who have limited mobility, there’s a parking lot, and it’s a pet-friendly eatery. Segal is the family name of Victor Segal previously in Baraka Restaurant of luxurious Andrassy Boutique Hotel.
See the location of Segal Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Segal Restaurant is very close to the Opera House as well as the Operetta Theater, the House of Photography, and the House of Terror museum on Andrassy út.


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Ket Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro in Budapest

Két Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro serves international cuisine with a strong Mediterranean accent. The restaurant is in the happening area of Budapest in Nagymezo utca. Breakfast on offer from 8 am to 11.00am (Sat & Sun from 9 am to 11.00am) – and a good breakfast place is still a rarity in Budapest. “Long a local favorite, Két Szerecsen keeps diners happy all day long with fresh and affordable soups, salads, and daily specials. The kitchen has a light touch with cold soups, especially the cucumber, dill, and gazpacho varieties.” (Fodor’s travel guide). The interior is eclectic colonial-Mediterranean: yellow-orange walls, copper tables, old coffee trading posters, etc.

Ket Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro in Budapest

Address: Nagymező utca 14., Budapest 6th district (VI. ker.) 1062
Phone: 00-36-1-343-1984
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 08.00am – 01.00am (breakfast until 11.00am)
Getting here:

  • underground (yellow metro line), Opera station or Oktogon station
  • trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6, get off at Oktogon

Note: the restaurant can get smoky in bad weather, but a small terrace is open from spring to fall. The name is itself colonial-historical, totally non-PC if translated (‘két szerecsen’ means ‘two black people’), but not in Hungarian as it’s an archaic word: ‘szerecsen’ is mostly used in children’s stories as the ‘black king’ or ‘szerecsen király’ rather than a derogatory term. The Coffee House supposedly aimed to emphasize the coffee theme by old coffee posters from the 1900s (“some with overtly racist images” as Frommer’s guide points out).

See the location of Ket Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Ket Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro is very close to the Opera House as well as the Operetta Theater, the Mai Mano House of Photography and the House of Terror museum on Andrassy út.


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Iguana Bar & Grill Restaurant in Budapest: Mexican Dishes

Iguana Bar & Grill Restaurant has been voted the best Mexican restaurant in Budapest for five consecutive years (and before you start getting suspicious: not only because competition is slacking in this area). Iguana Bar & Grill – La Cantina de Budapest opened in 1997 serving authentic Tex-Mex cooking (quesadillas, guacamole, burritos, fajitas, jalapeno, guadalajara soup, chorizo sausages, special kids menus, etc.) “Colorfully decorated and always buzzing with activity, you might have trouble finding a seat at this buzzing restaurant. This is a real hangout for Budapest expatriates, but also draws younger crowds and families. … You might also try the Iguana Beer, made especially for the restaurant by a small Csepel Island brewery.” (Frommer’s). Here’s a lively party shot from summer:

Iguana Bar and Grill Restaurant in Budapest Mexican Dishes in Hungary

Address: Zoltán utca 16., Budapest 5th district (V. ker.)
Phone: 00-36-1-331-4352
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 11:30 am – 12:30am, Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 1:30am
Getting here
:

  • metro (red line) Kossuth tér station,
  • tram/streetcar: number 2 or 2A
  • bus number 15

Note: Book a table in advance (try to get one upstairs on the balcony). The restaurant can comfortably seat large groups too (max. capacity 120 people, gallery 40). Regular popular events include: the anniversary party in Sept, or the Cinco de Mayo (usually May 5) Street Party

See the location of Iguana Bar & Grill Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Iguana Bar & Grill Restaurant is very close to the Parliament, the Basilica and Roosevelt square with the Chain Bridge, plus there’s the Funicular Railway on the other side of the bridge (5-10 min walk).


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Haxen Restaurant (Haxen Király Étterem): Bavarian Feeling in Budapest

Haxen Restaurant (Haxen Király Étterem) is a highly popular Bavarian beerhouse and restaurant in Király utca, Budapest, offering huge pork knuckles, knödels, sausages, what have you. The atmosphere is light-hearted in the all-wooden place (pine-paneled walls, wooden tables and chairs, and stairs, etc.). Picked as one of the best of Budapest restaurants by the Hungarian food blog, Chew.hu.

Haxen Restaurant (Haxen Király Étterem) Bavarian Feeling in Budapest

Address: Király utca 100., Budapest 6th district (VI. ker.)
Phone: 00-36-1-351-6793
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12 pm – 12 am, Fri-Sat 12 pm – 1 am
Note:
Getting here:

  • underground (yellow metro line), Vorosmarty utca station
  • trolley buses: 73, 76, 78

See the location of Haxen Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Haxen Restaurant is very close to the House of Terror museum as well as the Puppet Theater on Andrassy út.


