Visiting Hungary for the first time

If you have never been to Hungary before, here are some tips about getting here and having fun!

You can reach our country with every kind of transportation.

1 euro is around 310 HUF, you can check the daily rates here:

ATM locator map of the biggest Hungarian bank OTP:

By rail

There are 3 main international railway stations in Budapest: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). More than 50 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every 3 hours, 7 times a day. There is also a popular network of InterCity trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian towns. All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line. Kelenföld (which is the last station previous to Déli) has the initial underground station of line Number 4, which ends at Keleti station and where you can change to line Number 2.

By plane

It’s very easy to get to Budapest by plane – several low-cost airlines and also the national airline have great offers and services.

Budapest International Airport is sixteen kilometres south-east of downtown Budapest. From the Ferihegy Terminal 2A is within the Schengen borders, Terminal B to countries outside the Schengen Convention depart airplanes.

Getting into town:

  • All major car rental companies have offices in the arrivals hall of Budapest Ferihegy Airport.
  • The Airport minibus is a popular and reasonably priced means of transport between the airport and the city.
  • The public airport bus, BKV bus number 200E goes to M3 station Kőbánya-Kispest (blue line), about 20 minutes away. From here, the metro takes passangers straight into the city centre.
  • A taxi to the centre of Budapest will cost anything between 3.500 HUF and 8.000 HUF..
  • Trains also commute between the airport and Nyugati Railway Station, 51 times daily on weekdays and 38 times a day on weekends and holidays. The train ticket price is about HUF 370-615 per person.

By coach

International and domestic buses depart from and arrive to the Népliget Bus Station. Other domestic bus stations are at Árpád híd, Stadionok station in Pest, and Etele tér in Buda.

Volánbusz Rt. has scheduled passenger coach services to and from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.

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By car

Hungary has 5 motorways and 4 main roads, eight start from Budapest (exception: main road No. 8). For using the following motorways you have to buy a motorway sticker: M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7 (available at border crossing points and at petrol stations).

The Hungarian Highway Code (KRESZ) is based on the Vienna and Geneva Convention, and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries.

However, it is important to highlight a few important traffic regulations that visitors to Hungary must observe at all times: use of seatbelts in the front and rear seats are compulsory; only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker or headset microphone may be used in cars, and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area; drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving, and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 300,000 (€ 1000); the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h, outside built-up areas 90 km/h, on main roads 110 km/h and on motorways 130 km/h; use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger.

Caution: as of January 2008, drivers caught drinking ANY amount of alcohol will have their driver’s licences confiscated on the spot, regardless of whether the driver is a local or a foreigner.

Information on roadworks in progress, diversions, motorway vignette prices and other useful