The Best Running Routes in Budapest

Budapest | © Jen Hunter / Flickr cc.
Budapest | © Jen Hunter / Flickr cc.
Photo of Alex Mackintosh
31 January 2017

With a combination of flat and hilly terrain, city runs and natural landscapes, Budapest is a runner’s dream. Over the last few years, a number of dedicated running trails have been popping up around the city making things even easier for anyone hoping to get that personal best. These are the places to go for the best running routes in Budapest.

Margaret Island

Park, Natural Feature
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The sculpture and fountain at Margaret Island in Budapest, Hungary
Margaret Island offers numerous attractions, including a fountain | © Zoltán Csipke / Alamy Stock Photo

One of the city’s most frequented running routes can be found on the centrally located Margaret Island, easily accessible by the 4/6 tram which takes you straight to its entrance. A 5km (3.1 mile) long rubber running track circles the island, providing views over the Danube and shade from the island’s trees; the route is predominantly set over flat terrain and is popular with locals from Spring to Autumn.

Varosliget

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2004-B38 Budapest
2004-B38 Budapest | © Gerry Labrijn / Flickr cc.
Budapest’s City Park, or Varosliget, is a large green area set over flat terrain, with a number of paths perfect for running. Runners can adjust the distance of their route according to preference; a loop of the park provides a run of approximately 4k (2.48 miles), however longer and shorter runs are equally accessible. A scenic route, the Szechenyi Thermal Baths and Vajdahunyad Castle can both be found in the park, while Heroes Square stands at its entrance.

Bikás Park

Park
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Bikás park M4 metro station 01
Bikás park M4 metro station 01 | © Rlevente / Wikimedia Commons
Located in Budapest’s 11th district, this park features a running track with a distance of approximately 800m (0.48 miles) in a peaceful environment. Alternatively, runners can jog on one the park’s paths to extend their run over a combination of hilly and flat terrain. There’s also an outdoor gym.

Normafa

Found in the Buda hills, Normafa is popular with locals and its clean air provides the perfect running environment. A number of paths offer a range of routes; jog from Normafa to the Elizabeth Lookout Tower on János-hegy and back for a route of approximately 5k (3.1 miles), which offers spectacular views over Budpapest and a combination of flat and hilly terrain – with the final stretch up to the lookout tower providing a steep incline.

Budapest, Jánoshegyi út, 1121 Hungary

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Gellért Hill

Historical Landmark, Natural Feature
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Gellert Hill
View of the Danube from Gellert Hill | © Erik Cleves Kristensen / Flickr cc.
Starting and ending at the Gellért Thermal Baths, this route is perfect for anyone hoping for some post run relaxation. Run up Gellért Hill to the Citadella, enjoying panoramic views over Budapest, before heading back down to the thermal baths. With both an incline and decline featured in this run, it’s a short but challenging route with a flexible distance depending on the path chosen.