Bank, Currency, Credit Cards. The Hungarian currency is the Forint (Ft, international currency code: HUF). All major banks have ATMs and most ATMs accept cards issued outside Hungary. ATMs are available at the Airport and at many locations throughout the city. Credit cards, especially Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are accepted at many restaurants, shops and hotels. See the exchange rates at these search results.
Weather. The average maximum temperature of Budapest may rise up to 24°C (75°F) in June. The average minimum temperature can be as low as 14°C (57°F). The average rainfall falls across 13 days during the month and the relative humidity is above 60%. For information on specific weather conditions, consult this website.
Voltage. The electricity supply in Hungary is 220 V AC (50 Hz). The most commonly used plug is the so-called "schuko" (abbreviation for Schutzkontakt) (Type F) plug or the Europlug (Type C) (see this website).
Public transport. Transport is well-developed in Budapest, with efficient bus, trolleybus, tram, metro, suburban railway and boat services. You can purchase transport tickets at newsstands or ticket windows at Metro stations and must validate them in advance to use the services of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport). Almost all types of tickets and passes are available for purchase at the Airport, too, including the practical 24-, 48- and 72-hour as well as 7-day travelcards designed for tourists / visitors. See ticket prices and timetables.
Arriving to Budapest by car
All motorways and most of the main roads in Hungary start from the capital. M1, M3, M5, M6, and M7 are toll-based. Tickets must be purchased in advance at sales points, such as petrol stations. The method of checking road use authorization is based on vehicle registration numbers, and as a consequence, there is no need to use "physical" vignettes or windscreen stickers.
Tickets are available for ten days, one month or one year. The website of the State Motorway Management Company of Hungary contains information on the current rates and offers different options for online purchase.
Arriving to Budapest by plane
International flights land at Terminals 2A and 2B of Liszt Ferenc International Airport on the outskirts of Budapest. Főtaxi, the official taxi company that transports passengers between the terminals and Budapest at a fixed tariff of 280 HUF/Km (0.95 EUR/Km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450 HUF (1.50 EUR) and waiting fee. A ride to the city center should typically cost around 6500 HUF (22 EUR) depending on traffic conditions (see this website). Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits at Terminals 2A and 2B.
The AirportShuttle-Minibusz airport transfer service offers an alternative to the taxi service for passengers to arrive in Budapest. The transfer operates as a shared ride service, which means that passengers travelling to closely situated addresses are escorted in the same vehicle. The shuttle vehicles provide a door-to-door airport transfer to any points of the city – let them be hotels or private addresses. Reservations can be made in person at the AirportShuttle-Minibus desks or via the online reservation system 24 hours before the flight departure. Check out this page at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport or the next website for more information.
Since the airport is located within the administrative boundaries of Budapest, you can also use the public transport services of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) to reach the city centre. Tickets can be purchased at the post office, newsstands and Tourinform office at Terminal 2 during the day. Besides tickets and passes are available, 24-, 48- and 72-hour as well as 7-day travelcards are also available for tourists / visitors at the Tourinform office. It is also possible to purchase a ticket from the bus driver for 450 HUF. For more details, see this website.
Citizens of virtually all European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA, do not require visas to visit Hungary for stays of up to 90 days. For citizens from other countries, visas are issued at Hungarian consulates or embassies and the Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Since Hungary is a member of the Schengen Agreement, if you have a visa valid for entry to any of the other Schengen members, it is also valid in Hungary. You may check out the current visa requirements at this website.