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Key information about Budapest

Population

1,768,073

Country
Hungary
Money
Currency
HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 322.16 HUF
ATM fees

0 - 1300 HUF depending on bank (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops

Tipping

10 - 15% at restaurants and bars

Airport
Main airport

Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD)

Airport to city center

Main Airport Shuttle (900 HUF), MiniBud Shuttle (6166 HUF), Taxi (7200 HUF)

Other options

Budapest Keleti Railway Station is in the heart of the city and has regular international rail services across Europe.

Transportation
Taxi apps

Bolt, Fotaxi

Public transportation

Tram: 350 HUF per ride, pre-purchased ticket
Metro: 350 HUF per ride, pre-purchased ticke
Bus: 350 HUF per ride, pre-purchased ticket
Suburban Rail: from 720 HUF per trip, depending on distance.

Getting around

Buy tickets at station kiosk before boarding and validate. If you purchase tickets directly from drivers and conductors, a surcharge of 100 HUF is applicable.

SIM card
Best options

Vodafone, Telenor

Expected cost

3359 HUF for 5GB of data valid for 1 month.

How to buy

You can buy a Vodafone SIM card at the airport; purchase other network sims at authorized operator branches.

Language
Official language(s)

Hungarian

Level of English

High

Food
Tap water

Drinkable

Overall cuisine

Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich desserts.

Local food specialities

Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Fล‘zelรฉk, Somloi Galuska, Pรถrkรถlt and Paprikรกs, Kรผrtรถs Kalรกcs, Hungarian Lecsรณ, Lรกngos

Eat like a local

Local markets, cafรฉs, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants

Vegetarian / vegan options

47 options on HappyCow

Food delivery apps

Netpincer, Wolt

Supermarkets

Tesco: These stores are found across the city and offer shopping in the style of the classic British-style stores. Good range of local and imported goods, with fresh sections, at higher prices.
Spar: These stores are everywhere around Budapest and offer a good range of goods with a variety of quality. In INTERSpar stores you'll find many more goods and large fresh produce sections. These stores tend to be more expensive, particularly smaller Spars, where you can expect convenience prices.
Aldi: This discount chain has a number of stores in Budapest and offer a range of goods with limited variety at lower prices.
Prima: These stores are a favorite among locals as they are common across the city and offer better prices than competitors. These stores have good fresh produce sections.
LIDL: These discount stores are less common across the city but offer fantastic frozen food options and a range of local and imported goods at discounted prices.
Auchan: These local hypermarkets offer everything from foodstuffs to homeware and beauty products. There are fewer of them around Budapest but are great for bulk buying.
Local markets: There is a strong market culture in Budapest. These are great for purchasing local seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as meats and spices. Great Market Hall, Hold Utca Food Market and the Fรฉny Street Market are popular in Budapest.