Budapest is a perfect place for holiday-makers for all the right reasons ranging from stunning sights and exciting attractions to events that bring people together from all over the World. Budapest also has a unique landscape with two very different sides, the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. With so much to explore in the city, you need to time your visit in a way that allows you to venture out and explore everything on offer. September might be the ideal month to visit if you’d like to find all the hidden and not so hidden gems of the Hungarian capital.
Budapest weather in September
One of the biggest reasons for visiting Budapest in September is the weather that allows you to spend plenty of time in the city without being cold and getting wet. The sun is out but not blinding hot and there are occasional rain showers that keep the temperature in check. In fact, September happens to be one of the few months where you can step out in the city for a considerable amount of time without the heat overcoming you.
In other words, Budapest features the perfect outdoor weather in September. The month begins with an average high of over 21°C which comes down to 19°C by the end of the month. As you will experience the entire month dances around the fine line between hot and cold. You don’t have to worry about rain playing spoilsports with your plans since September is considered a relatively dry month with an average rainfall of only 1.5 inches.
What clothes to wear in Budapest in September?
Given the lovely weather Budapest experiences in September, you don’t have to worry too much about packing heavy for your trip. A light jacket and scarf should do the trick for when it gets too windy and the air cools down a bit. For the days when the sun’s out, bring along comfortable cotton clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat might come handy too. Since September is a month which allows for outdoor explorations, do carry a pair of good walking shoes.
City breaks in Budapest
Budapest is perfect for a city break all year round. Whether you plan to stay for the weekend or for a midweek break, you will find great accommodation at any area at reasonable price in one of our centrally located hotels in Budapest. Choose one our hotels for an unforgettable Budapest city break.
Don’t know where to start your planning? Check out our guide for The Best itinerary for 3 days in Budapest.
Top things to do in Budapest in September
Europe’s best gastronomic festivals
Hungary boasts a rich Jewish culture and the Jewish Cultural Festival is a great way to discover that. Organized by the Jewish Tourism and Cultural Centre, the festival is held at the Great Synagogue and the Goldmark Hall. The main goal of the Jewish Summer Festival is to raise awareness of Jewish culture and to highlight the importance of peaceful coexistence of cultures through the diversity of programs.
The Jewish Tourist and Cultural Center’s event, held for the first time in 1998, has continued to gain popularity since then, thanks to its thousands of years of Jewish cultural history. Quality concerts, shows, performances, exhibitions and gastronomic events are a demanding cavalcade for children and adults attending the festival.
Sept 5-8, 2019
Budapest Wine Festival is a unique event that hosts hundreds of exhibitors and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Buda Castle. The mesmerizing view on Budapest, premium local and foreign wines, exciting professional and cultural programs, the devotion of winemakers, and the openness of visitors all contribute to the good reputation of the event. Nonetheless, the most important factor of success of Europe’s most wonderful wine festival is constant development.
The organizers do not charge any transaction fee for tickets purchased through their online system. With tickets purchased in advance you can use the Prepaid Ticket Exchange Point at the entrance to get your tasting glass and wristband.
Sept 13-15, 2019
Officially known as the Sweet Days Chocolate Festival, the Budapest Chocolate Festival is a dessert connoisseur’s dream come true. While the event started out as a celebration of all things chocolate, over the years it has grown to include a variety of baked goods including cakes, donuts, and even wine and coffee. Entry to the festival is free of charge.
Sept 14-16, 2019 Főzdepark
The Brewery Park and Beer Week in Budapest once again host the Kraft Beer Festival, with foreign and domestic breweries, food trucks, concerts and free admission, without a mandatory glass. Not only will the best decoctions of MONYO, Mad Scientist, Left-handed, Horizon or RothBeer be beaten, but there will be non-alcoholic options, all in the open air – is there a better way to enjoy the Indian summer?
Sept 22, 2019
Breakfast is the best part of the day anyway, even though The Café Club Budapest provides coffee, while Impostor’s chef and Tamás Jáki serve different meals. Unfortunately, this lineup will last for the last time, but that’s why it’s worth noting – and for the cheese-bacon toast (and its companions).
Sept 30, 2019
At the end of September, World Coffee Day is celebrated in many countries, with cafes and shops offering promotions, special tastings, exciting coffee drinks throughout Europe and overseas. For the 7th time in Hungary, an event will be organized on Sunday, 30th September.
Once again, Elizabeth Square will smell of coffee as the Aquarium Club hosts the full-day program. Ten exhibitors, including Hungarian micro roasters, Italian coffee and tea makers will be offering their best merchandise on site. Not only do you have unlimited coffee, but you can also attend lectures and workshops. There will also be coffee marketing, coffee sales, a lecture by a foreign roaster owner, a professional round table and a barista jam session.
If you want to learn more about the world of coffees, taste unlimited amount of the fresh brew, watch lectures, bar shows now is your chance to do so.
Sept 8, 2019
Participating in the half marathon is essentially a running sightseeing tour of the beautiful Budapest. The course runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses several bridges and passes the most well-known sites of the city. Admire the view of the Buda Castle from the Danube banks and marvel in the panorama of Pest as well as Europe’s third largest Parliament building. Run the 21 km individually or with your friends in a team of two or three.
There are over 15,000 participants on all the distances, with more than 10,000 half marathon runners and 1,500 teams. However, no need to worry about crowding and overtaking as the start is done in waves so everyone has plenty of space to run.
In 2018, there were more than 2,700 foreign runners, almost 2,000 of whom run the half marathon from the total of 82 countries. Most runners arrived from Britain, Slovakia and Poland, but there were also participants from Chile, Indonesia and Singapore, just to name a few.
