Budapest’s Required Information

Currency

It is better to obtain Hungarian Forints upon arrival to Hungary than to exchange it with a bank at home, as local Hungarian banks work with better rates than their counterparts abroad. Exchanging foreign currency into Forints is therefore possible in banks, official currency exchange offices (these are affiliates of larger banks) and travel agencies. It is important to know that all official currency exchange offices determine the exchange rate on their own accord. They must fully inform you about their own rates, but not the real or the best exchange rate available – they build their costs into their very own rate. The exchange rates must be visibly displayed at the place of exchange. Changing money at Budapest hotels is not advisable, as their rates are at least 10% lower than what is generally available. Under no circumstances you should change money illegally in the street: beside the possible legal consequences, it is highly probable that you will be cheated in one of the hundred possible ways the street criminals can devise.

Power outlets

In Hungary the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Medications

Prescription assistance can be offered in the way of Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs), which are created by pharmaceutical companies to provide free or discounted medicines to people who are unable to afford them. Each program has its own qualifying criteria.

Air travel

There are 2 modes of transportation available from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), to the city centre of Budapest: Taxi and Bus. The most convenient way to get to the city centre is by hiring a Budapest airport taxi. Though it will cost approximately 26€ (8045 HUF) , it will only take 35 minutes to reach your destination. The alternative cheaper option is the bus. The price of single bus ticket is only 3€ (900 HUF) and the journey takes as long as a private transfer.

Public transport

Use public transport services to travel in Budapest, especially if you stay in one of the outer districts, but getting around the central districts (V., VI. parts of I., II. VII. and VIII.) Might also be more convenient by public transportation.You will easily get to any sight and attraction by travelling on one of the four metro lines or the major tram lines (No. 4, 6 and 2).The bus and trolley bus service are quite extensive too.There’s also a scheduled boat service on the Danube from spring till autumn.

Visa and Entry

Hungary joined the Schengen Area on 19 December, 2007. From that time visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen Member States are valid also for Hungary, and visas/residence permits  issued by Hungarian authorities are – as a general rule – also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

The Schengen regulations are only applicable for a stay not exceeding 90 days. Rules for a stay longer than 90 days are laid down by the national law of the member states concerned