October in Eastern Europe: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Bridge Over River In Budapest in Autumn

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October is a good month to travel to Eastern Europe. The summer travelers are long gone, the chilliest weather has yet to descend upon the region, and autumn food and drink begins appearing on restaurant and bar menus. Get in-depth information on weather, events, and more as you plan your trip.

Eastern Europe Weather in October

The Eastern European countries enjoy mild weather in October so you'll find outdoor music festivals, great shopping in the outdoor markets, and a show of autumn colors in the parks and along the rivers.

October can get cooler as the month goes on in Prague. Afternoon temperatures can reach an average of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius), with the average low at night 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). October can be rainy—the average rainfall is 1 inch (25 mm) over 16 days with an average humidity of 81 percent.

Autumn view over bridges of Prague
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October is ideal for touring and wine tasting during the day in October. The first part of October can be warm and is considered one of the peak travel times. October weather has an average high of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) and an average of 42 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius) as the low. There can be showers with an 18 percent chance of rain on any given October day.

Statue of Pavol Orszagh Hviezdoslav, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Temperature averages can reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) during the day and, on the cooler end, 42 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius). You can expect showers for about five days throughout the month on average. 

Budapest from Palace of Buda
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Weather averages range from 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 39 degrees Fahrenheit on the low end. You can expect rain an average of 6 days during the month.

Royal Lazienki Park in autumn
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Krakow in October

Weather is cooler, averaging 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) with an average low of 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). You can expect rain an average of 8 days during the month.

High angle view of swans on river, Krakow, Poland
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What to Pack

As you tour the Eastern European countries, you'll want to carry an umbrella or have a waterproof jacket as your outer layer. Since the weather cools as night falls, layers, with light shirts or T's layered with sweaters, is ideal. Wear walking shoes for touring the cobblestone streets and enjoying outdoor events. For evening consider nicer shirts, slacks and a dress for women with boots or dress shoes in the cities.

October Events in Eastern Europe

Prague:

  • Prague's International Jazz Festival begins in the latter half of October. Prague's concert calendar is always packed, however, and popular venues around the city regularly host musicians who specialize in all types of music.
  • Strings of Autumn Music Festival offers music ranging from classical to jazz.
  • Designblok, Prague's international design festival is the place to see contemporary design and network with designers and vendors. 
  • Signal Festival is a light festival with light installations and video mapping all across Prague highlighting historical buildings and monuments as well as little-known corners of the city.

    Bratislava:

    Budapest:

    Warsaw:

    • The Warsaw International Film Festival brings over 130 films to theaters across Warsaw from countries as far away as Chile, Taiwan, and Iceland.
    • The Free Form Festival, a contemporary appreciation of all types of performing and visual arts including concerts, live acts, short films, audiovisual presentations, documentaries, and design expositions.

    Krakow:

    October Travel Tips

    • For most areas, October is the shoulder season but compare prices and double-check because some popular destinations, especially if there are large festivals, do not lower their prices.
    • It's usually cheaper to travel by bus or train once you have arrived in Eastern Europe. Buy international train tickets in the country you are departing from—some trains are slow, so request the high-speed or through trains.
    • Shop the outdoor markets in places like Krakow in the mild October weather. A great place to go on a Sunday in October is the outdoor flea market Plac Targowy (Market Square) Unitarg at the local Hala Targowa (Market Hall) where you'll find some fantastic old world antiques and vintage clothing.
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