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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Budapest

Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Budapest. Below are the main dates for these festivities:

1st January: New Year's Day (national day)

On New Year's Eve, Budapest offers its residents and tourists many free outdoor concerts (Oktogon, Vorosmarty Square, Nyugati Square). The celebration of the New Year is followed by a ball that lasts until dawn at the Opera.

15 March: Commemoration of the 1848 Revolution (national)

Celebration of the 1848 Revolution in memory of this uprising against the Habsburg Empire. The city is covered with flags; schoolchildren decorate parks. Parades, jubilation and fireworks at night.

5 April: Easter (national)

A country with a Christian tradition, Hungary celebrates Easter. On the programme: egg decoration, preparation of traditional dishes, making scented water.

1st May: Labour Day (national)

The various associations of the city organise small fairs to promote their activities (majalis). The programme includes concerts, barbecues, games, and children's activities.

20 August: St. Stephen's Day (national)

The country celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution on this day. Budapest celebrates St. Stephen, the patron saint of the city, and a fireworks display takes place on Gellért Hill. Numerous cultural events are on the agenda, walks on the banks of the Danube and on the Erzsébet and Szabadság bridges.

23 October: Commemoration of the 1956 Revolution (national)

Hungarians commemorate the revolution of 23 October 1956 against the communist regime as well as the proclamation of the Hungarian Republic by Mátyás Szűrös on 23 October 1989.

1st November: All Saints Day (national)

Hungary celebrates All Saints Day on 1st November and the Day of the Dead on 2 November.

25 December: Christmas Holidays (national)

Budapest has its traditional Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square in front of St. Stephen's Basilica and the Town Hall square. Nice atmosphere, handicrafts, illuminated trams and an ice-skating rink.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Budapest

Protected from the Siberian cold by the Carpathian mountains, Budapest has a temperate continental climate. Winters are long and cold (– 1 °C / 30.2 °F on average). Summers are humid and warm. The days are pleasant from June to August. Even if it rains regularly, a visit is also agreeable in May and June as well as October and November. Budapest is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. In the summer, the waters of Lake Balaton can reach 25 °C / 77 °F!

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -3 / 26,6 2 / 35.6 36 / 1.4 Not the best period to go
February -1 / 30.2 5 / 41 43 / 1.7 Not the best period to go
March 3 / 37.4 11 / 51.8 37 / 1.5 Not the best period to go
April 8 / 46.4 18 / 64.4 44 / 1.7 Not the best period to go
May 12 / 53.6 23 / 73.4 71 / 2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16 / 60.8 27 / 80.6 68 / 2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
July 17 / 62.6 29 / 84.2 55 / 2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
August 17 / 62.6 28 / 82.4 46 / 1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
September 13 / 55.4 24 / 75.2 32 / 1.2 Good period to go Good period to go
October 8 / 46.4 17 / 62.6 56 / 2.2 Not the best period to go
November 4 / 39.2 9 / 48.2 69 / 2.7 Not the best period to go
December 0 / 32 5 / 41 45 / 1.8 Not the best period to go
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN BUDAPEST

The Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is located about 20 kilometres southeast of downtown Budapest.

Two terminals:

  • T2A (Air France)
  • T2B

Travelling between the airport and Budapest:
  • By car
    • Access by Highway 4 and the M0 and M5 motorways, count on about 20 minutes to reach the city centre. There are five car parks at the airport, including two long-term lots. Count 1,200 HUF per hour and 7,000 for the day.
  • Bus/Metro
    • Bus 200 E takes you from Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B to the subway station (line M3: Kőbánya-Kispest) for 350 HUF.
  • Train
    • The train near the airport can be reached via the 200 E bus. You will arrive at the Western Train Station (Nyugati Pályaudvar) in just a few minutes.
  • Taxi
    • Főtaxi is the official airport taxi company. The fare to the city centre costs approximately 6 500 HUF and will take roughly 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Services

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GETTING AROUND Budapest

The public transport network is dense in Budapest. Metros, trams and buses have the advantage of being rapid and inexpensive.

