Being well prepared for your Budapest visit is an important step before your travel. Everyone likes to receive the most relevant instructions about a foreign city. We have collected the main guidelines of Budapest, including general info about the country, visa requirements and internet options to help you organise your trip to Budapest.
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary located in Central Europe with a population near 2 million. From 2004, Hungary is part of the European Union and from 2007 is a member state of the Schengen area. The official language is Hungarian, but several hotels and restaurant welcomes guests with an English speaking colleague. The official currency in Hungary is Hungarian Forint (HUF) however in several places Euro is accepted as well. Hungary is lined in the Central Europe time zone (CET=GMT+1hour) and has a temperate climate,during the summer temperature often reaches 30-32 °C (86°F), and in winter temperature falls down to –5-8°C (23-30°F).
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
As Hungary is a member state of the Schengen area, some countries and nationals have to claim a visa that grants them with the permission to enter the Schengen Area. You can apply for a visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary. Citizens of the countries who don’t need Schengen visa are required to have a valid passport to enter Hungary. Before you travel, make sure to find out who needs and doesn’t need a Schengen Visa to travel to Hungary.
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CURRENCY AND PAYMENT
The official currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF), however it is possible to pay with euros in several hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. 1 Euro is around 320 Forint, and 1 USD is about 283 Forint. Credit cards (Visa, Maestro) are widely accepted at most service providers, however, make sure to carry cash with yourself as well.
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INTERNET AND ELECTRICITY
The standard voltage in Hungary is 230 Volts, and the power plugs and sockets are type of ‘C’ and ‘F’. Internet service is accessible several ways in Budapest. Hotels, shopping centres, restaurants and café bars offer free wireless connection. Budapest also offers a wide range of internet cafés charging an additional fee for internet service. 4G mobile network coverage is available throughout the city.