Along the course there will be refreshments every 4 to 5 kilometers and of course continuous medical supervision. Pace runners will help you hit your desired tempo. But having fun is just as important as running so there will be several musical points along the course for your entertainment.
Sept 28-29, 2019
The Budapest Marathon is part of a 2-day festival all about running. On Sunday the focus is on the marathon, however, you may also run a 30 km or a marathon in a team of 2 or 4. While on Saturday the focus is on a 10 km run and shorter distances for the less experienced runners. With distances ranging from 400 m to 42 km everyone in the family can find their own challenge and take part in the running festival.
There are over 27,000 participants on all the distances, with more than 6,000 marathon runners and 1,300 relay teams. In 2018, there were more than 5,400 foreign runners, including 2,800 on the marathon from 84 countries. Most runners arrived from France, Britain, and Germany, but there were also participants from Thailand, Ghana, and Vietnam.
Along the course there are refreshment stations every 3 to 4 kilometers and of course continuous medical supervision. Pace runners will help you hit your desired tempo.
Tours around the city
To enjoy a lovely September sunset on the Danube to see some of the best attractions in Budapest, including the UNESCO World Heritage site, there is no better way than checking out September Sunset Times and book a Budapest river cruise that suits your Budapest fall break. Sip cocktails as you admire evening views of Budapest from the water on this 2-hour River Danube sunset cocktail cruise. Step aboard a comfortable cruise boat and enjoy two large complimentary cocktails and live folk music as you sail along the twilit river. You can upgrade to include hotel pickup and drop-off.
As a rough guide, the sun sets between 7:20 pm and 6:20 pm in the city in September, at the beginning of September the days are the longest, which means that the sunset is at 7:20 pm, but by the end of September, the days get 1 hour shorter, and the sun goes down at about. 7:20 pm.
Seeing the sights of Budapest as you cruise the city on a Segway is an active and fun way to explore a new city. This tour offers a choice of durations for your guided trip around central Pest. An orientation is provided before the tour begins so that you feel comfortable when it comes time to navigate the streets.
The basic Budapest Segway tour is a terrific introduction to the city and takes you past Széchenyi Istvan Square. You’ll also travel around central Pest and witness striking city architecture along the way. The extended option provides extra time to discover the Buda Castle District across the river. Back in Pest you’ll see the bustling Andrássy Avenue, lined with shops and restaurants, as well as the Hungarian State Opera House and the towering edifice of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The evening Segway tour also includes special stops at Parliament and Margaret Island, a recreational oasis in the middle of the Danube.
Sample the best of Budapest on this culinary walking tour. Your expert foodie guide shows you the local ingredients at the Great Market Hall and where to try a hot helping of goulash, a stew made Hungarian-style with paprika. Taste traditional sweets, seafood, and local meats.
Meat lovers will find many dishes to delight their taste buds when it comes to the Hungarian diet. But don’t despair, vegetarians: peppers, eggplant and other seasonal veggies also play a key role in recipes, and traditional plates like stuffed pancakes are often filled with rich cheeses. Your next stop will be at a local café, where you can try out freshwater fish and delicious chocolate made in Pest. Then cleanse your palette with a Hungarian spritzer while discussing the popular drink list in Budapest. Afterward, burn a few calories with a stroll to the Jewish Quarter, where you can admire the Great Synagogue and the area’s kosher bakeries and pastry shops. You’ll stop to sample traditional Jewish treats before making your way to the final stop. As you cross the famous Andrássy Avenue, a noted UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll conclude your tour in an establishment close to St. Stephen’s Basilica. Savor Hungary’s signature dish of dumplings and goulash before you go.
Budapest is blessed with 4 proper seasons across the year so depending on your personal preferences you can choose to visit any time of the year. If you prefer warm weather, refreshing autumn breeze, yet still lots of sunshine whilst exploring Eastern Europe’s best kept secrets, September might be the ideal month for you to visit Budapest.
Getting around Budapest in September
One of the best ways to discover a city is by taking public transport and Budapest has a very reliable public transport system. You can get to any area on either side of the Danube using buses, trams, boats, metro, trolleybus, and suburban railways. Public transport is available 24/7 in Budapest with two separate categories of transport for daytime and nighttime. There are bicycles available on rent as well across various docking stations in the city. If you’re planning on using public transport extensively, we would recommend opting for a convenient travelcard.
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How to exchange money?
Most places accept credit and debit cards, including restaurants, bars, shops and taxis. Street vendors or small shops may insist on cash only. The national currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF), which you can easily exchange from any currency at bureaux de change. However, there are huge differences between the rates offered by money changers. The worst rates tend to be offered at the airport, railway stations and in banks. The best policy is to exchange currency in a larger bureau such as Northline or Correct Change. Avoid people in the streets offering better rates than the licensed bureaux, as they are most likely out to scam you.
As the peak of the tourist season is over, you’re less likely to encounter long lines at Budapest’s most popular attractions.
Although the temperatures cool slightly in September, it’s still a gorgeous time of year to visit Budapest. The city’s terraces are still open in September, and there’s still a lively, summer-loving vibe for most of the month.
Given the lovely weather Budapest experiences in September, you don’t have to worry too much about packing heavy for your trip. A light jacket and scarf should do the trick for when it gets too windy and the air cools down a bit.
The sun sets between 7:20 pm and 6:20 pm in the city in September, at the beginning of September the days are the longest, which means that the sunset is at 7:20 pm, but by the end of September, the days get 1 hour shorter, and the sun goes down at about. 7:20 pm.