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1. PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Budapest Transport Company operates 5 main sectors (bus, tram, underground, HÉV, Trolley) in a connected network with harmonised timetables. The three metro lines, the buses and trams constitute an extensive transportation network. The length of the total network is 2147,2 Km. Beside the above the BKV (Budapest Transport Company in Hungarian) operates the Fogaskereku vasút (cog-rail) and the funicular, as well. The Budapest Transport System is highly efficient especially in the centre of the city.

Metro lines

Budapest has three metro lines that meet at the Deák tér (square). The tickets should be validated before going down to the tunnel at the orange punch slots on the underground station. At the underground ticket offices you can buy the following types of tickets: daily, weekend, weekly, biweekly and monthly tickets. On the metro, usually one ticket is valid only for one line and for uninterrupted trips. With a single ticket once you can change lines on the metro but only within 60 minutes.

Small children under 2 years travel free of charge. Children up to 10 years can travel only accompanied by adults and with a children's ticket.

Buses, trams, trolleys

The schedules for tram and bus lines display the departure time from the terminal. This means you have to add the time the tram/bus needs to reach your current stop (it is usually indicated on the left side of the schedule). Tickets should be purchased at the ticket offices by metro stations or newspaper agencies etc. sometimes at the red or orange punch slots on board (this applies on newer buses only). The express lines have a red number. These lines stop only at the main stops off the route. Some bus lines leave the border of Budapest. The numbers of these buses are crossed with a brown stripe. Outside Budapest you must validate an additional ticket. There are also night buses for the most frequent places of the city.

HÉV

The HÉV lines are part of the Budapest transport system and connect the city with the surrounding towns and villages, like Szentendre, Gödöllő. The BKV tickets and passes are valid on the vehicle, but you have to buy an additional ticket when leaving Budapest borders.

2. NATIONAL CURRENCY/BANKS

It is highly recommended that you exchange currency only at accredited agencies. Practically every bank has its own 24-hour ATMs, some of which can even exchange money. The Hungarian currency is the forint. There are coins to the value of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 forints, and notes for 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 forints.

The most popular credit, debit and charge cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. Smaller premises may prefer cash instead. Signs are always displayed showing the cards that are accepted.

3. BEFORE TRAVELLING

Weather/temperature

Before setting off for Budapest, it is always worth double checking the actual weather conditions although the climate in Budapest is similar to the average European climate: temperate continental.

Summer from May, June up to early September tends to be dry and sunny with extreme heat waves occasionally.

Winter is usually cold and lasts from late October, early November up until Late February with the temperature sometimes falling to -15 Celsius.

Holidays

Public holidays are held on the three national holidays (15th March, 20th August and 23rd October), on 1st May, and on the main religious festivals and holidays (New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, Whitsunday and Whit Monday, All Saints’ Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Time zone

Hungary and Budapest itself is in the Central European Time Zone. As a result, clocks are set at GMT +1 hour in the winter months and at GMT +2 in the summer (from March to the end of October).

Electricity

Voltage in Hungary is 220-230 volts, and plugs are of the two-pin continental type.

Direct flights to Budapest

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