Useful Tips on Budapest

 

Budapest Quick Facts

The international car sign of Hungary is: H
International country calling code: + 36 or 0036
National Language: Hungarian
Hungary is located in Central Europe, in the Carpathian Basin. Hungary borders 7 countries: Slovakia (North), Ukraine (North-East), Romania (East), Serbia and Croatia (South) and Slovenia and Austria (West).
Hungary  is a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004.
Area: 93,030 km2 (about the size of the U.S. state of Indiana)
Hungary is 10,2 million in population and there are approximately 15 million Hungarian speakers in the world.
Population density: 107 people / km2
Capital: Budapest (population of 2,1 million which mean 1 out of every 5 Hungarians live in Budapest!
Form of government: republic, parliamentary democracy
Time zone: Central European Time (CET), GMT + 1 hour

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Hungarian Visa & Passport Info

Citizens of the EU are exempt from the obligatory use of passports for travel between other EU member states.
A personal Identification card (ID) is sufficient to travel to Hungary for the citizens of the following states: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
A passport is needed for citizens of Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
A visa is required for citizens from: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Morocco, Peru, Turkey, Tunis, Russia, Serbia, South-African Republic and the Ukraine.
Foreigners, who wish to stay in Hungary for a time period of over 90 days, or wish to enter the country in order to work or to conduct other form of income generating activity, must apply for a visa (entry permit). Info: www.kulugyminiszterium.hu

In case your passport has been stolen, please notify the Police and your consulate http://www.embassy-worldwide.com/.

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Arriving to Hungary

By Plane
Budapest is going through airport changes. From mid-2012 most airlines will now use Liszt Ferenc International airport terminal 2A and 2B. Please see www.bud.hu for the best and most up to date listings of where the planes arrive and depart from.
For airport transfers see www.budapestairporttransfers.com

By Car
Out of the four highways and four main roads, seven set off from Budapest. For the use of M1, M3, M5 and M7 (highways) vignette is obligatory which can be purchased at the frontier crossing points and at all larger gas stations. Traffic signs and road signs conform to the signs used in the other European countries. The use of safety belts is obligatory in the front as well as in the back seats. In cars and on motorbikes, mobile phones can only be used via speakerphones. The consumption of alcohol in any quantity is strictly prohibited. The upper limit of speed in inhabited areas is 50 km/hour, while outside of such areas it is 90km/hour, on semi-motorways the limit is 110, while on the highway it is 130 km/hour.
Public road service call number: 188
Documents necessary to drive:
Driving license
Car documents (automobile certificate of registration, log book)
Third-party insurance (motor-car insurance)
Green Card

Highway fees
Visit the Hungarian Highway authorities for highway sticker prices http://www.motorway.hu/

Approaching Budapest
Arriving from Vienna: A4-Hegyeshalom - M1 highway
Arriving from Prague: Bratislava-Rajka - M1 highway
Arriving from Bratislava: Rajka - M15 – M1 highway
Arriving from Croatia: A4 – Letenye - M7 highway (almost finished)

Parking in Budapest
Parking in Budapest requires a parking fee and you must use change to get a ticket form one of the many parking meters throughout the city. In the downtown area you must pay for parking between 8 AM and 8 PM. There are many parking garages in city with plenty of space. See www.ezpark.hu for more into.

By Train
Budapest is connected by railway directly to 25 capital cities and the numbers of daily international trains exceed 50. Trains leave to Vienna for example, every three hours. The most popular trains connecting Budapest and the other major domestic cities are the Intercity trains. Three international railway stations can be found in the capital, all right next to the major metro (subway) lines. At the Keleti and Déli Railway Stations (pályaudvar, pu) you find metro line number 2 (red line), while at the Nyugati Railway Station is metro line number 3 (blue line).

Information:
Keleti Railway Station (Keleti pályaudvar): VIII., Baross Square. Tel: (+36-1) 413 - 4610.
Nyugati Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar): VI., Nyugati Square Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
Déli Railway Station (Déli pályaudvar): I. Krisztina krt. 37.  Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593
Info: www.mav.hu
  
By Bus
The international (Eurolines) buses arrive and depart from Népliget bus terminal, which is also the terminal for many domestic bus lines. Tel: (+36-1) 382-0888.
Domestic lines also arrive to and depart from the Árpád Bridge (+36-1) 412-2597), from the Stadiums (Stadionok) (+36-1) 220-6227), and in Buda from Etele Square (+36-1) 382-4910).
Info: www.volanbusz.hu

By Ship/Boat
Hydrofoil boats: Run (ply) daily on the Danube River, on the Budapest-Bratislava-Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest route, between the 1st of May and the 29th of October.
Hydrofoil boats: transport passengers on the Danube River from Budapest to Vienna via Bratislava and back to Budapest from May 1. - Oct. 29.
International ferryboat lines: Ply between the Slovakian Sturovo (Párkány) and Esztergom on a daily basis.

