Travel and visa
Public transport in Budapest
Public transport in Budapest is provided by Centre for Budapest Transport Ltd. (known to all Hungarians simply as ‘BKK’). Budapest has an efficient public transport network. In general the buses, trams and trolleybuses operate between 4.30 AM and 11 PM. Three metro lines intersect at Deák Square in the centre of the town. Metros run at 2-15 minutes intervals from about 4.30 AM to 11.15 PM. For maps, timetables see the home page of the BKK Ltd.: http://www.bkk.hu/en/main-page/news/
Different types of tickets are available:
- Single ticket - HUF 350 (~ 1.13 €)
- Single ticket bought on the spot - HUF 450 (~ 1.45 €)
- Block of 10 tickets - HUF 3,000 (~ 9.65 €)
- 24-hour travel card - HUF 1,650 (~ 5.31€)
- 72 hour travel card HUF 4,150 (~13.8 €)
For more information check this page: http://www.bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/
- Tourinform: +361-438-8080 (24 hour information service)
- Budapest Airport: +36 1-296-7000 http://www.bud.hu/english
- Máv Railway Service Central +36 1 444 44 99 http://elvira.hu/english/
- VOLÁNBUSZ International Bus Service: +36-1-382-0888 http://www.volanbusz.hu/en/
Important information on national currency
Although Hungary is part of the European Union, it does not use the Euro as its currency. The official Hungarian currency is the Forint (HUF). Although prices, such as hotel rates, sightseeing tours, etc. are often quoted in Euros and some of them even accept Euros, most of the services can only be paid by Forint, so make sure you have Hungarian currency as well.
You can find currency exchange points in all major tourist and cultural locations in Budapest and also at the airport. Currency exchange is available at banks, too. ATMs are easy to find in the city, and there are many options for exchanging cash.
See detailed information about currency exchange at the airport here: http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/shopping_and_gastronomy/services/currency_exchange
The above mentioned fees and rates can vary according to the current exchange rates.
Up-to-date exchange rates are available at the following link: https://www.mnb.hu/en/arfolyam-lekerdezes
In Hungary, appliances run on 230 Volt Electricity. If the plug on your appliance does not fit into the socket you can buy an adapter at the electrical store (it costs approx EUR 3), or ask your hotel if they could provide one for you.