The most commonly
spoken foreign languages are English and German. Hungary has been a member of
the European Union since 2004 and is also a border of the Schengen area.
UTC+1 hour, in summer
(March to Oct) UTC + 2 hours
20 or 30 or 70 (mobile)
Budapest telephone numbers and all mobile numbers consist of 7 digits:
(0036) (1) 111 1111
(0036) (20 or 30 or 70) 111 1111
Information on the current middle exchange rate: www.mnb.hu
Currency exchange tip:
Officially, you can pay everywhere by credit card (Visa/Mastercard), but
in markets and small shops it is good to have some cash on you. You can change
money at any bank or official exchange bureau, checking the exchange rates of
MNB (Hungarian National Bank) beforehand.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Emergency calls: 112 Police: 107 Ambulance: 104 Fire Department: 105 Roadside emergency calls: 188
OUT-OF-HOURS HEALTH SERVICES
Out-of-hours medical care: Semmelweis University 1085
Budapest, Üllői út 26. T: +36 1 459 1445
PHARMACY: Pest: 1067 Budapest, Teréz krt. 41. T: +36 1 311 4439 Buda: 1123 Budapest, Alkotás utca 1/B T: +36 1 355 46
Transportations in Budapest
Budapest offers one of the most comprehensive
public transport systems among the capitals of Europe with 268 bus, 32 tram, 15
trolleybus, and 4 underground lines. Daytime services are available between
4.30 am and 11.30 pm, while at night you can get around with night buses or
Tram No. 6, which runs round the clock.
While several companies run taxis in the
capital, all licensed cabs are yellow, have yellow license plates, and are
marked “Licensed Budapest taxi” on the driver’s door. You have taken a licensed
Budapest taxi if you can see the driver’s photo ID and the table of fares on
the dashboard and the insides of the passenger doors.
All fares are licensed: the minimum fare
is HUF 700, the standard fare is HUF 300 per kilometer and there is a waiting
charge of HUF 75 per minute. Cash and bank cards are both accepted. Make sure
to get the receipt printed by the taximeter at the end of your journey so that
you can check whether the licensed fares have been applied, and to ensure a
swift remedy for whatever complaint you may have.