Car

French driving licenses are valid throughout the territory of Hungary. The road network is of excellent quality throughout the main routes.

Car parks are generally very full. The cost of parking varies from 120 to 430 HUF, depending on the neighbourhood.

Bus

The bus network is excellent, with variable frequencies depending on the bus line (from 15 to 90 minutes). The main lines also have night buses.
You can buy bus tickets at metro stations, newspaper kiosks and tourist offices. Count on spending about 350 HUF one way. Tickets sold in the bus are more expensive (450 HUF).

Tramway

Budapest has 30 tramway lines.
Very practical, the yellow tramways run regularly. The tramway uses the same tickets as the buses (350 HUF).

Trolleybus

There are 15 Trolleybus lines in the city. The lines 78 and 79 are particularly interesting for tourists in the centre of Budapest.

Metro

There are four metro lines that run from 4 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. (350 HUF).

Taxi

The yellow official taxis in the city have a base fare of 450 HUF plus 280 HUF per kilometre. This rate is the same day or night.

Train

The HEV train connects Budapest to the metropolitan areas. There are 4 lines in service from 4 a.m. to midnight with a frequency of every 5 to 10 minutes. The price of one ticket is 350 HUF.

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Visitor information

Once you arrive in Budapest, don't hesitate to be in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.

Tourism Office of Budapest

Tourism information site

  • Adress: Sütő u. 2. (Deák Square)
    1052 Budapest
  • Opening hours: From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Tourism information site

  • Adress: Olof Palme sétány 5. (in the City Park Ice Rink building)
    1146 Budapest
  • Opening hours: From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tourism information site

  • Adress: Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport
    Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B
  • Opening hours: From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Hungary is the forint (HUF).

EUR 1 = HUF 308

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Hungary and the city of Budapest have reliable medical infrastructure. For French residents, the European Health Insurance Card will cover medical costs and health repatriation.

Vaccination

No vaccines are required for entry into Hungary.

Vaccination

For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:

Food safety recommendations

There is no particular risk in terms of food safety.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Budapest.

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Administrative procedures

Entry requirements for Hungarian territory

For members of the Schengen area countries, a single official identity document is required to obtain a 90-day visa. In most cases, a passport allows for a stay of 90 days in Hungary without a visa. Beyond this period, a residence visa or a residence permit is often required. For the following countries, except for the possession of a diplomatic passport, a visa is required before entering the country: South Africa, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Order of Malta, Morocco, Moldova, Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, Yemen.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few useful phrases in Hungarian for your stay in Budapest.

Hello: jó napot kívánok

Good evening: jó estét kívánok

Good bye: viszontlátásra

Yes: Igen

No: Nem

No, thank you: Nem köszönöm

Thank you very much: Köszönöm szépen

I don't understand: Nem értem

Could you repeat that?: Meg tudnád ismételni?

Please: Tessék

What time is it?: Mennyi az idõ?

Excuse me?: Bocsánat

Airport: repülõtér

Train station: pályaudvar

Taxi: Taxi 

Hotel: szálloda

Hospital: kórház

Bank: Bank

Telephone: Telefon

I am (…): Vagyok

I'm looking for (…): Kutatom

What is the price of (…): Mennyibe kerül

Do you have (…): Van önnek (…)

Where can I find (…): Tudja merre van a (…)

Where can I buy (…): Hol lehet vásárolni?

I would like (…): Kérek égy (…)

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Good to know

00 36 1
+ phone number (calls to Budapest)
1 : 00
of time difference with
Dublin
Daylight Savings Time start date
27 March

Daylight Savings Time end date
30 October

BANKS

Generally open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Some are also open on Saturday mornings.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Generally open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
220 V / 50 Hz

And what about tipping?

It is customary to leave a 10-20% tip in restaurants, taxies and even for the hairdresser.