An easy way to watch Euro 2024 online for free (and maybe learn some words in Hungarian)!

We are getting closer to the European Championship in football, and it is gonna be a fantastic event! Players, coaches, and fans are preparing for the event which is arranged in Germany, and the kick-off for the first match will be in the evening on June 14. Do you have a favorite country that you cheer for? Are you looking for a way to watch the different matches from the tournament online on the Internet, and possibly, for free? Welcome to Hungary!

Hungary is a nation known for lots of things! The country has beautiful nature, even more fantastic buildings, interesting politics, and a mighty river flowing through the country and making Budapest one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also a country that has produced some fantastic football players, and the most famous of them all is Ferenc Puskas who is considered one of the best footballers of all time.

Hungary is one of the 24 teams participating in Euro 2024, and they will play against Germany, Scotland, and Switzerland in the group stage. Would you like to cheer for the Hungarian national team, or maybe you’d rather see Ronaldo win one more tournament with Portugal? Or are you a fan of Harry Kane and England? How can you watch every single match from the European Championship in football online without paying a lot? Hungary has the solution to the problem!

An easy way to watch the European Championship in football online!

This method is a popular one worldwide, and it is frequently used among people who want to watch the Champions League online and other big sports events, such as the Summer Olympics, FIFA World Cups, and much more.

Hungary’s Prime Minister loves sports, and he loves football. As a result, it is important to make sports available to everyone, and that is why the national TV broadcasts such events for free in Hungary. As a result, you can stream every single match from the European Championship in football on M4 in Hungary, a free sports-channel.

You can find the live stream at Click the purple “play” button in the upper right corner and choose M4 Sport from the menu. You will then be taken to the M4 Sport live stream where you can stream every single match from the European Championship online.

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Click the purple “screen” and choose M4 Sport from the menu.

That’s it. But, like with lots of other things in life, things aren’t always completely free, even though they are. What do we mean?

M4 Sport in Hungary is only available to people in Hungary. As a result, the website will check your IP address to see if you are located in Hungary or not. If you are located elsewhere in the world, you will see an error message telling you that M4 Sport is only available to people in Hungary.

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Do you see this message telling you that the content is only available in Hungary?

The message above tells you that the content is only available if you are in Hungary. Now you have two options… either you get on a plane and come to Budapest (which is a beautiful city with lots of places where you can watch the European Championship in football on screens outdoor throughout the city), or you use the VPN services of PureVPN to give you a Hungarian IP address even though you are located elsewhere in the world.

The first is the best solution, but the second is way cheaper and faster (you can be ready to watch the European Championship in football online in less than 5 minutes).

How to stream the European Championship in football online for free using PureVPN.

The first thing you need is to visit the PureVPN website. You must buy a subscription, but it is the cheapest VPN available online, so it will not cost a lot. The service comes with a 31-day money-back guarantee, so if you don’t like it, ask for a refund and you will get all your money in return.

PureVPN has several packages available, but to watch M4 Sport online worldwide, the “standard” package is more than enough (you do not need the password manager etc). You can also switch between subscriptions for one month, one year, two years, or five years. The longer the subscription, the cheaper the monthly fee. No matter which package you choose, you are always protected by the money-back guarantee which is valid for 31 days. And yes, you can use the same subscription to watch the Summer Olympics online, Champions League football, and lots of other sports throughout the year.

When you have bought your subscription, download and install the PureVPN application on your computer, telephone, tablet, or install it in your browser. It is very easy, and afterward, you can log in using your user credentials. Now you only need to connect to a server in Hungary which will give you a Hungarian IP address, and you are ready to watch the European Championship in football.

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I am connected to a server in Hungary, and I can now watch the European Championship in football on M4 Sport worldwide.

Since we are writing this article before the European Championship in football, the screenshot above is from the Europa Confederations League final between Olympiakos and Fiorentina.

That’s it. You can now watch the European Championship in football on M4 Sport in Hungary, and you can later watch the Summer Olympics, and also Champions League football online using the same method.

You might have trouble understanding the language of the commentators, considering that Hungarian is one of the hardest languages in the world. But, if you like what you hear, come to Budapest and you can meet Hungarians and even practice whatever words and sentences you learn by speaking to locals. If you have already started to plan your trip, use the information found in our Budapest Guide to learn more about the attractions, activities, museums, and other programs in the city.

Some of the highlights from the group stage of the European Championship in football.

If you cheer for Hungary, the highlights will be the three matches of Hungary. The first match is at 15:00 on June 15 against Switzerland, followed by a second match against Germany on June 19 at 18:00 against Germany, and the third group stage match will be against Scotland at 21:00 on June 23 in Stuttgart. But, besides these matches, which are some of the most interesting matches during the group-stage of the European Championship in football?

