How to get to Hungary

Hungary lies at the crossroads of the main tourist traffic flows in Europe. About 70 airline companies operate regular flights to and from Budapest Liszt Ferenc-Ferihegy-International Airport.Railway con-nections from all European countries are excellent, while there are also bus and boat connections with countries in the vicinity of Hungary. Budapest can be reached by car on highways M1, M3, M5, M7

Budapest Airport

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airportwas opened in 1950. It was though only given the name Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport in 2011, and until then it was titled Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. The first terminal which was built back in 1950 was reopened in 2005, and has since then worked as the airport for the low-budget airlines flying to Budapest.

Budapest Airport Terminal 2A was opened in 1985 and later in 1998 Budapest Airport Terminal 2B was added to the construction. Terminal 2A and 2B are the terminals where the more “expensive” companies fly, for example Lufthansa, SAS, Delta Airlines, Air France and other companies use this airport for their flights.

In 2011 the Sky Court was opened working as a passage between Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B. Here visitors can find shops, restaurants and places to spend time and money before departure. The Sky Court is only available after check-in, so without a boarding pass you will not be able to enjoy the services within the Sky Court.

Go to the Airport

Public Transport

The public transportation network in Budapest is well developed, and will bring you almost wherever you want to. The same tickets are to be used everywhere, and if you buy one day tickets, three day tickets or similar you can use them on all the vehicles in Budapest. You can also buy a tourist card which will give you free use of the public transportation, free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to several sights, reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes, discounts in restaurants and spas and some other advantages as well. This is only recommended if you plan to visit lots of museums and tourist places.

With the travel cards/passes you can travel unlimitedly with trams, buses and with the metro in Budapest. You can also buy single tickets (400 HUF).

Metro Map

There are three metro lines in Budapest. The yellow is the oldest one, which in fact is the second oldest subway/metro line in Europe. The Red is just renewed, the Blue is partly under reconstruction. As you read about different hotels and sights, you will be informed to what stop they are close.

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Visa / Visum

Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, so citizens of the EU and EEA member states do not have to require a visa. The only documentation they require is either their passport or their identity card.

Schengen Agreement

Hungary is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement. Therefore, a visa for Hungary entitles you to travel within the whole Schengen area. This way you do not need to apply for a separate visa to enter Schengen Treaty member states. The opposite is true as well: a ’Schengen visa’ is valid for entry to Hungary.

Non EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of Non-EU/EEA countries (those who are required to get a visa) can apply for various types of visas. The visa type you should apply for depends on the purpose and the duration of your stay. It is very important to apply for the correct type of visa, because you cannot change your status in Hungary after entry. To do this you will normally have to leave the country, apply for the correct type of visa and then return to Hungary once it has been granted.

Apply for Visa

Budapest Time - Time Zone

Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Budapest Time, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour;  2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). After the summer months the time in Budapest Time is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or (GMT+1) Central European Standard Time = GMT+1, Central European Summer Time = GMT+2

Currency in Hungary

Hungarian forint (HUF) is the official currency in Hungary. First of all, Hungary is a member of the European Union, but they have not started with the Euro yet. However, many places you can pay with Euro, but expect to receive forints back. If you do pay with Euros the shops will use a poor conversion rate, so it is recommended to change your Euros, and later, pay with forints.

1 Euro (EUR) = approx. 325 Forint (HUF) (Rate in September, 2018 )