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Hungary - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Budapest is served by an efficient public transportation system, based on three subway lines, supplemented by a comprehensive bus, tram, and trolley system. Taxis are also readily available. Phoning for a taxi from one of Budapest’s major companies, rather than hailing off the street, helps ensure the appropriate fare.
Maps of urban networks: Budapest subway

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

Railway lines crisscross the country to connect most cities. The "Inter-City" line provides first-class, express service to several cities. A hydrofoil ferries passengers to Vienna and Bratislava. Hungary’s highways, which are generally good, are undergoing a major improvement to meet EU standards. Express toll highways connect Budapest west to Vienna, south to the Serbian border, and east (almost) to the Ukrainian border.
Rail companies: Hungarian Rail Company
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Malév National None Yes
British Airways National None Yes
Sky Europe Low-cost None Yes
Air France National None Yes
Easy Jet Low-cost None Yes
Air Berlin Low-Cost None Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Motorway network in good condition, but it is a toll motorway. Blood alcohol level 0g/l. Be careful when crossing same level railway crosses as the signalization is not perfect. Headlights are compulsory outside of towns, even during the day. No problem with refueling. Road signalization is in Hungarian according to EU standards.
Find an itinerary: Route finder

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: Amongst others, roman ruins, medieval castles and baroque palaces can all be found in Hungary:
- the Benedictine Abbey at Pannonhalma,
- Buda Castle,
- Pest (en anglais),
- Eger,
- Szentendre,
- Esztergom
- Sopron.
Cultural: There is a great cultural life in Budapest and in Hungary in general. Pecs, the city in the south of Hungary had won the right to become Europe's cultural capital in 2010. The capital is filled with art galleries, museum, offering a great variety of choice for those who like plastic art.
More Information on Festivalcity, Szegediszabadteri.
Religious: Budapest : Matthias Church, Basilica.
Esztergom : Basilica
Ják: Abbey church
Thermal: Visit Király Medicinal Baths, which date from the Middle Ages.
Beach: The Balaton is Central Europe's largest sweet water lake. Siófok, on the south shore of the lake, has some of the sandiest beaches and best facilities for tourists.
Or you can also enjoy a sunny afternoon by the Velence lake which is only 30 minutes away from Budapest.
Winter sports: Hungary is a pretty flat country. Generally those who wish to ski go to Austria, Slovenia, Italy or Slovakia if you are looking for cheaper ski holidays.
Outdoor activities: Hike in Hungary's hills:the Börzsöny, Pilis and Mátra, Kékestetö.
Fish in the River Tisza.
Go horse riding on the Great Plain.
Drink wine from the vineyards of the Szépasszony Valley.
Shopping: Hungary is a good place to buy caviar, foie gras and Hungarian wines and spirits. Most stores are open from Monday to Saturday.
Tourism organizations: Hungarian Tourism Board

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: No special risk.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Hungarian Ministry for Health

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Budapest (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in the summer, central Europeean standard time)
Summer time period: Standard Time: until last Sunday of March: the clocks spring forward one hour
Summer (Daylight Saving) Time: until the last Sunday of October: the clocks spring backwards one hour.
Climate: Generally there are four seasons, with a very warm summer from June to August. Spring and autumn are mild, while winters are usually very cold. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with snowfalls in winter.
The average temperature is 11 °C
The coldest month is January (average temperature -2°C)
The hottest month is July (average temperature 28°C).
April, May, September months are the best months to visit the country

Eating

Food specialties: - Halászlé: a spicy soup made with freshwater fish and paprika;
- Gulyás - Hungarian goulash is a hearty beef, capsicum and paprika soup;
- Western goulash is called pörkölt or tokány;
- Gundel palacsinta: pancake served with walnuts, raisins, lemon rind, chocolate sauce and rum;
- Paprikás csirke: paprika chicken;
- Kolbasz: sausage spiced with paprika.
Drinks: - Tokaji: strong dessert wine;
- Bull’s Blood: strong red wine;
- Pálinka: brandy;
- Unicum(herb liqueur).
Dietary taboos: None

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: Basics of Hungarian language (audio)
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