  • Spain – Croatia, June 15, 18:00.
    Who said we had to wait for a long time for great matches? The opening match between Germany and Scotland on June 14 is interesting, but when Spain plays against Croatia on June 15, both teams are considered to be among the best teams in the tournament. Knowing that Italy is in the same group, both Spain and Croatia know for sure that this is a match they do not want to lose! Spain has some of the best keepers in the tournament (David Raya and Unai Simon), and recent Champions League champions such as Dani Carvajal and Joselu in the squad. Is that enough to cause trouble for Joško Gvardiol, Mateo Kovačić, Luka Modrić, Andrej Kramarić, and Bruno Petković?
  • England – Serbia, June 16, 21:00.
    England is one of the biggest favorites to win the tournament, but Serbia is a much tougher opponent than many people think. They have fantastic players such as Dusan Tadic, Filip Kostic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Dusan Vlahovic. In other words, England might get a much tougher start on the tournament than many people expect! But, if we look at the English squad with names such as Jude Bellingham, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Declan Rice, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Cole Palmer, and Harry Kane, it is no wonder why many believe England is among the biggest favorite to win Euro 2024.
  • Spain – Italy, June 20, 21:00.
    The match between Spain and Italy on June 20th might mean goodbye to one of the teams, depending on the results of Italy’s first match against Albania, and the result of Spain’s opening match against Croatia. No matter what, this is gonna be a fantastic match. It is also important to remember that few people expected Italy to win the European Championship in football in 2021, but they still Did. Few people believe Italy will win in 2024, but who knows? Do you think Gigi Donnarumma, Jorginho, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Stephan El Shaarawy can do miracles? It is also interesting to see that Italy has a squad consisting where more than 90% of the players play in Italian Serie A, with Jorginho in Arsenal and Donnarumma in PSG as the exceptions.
  • France – Netherlands, June 21, 21:00.
    France is the biggest favorite of them all to win the European Championship in football. They will play against Austria, the Netherlands, and Poland during the group stage. Neither team should be good enough to steal points from France, but we also know that the Netherlands can cause trouble on a good day. Will June 21 be such a day? Can Nathan Ake, Virgil van Dijk, Stefan de Vrij, Jeremie Frimpong, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Teun Koopmeiners, Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay, and Cody Gakpo cause trouble for Ferland Mendy, William Saliba, Eduardo Camavinga, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, and Kylian Mbappe? What do you think?

These are just four of many matches that will be incredibly interesting during the group stage of the European Championship in football. You can watch these and all the rest of the matches online at M4 Sport in Hungary by following the instructions above.

If you have any comments or questions, please use the comment field below and we will do our best to help!

Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music – Is it worth the money?

The Danube is beautiful, but if you come to Budapest, it is especially beautiful. While it is only a river flowing through Vienna without making a big impression, it is maybe the most important thing when it comes to the beauty of Budapest. The city is built on both sides of the river and during a river cruise on the Danube, you can enjoy beautiful buildings and it is a stunning experience, no matter how many times you have done it before. Are you considering whether or not you should try the “Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music” while in Budapest? This program is available for booking on our page about boat trips on the Danube and you can also book it on popular pages such as GetYourGuide. Is it worth the money?

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First of all, many people ask whether they should travel on the Danube in Budapest during daytime or nighttime. That is a valid question to which there is one good answer: “Do both!” If you feel like that is an expensive answer and you need to choose, then a boat trip on the Danube in the evening (when it’s dark outside) is the best experience.

Budapest is a magical city in the evenings with all the buildings illuminated, and the best place to enjoy this is on a boat trip on the Danube. But, if you decide to buy tickets for a river cruise on the Danube in the evening… should you buy a ticket for a cruise with or without food included in the price?

In most cases I would say that food makes everything better. Something good to drink boosts the experience. Not only do you enjoy the experience because of what you see, but at the same time you feel sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and savory on your tongue. At the cruise with Hungarian Dinner, you also listen to Hungarian music, making sure that even more senses receive satisfaction. So, is it worth it?

The trip in itself is amazing!

This trip is normally arranged on a large boat named Grof Széchényi. It starts not far from the Chain Bridge in Budapest, and the trip lasts for two hours in total. During the trip you travel in the area between the Margaret Bridge and the Rákoczi Bridge, meaning you can see famous buildings such as the Castle, the National Theater, the Parliament, the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Gellért Hotel, the Palace of Arts, and you also see the Liberty Statue at the top of the Gellért Hill and much more.

But, there are cheaper trips available in which you don’t listen to live music and don’t eat food. Should you rather travel with such a boat, or does this trip give you good value for your money?

What about the food and the music?

As you sit down and the boat starts, so does “An der schönen blauen Donau” by Johan Strauss. The music is played by very good musicians on the boat, and throughout the trip they will play this and many other famous classical songs, sometimes combined with more modern music. During the trip, they sometimes walk through the room offering to play songs by the different tables (if you have any requests), so don’t be surprised if they show up by your table during the trip.

The music isn’t disturbing, which means you can easily have a good conversation by the table without shouting. If you like this type of music led by a violinist, accompanied by a person playing the cimbalom and another on a contrabass, this will for sure increase the satisfaction you experience during such a trip.

