November is the perfect month to visit Budapest if you prefer crowd-free sightseeing. In November the leaves are changing their colours from green to a brilliant red and yellow, which makes the view of Budapest even more special. This is also the beginning of the heating season and the smell of smoke in the air reminds us of home. The temperature gradually drops to ~5⁰C during the day and you will feel more comfortable to go indoors for a drink or coffee. November is your ideal month to visit the capital of Hungary if you can handle chilly weather and freezing nights. But what is worth knowing about the Budapest weather in November?
NOVEMBER WEATHER FACTS
Chilly, colourful and candle-lit these are the adjectives that describe Budapest in November the best.
The average min. is +2⁰C/35⁰F and the average max. is +7⁰C/45⁰F.
Average rainfall: 49 mm
November tends to be darker than October and the number of sunny hours also decreases as we move towards December. By the end of the month the occasional rain might fall in the form of snow.
ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF THE BUDAPEST WEATHER IN NOVEMBER
We have collected all the advantages and disadvantages for you why you should visit Budapest in November.
1. You can explore Budapest without bumping into tourists all the time and November is your perfect month to come to the capital of Hungary if you enjoy crowd-free sightseeing
2. The temperature drops to 2-7⁰C during the day which provides you with a great opportunity to soak in one of the many baths of Budapest. If you want to spice up your spa experience, try a late-night pool party. Do you love music, people and fun? If yes, do not miss out on a night dip
3. When you have had enough of the cold weather, try one of the indoor escape rooms. You will be given a mystery that you need to solve via tricky puzzles and accomplishing tasks. The aim of the game is to escape the room by finding the code for the lock. It is more fun to be locked in with a group of friends (~4-6 people)
4. You can visit one of the most unique and beautiful Christmas Fairs in Europe. Budapest is already getting ready for Christmas and the whole city looks magical with all the Christmas lights and decoration on (if you are crazy about Christmas come back in December too)
5. The ice-skating season is on! It is compulsory to check out the super cool ice-skating rink in the City Park, next to the Hero’s Square. Should you ice-skate or not, this place offers a lovely view especially at night
6. 1 November is All Saints’ Day when every Hungarian goes to the cemetery to pay respect to their loved ones who has died. It is a tradition to clean and tidy up around the grave and put flowers or a wreath on it. They also lit a candle before they leave, so the cemeteries look like a fairy tale land from a distance
The weather can be very challenging and the public transportation vehicles are either overheated or are freezing cold.
– 1 November is a national holiday, when all the shops are closed and only restaurants and entertainment units operate
– When it rains heavily, do not walk close to the edge of the pavement because you might get sprayed with dirty water by passing cars
– Put your swimming costume in your suitcase and visit a thermal bath
– Have plenty of layers of clothes including a winter coat in your suitcase
– Wear boots with warm, comfy socks
– Start your Christmas shopping and buy something unique or hand-made in the Christmas Fairs. NOTE: Christmas markets open around the 3rd– 4th week of November! Check online
– Enjoy a nice plate of traditional duck or goose in the best restaurants
– Taste the traditional liquor of the Hungarians, the so-called Pálinka, which is so strong that it will warm you up from the inside out for sure
– Have a cup of hot tea or coffee with a slice of cake in the afternoon. There are several classic cake shops in Budapest that will definitely sweeten your day. (e.g. Szamos Confectionary)
-Check out the video about Budapest in late autumn
Budapest weather in November is windy, chilly and freezing sometimes but do not let this discourage you from visiting the capital of Hungary. November is so much more than just a cold month in autumn. It is the beginning of the Festive Season with the opportunity to ice-skate, drink mulled wine and soak in a hot, thermal pool. Put your walking shoes on, zip up your coat and discover the sights of Budapest.