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Cafe Gerloczy Restaurant in Budapest Downtown

Cafe Gerlóczy is a cafe and restaurant: “coffeehouse-restaurant that bakes divine bread … It is comfortably located, welcoming, and nice for a light meal and a good wine” (Frommer’s). The good about Gerloczy restaurant is that it’s one of those places that open 7am and offer breakfast alternative for those who don’t want to have hotel breakfasts every day. Try the croissants for breakfast, the crispy roast goose-leg with steamed red cabbage for lunch or dinner. As for the interior, Fodor’s travel guide remarks: “The green-and-yellow cane chairs and cafe tables of this elegant bistro remind you of a scene out of your favorite French movie. The terrace in the summertime is about the prettiest location for lunch in Budapest, on a quiet, leafy square tucked behind Váci utca.” Gerloczy restaurant is also included in the Top 33 list of Chew.hu, the Hungarian gourmet and food blog, which has been compiling and testing the best restaurants of Budapest list for the past couple of years.

Cafe Gerloczy Restaurant in Budapest Downtown close to Vaci utca

Address: Gerlóczy utca 1., 5th district (V. ker.) Budapest 1052
Phone: 00-36-1-235-0953
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat-Sun 8am-11pm
Note: Heavenly breakfast place at reasonable prices. Free WiFi. Tue to Sat harpist Gergely Gertner will provide live music from 6pm , while on Sun-Mon Karoly Okros accordionist will entertain from 7:00pm to closing. There’s a gallery for 40 and a wine cellar for 30 people to rent.

Getting here:

  • metro (red metro line), Astoria station, or (blue metro line) Ferenciek tere station, or (all metro lines) Deák tér station
  • trams/ streetcars: number 47 or 49
  • buses: number 7 or 78

See the location of Cafe Gerloczy Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Café Gerlóczy Restaurant is very close to the Dohány street Great Synagogue, the Váci utca shopping street, as well as the beautiful Pushkin Movie Theater (Puskin Mozi) on Kossuth Lajos utca.


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‘M’ Restaurant (M Étterem) in Budapest: Design Bistro

‘M’ Restaurant (M Étterem) in Budapest is an artistic, relaxed little restaurant in Kertész utca Budapest – some adore it, while others find it, well, below expectations. Even its name is a riddle, not intended to be deciphered as the letter ‘M’ could stand for so many things, people, places. “We’ve always adored M., the rough-and-ready bistro on District VII’s Kertész utca that has been a member of our elite “Top 33″ club for the past year or so. The food is generally very good, the décor is charming…” (Chew.hu – a Hungarian gastronomy website).

It is like a pleasant downtown bistro, water carafes on the table, old-school brown wrapping paper used ingeniously for the design (it is really amazing to see how a market pen turns sheets of brown paper into a cozy interior), friendly staff – give it a try if you like quirky places, and artsy is your style. It’s on the Top 33 list of Chew.hu which is continually updating its ‘best of Budapest restaurants‘ list.

M Restaurant Budapest - quirky artsy bistro

M Restaurant Budapest - quirky artsy bistro (photo by Wander Wonder)

Address: Kertész utca 48, 1073 Budapest,
Phone: 00-36-1-342-8991
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 18-24
Getting here:

  • M1 metro (yellow metro line), Oktogon metro station
  • trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6

See the location of ‘M’ Restaurant (M Étterem) on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that ‘M’ Restaurant is very close to the Franz Liszt Music Academy, the Opera House as well as the Operetta Theater, and the House of Terror museum on Andrassy út.


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Maligan Restaurant (Maligán Étterem) – Fine Dine and Wine in Budapest

Maligan Restaurant (Maligán Étterem) serves good food and has a wide variety of wines. Perhaps the only challenge is the location on Lajos utca in Budapest: not only is it off the usual tourist track but the door of the restaurant is also somewhat hidden under the arcades where you would not expect to submerge into one of the finest dining places in Budapest. Maligan Restaurant has nevertheless been chosen among the Top 33 restaurants in Budapest by the Hungarian food blog, Chew.hu, and having tried some of their dishes, I must agree. There was only a couple besides us, which was sort of strange to have the place for us, but hopefully, since then more people have discovered the merits of Maligan. On the bright side, you can expect to have more moderate prices than in downtown wine restaurants. Maligan is pretty serious about wines, offering hundreds of wines from all wine regions in Hungary (as well as palinka – brandy). They also organize (blindfolded) tasting sessions, winery courses, etc.

Maligan Restaurant Maligán Étterem in Budapest Óbuda

Address: 1036 Budapest, Lajos utca 38.
Phone: 00-36-1-240-9010
Opening hours: (dinner hours) Mon – Fri 12:00 – 23:00, Sat 16:00-23:00 (closed on Sundays)
Getting here
:

  • bus number 86 or 60 (about 5 stops from Batthyány tér metro station), get off at Szépvölgyi út
  • suburban train (HÉV) (2 stops from Batthyány tér Hév station) get off at Kolosy tér

Note: hundreds of wines and real wine expertise makes it one of the best places for wine-lovers in Budapest (you can also buy wines as it has a wine store). Hungarian indigenous meats (mangalica, Hungarian gray cattle/ szurkemarha) are worth a try from the menu, as well as the forest berry drinks for non-alcoholic guests. Closed on Sundays.

See the location of Maligan Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Maligan Restaurant is very close to the Roman ruins of Aquincum, the Lukács Spa Bath, and one of the best cafes in Budapest ever, the Daubner. Last but not least a few minutes away, you will find the Palvolgy Dripstone Cave (Pálvölgyi Cseppkőbarlang) full of stalactites and stalagmites, good very healthy air and underground wonders.


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