Hiking in Budapest

Hiking in Budapest - Danube Bend hike

Budapest is a very popular tourist destination, it is a vibrant, beautiful city full of historic architecture, ruin bars and friendly faces. All year round the city centre is bustling with people, both local and International.  There is however, much more to Budapest is much more than the energetic city centre and we at Budapest Hikers want to share some of that with you.

What are the best hiking places?

There are many beautiful hiking locations surrounding Budapest, many even within a short commute using public transport. Just an hour outside the city via bus are the stunning Pillis mountains which offer many trails to choose from varying in difficulty from easy to a little more challenging depending on your own levels of fitness.

Our personal favourite hiking trail in the Pilis mountains contain a spectacular view of the Danube Bend, one of the most beautiful views within the Budapest borders.

Only 90 minutes outside of Budapest on the train is Börzsöny which contains Nagy Hideg-hegy (Big Cold Mountain) which is the second highest peak in Hungary! Hiking in Börzsöny is a little tougher than the Pilis mountains but the views are worth it and the trails are very well organised and signposted. Hiking in Budapest is not just for the summer either! The experience of hiking up a mountain in December with a sprinkling of snow for festive cheer or a misty fog to add atmosphere can be some of the most beautiful and inspiring hikes you’ll ever do.

How to get there?

Thankfully, there are many different ways that you can get to these locations and you can choose whichever method best suits you. There is a fantastic public transport network in Budapest which will quickly, and easily get you from one place to the other.

If public transport isn’t your thing then there are plenty of car rental businesses in the city and you can have a much more private hike with just yourself, friends or loved ones.

Finally, if like us you’re a bit of a social butterfly you could join us at one of our hikes or camps and experience the beauty of Budapest and Hungary alongside an International community of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re not yet persuaded, below are a few pictures taken from previous events.

If you’re now sold on the idea of Hiking in Budapest and want to join a Budapest Hikers event we’ve been helpful and placed a link to an upcoming event just to the right. We would love to meet you, so come and say hello!

We organise many events such as monthly hikes, each one discovering a new trail with new challenges and views. We also organise camps with a focus on hikes and other outdoor activities where you get to spend more time getting to know us and the community.

Easy: < 10 km 
Moderate: 10-20 km
Difficult: > 20 km