A guide to visiting Budapest with your dog

You arrive at your hotel in Budapest with your dog, but what’s next? Luckily, there are lots of things you can see and do in the city with your dog alongside you.

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Hungarian Parliament

Getting around

  • Dogs are welcome on all transit, they don’t need a ticket, they just have to be on a leash. It actually does say that they need a ticket, but no one cares. The signs say they need a muzzle but I’ve never actually seen a dog on transit with a muzzle, don’t worry about that. If you get in trouble for not following these rules don’t yell at me, in my experience they’re fine with no ticket and no muzzle.
  • Budapest Taxi is the only taxi company in the city that allows dogs, the other ones don’t. I would avoid taxis when you can, though.
  • Walk, duh.

Sightseeing

  • Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church- skip the funicular and walk up the steps
  • St. Stephen’s Basillica- walk to Fashion Street from here for some shopping, most stores allow dogs inside
  • Parliament and The Shoes on the Danube
  • Heroe’s Square and Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Citadella
  • walk through the Jewish District

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Restaurants

Most restaurants are dog friendly. Gerbaud Cafe allows your dog to sit at the table with you, and they bring you some cookies. Iguana, the Mexican restaurant allows dogs, along with Parazs Thai, the Hummus Bar, the Pointer Pub and Szimpla Kert. Don’t be afraid to take your dog in, most places will bring them water and be extremely welcoming. If they send you away, just go onto the next one.

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Things you might miss

  • thermal baths
  • museums
  • going inside the churches (St. Stephens and Matthias)
  • funicular up Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Budapest Eye
  • the Zoo
  • Central Market Hall

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Definitely bring your dog to Budapest if you’re on the fence about it. Almost everywhere, and everything is dog friendly and everyone here loves dogs.

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