Please sign in to post.

James are you out there? Dublin vs Budapest

We will be visiting Budapest beginning May 5. We can be there 4 1/2 days and 3 days in Dublin, or 5 1/2 days in Budapest and 2 days in Dublin. Dublin wasn't on the radar initially, but we could get an inexpensive inter-Europe flight from Budapest to Dublin, and will be flying back to the US from there. We figured we may not ever get to Ireland, and why not, even though its just a sip. So James, you seem to be one of the RS experts on Budapest, and probably preferential to Budapest, but can one get a good feel for BUD in 4 1/2 days or is another day needed. We would like to do the baths one day and the trip to the little villages outside of town another. We like markets, gardens, and walking on narrow little streets in the Old town, and perusing interesting little shops, toys, handicrafts etc, and of course bakeries and charming local restaurants.

Perhaps you haven't been to Dublin, but hopefully someone that has done both these cities can advise me soon. For Dublin I have done little research at this point, so am thinking one day in the Old Town, and one or two days on excursions into the countryside. We usually rent a car, but our minds at this age are too engrained to drive on the "right" side of the road, so not willing to take the risk.

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

Posted by
6871 posts

James doesn't just stay in Budapest. He's shown the desire to get out and enjoy the smaller cities in Central and Western Europe.

I have never taken time to see Dublin and Ireland. But I'm sure it's very worthwhile for any world traveler to spend representative time there. We've seen so many sights on television over the years.

I just say go for it, and don't worry about driving on the left side of the road. Most can get used to driving "English style" without too much problems. If you get far enough off the beaten path, maybe you will be where few cars are on the road.

Posted by
14911 posts

4.5 days in Budapest is probably adequate. While there's a lot to see, it's easy to get around. I was in Dublin a few months back and loved it. One of the often-overlooked benefits of traveling in an English-speaking country is the ease with which you can converse with the locals. In Ireland, everyone seemed eager to chat with strangers and were very forthcoming about their personal lives and experiences. The pubs are the best place for fun - many have live performers afternoon and evening - and for meals. With 3 days in Dublin, you'll be able to take a day trip to the scenic coast, if the weather's good, or to historic sights, or even a day trip by train to Belfast. There's lots to see and do in Dublin. Take advantage of their excellent theatres to see a play or two. Don't miss the Literary Pub Crawl - great fun.

Posted by
394 posts

I've been to both cities within the last 1.5 years. We loved them both.

For Dublin, I would highly recommend the Kilmainham Gaol. It was a fascinating tour, I learned a lot. The Guinness Storehouse is touristy, but honestly, I really enjoyed it. Definitely spend some time in real pubs too, chat with the locals, they are so friendly. The Archaeology Museum was also really terrific too. We stayed at Staunton's on the Green, which is on the south side of St. Stephen's Green. We found this to be an excellent location as it's close enough to walk to everything, but far enough that it was quiet at night. The breakfast was very good too. For day trips, Glendalough is beautiful and historic. Kilkenny was great too - the castle, the round tower, and seeing a smaller Irish city. My brother took the train to Howth and he loved that too. Our favorite part of Ireland was out in the country, especially Dingle, but we really loved Dublin - you'll have a great time.

I don't know Budapest as well as the others here, but we spent three nights there last year. We felt that it was enough time to see the major points and still have some extra time to stop at little, less touristy spots, walk around old streets, and just enjoy the area.

Posted by
930 posts

I would second Steve's suggestions except for the brewery, then again I Iive in Wisconsin and we have breweries, don't you? Another thought is heading north of Dublin to the Boyne River valley. It has the severed head of St. Oliver Plunket in Drougheda, the megalithic tombs at New Grange, and the Hill of Tara is in the area. A nice day trip.
Glendalough is south of Dublin and offers a nice drive through the Wicklow Mountains. Important you walk up to St. Kevin's cave, or maybe its St. Steven's cave when at Glendalough just to get away from the tour buses.
wayne iNWI

Posted by
13549 posts

I actually think he should spend the extra day in Dublin. 4.5 days is enough to get to know Budapest. The idea is to travel and learn as much as you can in as many places as you can. I only try and help people with the introduction when they decide on Budapest, I am really not at all closed minded. I would prefer a really great airfare through Istanbul to get to Budapest before Dublin but that's just me (check it out, the rates are generally very good to Istanbul and its only a few hundred more into Budapest. )

Posted by
1455 posts

Dublin is a lovely city that can be done in 3 days for sure. We took advantage of the Hop on / Hop off bus to get acquainted with the City. From the Dublin airport, there is a bus that takes you to the City Centre, and you can also use the Hop on / Hop off ticket for that bus. I think it was a tourist ticket, which I got at the information booth.

The people are nice, and its so relaxing in Dublin. No hustle or bustle. My ex and I even attended Mass, and he was asked to do a reading.