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Best Times to Visit Budapest

The best times to visit Budapest are from March to May and September through November. These shoulder seasons are when the weather is idyllic and the city isn't overcrowded with tourists. However, the climate is always relatively mild, with temperatures rarely exceeding bearable levels. July and August experience average highs in the upper 70s, while average lows in January rest in the mid-20s. Tourists flood the city in summer, despite it being the hottest and wettest of time of year.

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March-May

Spring is pleasant in Budapest. The crowds are minimal, and the room rates are affordable. Also, flights are a lot cheaper than what you'll find in the summer. If you plan on visiting in May when two of the city's best food, beer and wine events – Rosalia Festival and OTP Bank Gourmet Festival – take place, remember to pack an umbrella. Rain showers become more prevalent as the season progresses.

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June-August

Getting a room in the summer can be difficult, so book as early as you can. Also, keep in mind that some hotels don't have air conditioning, so make sure to double-check your lodging's amenities before making final plans. If you go in the heart of summer, expect crowds, rain and bloated room rates – for the hotels that actually have vacancies.

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September-November

Budapest is an appealing destination to visit in the fall. Summer crowds have all gone home, and you're sure to be able to find a deal on accommodations. Plus, autumn offers an array of popular events for festivalgoers, including the Jewish Cultural Festival and the Budapest Wine Festival.

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December-February

Winters in Budapest get pretty chilly, and snowfall is common. We'd recommend visiting in one of the other seasons. But if you do come now, you'll find rooms at their cheapest and snap some awesome scenic photographs. The city also offers a plethora of Christmas markets and events in December and early January.

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