All about Budapest and greater budapest!

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Budapest is a wonderful city where tradition meets innovation, and history is combined with youthful and vibrant life to provide visitors with an experience they never forget. It is hard to find another city where you can bump into so many World Heritage Sites as you walk around it, and there aren’t many places where you find unique thermal water spas still in operation within ancient walls built in medieval times.

Budapest is a colourful metropolis where life sweeps you off your feet and never lets you get bored. The scenic surroundings of the city, its natural and built heritage, spectacular buildings and world-renowned spas, its multi-faceted gastronomy, the flourishing culture of fashion and design, and the extremely rich cultural life all put their stamp on the unique and exciting character of Budapest. The lively atmosphere of the city stimulates all the senses, while its dynamism and diverse culture enchant visitors. The scenic view from the Danube Bend or the numerous hiking and cycling trails in the Pilis mountains, along with the rich historic and cultural life of the nearby towns, offer visitors an experience to savour and so many things to discover.

Hungary is an infinite source of miracles all year around, so no matter when you set out on a trip to discover the country, you will never tire of its ever-changing colours. So, if you feel like taking a closer look at our country’s myriad natural and cultural gems, combined with the promise of a great experience, just follow the road – any road – to yet another beautiful place. Take a look around you, whether you’re on a boat bobbing on the waves of Lake Balaton, standing on the breathtaking peaks of the Mecsek Mountains or in the middle of the vast expanse of the Great Plain of Hungary. Discover the intriguing tales behind every sight and landmark, the centuries-old cities and buildings, stories and places – we promise it will be the experience of a lifetime.

Payment currency:

Hungary is not part of the eurozone. The currency is the Hungarian forint (HUF). Please consult your bank or foreign exchange agent for exchange rates. Except in smaller food shops, bank and credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are numerous and one can also easily change money locally (banks, exchange offices, etc.).

Travel insurance

Please check whether your health insurance provides sufficient cover for your destination and mode of travel. Appropriate travel insurance with sufficient coverage limit (travel assistance, repatriation, legal aid) is recommended.

A good travel and assistance insurance will help you if your luggage is lost or stolen, by providing you with money quickly, sending vital medicines, and as part of an assistance service, they will often help you even if you do not understand the language of the country.

Mobile phones and communication facilities

The most commonly used phone companies in Hungary are Vodafone and T-Mobile.

Info public transportation

The public transport network in Budapest (BKV) is well organized, all parts of the city are accessible and at regular times.

Tickets are the same for all public transport in Budapest. ATTENTION: They must be validated before starting the journey (in the vehicles for buses, trolleys and trams, on the platform or at the station entrance for the metro).

A new ticket must be validated for each connection during the same journey. If one uses a coupon booklet, one must keep the fixed strip until all the tickets are used up.

Checks are very regular and fines, payable locally, run high. The capital’s main bus station is in Népliget at the intersection of the national and international bus lines of Vólanbusz (also part of the Eurolines network (Brussels, Paris, London, etc.).

There are also tickets valid for one or more days. For more information and the purchase of tickets, please contact the BKV sales points at, for example, the entrances of metro stations.

Train and bus are free for EU citizens over 65 years of age, provided they present an identity document.