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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 Transport Company
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
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
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),
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Domestic Currency
- 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.
- 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
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MOKK : Hungarian Scientific Academy's language institute's website
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