Domestic boat lines: Scheduled boats depart from Budapest, through the Dunakanyar, arriving to the northern Hungarian holiday resorts.
Pleasure-boats (cruise ship lines): Boats offering great experiences cruise on certain sections of the Danube River. (Duna Corso – sightseeing program, Dance-music pleasure-boat, Margaret Island line). www.mahartpassnave.hu

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Budapest Sights

Great Market Hall
Hungarian State www.opera.hu
Andrassy ut
Parliament Budapest
Saint Stephen’s Basilica www.basilica.hu
The Chain Bridge 
The Margaret Island 
Citadella Budapest & Gellert Hill www.citadella.hu
Statue Park or Memneto Park www.mementopark.hu
Buda Castle District
Royal Palace
Funicular
Trinity Square with Matthias Church
The Heroes’ Square & City Park
The Synagogue
The Roman Ruins of Aquincum
János Hill lookout Tower, Chairlift 
Hidden Treasures in Budapest

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Budapest Museums

www.museums.hu
Aquincum Museum and Roman Ruins : (III. Szentendrei út 139)
Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum: (I. Szent György tér 2.)
Military History Museum (I. Tóth Árpád sétány 40)
 Museum of Applied Arts (IX. Üllői út 33-37)
Kiscell Museum (III. Kiscelli u. 108)
Museum of Contemporary Art - Ludwig Museum Budapest (Palace of Arts)
Transport Museum (XIV, Városligeti körút 11.)
Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum (VI.Vörösmarty u.35.)
Hungarian National Gallery (I. Dísz tér 17, Budavári Palota, Buildings B, C and D)
Hungarian National Museum (VIII. Múzeum krt. 14-16)
Hungarian Agricultural Museum (XIV. Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár)
Hungarian Natural History Museum (VIII. Ludovika tér 6)
The House of Future Centre (Millenaris Park, II. Lövőház u.)
Art Hall (XIV. Hősök tere):
Ethnographical Museum (V. Kossuth tér 12)
Museum of Fine Arts (XIV. Hősök tere)
House of Terror (VI. Andrássy út 60.)
Jewish Museum (VII. Dohány u. 2)

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Budapest Shopping

Budapest Shopping -Opening Hours
Food stores are open from 6.00 or 7.00 to 18.00, 19.00, Monday to Friday, on Saturdays from 6.00 or 7.00 to 13.00
Other Budapest shops are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00, on Saturdays from 10.00 to 13.00.
Large supermarkets have longer opening hours and are open on Sunday. Some of them, like Tesco are open 24 hours.
Deák Ferenc utca, - fasion street
Andrássy Blvd

Allee Budapest
Október 23. utca
1117 Budapest, Hungary
http://www.allee.hu/

West End City Center Budapest
Váci út 1-3.
1062 Budapest
Tel.: 238-7777
www.westend.hu

MOM Park Budapest
Alkotás utca 53.
1123 Budapest
www.mompark.hu

Mammut Shopping Center
1024 Budapest, Lövöház street. 2-6.
Phone.: +36 (1) 345-8020; 345-8333 
http://www.mammut.hu/

Flea market! Antiquities
Budapest Flea market int he city park http://www.bolhapiac.com/
Ecseri Flea Market http://www.ecseri.hu/

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Budapest Tourist Information Offices

There are tourist information centers at the airport, train stations and many places in Budapest downtown area.
Locations:

Discover Budapest – Independent Tourist Center
Lázár street 16. Just behind the Opera House
www.DiscoverBudapest.com

Budapest Tourinform Oktogon
Liszt Ferenc Square 9-11.
Tourinform (Budapest Tourism Info Centre)
Sütő Street 2.
www.BudapestInfo.com

Taxis
Taxis are the best way to get around if you don’t want to take public transport. They are still relatively cheap but you should pay attention to the taxi companies you use. Also please note that in Budapest it is cheaper to call a taxi ahead of time then to hail one down in the street. The companies listed below are all reliable and speak English. Only take a taxi that is well marked and has one of these names:

Company Number
City Taxi Budapest (+361) 211-1111
Rádio Taxi Budapest (+361) 377-7777
6×6 Taxi Budapest (+361) 266-6666
Taxi 2000 Budapest (+361) 200-0000

 

Budapest Public transport & Budapest Card

It is fairly easy to get around in Budapest by public trasport. The subway network is made up of 3 metro lines (Red, Blue and Yellow). Plus there are extensive tram and bus lines that will get you everywhere you want to go in and around Budapest. Tickets are mostly unavailable on the vehicles themselves, you have to buy them in advance, at the ticket office, metro stations or newspaper kiosks. Regular public transport is from 5 am to 23 pm or midnight, during the night there are several night lines troughout the city. More info on the times and prices can be found at www.bkv.hu

We recommend buying the Budapest Card for a 48 hours or 72 hour period. You can purchase one of these at www.discoverbudapest.com You will also get extensive and exclusive discounts witht he care to help save you money besides unlimited public transport access.

