Have you thought of taking a train from Budapest to Vienna ? Hungary and Austria (or vice versa) are fast-becoming favored destination spots for travelers everywhere. And with the affordable Eurail Select Pass including Austria and Hungary, you can travel all around one country, and then hop a train to the other. Car rental is an option in Austria and Hungary, of course. But you’ll need to pay for parking, translate road signs, and fill the tank up along the way (at prices—believe it or not—nearly double what you pay back home).
So enjoy a leisurely stroll in Budapest. It occupies both sides of the Danube, making it easy to navigate, while affording one of the most spectacular panoramic views in all of Europe. Take time to mingle among the locals at a covered market. Or, chill (perhaps be energized ?) with a glass of super-strong kava. And then it’s on to the wine taverns of Vienna.