high season: June to August, December
low season: January to February
shoulder season: September to November, March to May
Weather InformationWinters approach freezing, especially in January, while July through August can get up to 85 to 95 degrees. Spring and fall are less hot and humid than summer and can be very pleasant times to visit.
Crowd InformationHungary sees the most crowds during the summer, Christmastime, and special events such as the Budapest Spring Festival March through April, Szeged Open-air Festival July through August, Sziget Festival in August, Formula-1 Grand Prix in the summer, Wine Festival in September, Budapest Autumn Festival in October, and Budapest Christmas Fair in December. September and October typically have fewer crowds, but also pleasant weather.
Closure InformationHotels are open year-round. Most shops are closed on Sundays and national holidays including January 1, March 15, August 20, October 23, and December 24, 25, and 26.
When to SaveHungary is a diverse destination that can peak in different areas at different times, but that has relatively favorable prices year-round. In general, the most expensive times to visit are during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, Easter, and the Formula-1 Grand Prix race in the summer. November through February, hotel occupancy is relatively low and many properties tend to offer much lower rates. Also, Malev Hungarian Airlines offers its cheapest fares during this time. Other times to save money include February through April and October through November, when the weather is relatively pleasant and there are plenty of activities such as concerts, opera, and spa-visits. At Lake Balaton, July and August are the most expensive months, but June and September offer nice weather and reduced prices. In Budapest, prices generally remain consistent throughout the year.
When to BookBook air and hotel a few months advance for summer travel. During the winter, last-minute bookings are available for less.
Information provided by the Hungarian National Tourist Office