Despite frequent tragic upheavals which spared nothing and nobody, the country boasts a heritage that attracts people from far and wide. Citing the city’s unparalleled panorama,
UNESCO declared Budapest, Hungary’s capital, “the Pearl of the Danube”, a World Heritage site.
After Iceland, Hungary has the world’s largest reserve of surface thermal water: hundreds of springs help thousands in recovering.
Lake Balaton, Central Europe’s largest fresh water lake, is a favourite get-away for families with young children, fans of yachting and lovers of the beach.
Have a delightful time travelling and exploring the country and many unforgettable experiences in the heart of Europe!
Hungarian folk songs bear no resemblance to those of other nations. Yet, the Hungarian people have been living in the centre of Europe for over 1.100 years.
How to get to Hungary:
By almost all sources you can reach our contry. By plane -, by train, by boat, by bus and by car.
The Magyar thinks of Hungary as the hub of the world â€“
â€™Extra Hungariam non est vita, si est vita, non est itaâ€™â€¦which means: There is no life outside of Hungary and if, than it is not the real oneâ€¦
General useful information
State Form: Republic
Official Language: Hungarian
Inhabitants: 9.960.000 persons
Local time: GMT + 1 hour.
Summer time for early March to late October (GMT + 2 Hours)
Holidays: 1st January, 15th March, Easter, Whitsun, 1st May, 20th August,
23rd October, 1st November, 25-26th December
Currency: Hungarian Forints â€“ HUF
Electricity: 220 volts
Climate: Continental, hot in summer and cold in winter when temperature falls below zero. From spring to fall, about 10 hours of sunshine may be expected daily. Differences in the temperature of the four seasons are quite large. December, January. February are the coldest, July, August are the hottest months.
Passport: Non required for EU countries, just identity card.
Visa: Please ask for information regarding other countries.
Visas can be obtained at the foreign missions of Hungary. The visa fee is higher if you apply for one at the highway border crossing points, at Liszt Ferenc International Airport and the Budapest International Boat Station. Visas are valid for 90 days.
Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B for all international carriers.
Travel to and from the airport
Public Transport: Airport (ReptĂ©r) buses (or marked with red 93) run from the KĹ‘bĂˇnya-Kispest terminus, metro line 3, to/from Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 2A and 2B every 15 minutes during the day.
Taxi: The journey takes between half an hour and an hour by car. If you order a cab by phone, most companies offer a fixed price of around 4.000 Ft, often depending on whether your destination is on the Pest or Buda side of the river. Otherwise, the journey can cost 6.000 Ft or more.
Airport Shuttle: If you are travelling on your own, it is cheaper to use the Airport Shuttle service, which has a desk at the airport. For 3.200 Ft for a single and 5,500 Ft for a return, they will deliver you in centre or centrally located hotel in Budapest, and pick you up again when you leave.
Shop opening hours:
Monday-Friday 10.00-18.00 h
Saturday 10.00-14.00 h
Except Shopping Malls, which are open 7 days a week 10.00-20.00 h
Country code Hungary +36
Budapest area code 1
International calls 00 + country code + local number
Fire Brigade 105
Money exchange, cheques, credit cards:
Legal tender: Forint â€“ Ft, HUF.
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 Ft
Banknotes: 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000 Ft
There is no obligatory daily minimum amount of conversion. When changing money, remember that most payments are still made in cash. Money can be exchanged in exchange offices, banks, travel agencies, hotels, post offices, and in countless ATMs. Banks and travel agencies offer the best rates.
The exchange offices are generally open between 8:30 am and 9:00 pm, in the inner city (VĂˇci utca, DeĂˇk Ferenc utca, VĂ¶rĂ¶smarty tĂ©r, KristĂłf tĂ©r) are open round the clock. No commission charged for the transactions.
The most frequent credit cards are accepted in most of the shops and restaurants (Visa, American Express, Eurocard, etc.) but please check at entrance door of the shop which cards are accepted.
In Budapest there are 3 metro lines, they cross each other at the DeĂˇk Square in the centre of the city.
Line Nr 1. (yellow) is a 100-year-old subway, it was reconstructed in 1995 in its original form – it connects the downtown with the City Park (Heroesâ€™ Square, SzĂ©chenyi Bath, Zoo etc)
Line Nr 2. (red) between DĂ©li pĂˇlyaudvar – Ă–rs vezĂ©r tere.
Line Nr 3. (blue) between Ăšjpest KĂ¶zpont – KĹ‘bĂˇnya-Kispest.
Line Nr 4 (green) between Keleti pĂˇlyaudvar â€“ KelenfĂ¶ldi pĂˇlyaudvar
There are trams, trolleys and buses at travellersâ€™ disposal, too.
Price of the single ticket at the moment: 350.-Forint, valid for one travel only.
For tourists abonements are sold for 1 and 3 days.
All the taxis have yellow numberplates. The best way to use those taxis which belong to taxi companies and wear the sign of the company on the car. (eg. City taxi, Tele5, FĹ‘taxi, Buda taxi, 6×6 taxi, Taxi Plus). In all 5-star hotels you have the possibility to call luxury taxis or limousines. If it is possible itâ€™s always worth ordering taxi by phone.