April in Budapest: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Széchenyi Thermal Baths building in Budapest
Széchenyi Thermal Baths building.

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Budapest is unique in that allows its visitors to visit two cities in one. Thanks to the Danube River that the city straddles, Budapest home to both Buda— situated on the hills—and Pest, located on the plains. There's a unique concentration of art nouveau architecture, alongside stunning thermal baths and spas, remarkable views, and more.

The Hungarian capital is blessed with very pleasant weather in April, as temperatures warm and tourism increases. It's easy to walk around the city this month, so if you're hoping to see the city's many heritage sights and landmarks on foot, there are few better times than during spring. One of the best ways: Relax at a local café with a coffee or cocktail. Visitors may also want to attend an event such as the Budapest Spring Festival for some theatrical and dance performances or the Oldtimer Show to check out antique vehicles and motorcycles. While that can be difficult in winter or March, it's divine in April.

Budapest Weather in April

Travelers enjoy the increasing temperatures in Budapest throughout the month, with highs finally reaching closer to 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) by April 30. April's average high is 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) while the average low is 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius). The days also increase in length throughout April. After a long, dark winter, you can expect an average of 13 hours of daylight in Budapest during the month, as well as increasing sunshine. As for rainfall, Budapest receives 1.5 inches of rain spread across 13 days. Most rain is light-to-moderate, with occasional thunderstorms.

What to Pack

Bring comfortable walking shoes and clothing that is appropriate for both cool nights and warmer days. In preparation for the occasional rainy day, a light trench coat or rain poncho is a must, as is an umbrella. It's also helpful to pack jeans, long-sleeved tops or blouses, lightweight sweaters or sweatshirts, a light jacket or blazer, and comfortable walking shoes (ideally waterproof). Layer clothes as necessary, depending on the temperature. The weather is still cool during the day, so bring closed shoes for walking and a nicer pair of flats or low heels for evening outings. It's unlikely that rain will mar your trip, but it's good to pack an umbrella just in case.

April Events in Budapest

Given the massive improvement in Budapest's weather in April, visitors will delight in the return of street fairs and other outdoor festivities. In 2021, some spring events may be canceled so be sure to check with official organizers for the latest updates.

  • Budapest Spring Festival: In April, the capital typically rings in one of the year's most popular events with local and international artists. This annual festival takes place on the historic Vorosmarty Square includes classical and folk music, theatrical, opera, and dance performances, as well as contemporary art exhibitions. There's usually a different theme each year.
  • Easter: If the holiday falls in April, look out for Hungarian Easter traditions, which will take the form of souvenirs, edible treats, and decorations. The Vajdahunyad Castle Easter Lamb Festival typically hosts a cooking contest, a craft workshop, and has popular lamb dishes. The castle is located in the same park as the Széchenyi baths.
  • Oldtimer Show: Budapest typically hosts this event each year in April but in 2021 it has been postponed until June. This unique gathering celebrates antique automobiles and motorcycles in a 10-acre exhibition area at the Hungarian Railway Museum.
  • International Book Festival: This annual event in Buda typically honors literature, but it has not been rescheduled for 2021.
  • Budapest Art Week: Started in 2016 as a way for the city's art lovers to discover modern and contemporary artists, the nearly week-long event includes 70 venues and almost 150 programs. This event usually takes place in April, but has been rescheduled for October 5 to 10, 2021.

April Travel Tips

  • Budapest's April weather is perfect for walking, so explore some of the city on foot. This way, you'll get a greater appreciation for the beauty and character of the Hungarian capital city.
  • Don't miss Budapest's incredible Hungarian State Opera House during your visit if it's open. Opened in 1884 and considered one of the best Neo-Renaissance structures in Europe, the site typically has guided tours—including a short concert—between 2 and 4 p.m. daily.
  • If the weather is warm enough, you can enjoy a romantic two-hour sunset cruise along the Danube River while sipping on cocktails and hearing music by a Gypsy orchestra. The cruises leave almost every day of the year.