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Budapest General Information

We have written an article on the most frequently asked questions for travelers planning to visit Budapest, which includes: what the currency in Hungary is, where the best place to exchange money is, if Hungarians speak English, and what electrical sockets are used in the country, among other interesting facts and figures.

Frequently asked questions

  • Historia When did Buda and Pest become one single city? Which town was establish first, Buda or Pest? Who founded Buda and Pest? Discover Budapest’s fascinating history.
  • Documentación necesaria Do you need a visa to visit Budapest? Will you be allowed into the country with an ID card or do you need to travel with your passport?
  • Idioma What language is spoken in Budapest and Hungary? Is it possible to get by in English? How do you say “hello” in Hungarian?
  • Moneda What is the official currency in Hungary? Is it better to pay by cash or by card? Do they accept euros or dollars in Budapest?
  • Precios How much does a public transport ticket cost in Budapest? How much does dinner cost in a good restaurant for two people?
  • El tiempo What are the weather averages in Budapest? When is the best time to go? Does it rain as much as in London or Paris?
  • Días festivos en Budapest When does Hungary celebrate its holidays and observances? When is the country’s national holiday? Do the Hungarians celebrate Christmas?

More interesting information

Budapest Facts and Figures

Budapest is Hungary’s capital city. It is the country’s most important city and has become one of the main tourist destinations in Europe.

With 1,7 million inhabitants, Budapest is the ninth largest European city by population. In the Budapest Metropolitan Area there are 3,3 million dwellers.

Information on Budapest, Chain Bridge
Lions protecting the Chain Bridge

Danube River

The Danube River is the second longest river in Europe, after the Volga. The Danube crosses Europe from west to east and spans Germany, where it originates. It also crosses Austria, Hungary and Romania.

Like many other large rivers, the Danube divided Buda and Pest, two separate cities. In 1873 they were united into a single city. 

One of the best things to do in Budapest is to book a river cruise.

Voltage information and plugs

The power sockets in Hungary are type C and F (found in many other European countries). The standard voltage is 220 V.

Opening hours

Stores in Budapest normally open on weekdays from 10 am – 6 pm. On Saturdays, they only open from 10 am until 1 pm. Many shops are open until later on Thursdays. In every neighborhood there are 24 hour stores. 

Useful telephone numbers

  • Police: 107
  • Ambulance: 104
  • Hungary prefix: 36
  • Medical assistance: 200-0100