There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Budapest each year.
The main ones are listed below.
On New Year's Eve, Budapest offers its residents and tourists many free outdoor concerts (Oktogon, Vorosmarty and Nyugati squares). The celebration of the New Year is followed by a ball that lasts until dawn at the Opera.March 15: Commemoration of the 1848 Revolution (national)
Celebration of the 1848 Revolution in memory of this uprising against the Habsburg Empire. The city is covered with flags and schoolchildren decorate parks with paper hussars. Parades, jubilation and fireworks at night.April 5: Easter (national)
Traditionally Christian, Hungary celebrates Easter. The programme consists in egg decorations, preparation of traditional dishes, making scented water...May 1: Labour Day (national)
The various associations of the city organise small fairs to promote their activities (majális). The programme includes concerts, barbecues, games, and children's activities.August 20: St. Stephen's Day (Hungary's Foundation Day - national)
The country celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution on this day. Budapest celebrates St. Stephen, the patron saint of the city, and a fireworks display takes place on Gellért Hill. Numerous cultural events are on the agenda, walks on the banks of the Danube and on the Erzsébet and Szabadság bridges.October 23: Commemoration of the 1956 Revolution (national)
Hungarians commemorate the revolution of 23 October 1956 against the communist regime as well as the proclamation of the Hungarian Republic by Mátyás Szűrös on 23 October 1989.November 1: All Saints Day (national)
Hungary celebrates All Saints Day on 1 November and the Day of the Dead on 2 November.December 25: Christmas Holidays (national)
Budapest offers a traditional Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square in front of the St. Stephen's Basilica and Town Hall square. Nice atmosphere, handicrafts, illuminated trams and an ice-skating rink.
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The Budapest-Franz Liszt International Airport is located about 20 kilometres southeast of downtown Budapest.
The public transport network is dense in Budapest. Metros, trams and buses have the advantage of being rapid and inexpensive.
French driving licenses are valid throughout the territory of Hungary. The road network is of excellent quality throughout the main routes. Car parks are generally very full. The cost of parking varies from HUF 120 to HUF 430, depending on the neighbourhood.
The bus network is excellent, with variable frequencies depending on the bus line (from 15 to 90 minutes). The main lines also have night buses. You can buy bus tickets at metro stations, newspaper kiosks and tourist offices. Count on spending about HUF 350 one way. Tickets sold in the bus are more expensive (HUF 450).
Budapest has 30 tramway lines.
Very practical, the yellow tramways run regularly. The tramway uses the same tickets as the buses (HUF 350).
There are 15 Trolleybus lines in the city. Lines 78 and 79 are particularly interesting for tourists in the centre of Budapest.
There are four metro lines that run from 4 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. (HUF 350).
The yellow official taxis in the city have a base fare of HUF 700 plus HUF 300 per kilometre. This rate is the same day or night.
The HEV train connects Budapest to the metropolitan areas. There are 4 lines in service from 4 a.m. to midnight with a frequency of every 5 to 10 minutes. The price of one ticket is HUF 350.
Once you arrive in Budapest, don't hesitate to be in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.Budapest Tourism Office
Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
The official website of the Hungarian national tourist board provides a wealth of information on Budapest and its surroundings. Listed below is the main address:
The currency used in Hungary is the Forint (HUF).
ZAR 1 = HUF 21
HUF 1 = ZAR 0.05
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Budapest counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccination
No vaccines are required for entry into Hungary.
It is however recommended to obtain vaccination against:
- diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
- hepatitis A and B
For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
There are no food safety risks in Budapest.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Budapest.
For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Hungary. As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Hungary for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.
For further information, visit the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Budapest, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few useful phrases in Hungarian for your stay in Budapest.
It is customary to leave a 10-20% tip in restaurants, taxies and even for the hairdresser.