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A city located in a stunning natural setting with a rich architectural and historical heritage, offering a combination of culture, fine cuisine and thermal baths.The city spans the banks of the Danube and is divided in two by this majestic river, connected by the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges: Buda, site of the royal residence, with romantic streets and alleyways, Ottoman-era thermal baths under the Gellért Hill, the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, which radiates calm and peace. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Secessionist architecture, the majestic Parliament building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets and the entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District.
Budapest has a highly developed cultural scene with its world-class festivals, theatres, museums, concert halls and sporting events. For relaxing and enjoying nature, Margaret Island is the city’s “green heart” - the perfect place to enjoy a stroll, sports, outdoor pools or thermal baths and spas. The celebrated creations of Hungarian cuisine - traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation, along with the culinary revolution, which has taken over Budapest - from streetfood made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations featured in the Michelin Guide.
Based on info from the BUDAPEST FESTIVAL AND TOURISM CENTRE (BFTK), Budapest’s official organisation for tourism, culture and the marketing of both sectors.
Travel to Budapest
Located in Central Eastern Europe, Budapest is easy to get to by air, train or by car. Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is located 16 kilometres south-east of Budapest’s city centre. There are direct flights from most European capitals.
Shuttle by MiniBUD
This is the official airport shuttle service for Budapest Airport https://www.minibud.hu/en. A comfortable and fast transfer connecting the airport with the city centre and Budapest districts. Costs vary between EUR 7.00 -17.5 and the journey time is around 40 minutes.
By Public Transport/Bus line 100 E
Bus line 100 E operates between the airport and the city centre from 05:00 to 23:30. The service takes passengers to the downtown location of Deák tér and the other central stops, Kálvin tér and Astroria. The cost is approximately EUR 3.00; duration 1 - 1.5 hours.
The journey time is approximately 35 minutes to the inner city (depending on traffic). The cost of a one-way journey is approximately EUR 35.00 from the airport to the city (public cab) or EUR 41.00 (officially licenced yellow cab, pre-organised with a local partner, including a driver waiting in the arrival hall).
The official currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Credit cards are widely accepted.
The weather in Budapest is typically continental with clearly defined seasons. Hot summers including the occasional day of rain, with cold winters and pleasant temperatures during the spring and autumn. The average temperature in June is 25 degrees C.
The official language is Hungarian (a Finno-Ugric language). English, especially among the younger generation, and German are widely spoken.
Hungary uses 220 Volts AC/alternating current. Plugs and sockets are the European standard with 2 round pins.
Travel in Budapest
Budapest offers an excellent public transportation system consisting of 4 metro lines, over 200 bus, 32 tram and 15 trolley lines and the HÉV Suburban Railway. Public Transport is safe, clean, efficient and reasonably priced.
The city has 4 lines, including the M1, which is continental Europe’s oldest underground line and has been operating since 1896, linking the city centre with the inner city and districts in 6 directions. The main downtown junction where all 3 major lines meet is at Deák Ferenc tér. The metro red line, M2 arrives close to the congress venue (Hungexpo; the additional bus transfer which is needed will be provided by the congress organisers).
There are several taxi companies operating in Budapest.
The officially licensed taxi cabs are yellow with the sign ”Minösített Budapesti taxi / Licensed Budapest taxi”, with a yellow registration plate, the driver’s photo identification and taxi fares are posted on the front panel. Fares can be paid by cash in HUF, EUR or by credit card (some cards are not accepted). A cab from the city centre to the Hungexpo costs approximately EUR 15.00. Hungary uses 220 Volts AC/alternating current. Plugs and sockets are the European standard with 2 round pins.
Budapest is in the Central European time zone (CET = GMT / UCT + 1).
For info on sightseeing, tips for dining, shopping and cultural events, please visit the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre (BFKT) https://www.budapestinfo.hu/ budapest-festival-and-tourism-centre.