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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Diplomatic Representations
Hungarian embassy or consulates in your country
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Budapest is served by an efficient public transportation system, based on three subway lines, supplemented by a comprehensive bus, tram, and trolley system. Taxis are also readily available. Phoning for a taxi from one of Budapest’s major companies, rather than hailing off the street, helps ensure the appropriate fare.
Maps of Urban Networks
Budapest subway
Budapest Transport Company

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Budapest - Ferihegy (BUD) 16 km / 10 miles HUF 5200 / 25 min HUF 2300 - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Railway lines crisscross the country to connect most cities. The "Inter-City" line provides first-class, express service to several cities. A hydrofoil ferries passengers to Vienna and Bratislava. Hungary’s highways, which are generally good, are undergoing a major improvement to meet EU standards. Express toll highways connect Budapest west to Vienna, south to the Serbian border, and east (almost) to the Ukrainian border.
Rail Companies
Hungarian Rail Company
Hungarian Rail Company's time

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Malév National None Yes
British Airways National None Yes
Sky Europe Low-cost None Yes
Air France National None Yes
Easy Jet Low-cost None Yes
Air Berlin Low-Cost None Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Motorway network in good condition, but it is a toll motorway. Blood alcohol level 0g/l. Be careful when crossing same level railway crosses as the signalization is not perfect. Headlights are compulsory outside of towns, even during the day. No problem with refueling. Road signalization is in Hungarian according to EU standards.
Road Maps
Maps offered by T-online
offers map of Budapest, and some other settlements
can find streets in Hungary's major cities
Find an Itinerary
Route finder
For international routes

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Different Forms of Tourism

Amongst others, roman ruins, medieval castles and baroque palaces can all be found in Hungary:
- the Benedictine Abbey at Pannonhalma,
- Buda Castle,
- Pest (en anglais),
- Eger,
- Szentendre,
- Esztergom
- Sopron.
There is a great cultural life in Budapest and in Hungary in general. Pecs, the city in the south of Hungary had won the right to become Europe's cultural capital in 2010. The capital is filled with art galleries, museum, offering a great variety of choice for those who like plastic art.
More Information on Festivalcity, Szegediszabadteri.
- Caves at the Aggtelek National Park
- Cycling, hiking in the Ferto-Hanság National Park
- Kiskunság National Park
- Hortobágy National Park
Budapest : Matthias Church, Basilica.
Esztergom : Basilica
Ják: Abbey church
Visit Király Medicinal Baths, which date from the Middle Ages.
The Balaton is Central Europe's largest sweet water lake. Siófok, on the south shore of the lake, has some of the sandiest beaches and best facilities for tourists.
Or you can also enjoy a sunny afternoon by the Velence lake which is only 30 minutes away from Budapest.
Winter Sports
Hungary is a pretty flat country. Generally those who wish to ski go to Austria, Slovenia, Italy or Slovakia if you are looking for cheaper ski holidays.
Outdoor Activities
Hike in Hungary's hills:the Börzsöny, Pilis and Mátra, Kékestetö.
Fish in the River Tisza.
Go horse riding on the Great Plain.
Drink wine from the vineyards of the Szépasszony Valley.
Hungary is a good place to buy caviar, foie gras and Hungarian wines and spirits. Most stores are open from Monday to Saturday.
Tourism Organizations
Hungarian Tourism Board
Website on Hungary

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No special risk.
International Hospitals
Information available on the website of the US embassy in Hungary.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Hungarian Ministry for Health
World Health Organization
Center for disease control and prevention
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Gouvernmental portal for Hungary
Foreign affairs and international trade Canada

Emergency Numbers

General emergency 112
Ambulance 104
Ambulance in English 311 1666
Firefighters 105
Police 107
English language hot-line 438-8080

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Budapest (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in the summer, central Europeean standard time)
Summer Time Period
Standard Time: until last Sunday of March: the clocks spring forward one hour
Summer (Daylight Saving) Time: until the last Sunday of October: the clocks spring backwards one hour.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Generally there are four seasons, with a very warm summer from June to August. Spring and autumn are mild, while winters are usually very cold. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with snowfalls in winter.
The average temperature is 11 °C
The coldest month is January (average temperature -2°C)
The hottest month is July (average temperature 28°C).
April, May, September months are the best months to visit the country
For Further Information
Hungarian tourist boards weather information

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
- Halászlé: a spicy soup made with freshwater fish and paprika;
- Gulyás - Hungarian goulash is a hearty beef, capsicum and paprika soup;
- Western goulash is called pörkölt or tokány;
- Gundel palacsinta: pancake served with walnuts, raisins, lemon rind, chocolate sauce and rum;
- Paprikás csirke: paprika chicken;
- Kolbasz: sausage spiced with paprika.
- Tokaji: strong dessert wine;
- Bull’s Blood: strong red wine;
- Pálinka: brandy;
- Unicum(herb liqueur).
Dietary Restrictions

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Domestic Currency
Hungarian Forint
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The most practical way is to withdraw money directly from ATMs. There are many of them and they are easily accessible in airports, city centers, and all over the country. Currency can be exchanged at hotels, banks, bureaux de change, airports, railway stations, travel agencies and some restaurants throughout the country. Automatic exchange machines are available in Budapest and other main tourist centers.
Possible Means of Payment
Debit Cards and Traveler's Checks (accepted in some stores and banks, but not all). To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveler’s checks in Euros or US Dollars.

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Mostly English, German.
Business Language
English is regularly used for business in Hungary, especially among multinational firms. However, Hungary’s smaller or state-owned firms may have principals who do not speak English. In this case, an interpreter may be used for meetings, though it is prudent to agree on this in advance. German is the second most common foreign language.
Getting Some Knowledge
Basics of Hungarian language (audio)
Free Translation Tools
Webfordítás : Powered by Morphologic
MOKK : Hungarian Scientific Academy's language institute's website

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Az MCCC bemutatkozik
Az MCCC bemutatkozik
Hostels in Hungary
Irany Magyarorszag
Go to Hungary
To Find an Apartment
Short and long term rental in Budapest
Flat rental in Budapest
Furnished, unfurnished flats to rent
Tower Rental: Furnished Apartments in Budapest

Small ads
Private to private
Flat to rent, for sell
To Find a Job
Job Monitor
Job Pilot

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