15+1 Questions About Budapest
What are the frequently asked questions about Budapest among travellers? In this article, we have collected the most essential 15+1 questions including answers. Do you need any other information about Budapest? Feel free to write your questions in the comments below.
1. Where is Budapest?
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary located in Central-Eastern Europe. The city is divided by the Danube in north-south direction. The left bank is Buda, the right bank is Pest.
2. Which side is better to stay at? Buda or Pest?
Buda is mostly the calmer and peaceful part of Budapest. Including beautiful panoramic views, greener areas and surroundings, it provides an aristocratic and historic ambience. Meanwhile, Pest is the centre of Budapest where the vibrating city life and active nightlife are always present. Most attractions are located in Pest therefore many tourist choose to stay in the 5th, 6th or 7th districts. In case you’re looking for a peaceful neighbourhood, than Buda would be the better choice for you.
3. Where is the city centre?
Budapest’s city centre is the 5th, 6th and 7th districts located in the Pest side of the city.
4. What language do Hungarians speak?
People speak primarily Hungarian, but also understand and speak English in most tourist spots, especially at restaurants, shops, hotels and apartments.
5. Is Visa required for Budapest?
Hungary is member of the European Union from 2004 and also among the European States that are part of the Schengen Area.
Citizens from EU countries and European Economic Area are not required to obtain a Schengen visa when visiting Budapest for up to 90 days. Citizens from Canada, US, Australia and South Korea traveling with valid passport does not required to obtain a Schengen visa either in order to enter Hungary. However, there are some nationals who need to go through the process.
6. What is the Currency in Hungary?
The official currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF or Ft.), not Euro.
1EUR ~ 334 HUF
1USD ~ 304 HUF
1GBP ~ 391HUF
7. Is Budapest expensive?
Budapest is considered to be an affordable city compared to other Western cities, such as Prague or Vienna. Prices always higher at frequented tourist spots and also in high seasons but it is possible to stick to your budget.
High season: May- Aug
Low season: Sep-Apr
8. What time zone is Budapest in?
Budapest time zones are:
- Winter: GMT+1 (GMT plus one)
- Summer: GMT+2 (GMT plus two)
9. How do I get from the Airport to the city centre?
Visitors traveling with airplane are landing at the ‘Ferenc Liszt International Airport’ in Budapest. The city centre is located around 20 kilometres far from the airport and can be accessible within 1 hour with public transportation or taxi service. There are 3 easy ways to get to the city centre.
10. Which Spa’s are worth visiting?
The most popular thermal bath what many tourist visit is Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest bathing complex in Europe. Besides, there are other thermal baths worth to visit in Budapest. Gellért Thermal Bath is beautiful for its Art Nouveau interior and not as much crowded with tourist. If you are looking for a traditional Turkish style and less touristy place, Veli Bej Bath will be the best choice.
11. Is Budapest good for Children?
Yes, it is. Budapest is a family-friendly and safe city offering plenty exciting activities for older children as well as for the little ones. Interactive exhibitions, several playgrounds, parks, exciting children-friendly walking tours and mouth-watering Hungarian sweets are just waiting for children to be discovered.
12. What is Public Transportation in Budapest?
Budapest has an excellent transportation system with 4 metro lines and several bus and tram network. The official organisation responsible for Budapest’s public transportation system is BKK which is short for Budapest Közlekedési Központ. They provide all valid information about Budapest’s transportation system.
13. What kind of tickets and passes should I buy, and where can I buy them?
For getting around in Budapest by public transportation we recommend to use Tickets or Short-term Travelcards what you can purchase at:
1. Ticket Vending Machines
2. BKK’s Customer Service
3. On board
14. Do I need a Budapest Card?
Purchasing a Budapest Card depends on what things would you like to see and do during your stay. Budapest Card gives 5-50% discount of the most popular sights, museums, restaurants, thermal baths and also free public transport is included. For those who would just like to explore the city and visit the main highlights, do not need a Budapest Card. We suggest to make a cost analysis to compare what would be the best option for your budget.
15. How long should I stay in Budapest?
That depends on your interest and personality. The minimum stay for an enjoyable trip is 3 full days. This will be just enough to get a comprehensive overview of Budapest. During 4 days you will have more time to discover the city, visit museums, attend a cooking course and other exciting activities. 5-6 days will let you visit the surrounding areas, such as Etyek wine region, Visegrád or Szentendre.
16. Is Budapest safe to visit?
Budapest became a very popular travel destination amongst travellers. In fact, Budapest is the 7th most visited city in Europe. Comparing Budapest to other European cities, it is an exceptionally safe city to visit. The Hungarian government pays special attention to keep Budapest safe for tourists as well as for locals. There are some safety issues though, what you might consider before traveling to Budapest. Be aware of your belongings to avoid pickpockets, book taxi only through the official taxi service company and always keep your money safe.