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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Facts and Stats for Budapest*

  • Pollution Statistics in Budapest

    Know the pollution level of Budapest before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 55.3 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 31.31 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 49.1 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 51.75 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.52 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 37.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 39.32 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 45.76 (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 35.59 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.63 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 24.76 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 72.99 (High)
    • Car Stealing 39.18 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 44.54 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 27.96 (Low)
    • Drug offense 33.63 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.63 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.54 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.06 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.12 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.82 (Moderate)
  • Living in Budapest - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Budapest is 126.68 (High)

    • Safety Index 64.19 (High)
    • Climate Index 78.37 (High)
    • Pollution Index 51.8 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.05 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 44.75 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.51 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.4 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 56.99 (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 6.52 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.23 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70.92 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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