Budapest Tram #2 is the most scenic tram journey in Europe!
And that’s according to National Geographic in an article titled: Top 10 Trolley Rides. According to my Budapest guide, who’s a local, it’s the second most scenic tram journey in the world (after San Francisco). While I couldn’t find anything substantiating her claims, it may very well be true.
What Makes the Budapest Tram #2 So Special?
Tram #2 on the Pest side of Budapest follows the Danube River. You get incredible views of Buda and Buda Castle on the other side of the Danube.
On the Pest side, you are treated to views of the baroque neo-gothic Parliament building up close. Not to mention several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the famous Chain Bridge.
One of my favourite sites was the Jewish Memorial. It pays tribute to Jews that died in WWII by featuring shoes along the Danube riverbank. It’s a stark contrast to the grandeur of the buildings lining the riverbank. I think it’s this subtly that makes it so powerful. See photo below.
Regardless of where tram #2 falls in the rankings, I thought it was a beautiful journey. Take a look:
Cafes, Restaurants and Drinks in Budapest When You’re Done Riding the Tram
Budapest is one of my favourite cities in Europe. It’s ideal for exploring on foot (after you’ve done the tram ride). I love to just wander and check out all the incredible restaurants and cute cafes.
On my most recent visit, I met a friend for breakfast at Spot which was recommended by someone who’d lived in Budapest for several years. On my 10-minute walk to get there, I passed 5 places that looked equally as charming.
After breakfast, I walked another 15 minutes and met another friend for lunch. Again passing several very tempting-looking places on the way. I easily could have stopped in afterwards at one of the cute cafes but restrained myself.
A great way to end the day is at one of the bars by the Danube. I loved the openness of Pontoon. And although it’s not on the river, I also love the rooftop of Bisztro Most for drinks. There’s also a restaurant downstairs.
Check out this guide for more free and cheap things to do in Budapest. You’ll see that it’s a great city to visit when you’re on a budget and if you love exploring on foot as I do.
Know Before You Hop on Europe’s Most Scenic Tram
You can hop on tram #2 at Jaszari Mari Square and continue along the Danube past the parliament building.
Travel tip: Sit on the side closest to the Danube for the most scenic views.
Cost: I used my Budapest card, so it was included in the price. But a 24-hour fare good for unlimited public transportation in the city can be purchased for 1500 HUF (~5 EUR). Single fares can also be purchased.