Official language: Hungarian – Magyar
Electricity: 230V 50Hz
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF) 1€ = 298 HUF (aprox.)
Telephone: Hungary country code +36
ARRIVAL BY PLANE
Budapest’s Ferihegy International Airport(296 7000; http://www.bud.hu), 24km southeast of the city center, has two modern terminals side by side and an older one about 5km to the west. Coming to the city from the Airport: Due to a contract between the Budapest Airport and Főtaxi, the taxis available at the airport have quite favorable transfer fees and high standard of service, therefore we bravely recommend them. Price to the city center: 5800 HUF (max 4 pax). Taxi fees include VAT but do not include the tip.
In the arrival hall of the airport, you can find most of the large car rental service agencies. The Airport Minibus is quite popular, transporting passengers to any part of the city. Transfer to the city center costs 3200 HUF, and with the return ticket of 5500 HUF, valid for six months, it is even more favorable. Tickets are available in the waiting hall on the arrival level, at the Airport Minibus office. The Airport Minibus offices at the terminals are open every day from 05:00 to 01:00.
The cheapest – but most time-consuming – way to get into town from Ferihegy is by public transportation, taking take the bus nr 200 (look for the stop between terminals 2A and 2B), which terminates at the Kőbánya- Kispest metro station. From there take the M3 metro into the center. The total cost is 2X320 HUF.
BUDAPEST SHOPPING-OPENING HOURS
Food stores are open from 6.00 or 7.00 till 18.00 – 20.00, Monday to Friday, on Saturdays from 6.00 or 7.00 till 18.00, larger food stores like SPAR, Match are open on Sundays as well, usually from 8.00 till 14.00. Other Budapest shops are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 till 18.00, on Saturdays from 10.00 till 13.00. The large supermarkets have longer opening hours and are open on Sunday. Some of them, like Tesco are open 24 hours.
The city of Budapest is located in a temperate zone with continental climate and four seasons. Generally, April and May are the rainiest months of the year. Temperatures in those months are in average 20ºC (69ºF) during the day and 8ºC (46ºF) during the night.
Central European Time is applied. Summer time (from March till the end of October): GMT + 2 hours.
Banks are usually open between 8.00 – 16.00 on weekdays. Some banks are open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday.
Exchanging cash at the arrival location (airport, railway station) is usually more expensive in most countries. Railway stations are some of the MOST EXPENSIVE places to exchange money in Budapest. Hungary has a competitive money exchange industry. Know the official exchange rate of the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Rates are always displayed in front of the exchange offices. NEVER exchange money on the street!
CREDIT CARDS, DEBIT CARDS AND CHEKS
Major credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used in the member shops and businesses.
Look for the logo displayed at the entrance.
ATMs operate 24 hours a day. Major credit cards and banking cards are accepted.
There is usually a commission of 1% for cashing travellers cheques at banks. Please note that most stores will not accept traveler’s cheques.
You can use your bank or credit card to get cash at post offices throughout Hungary. More than 3200 post offices nation-wide provide this service.
Budapest has a fairly extensive and efficient public transport system. It is cheaper than in most Western European cities. A wide variety of trams, buses, trolleys and metro trains run in the city. We recommend you to buy the BUDAPEST CARD! Contact email@example.com for your requests and just let her know where do you want your cards to be deliverd.
Taxis in Budapest are not expensive compared to other European countries, but with such an excellent public transport network available, you don’t really have to use them very often. Taking a taxi in this city should be approached with a certain amount of caution, however, the reputable firms listed below have caught on to the concept of customer service, and they take complaints very seriously nowadays.
Avoid taxis with no name on the door and only a removable taxi light-box on the roof; these are just guys with cars and the ones most likely to rip you off. Never get into a cab that does not have a yellow licence plate and an identification badge displayed on the dashboard (as required by law), the logo of one of the reputable taxi firms listed here on the side doors, and a table of fares posted prominently.
Not all taxi meters are set at the same rates, and some are much more expensive than others, but there are price ceilings under which cab companies are free to maneuver.
The following Taxi companies are recommended
Taxi 2000: +36-1-200-0000
City Taxi: +36-1-211-1111
Buda Taxi: +36-1-233-3333
6X6 Taxi: +36-1-266-6666