Budapest is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Both historical turbulence and a plethora of influences can be seen in the amazing mix of architecture, cuisine and culture. 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. Although Many tourist attraction have fees, there is a lot to be seen and absorbed just walking the streets, parks, markets and the peaceful Buda Hills.
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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)
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
The River Danube flows right through the heart of Budapest and thus creates a point of reference for visitors who are either on the old cobbled streets on the Buda side, or in the 19th century boulevards on the Pest side. Your interests will decide on which side of the Danube you will spend most of your time. Anyone interested in history will find it difficult to tear oneself away from Buda, where the Palace summit creates an atmosphere of medieval Budapest. Shopaholics will very soon be enticed by the other side of the river where the shops and nightlife compete for everyone’s attention.
Budapest is really the fusion of three towns, Buda, Óbuda and Pest. Back in 106 AD, the Romans founded the city of Aquincum in the north-east corner of the Danube. Several changes of population later, at the end of the 9th century, the Magyars arrived. They were descended from a Finnish-Ugrian tribe with roots in Siberia. The Magyar city, with its palace and ring-wall, came to be called Buda, and Aquincum was later called Óbuda. The other side of the river was also settled, in the area which would later be called Pest.
Having been invaded by the Turks - and later by the Austrian army - in 1867 Hungary was elevated to an equal partner in the Austro-Hungarian double monarchy. Budapest became one of the most important ports on the Danube and soon also an industrial centre.
Budapest Wine Festival
Budapest will keep you busy in all weather. There are great parks, walks and outdoor baths for the good weather and a plethora of museums, lovely restaurants and outdoor baths, across a range of very different city quarters. There is no problem finding things to do in Budapest, on the contrary- you will struggle to find the time to do them all!
The Széchenyi Baths
The Great Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga)
Castle of Buda
Hungarian State Opera
Memento Park (Szoborpark Múzeum)
St Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika)
The Parliament Building
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
City Park (Városliget)
Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)
Margaret Island (Margitsziget)
Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)
House of Terror (Terror Háza)
Great Market Hall (Vásárcsárnok)
Big Bus Sightseeing Tour
Hungarian food is honest and despite today’s influences from all over the world, the Hungarians are still preserving their traditions. Modern Hungarian cuisine is among the best in Europe and also very inexpensive. You will find most restaurants, and the best ones, on the Pest side.
Spinoza Café and Restaurant
Budapest has many lovely cafés, ranging from breakfast bars and stylish eateries to the most delicious confectionaries, (a sort of a cross between a café and a bakery, with just a few seats). You are sure to find just the perfect type to fit your mood. Simply choose a cream cake and a coffee and relax!
California Coffee Company
Spinoza Café and Restaurant
Művész Cávéház (Artists' Café)
New York Café
Szamos Gourmet House
Cat Café Budapest
Fruska picnic & bistro
Budapest has all kinds of nightlife, from smoky beer halls to Bohemian artists’ clubs and expensive champagne bars. Recent years have seen the rise of the ruin bars, a curious phenomenon where derelict buildings are given a new lease of life as bars, nightclubs and restaurants, complete with quirky decor and a very laid-back atmosphere.
Szoda Bar Budapest
Budapest is famous for its moderately priced antiques which you can find in places such as the Falk Miksa utca quarter. One of the most popular Hungarian souvenirs is handmade Herend porcelain, which has been in production since 1828. The beautiful, hand-painted vases, dishes and porcelain have won many gold medals at various world exhibitions. The factory’s own shop is on József Nádor square.
Around the corner lies Vörösmarty Square, where you can either gather energy with a cup of coffee and a cream cake at the city’s most famous patisserie, Café Gerbeaud, or carry on to the former Luxus department store with the international fashion houses’ most famous stores.
The Váci utca pedestrian street between Vörösmarty square and the Market Square is Budapest’s largest shopping centre. This is where you will find the international fashion houses’ own stores, souvenir shops, wine shops and several galleries. Do not miss the small cross-streets with their sweet little shops and upscale wine merchants. Many Budapest residents think that the prices in this area are too high and instead do their shopping in Pest’s gigantic Westend or in the shops in the Great Ring, which is what they call the boulevard around the city centre.
