Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the most historic cities on earth. It’s the home of yummy food, healthy spring baths and picturesque scenics.
Excited for your next journey to Budapest? Take a moment to read essential information about weather, safety, transport and more.
When to go Budapest?
Budapest is beautiful in any time but the spring is the most enjoyable season to visit. The city is charming and the weather is moderate and mild. Moreover, the flights and room rates are cheaper and the crowds are lower comparing to summer.
The long shiny days of summer attract more tourists. The peak season is between July and August. The city is dazzling and crowded, and nightlife activities are countless.
The autumn is a pleasant season too. The weather is nice and you can explore the historic sights and surrounding areas.
Winter in budapest is cold and snowy but indoor activities are numerous.
Budapest is known for its thermal baths, warm pools and spring baths. After a spectacular tour in the snow, it’s great to refresh in a hot spas or an outdoor pool. Also, in winters the rates are incredibly cheap.
It Budapest is safe?
Budapest is not a dangerous city but petty thefts and pickpocketing are common. Prudence and taking essential precautions are essential when roaming in Budapest.
- Watch your belongings when you are in the public transport, escalators, stations or in street restaurants.
- Carry only the amount of money that you need for the day and put your pockets inside the bag not in the back pants or jacket pocket.
- Ignore beggars and strangers generally even if they insist on talking to you.
- Avoid public restrooms when possible, and always carry tissue paper and sanitizers. Sometimes there are no soap or toilet paper.
- If you will rent a bike, lock it well. Bicycle thefts are common.
- Copy all your important documents and keep the originals in a safe place.
- Don’t travel alone in night train.
How to get around in Budapest?
By foot, public transport, bikes or taxis Budapest is easy and cheap to walk around.
The city center is packed with historic buildings and tourist attractions. Walking around and crossing the bridges is a fantastic. You will explore the city and its hidden gems.
Public transport is clean and efficient. The metro and trams are the best. They are well integrated and reach all tourist areas.
You will not save money buying a 24 hour travel card but you will save time. Also, a group of 2 to 5 persons can buy a group card for just double the price. The cost for one day single card is HUF 3,900.
You should validate your ticket or card before entering to the tram or metro, in the bus and every time you change the line. If you don’t, and get caught by an inspector, you have to pay a fine.
Budapest Essential tips:
- Buda and Pest, the two sides of the river have different charms. Buda is old and traditional while Pest is contemporary and exhilarating. Plan your visit to explore both parts.
- Budapest travel card allows you to benefit from free entries to attractions, museums, sightseeing tours, baths, free use of public transport and many discounts of tours, sights, shops, spas and services. The card costs HUF 4,900 for 24 hours, HUF 7,900 for 48 hours and HUF 9,900 for 72 hours.
- Tipping is necessary in Budapest for services, taxi drivers, restaurants, doctors, almost everywhere. Usually the tip is 10-15% if you’re satisfied with the service.
- Smoking is forbidden in all indoor places.
- Don’t get into any taxi in the street. Take only the yellow taxis recognisable with the taxi sign at the top, the name and the logo of the company on the door.
- Don’t exchange money on the street. It’s unsafe and illegal.
- It’s okay to drink tap water in Budapest