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Budapest reminds me a lot of Paris with it’s beautiful architecture and the river running through the city – but there’s two major differences between these popular tourist destinations. The affordable prices, and the casual dress code.
For Budapest you can really focus on comfort with cute, casual pieces that will take you from day to night with ease which makes packing a breeze. Keep reading to find out more about what to wear in Hungary when traveling to Budapest in summer!
Budapest Packing Tips
Written by: Kelly Ella Maz
Bathing suits required for the thermal spa
When you think of Budapest you might not think to pack a bathing suit, but I think it’s the most important item you can pack. Budapest is famous for their thermal baths and an afternoon spent at Gellert Baths is incredibly relaxing and may just be the highlight of your visit (it was for me). Be sure to pack a bathing suit so you don’t miss out on the fun! Any style will do, but I’d recommend something comfortable and well fitting so you can really relax without constantly re-adjusting your bikini top.
Take a look at our top swimwear picks this season!
A jacket for cool nights by the water
A jacket is a must for Budapest – even in the summer. Go for a fitted denim jacket or a classic trench coat in a neutral color. Even on hot summer days it can get cool at night by the river. Don’t miss a moonlight stroll along the river or dinner on one of the river cruises because you’re too cold – pack a light jacket to wear! In the cooler autumn months a black leather jacket is another great option.
Use a capsule wardrobe to pack light but create many outfits.
One dress for a night of dancing and drinking
Although most places in Budapest don’t have much of a dress code there are a few upscale places to visit at night (Buddha Bar is my personal favorite). Pack at least one dress that can be worn at night to a chic cocktail bar, upscale hotel lounge or one of their many nightclubs. I adore Budapest by day, but it really comes alive at night.
We’re currently loving these 10 summer dress styles!
Jeans for day and night
Budapest is yet another European city where you can’t go wrong with jeans. They’re versatile, comfortable and dress-code appropriate for almost every place you’ll visit in Budapest. I love skinny jeans because they can easily be cuffed into capris for a new look without packing an additional pair. You can wear jeans year-round here, day or night.
Use slim packing cubes to save space in your suitcase and travel carry-on only.
Walking shoes are a must
This city is quite walkable, so comfortable shoes are important. Ballet flats, cute running shoes or leather boots in colder months are all practical options. Stick to neutral colors so that you can match your shoes with any outfit, therefore narrowing down your shoe selection to only two pairs.
Since you’ll be doing a lot of walking between sights you should leave your sandals or heels at home. Even with a great party dress on you can still get away with wearing flats in this city, although if you have room to pack heels then by all means…. but I love to wear flat shoes so I can stay out all night without sore feet.
Trainers have become super fashionable the past couple of years but if they’re not your style, check out these other walking shoes for Europe!
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What are your tips on what to wear in Budapest in summer?
For more destination packing tips, please read:
- Ten Step Packing Guide for Europe
- Budapest Travel Packing List
- What to Wear in Budapest in Summer
- Are these Best Travel Shoes for Europe?
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a shoestring
- Lonely Planet Hungary and Budapest (Travel Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Kelly Ella Maz is a writer and full-time traveller. Originally from Canada, she left her home to chase summer around the globe. She’s currently living in Sydney, Australia where she spends her days exploring new cafes and hidden beaches. You can follow her travels at www.kellyellamaz.com.