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General information


Number of inhabitants : 10.374.000

Capital Budapest, territory: 525 km2, 2.016.000 inhabitants

Local time GMT + 1
- from April till November GMT + 2

Official language : Hungarian

Form of the state : republic

Currency : Forint

Average temperatures
- January - 2 oC
- June 23 oC

Electricity 220 Volt

EXCHANGE

USD = approx. 200.-HUF (Forint)
EUR = aprox. 290.-HUF ( Forint )

Please don’t change on the street, better to change in the hotel, in a bank or at the hotel reception desk.

Opening hours of the banks: Monday - Friday 08:30 - 13:00
In the hotel: 24 hours a day 

TELEPHONE CALLS ABROAD

It’s possible to make phone calls from the hotels or telephone boxes which can be operated with coins or telephone cards, or you can call from the post office.

From phone-box or post :
00 (to get the international line) - number of the country - number of the town - number you want to call

Phone-boxes with telephone cards:
They don’t function with credit card but with telephone cards which you can buy at the tobacconist's or in most of the hotels.

CREDIT CARDS

In Hungary they accept the most frequent credit cards in almost all the shops and restaurants (Visa, American Express, Eurocard, Cirrus etc.). Anyway you always have to look at the entrance door of the shop where you can find which cards are accepted.

SHOPPING

General opening hours of the shops: Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00

Typical articles:
Hungarian or Transilvanian embroidery, Chinas of Herend and Zsolnay, crystal, salami, red paprika (sweet or hot), fois gras (goose liver), Russian caviare, antique objects, furniture etc.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

In Budapest there are 3 metro lines, they cross each other at the Deák Square in the centre of the city.
Line Nr 1. (yellow) is a 100-year-old subway, it was reconstructed in 1995 in its original form - it connects the downtown with the Heroes’ Square.
Line Nr 2. (red), Line Nr 3. (blue)
There are also trams and buses.

Price of the ticket at the moment: 300.-Forint
One ticket is valid for only one travel. For tourists they sell abonements for 1 and 3 days.

TAXI

All the taxis have yellow numberplates. The best way to use is taxis which belong to taxi companies and wear the sign of the company on the car. (e.g. City taxi, Tele5, Főtaxi, Buda taxi). In all 5-star hotels you have the possibility to call luxury taxis or limousines. If it’s possible it’s always worth calling the taxi by phone.

PUBLIC SECURITY

The security in Budapest is not worse than in any other big European cities but you always have to take care of your values, especially in places where there’s big tourism or many people.
Please leave your passport, aeroplane / train / hydrofoil tickets in the safe of the hotel. You can identify yourself with your hotel key-card as well.