Budapest, what a city! There’s so much to see and do in this wonderful city, everywhere you turn you see something new to discover. We’ve put together things to know when visiting Budapest.
1. Getting to and from the airport is super easy and super cheap!
This is number 1 in things to know when visiting Budapest. Take the 100E bus into the city, there are several ticket machines located in the airport. This is a direct bus line that connects terminal 2 at the airport to Deak Ferenc Square in the City Centre. The bus runs every 20 minutes from 05:00 – 01:20 (from the airport) and 03:40 – 00:40 (from the Center). Ticket prices are 900 HUF (journey 45 mins) Approx. 3-4 Euros, please note that only Huf is accepted and make sure you click the airport transfer on the ticket machine. Other drop off points on the way to the city include; Kálvin tér M , Astoria M , Deák Ferenc tér M
If you decide to get a taxi, the taxi stop is right outside the arrival hall called FOTAXI (Official partner of the airport), if you go to the booth they will give you a ticket which you then pass to the driver (Approx. 22 Euros to the city).
2. The currency is Huf (Hungarian forint)
People do accept Euros in Budapest, but be warned you may get stung as they can implement their own exchange rate.
3. Eat like a local
Like anywhere to really enjoy the local cuisine eating like a local is key. Ask your tour guide, hotel staff or a resident where the best place for food is. Budapest is very cheap, especially in local restaurants. Go down the backstreets away from the tourist traps. However, it can be difficult finding Vegetarian and Vegan foods, as Hungarian cuisine tends to be very meat-based.
4. Understand the locals and the city
A lot of the locals speak English, but it’s nice to learn a few phrases;
Hello – Szia! (See-ya)
Thank you – Köszönöm (Cus-i-num)
Thanks – Kösz (Cus-i)
As a city Budapest is very chilled and quite quiet, there isn’t much crime that happens and it’s nightlife is legendary. Just with any city, be safe and stick together during the evenings.
5. When visiting the baths bring your own towels and sandals
It can end up costing quite a lot of money to rent and purchase the sandals/slippers when at the Baths. A lot of the baths require you to wear sandals, so bringing your own can save you a lot of money.
6. Take a free walking tour for tips
Taking a free walking tour allows you to have the opportunity to ask for information and recommendations for which baths to go to, restaurants, shopping districts etc. You can also learn a lot about the history of Budapest.
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