About Hungary - Practicalities

TRANSPORTATION

Because of the favourable geographical situation of the country, Hungary can easily be reached with any form of transport. 
By air: 21 airlines operate 50 flights arriving at the two terminals of Ferihegy International Airport. 
By train: to two of Budapest's rail terminals: Keleti (Eastern) and Nyugati (Western) Railway Stations - there are nearly 50 scheduled international expresses. By ship: a hydrofoil service operating from spring to autumn links Vienna and Budapest. By coach: international connections arrive at the Erzsébet Square (tér) Bus and Coach 
Station.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN BUDAPEST

The city has a network of 185 bus, 14 trolleybus, 29 tram and three metro lines, while there are four suburban train (HÉV) lines. In general, public transport operates from 4.30 am-11 pm. When travelling on the metro it is important to know that if you wish to change lines you need either a special transfer ticket or you must validate a new single-line ticket. You may not drive into the Castle district or onto Margaret Island. Those disobeying parking restrictions can expect to be fined.

TAXIS

Taxis have yellow license plates and must be equipped with a meter. Tariffs are cheapest when the taxi is pre-ordered by phone.

Recommended taxi services, if you want to order an airport transfer in Budapest:


CHEQUES, CREDIT' CARDS, CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Travellers' cheques and Eurocheque (at most three at any one time to a maximum of Ft 35,000) are accepted at currency exchange offices. Symbols at the entrance to stablishments indicate which cheques and credit cards are accepted. 
24-hour Bankomat ATMs (for AMEX, Diners Club, EnRoute, Euro/Mastercard, JCB and Visa credit cards) can be found throughout the country. Foreign currency may only be exchanged at official exchange ureaux (including travel agencies, hotels); you take a great risk changing money unofficially.