Visiting Budapest in January

The Danube River is full of drift-ice because of the frosty weather at the Hungarian Parliament on January 11, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.
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Freezing temperatures can be expected for Budapest in January, but the chance of precipitation is low. Average January temperature is -1ºC / 30ºF. January average high is 2ºC / 36ºF. January average low is -3ºC / 27ºF.

Budapest in January Essentials

Pack for winter weather for January travel to Budapest. Follow tips for winter dress. Don't forget to bring a comfortable winter coat, warm walking boots or shoes, and hats, gloves, and scarves.

January 1st is New Year's Day in Budapest and throughout Hungary. Budapest turns into a giant party on December 31st, and many people will be recovering from Budapest New Year's Eve revelries on this day. Expect the city to be quiet and shops and sights to be closed.

January isn't the most popular month for travel to the Hungarian capital city, which means you'll be able to enjoy entry into important sights without the press of fellow tourists. Landmarks such as the Fisherman's Bastion will be less crowded and therefore more enjoyable – if you can overlook the chilly nip in the air.