Visit Budapest - Best of Budapest
Situated at the banks of River Danube, Budapest is a charmingly unique, vibrant city and the capital of Hungary. The traces of settlement on the territory of Budapest account to the Celtic tribes. During the first Century AD, the territory was fortified and went under significant development that turned the territory into a civil settlement. The Roman Ruins in the city have been dated back to the second and the third century AD and have shed light on to the culture and the lifestyle of that time. During the medieval times, the city was under the rule of King Matthias. The vividly remembered renaissance ruler and his love for the arts and the sciences transformed Hungary into a notable power. The city has been witness to a long violent past and was almost on the verge of destruction by the Mongols in 1241, Turks in 1541 and the Soviet troops in 1945. Today, Budapest is the cultural, political and economic capital of Hungary and boasts royal palaces, Ottoman-era spas, wooded hills, fine museums and galleries, fantastic art nouveau buildings, new design hotels, fabulous food markets, outdoor coffee houses, picturesque scenery, fashion houses, a lively performing arts scene, entertainment opportunities, colourful markets, extravagant festivals, a vibrant culture and a rich past. The plethora of sights, attractions and opportunities make Budapest worthy of its claim as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Due to its beautiful scenery and architecture, Budapest is often recognised as “Paris of The East.” The unique, youthful atmosphere, outstanding classical music scene, pulsating night life along with the historic and natural attractions, add to the magic of Budapest.
Budapest Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Budapest tips for your visit
- Budapest Time Zone - Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)
- Currency – Currency in Budapest is Hungarian Forints
- Electricity – Budapest uses 230 V, 50 Hz alternating current as the power. Plugs and sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C) and have grounded / earthed 2 pin connections (Type F).
- Languages - The official language in Hungary is Hungarian. Most Hungarians speak only German. There are some English speakers as well.
- Internet – 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. There are numerous Cafes providing free Wi-Fi to the tourists.
- Security – Police: 107, Ambulance: 104
- English-language hot-line specifically set up for tourists: 438 8080
- Tipping – If the service fee is not included, it is customary to tip 10%-15% of the total bill. Tipping in Hungary's restaurants and bars is quite unusual and can be the source of some misunderstanding. You shouldn't leave the tip on the table. Instead, you are expected to tell your waiter how much you are paying in total or how much change you would like back.
- Pickpockets are most active on public transport vehicles metro, in crowded shops, shopping centres, food markets, and popular touristy places. Make sure to keep your money, documents, mobile phone safe and secure.
- Public restrooms can be a bit grungy, often with no soap or only bar soap, a shared cloth towel for hand drying, and no toilet paper. It is recommended that tourists carry hand sanitizer and extra tissues in their bags to overcome this.
- Passports and travel documents should be kept in a safe place
- Do not take marijuana, drugs in Budapest.
- Do not board Budapest public transport vehicles without a ticket.
- Hungarians almost always shake hands on meeting. Remember to shake hands with everyone as you introduce yourself.
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Budapest Tourist Information
- Parks And Gardens
- Amusement Parks
- Bowling Spots
- Casinos And Gaming
- Dog Parks
- Burger Shops
- Chinese Restaurants
- Fast Foods
- Italian Restaurants
- Mexican Restaurants
- Pizza Shops
- Thai Restaurants
- Vegan Restaurants
- Food Trucks
- Gas Stations
- Bus Stations
- Rail Stations
Budapest Tours for you
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Budapest
Save 10%Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise 110 Reviews
Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
Your best evening in Budapest will be spent on this combination folklore show and Danube dinner cruise tour! First experience...
Save 7%Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise 76 Reviews
Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
Attend an organ concert at St Stephens Basilica, famous throughout Hungary for its remarkable musical performances. Inside th...
Save 7%Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest 532 Reviews
Duration: 10 Hrs
Take an excursion into Hungary's history on this popular Danube Bend full day trip. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you'l...
Save 7%Etyek Wine Country Tour with Dinner from Budapest 252 Reviews
Duration: 4 Hrs
Savor some of Hungarys delicious wines on this 4-5-hour wine tasting and dinner experience in the Etyek wine region. Leave Bu...
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15 Super Offbeat Things To Do In Budapest
- One of the most trodden cities by global travelers, including luxury lovers or backpackers, Budapest is a dream destination for every explorer. Embracing visitors with a multitude of culture, medieval history and an unmissable old-world charm, the capital of Hungary nestled picturesquely over the second largest river in Europe, River Danube, is a spell not so easy to come off! Having a wide plethora of must-sees and must-dos, it is the hidden treasures of Budapest that lend you reminiscent adventures making for life-long experiences. Listed below are some amazing offbeat things to do in Budapest, that will make you want to take off now! 1. Ecseri Market - wartime memorabilia anyone?
- Sopron Tourism
- Pecs Tourism
- Kaposvar Tourism
- Debrecen Tourism
- Szeged Tourism
- Eger Tourism
- Gyor Tourism
- Siofok Tourism
- Szombathely Tourism
Facts and Stats for Budapest*
Pollution Statistics in Budapest
Know the pollution level of Budapest before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 57.27 (Moderate)
Water Pollution 32.83 (Low)
Noise and Light Pollution 49.51 (Moderate)
Unattended dirt and garbage 53.3 (Moderate)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.81 (Very Low)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 38.57 (Low)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.06 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 48.08 (Moderate)
Budapest: Crime and Safety
How safe is Budapest for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Budapest.
Burglary and Theft 36.42 (Low)
Mugging and Robbery 29.85 (Low)
Assault and Armed Robbery 25.59 (Low)
Corruption and Bribery 73.57 (High)
Car Stealing 40.29 (Moderate)
Robbery of Car belongings 45.39 (Moderate)
Attacks 28.27 (Low)
Drug offense 34.29 (Low)
Safety walking alone during daylight 84.08 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 60.28 (High)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.14 (Low)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.76 (Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 48.99 (Moderate)
Living in Budapest - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Budapest is 125.21 (High)
Safety Index 63.29 (High)
Climate Index 78.37 (High)
Pollution Index 53.64 (Moderate)
Traffic Commute Time Index 37.78 (Moderate)
Cost of Living Index 45.79 (Very Low)
Health Care Index 46.43 (Moderate)
Property Price to Income Ratio 14.52 (High)
Purchasing Power Index 56.53 (Low)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Budapest
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Budapest
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
International Movie per seat 6.51 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 32.03 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.32 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.27 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.