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

Széchenyi Thermal Baths building in Budapest

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Budapest is unique in that it affords its visitors the opportunity to visit two cities in one. Thanks to the Danube River that the city straddles, it's 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 tourists increase. 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 by 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 a fun 2020 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 F (19 degrees C) by April 30. April's average high is 59 degrees F (15 degrees C) while the average low is 43 degrees F (6 degrees C). 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. April is the sixth sunniest month of the year.

As for rainfall, Budapest receives 1.5 inches of rain spread across 13 days. Most rain is light-to-moderate, with occasional thunderstorms. It's unlikely that rain will mar your trip, but it's good to pack an umbrella just in case.

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.

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.

  • Budapest Spring Festival: From April 3–19, 2020, the capital rings in one of the year's most popular events with local and international artists. This 40th annual festival 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: The holiday occurs during the month of April in 2020, so look out for Hungarian Easter traditions, which will take the form of souvenirs, edible treats, and decorations. The Vajdahunyad Castle Easter Lamb Festival hosts a cooking contest, a craft workshop, and has popular lamb dishes from March 30 through April 2, 2020. Historic Vorosmarty Square, well-known for its Christmas market, holds the Budapest Spring Fair from April 3–26, 2020, with local dishes, crafts, artisan food products, and more.
  • Oldtimer Show: Budapest typically hosts this event each year in April, and in 2020 it falls from April 17–19. This unique gathering celebrates antique automobiles and motorcycles in a 10-acre exhibition area at the Hungarian Railway Museum.
  • International Book Festival: Held from April 23–26, 2020, this 27th annual event in Buda honors literature and features Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk as the guest of honor.
  • 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 from April 14–19, 2020, includes 70 venues and almost 150 programs.

April Travel Tips

  • Budapest's April weather is perfect for walking, so explore some of the city on foot. You'll get a greater appreciation for the beauty and character of the Hungarian capital city.
  • Though it will be closed for restoration through 2021 (with performances taking place at the Erkel Theatre), don't miss Budapest's incredible Hungarian State Opera House during your visit. Opened in 1884 and considered one of the best Neo-Renaissance structures in Europe, the site has guided tours—including a short concert—starting at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. daily.
  • If the weather is warm enough, 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.
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