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Budapest for Kids & Families

Many fun things await families visiting Budapest here is a list of programs, activities, sights and more that you can entertain the little ones with.

City Park Area
Here you have many offers for children that can lead to a whole day program. Here are a few links:
Budapest Zoo Built during the expo times it is a pretty grand zoo for a city this size. www.zoobudapest.com
Budapest Circus Weekly programs and special guest performaces year round. www.fnc.hu
Budapest Amusement Park Over th last few year investments have made this a much more hospitible day out. www.vidampark.hu
Zoo Playhouse is next to the zoo, excellent for rainy days. Special discounts with http://www.jatek-mester.hu/

Other Children Friendly Places
Eleven Park Is a huge indoor fun center for kids with all those jumping climbing things that kids love to play on. Over 4000 sqm of space. Located in middle south Buda www.elevenpark.hu
Railway History Museum You can drive a real steamengine here. Perfect place for all those Thomas the tank lovers www.vasuttortenetipark.hu
Tropicarium Sharks and other tropical creatures make this a fun stop fror the little ones. Located in south Buda in a shopping mall. www.tropicarium.hu
Millenaris Park, House of Future (Jövő Háza) & Palace of Miracles (Csodák Palotája)  http://www.millenaris.hu/ is connected with the a big modern park with many play grounds. Offers many programs for all ages. Hands on science and activity museums. Located in the Millenáris Park in Budapest’s II district. Very good park for familes as well.
Labyrinth in the Buda Castel district. Secret tunnels and passages with fun things to do, on weekends children’s programs and last hour of closing times lights are off and you get a lantern to explore. www.labirintus.com
Hungarian Natural History Museum Every major city has one and a great place for those inclimate days. www.mttm.hu
Chair lift www.libego.hu runs between Zugliget and János-mountain (Jánoshegy). Has connection to the children’s railway as well. Can be reached via bus line 158 from Moszkva Square Allows for access to many hiking trails in the Buda hills.
Children’s railway www.gyermekvasut.com Runs from Hűvösvölgy to Széchenyi-mountain in the Buda hills. A minuture version of a real life working railroad passanger train that educates and teaches children about the railway. It is mainly open during the off season on weekends and national holidays and int he summer daily.
Margit Island is Budapest’s central park where you go for city strolls, runs and just relaxing a day at the park. The entire island is car free and offers many things. There is a swimming pool, children’s zoo (free), many playgrounds, Japanese garden and more. To get around ont he island a 4 wheel bike called a BRINGO COACH might help www.bringohinto.hu

Swimming and water related activies for families:
Aquaworld All year round indoor water theme park www.aqua-world.hu
Dagály Swimming Pool (summer) www.spasbudapest.com
Plaatinus Strand (summer) located on Margit Island www.spasbudapest.com
Római Swimming Pool (summer) Located in Buda’s Northern side www.spasbudapest.com

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Budapest Thermal Bath houses & Spas

Gellert Baths
Kiraly Baths 
Rudas Baths
Szechenyi Baths
Danubius Thermal Hotel
Dagaly Spa and Swimming Pool
Lukacs Baths and Swimming Pool
Rac Baths
King Baths

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Budapest Weather

Weather Today in Budapest

Budapest weather in general is mainly continental, with hints of mediterranean weather attributes. We have a full four seasons and in summer it is very hot and winter very cold. Check the forecast before your trip and dress accordingly.

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Hungarian Language, words, phrases and numbers

General words & Phrases
Igen – Yes
Nem – No
Kérem - Please
Jó napot kívánok – Good afternoon! (used from about 10am to 18pm)
Viszontlátásra – Good bye (polite until we see each other again)
Jó reggelt – Good morning (used before 10am)
Jó estét – Good evening
Szia – Hi
Hello – Goodbye
Köszönöm – Thank you
Szívesen – You’re welcome
Elnézést – Excuse me / Sorry
Bocsánat – Pardon me
Beszélsz angolul? – Do you speak English?
Nem értem - I don’t understand
SEGÍTSÉG! – HELP!
Mennyibe kerül? – How much does it cost?

Getting around 
Busz - bus
Villamos - tram
Taxi – taxi
Jegy - Ticket
Berlét - Pass

In a restaurant
Vegetáriánus - vegetarian
Jó étvágyat! – Enjoy your meal!
Finom! – It’s tasty.
Egészségedre! – Cheers!
Fizetek – I’d like to pay.
Hívna egy taxit nekem? – Could you call a taxi for me?
Kérem a panaszkönyvet! – Complaint book please
Számlát kérek – I’d like a receipt.

Numbers 
1 egy 
2 kettő
3 három
4 négy 
5 öt 
6 hat 
7 hét
8 nyolc
9 kilenc
10 tíz
100 száz
1.000 ezer

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