Where To Stay
A major hotel-construction program continues in Budapest. Reservations are recommended, especially between April and October. In recent years, dozens of modern, reasonably priced bed-and-breakfast lodges have been built in the Buda hills. Good accommodations are available in private homes.
Arriving & Departing: There are nonstop trans-Atlantic flights to Budapest from the U.S. and service from most European capitals. Taxi fare from Ferihegy Airport to Budapest is about $20. The airport authority operates a direct minivan to any address in the city; the fare is about $8.
Hydrofoil service between Budapest and Vienna runs April through September. The five-hour journey costs $125 round trip.
Getting Around: Public transportation is reliable; tickets must be purchased in advance and cost about 25 cents. Budapest has the oldest subway system on the Continent. The Budapest Card is good for public transportation and discounts on admissions and various services. Valid for three days, it costs about $20 for adults or $13 for children under 14. For information on the Hungarian Flexipass and the European East pass, see by rail.
New Years Day, National Holiday (March 15), Easter Sunday and Monday (Mar. 30 and 31), Labor Day (May 1), Constitution Day (Aug. 20), 1956 Revolution Day (Oct. 23), Christmas, Boxing Day (Dec. 26).
Banks in Hungary are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forint is divided into 100 fillers. $1 = 161 HUF, as of Dec. 2, 1996. Most shops and hotels in large cities honor major credit cards
General information, maps and brochures on individual cities and regions are available.
Hungarian Tourist Board