Budapest, Hungary is a popular travel destination, with wonderfully preserved architecture, great restaurants and bars, and a good transport infrastructure. It is the capital of Hungary and the country’s largest city, with a population of 3.3 million. There are also lots of great places to go running in Budapest.
Budapest is divided by the Danube River, and is the combination of two formerly separate cities: Buda and Pest, on opposite sides of the Danube. Pest, on the east side of river, contains the Inner City and some of the more visited sites. Buda, on the West side of the river is hilly and semi-suburban, and has winding, narrow streets wending their way up into the hills.
The best places to run in Budapest are all centrally located. The highlight is Margaret Island, a recreational mecca with several km of trails with great river and city views. There is also excellent running along the Danube, on both sides, although one should look carefully at our guide to learn the best sections. There are also some great parks for running: City Park (Varosliget), Bikás Park, and Orczy Park. And for some hills, head to Gellért Hill in Buda and run up to the Citudella (fort), or enjoy the more expansive Normafa park, a few km west of the city. One thing that’s unique about running in Budapest is that there are many places with rubberized running tracks, which are dedicated paths for runners. The longest is 5.3 km on Margaret Island. Many of these tracks also feature an open air fitness park, with machines for exercising.
There is excellent transportation in Budapest. Metros, trams, buses, and trains. All of our routes are accessible by public transport, and one really does not need a car if staying in the metro area.