Quick Facts & Travel Information about Budapest
Budapest is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the result of historical turbulence and a plethora of influences which can be seen in the amazing mix of architecture, cuisine and culture that visitors can revel in. Close to the west, it is a realistic destination for short weekend breaks. It is also the ideal place for honeymoons or romantic getaways; the city is small enough to walk most of the sights and completely safe. Though many tourist attraction have fees, there is a lot to be seen and absorbed just walking the streets, parks, markets and of course the peaceful Buda Hills.
Source: arrivalguides.com (this guide was updated: 2015-01-28)
Do & See
Budapest will keep you busy with its lovely restaurants, beautiful opera, indoor- and outdoor baths, and different exciting quarters to explore. There is no problem finding things to do in Budapest, on the contrary- you will struggle finding the time to do them all.
Hungarian food is honest and despite today’s influences from all over the world, the Hungarians are still preserving their traditions. The modern Hungarian cuisine is among the best ones in Europe and also very inexpensive. You will find most restaurants, and the best ones, on the Pest side.
You are either on route to – or have just arrived in – a city which is not only beautiful and full of historical monuments and dramatic memories, it is also excellent for both walking around in or on exciting expeditions.
Bars & Nightlife
Budapest has all kinds of nightlife, from smoky beer halls to Bohemian artists’ clubs and expensive champagne bars.
Budapest has many lovely cafés, ranging from the most delicious confectionary to breakfast places or a cosy venue where you can sit down to just sip on a coffee.
Population: 1.7 million
Currency: Hungarian Forint
Emergency numbers: 112 International Emergency Line
Medical service 24 hours: +36 1 200 01 00 (Falck SOS Hungary)
Newspapers: Budapest Sun (Eng), Magyar Hírlap, Magyar Nemzet
Opening hours: Office Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm / High street shops and boutiques are open Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm / Department stores and Malls are open Monday-Friday 10 am – 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm. / Sunday shopping restrictions: From March 2015, Hungary’s regulations change and large shops (>200 SqM) cannot open on Sundays. Only select small shops and family businesses will be exempt (and allowed to open 10am-10pm maximum)
Tourist information: Budapest’s Main Tourist Office, Március 15. tér 7 (+36 1 266 04 79)
Deák Ferenc tér, 1052 Budapest, Sütő u. 2. Open: 8 am – 8 pm
Liszt Ferenc tér, 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 47. Open: 10 am – 8 pm
Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 1 Open: 8 am – 10 pm, Terminal 2A Open: 8 am – 10 pm, Terminal 2B Open: 10 am – 8 pm
Budai Vár (Buda Castle), 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 6. Open: 9 am – 7 pm