September on the beautiful blue Danube should be on everyone's bucket list. The two sides of the Hungarian city called Budapest (Buda and Pest), straddle the Danube, and they're an ideal place to fulfill this travel goal. It's especially easy to linger around Budapest's renowned art nouveau architecture and Roman ruins when the weather is mild and sunny. Same goes for hanging around at outside tables at cafes, restaurants, and pubs. Bottom line: The weather could not be more enticing in September, which is a great time to visit.
Budapest Weather in September
September starts out with average highs around 76 degrees Fahrenheit; that falls to afternoon highs around 67 by the end of the month. So the entire month gives you pretty much guaranteed comfortable weather during high sightseeing times. And it's still nice during the early evening, so eating alfresco is still possible even though summer is on the wane. Low-temperature averages go from 56 degrees at the start of the month to 48 degrees by September 30. But these are middle-of-the-night temperatures and won't affect daily doings.
September is also a relatively dry and sunny month, with it getting progressively more likely to be cloudy as the month goes on. The average September rainfall total is only about 1.5 inches, so you will not likely need an umbrella. But don't forget your sunglasses.
What to Pack
This mild weather makes it easy to pack for a trip to Budapest in September. Take along jeans (not your heaviest ones) or khaki pants. Capri pants are also an option, especially if you're going to be there in early September. Pack short-sleeved shirts and tops and a poncho, light cardigan, wrap-like cardigan, or cashmere wrap that all work together color-wise so you can add a layer in the evening after a warm day when all you need is a short-sleeved top.
A cotton pullover sweater would be a good addition for a change or if you experience a few cooler-than-normal days. This also can be layered with a cardigan or poncho. Cashmere wraps are a terrific travel item since they take up very little space in your bag and make you look chic, no matter what else you have on. They're also great for going out to dinner at a nice restaurant as the temps start to fall.
As is true for all European trips, you will do a lot of walking, so take shoes that are comfortable; during September those could be lightweight canvas summer shoes like espadrilles, flats, or sandals that have some support. You'll need to be closed shoes at night for warmth, so take along something warmer, too.
September Events in Budapest
September is a lively time for festivals and events in Budapest.
- Jewish Summer Festival: This early September celebration includes movies, music, dance, art and literature that shine a light on Jewish culture. It takes place at the Great Synagogue on Dohany Street, the second-largest synagogue in the world.
- Budapest Wine Festival: Head to Buda Castle for this three-day wine extravaganza, held each September. This major festival includes tastings, tours, parades, and more.
- Budafok Champagne and Wine Festival: If the Budapest Wine Festival isn't enough, you can imbibe even more at this annual festival, held in the Budafok district of the city, which is home to numerous wine cellars. There are free tours, concerts, and other festivities like an art walk,
- Fois Gras Festival: Hosted by the Hungarian Goose Association, this festival is ideal for gourmands, who can sample delicious foie gras from local producers. There are also cooking classes, kids' programs, and live music.
- Sweet Days: This is a festival for those with a sweet tooth, as the entire celebration is dedicated to chocolate and candy.
- Budapest Marathon: This annual race, which occurs at the end of September, draws in thousands of runners from around the world. The marathon is part of a two-day festival dedicated to running, which hosts multiple races of different lengths.
September Travel Tips
- It's shoulder season in Budapest, so flight and hotel prices will likely be lower than in the peak summer season. There will be fewer crowds, too.
- Hotels may, however, book up in advance for popular events, like the Budapest Marathon. Be sure to secure accommodations early if your trip coincides with major events.