General Information About Budapest
Budapest is one of the most progressive cities in Central Europe and comparisons can be drawn to Paris and Prague in both style and architecture.
The city sprawls from the majestic curve of the Danube with Pest on the right the more busy, modern side where the majority of the nightlife can be found. On the other side Buda with the stunning Castle Hill and the Buda Hills. From the beautiful bath houses to an array of nightlife there is something for everyone in Budapest.
Not only it is the centre of administration but also that of industry, trade, transport and traffic, education, culture, arts and sports.
Budapest has a temperate continental climate. Seasons are usually well defined, with July and August the hottest months (28-30° C, 82-86° F) and December and January the coldest, when temperatures may fall under -15° C or just +5° F. Average sunshine from April to September is more than eight hours a day.
Budapest’s network of public transport services includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metró) and over ground suburban trains . Buses, trams and trolleybuses run daily from 4.30 a.m. until 11.0 p.m. Three Underground lines connect at Deák tér Station, and service frequencies range from 15 minutes late in the evenings to every two minute at peak times.
Taxi’s are marked with the word "Taxi", often accompanied by a company name / logo such as "City Taxi". All taxi vehicles must have a yellow registration plate, as opposed to the white background on regular car plates. All taxi meters are equipped with a receipt-printing function, displaying the fares charged and identification of the driver.
Please only use pre ordered and/or taxis with official markings, as the fares of these cabs are regulated by the government.
- Basic Fare (450HUF)
- Per Km charge (280HUF/Km)
- Waiting fee (70HUF/min)
Currency & Exchange
The Hungarian currency is the forint (Ft) and today there are coins of 5Ft, 10Ft, 20Ft, 50Ft 100Ft and 200Ft. Notes come in seven denominations: 500Ft, 1000Ft, 2000Ft, 5000Ft, 10,000Ft and 20,000Ft.
- 500 Ft The hero of the independence wars, Ferenc Rákóczi II, and Sárospatak Castle are on the burgundycoloured note.
- 1000Ft note is blue and bears a portrait of King Matthias Corvinus, with Hercules Well at Visegrád Castle on the verso.
- 2000Ft displays the 17th-century prince of Transylvania Gábor Bethlen is on his own on one side of the bill and meeting with his advisers on the other.
- 5000Ft note shows the 'greatest Hungarian', Count István Széchenyi, and his family home at Nagycenk.
- 10,000Ft note bears a likeness of King Stephen, with a scene in Esztergom appearing on the other side.
- 20,000Ft note, currently the highest denomination, has Ferenc Deák, the architect of the 1867 Compromise, on the recto and the erstwhile House of Commons in Pest (now the Italian Institute of Culture on VIII Bródy Sándor utca) on the verso.
In cases of emergency
Calling the ambulance, the police, the fire service and the general emergency number (112) are free of charge. Should you need medical assistance in Budapest, the best option is to call Falck's 24-hour English-speaking hotline; they are very helpful and informative, and they can get you a doctor that speaks your language, or at least English. We can liaison and cater any kind of medical needs please contact the office if we can assist you.