Do you want to know what to wear in Budapest in Spring? n this guide we will tell you EXACTLY what to pack for Budapest no matter if you are visiting in March, April or May. This includes guidance on how to dress for the weather, dress codes as well as Budapest special events in Spring.
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Weather in Budapest in Spring
Spring in Budapest is classified as March, April and May. March is technically the first month of Spring, but is also the coldest with the temperatures slowly rising as the season progresses. But how cold is Budapest in Spring?
How cold is Budapest in Spring?
How cold Budapest in Spring feels very much depends on when you visit. March still feels pretty wintery with temperature ranges of 11°C/ 51Fto 3°C/37F and people will still be using their Winter capsule wardrobes.
However the temperatures rise quickly in and by May the temperatures will have average lows and highs of 12°C/53.6F and 23°C / 73.4F.
How rainy is in Budapest in Spring?
Generally speaking there are only about 5 days of rain in Budapest in March and April. However May tends to be the rainiest of the Spring months with 7 days of rain.
But even in May it shouldn’t be huge downpours but it is still worth having a light waterproof and a compact travel umbrella with you.
Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.
How do local people dress in Budapest in Spring ?
The locals known not to full pack away their Winter Capsule Wardrobe for March. However you will find they move swiftly from Budapest Winter outfits, Spring and into their Summer capsule wardrobes by end of May.
What to Wear in Budapest in Spring
Before we get onto the specifics of what to wear in Budapest in Spring for women and men, we wanted to reiterate that we think it is a great idea to pack a capsule wardrobe. It means you are less likely to lose your luggage when traveling and prevents you from overpacking. For help in packing a capsule wardrobe check out these posts:
Best Shoes for Budapest in Spring
But first we will turn our attention to shoes for Budapest in Spring.
Sneakers in my opinion are the best shoe for Budapest. Budapest has cobbled stone streets and uneven surfaces. This combined with the amount of walking you will be doing means that you will need comfortable walking shoes.
My favorite brand of sneakers for walking are Hoka and AllBirds, however you also can’t go wrong with a plain white sneaker as they go with everything. One of my favorite pairs of white sneakers is the Adidas Cloud Foam shoes.
Ankle Boots or Sandals
Depending on the month of travel will depend on what your second shoe for Budapest in Spring should be. In March, a boot is the most practical choice. However in May it is becoming sandal season. Whichever you pick just be sure that they have a good sole and arch support that can cope with cobbled stone streets.
What to Wear in Budapest in Spring for Women
So what does a Milan Packing List for Spring look like? For women we recommend packing:
Coat / Jacket
Again depending on what month in Spring you are traveling to Budapest will affect the jacket you should pack. For March we recommend a heavier weight jacket such as a puffer jacket. However by May you can get away with something much lighter such as a denim jacket.
Swimwear is always an essential for Budapest for visiting the beautiful Szechenyi Baths. This thermal spa was built in 1913 and is open year round and is very special to visit in Spring.
Trousers and pants are a great versatile pick for Budapest. In March and April in particular jeans are a great pick. We just recommend picking smarter jeans such as black jeans or dark blue jeans that are more fitted or skinny jeans to be more in keeping with local style.
However towards the end of May you may want to pack some lighter trousers as well as jeans such as linen trousers.
Skirts and Dresses
Midi and Maxi dresses are perfect for Budapest in Spring. Though in March a sweater dress may be a better idea paired with tights.
The month of travel will again determine the most appropriate layers to pack and March will obviously need more layers than May. However we always recommend lots of lighter layers instead of chunky knits because they are easier to pack and layer.
We recommend having a cardigan, sweater and a hoodie for daytime sightseeing in Budapest.
T Shirts are perfect for Budapest in Spring. In March I would recommend having a mix of long and short sleeve tees but by May I would have largely transitioned to short sleeve ones.
Loose blouses are perfect for Budapest no matter what Spring month you are traveling. I
A pashmina should be on your Budapest packing list no matter the month you are visiting. They are great for cool evenings but also to make outfits more modest for churches. Click here to shop pashminas.
PJs or Nightie, Underwear and Socks
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Budapest can be a dazzling city in spring so be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses with good UVA protection.
What to Wear in Budapest in Spring Packing List for Men
Alongside our regular men’s travel essentials we recommend adding the following items to your men’s packing list for Budapest in Spring:
The thickness is dependent on the month of travel with March requiring much thicker than May.
Jeans are great for daytime sightseeing in Budapest. But on top of jeans men will also find chinos and dockers helpful.
T Shirts and Shirts
T shirts are great for days sightseeing. In March we recommend having a mix of long and short sleeves, but by May you are likely only going to need short sleeve t shirts.
Again, we advise packing plain coloured tees instead of graphic and slogan ones if you don’t want to look like a tourist in Budapest.
And on top of t shirts you may also want to pack a button down shirt for use in more upscale restaurants.
A hoodie, jumper and sweater alongside the jacket are the perfect layers for 7 days in Budapest.
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What to pack for Budapest in Spring (Non Clothing)
- Crossbody Bag – unfortunately any tourist site attracts pickpockets and Hungary is no different. A crossbody bag with lots of zips is the best way to protect your belongings.
- Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
- Travel adaptor
- Power Pack / battery packs
- Sun screen
- Lipbalm – especially important for March when the cold weather can chafe your lips.
- Compact Umbrella
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Blister plasters
- Toiletries – for our essential toiletries packing list click here. However toiletries should be easy to buy in Budapest if you want to big them on arrival.
FAQs About Budapest in Spring
Can you wear jeans in Budapest?
You can absolutely wear jeans in Budapest in Spring. In fact I would always pop them on my Budapest Spring packing list especially for March and April.
And I would have one other type of trouser with you such as black pant or chino for Spring.
Have you been to Budapest in Spring? What did you wear? We would love you to tell us in the comments below!