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October is surely an underrated month for a trip to Hungary. With fewer tourists and lower prices, Hungary in October is much more accessible than during the high season between June and August. The cooler temperatures typical of this period mean you can still comfortably enjoy outdoor activities, such as sightseeing and hiking, before the winter while also making the most of the many festivals this month. Explore the beautiful Buda Castle without massive tourist crowds, try your hikers on at the Predikaloszek, one of the most scenic hiking trails in the country, or relax with a visit to the thermal Lake Hevíz; there are plenty of highlights for a trip to Hungary in October!

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Hungary Weather in October

Fall leaves in front of St. Stephen's basilica in Hungary in October.
The landmarks in Budapest, such as St. Stephen's Basilica, are a dream to see with the autumn leaves surrounding them.

The arrival of autumn means the weather in Hungary in October can be on the chilly side, with a few days of rain. Average temperatures for the whole country generally hover around 13°C (55°F), with warmer temperatures expected early on in the month and cooling off near the end. But these are just averages—you might get a few sunny afternoons of up to 25°C or even the odd snowfall near the end of the month!

The capital, Budapest, experiences average highs of around 16°C (61°F) to lows of 9°C (48°F) and an average of 7 days of rain. In Miskolc, one of the coldest cities in the country, temperatures drop down to 5°C (41°F), but it’s quite rare for any area in the country to go below 0°C (32°F) during this period.

Hungary in October also experiences an average of 11 hours of daylight every day. For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Hungary.

Weather in Hungary in October - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)22167
Avg Nightly (°C)1272
Avg Daily (°F)726145
Avg Nightly (°F)544536
Avg Rainfall (mm)706060

Why visit Hungary in October

A panoramic view of St. Matthias Church in Hungary in October.
The remains of Bela III of Hungary and his first wife can be found in their burial place at the Matthias Church.
The statue of a lion at Chain Bridge in Budapest.
There is a lot to discover in Budapest, from history to dining and nightlife.

Many people like to tour Hungary in the summer to soak up the sun, but there are also plenty of reasons why you should head here during the fall season.

  • Plenty of events: Visiting Hungary this month is also ideal to immerse yourself in this unique culture and its history. Visitors can start the month with a refreshing beer at Oktoberfest, commemorate the Hungarian revolution on the 23rd, and then join the popular Palinka Festival in the scenic Buda Castle in Budapest to try out local sausages and strong liquors.
  • Better rates: One of the main reasons you should visit Hungary in October is that prices are way more affordable compared to the high season. For instance, while it is almost impossible to find an Airbnb apartment at a cheaper rate in Budapest in July, in October, the options suddenly multiply.
  • Fewer crowds: October is not in the high season, meaning there will be way fewer tourists, a great advantage for visitors who won’t have to queue in front of the most popular attractions for hours.

Where to go and what to do

A vineyard filled with greenery on a sunny day in Eger.
The Eger wine region is popular for its red blend and also some of the white wines such as Egri Leanyka.

In addition to festivities, there are plenty of things to do in Hungary in October. For instance, you can opt for a hiking adventure to make the most out of the mild temperatures. Bukk National Park has plenty of hiking options for all fitness levels. Located in northern Hungary, this area is characterized by various karst formations and lush forests. The fall is an excellent time to visit and appreciate the golden fall colors.

If you’re interested in the local cuisine, October also has lots to offer. Several restaurants in Hungary host the popular Restaurant Week in October, where you can sample three-course menus for incredibly low prices. But this is not all. October is also the Chimney Cake Festival month, which is a delicious Hungarian cake consisting of a sweet dough rolled in sugar.

Visitors heading to Hungary in October cannot miss the Eger wine region. Visit a local winery and learn how the sweet dessert wines typical of this area are produced before trying some of them out with delicious local food. Check out our wine tours in Hungary.

A thermal spa in a cave in Hungary.
A bath in the thermal spa of Miskolctapolca is popular for curing joint pains as people can stay in longer due to low salt content.

Lastly, Hungary in October is ideal for those wanting to visit popular attractions due to the low numbers of tourists. Get lost in the Great Market Hall in Budapest, swim in the Cave Bath at Miskolc-tapioca, or explore the beautiful Necropolis of Sopianae in Pecs.

October has always been an underrated month for visits to Hungary, but this country has so much to offer in this period! From the beautiful vineyards of the Eger region to the many festivals taking place all over the country, a Hungarian trip in October will give you the perfect opportunity to get to know this unique culture and its traditions truly. Are you eager to visit this country but lack the time to organize a trip? Reach out to our expert, who will advise you on a tailored itinerary for you.

Published by Tim Green, updated on January 26, 2024

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