The new, young shops are scattered around the centre on the Pest side. Király Street is being transformed into a design centre. Do not miss Nagycsarnok on Vámház street, Budapest’s great market hall built in 1896, which has everything that Hungary can offer in the way of food. Here you can buy Hungarian specialities such as, for example, the world-renowned Tokay wine Tokaji Aszú. “The wine of kings, the king of wines” – its special flavour is of sweet, overly ripe and shrivelled grapes. A dessert wine which complements cakes and desserts perfectly. On the first floor, they sell high quality Hungarian souvenirs such as cloth, garments etc.
Great Market Hall (Vásárcsárnok)
Downtown Market on Hold Street
Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)
Váci Street (Váci utca)
Gellért Thermal Baths
Veli bej Bath
Király Thermal Bath
Corinthia Hotel Royal Spa
Mandala Day Spa
Magnolia Day Spa
Masculin Gentlemen's Salon & Day Spa
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Sparties / Cinetrip Sparties
Rudas Thermal Baths
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.
Lion’s Garden Hotel
Soho Boutique Hotel
Hotel Palazzo Zichy
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Bohem Art Hotel
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel
Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments
Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest
St. George Residence
Hotel Regnum Residence Budapest
Hilton Budapest Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Aria Hotel Budapest
Boscolo Hotel Budapest
Buddha Bar Hotel
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Starlight Suiten Hotel
Lánchíd 19 Hotel
Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget
Marco Polo Ho(s)tel
Mercure Budapest Duna
Ibis Budapest City
Cosmo Fashion Hotel
Hotel Moments Budapest
Continental Hotel Budapest
Prestige Hotel Budapest
Hotel Nemzeti Budapest
The Ritz-Carlton Budapest
Danubius Hotel Astoria
Novotel Budapest Centrum
Carpe Noctem Hostel
Budapest’s airport, Liszt Ferenc International Airport, lies 16 km south-east of the city. The airport minibus service is very convenient and has a fixed price for transport into the city. The cheapest way is to take bus 200 E from the airport to the Köbánya-Kispest underground railway station, which takes approx. 20 minutes. You can purchase a metro ticket there and travel in to the city centre for a small amount, though it will take another 20 minutes or so.
Budapest has an excellent public transport system. The same ticket is good for a single journey on any of the main types of transport: of underground railway, buses and trams. The Budapest card includes admission to over 60 museums and discounts for sightseeing, swimming, etc.
Budapest has three railway stations: Keleti, Nyugati and Deli, which are linked by the underground railway. The MAV railway company operates between the stations.
65+ EU citizens can get free transport with ID.
It is better to ask your hotel or restaurant to telephone for a taxi than to hail one on the street. Only use licensed cars with yellow registration plates. The following companies are reliable:
City Taxi (English-speaking)
+36 1 211 11 11
+36 1 222 22 22
+36 1 377 77 77
More Information: www.gotohungary.com/how-to-travel-to-hungary/-/article/plan-your-trip-getting-there-and-around-driving
Post offices in Budapest are open Monday to Friday from 8 am until 6 pm.
The post office at Nyugati railway station has additional opening hours: Mon to Sat 7 am until 9 pm.
Lövőház utca 2-6.
+36 1 802 62 64
József krt. 37-39
+36 1 318 26 66
Gönczy Pál u. 2
+36 1 217 68 86
Phone: +36 1 421 72 96
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Several pharmacies have 24-hour service numbers you can phone at any time, such as at Frankel Leo u. 22.
+36 1 212 43 11
1139, Béke tér 11.
+36 1 320 80 06
1073, Erzsébet krt. 58.
+36 1 235 01 37
1088, Rákóczi út 23.
+36 1 338 4036
1015, Széna tér 1.
+36 1 225 78 30
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SOS Dental Service
1061 Király u. 14.
+36 1 322 96 02
Prime Dental Clinic
1027, Margit krt. 2
+36 1 786 77 28
Dental Center Relaxációs Klinika
1052, Párizsi u. 1
+36 1 266 16 11
Budapest Dental Esztétikai Fogászati Centrum
1137, Szent István krt. 10.
+361 315 45 45
Address: 1061 Király u. 14.
Phone: +36 1 322 96 02
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Country code: +36
Area code: 1
Within Hungary: 06 + area code
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