The food is served in a buffet, which means you have to stand up and walk to the buffet table to get your food. This might remove some of the focus from the attractions outside the window, but if you wait for a few minutes, then the lines are gone and you can easily grab your food within a few minutes, meaning that you will not miss out on any of the important attractions in Budapest.

The quality of the food is good and you get the chance to taste traditional Hungarian Goulash soup, a typical Hungarian beef stew with homemade dumplings, and various strudels for dessert. Besides this, you get a welcome drink and one more selected drink during your meal.

Are you worried about the quality of the food? If you are in love with Michelin stars, this might not be your place. But, if you are happy to taste traditional Hungarian meals prepared in a tasty way, and like the thought of dining from a buffet, then this shouldn’t disappoint you.

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All in all, this is a fantastic experience if you want to see Budapest by night and combine it a dinner-buffet with live music.

Is this article an advertisement for the trip? Not at all! Even though we love boat trips on the Danube, there are some trips we would rather avoid, and if you read other blog posts, you will see that are not afraid to give out warnings when needed.

Would you like to book a river cruise like this in Budapest? You can reserve tickets at our page about boat trips on the Danube in Budapest, or you can use the GetYourGuide widget below and do your booking there.

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Ordering from Temu/Shein to Hungary – All you need to know!

Have you seen Temu/Shein ads on Facebook, Instagram, or just read about it somewhere? Would you like to order Temu products to Hungary? Is it worth it? Is it easy? Are there any hidden costs you need to be aware of? What about VAT? This article gives you all the information you must know before ordering from Temu to Hungary!

Temu is an online store located in China and it operates with extremely low prices. Due to the low prices, it is tempting to order all sorts of products. You can find all sorts of products at Temu, but most of them are quite small products in the priced between €1 and €10. There are, of course, more expensive articles as well at Temu, but most people turn to Temu to buy cheap products.

Shein is similar to Temu, but Shein is first of all about fashion. You can find fashion also at Temu, but not as much as at Shein.

Have you found a fantastic skirt or a nice trouser at Shein? Or have you found some fantastic sunglasses, a pendrive, and an amazing garlic chopper at Temu? Do you have a shopping cart packed with products, but you are not sure whether you should place your order or not? Are you worried about additional costs?

Are there any additional costs when you order from Temu and Shein to Hungary?

There is a VAT when you order products from China to Hungary. If we look at history, then this was only something you had to pay for orders above a certain value. Then things changed, and suddenly you had to pay VAT on every single order from sites such as AliExpress, Shein, Temu, and others.

But, let us return to the present!

If you visit the Temu website and order a product, you are entitled to free shipping. But, what’s going on as the product enters Europe and Hungary? Do you need to pay additional VAT? The answer to that question is NO! As you pay for a product, the VAT is already included, which means that Temu, Shein, and other stores are responsible themselves for paying the VAT. In other words, that is already included in the price you are paying as you order the product. That is very convenient, because you get the products faster and you don’t have to worry about additional payments and delays due to the VAT payment.

Once again, when you have paid for your Shein or Temu order, you are finished paying. If you receive an SMS or other message from the Hungarian post telling that you need to pay, it is a scam and you shouldn’t click the link or anything in the message. By the way, those messages are extremely frequent in Hungary (and elsewhere), so be careful and watch out for such in all cases!

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How fast will I get my order from Temu and Shein?

Temu and Shein have made deliveries from China very quick (compared to what we experienced in the past). Normally, orders are delivered within 2 weeks which is very fast compared to the past in which we often had to wait for one month or more. Besides this, they use well-known delivery companies, which makes it easier to track the status of the package you are expecting.

How is that possible? There are several airplanes leaving China daily with packages sent from Temu and Shein. That makes it so fast, but also so bad for the environment. Not only are Temu and Shein polluting a lot by producing and selling products full of plastic and polyester, but also by causing extreme pollution with all the planes traveling to and from China and all the contents of the world with products on a daily basis.

That is why it is worth thinking twice before you place an order, and only order what you really need. It is also smart to read reviews of products before you order, because there are lots of things you can learn about products in reviews that you are unable to find at the Temu or Shein website. You can find lots of Temu reviews at (for example).

It is also worth noticing that lots of the reviews at the Temu website itself are crappy. What do we mean? Half the reviews give full score only to say “It looks good, even though I haven’t had the chance to test the product yet.” That isn’t a very helpful review, but it still comes with five stars. Looking at websites such as the one referred to above or watching videos on TikTok and YouTube might give you more insight than the review part of Shein and the Temu website.

What if I regret my purchase?

Both Shein and Temu have warrancies and give you the chance to return your products and get your money in return. You can read more about how this works after you have received your order. It normally is more work and stress to do so if you have placed an order of little value, but if purchase an expensive product that you are not satisfied with, this might be useful.

Is the shipping really free?

If you reach the minimum order value at both Shein and Temu, the products are shipped for free!

Do you have any additional questions about shopping and ordering products from Shein and Temu to Hungary? Use the comment field below.

Do passengers over 65 years travel free with public transportation in Budapest?

A leaflet about Budapest says that passengers aged 65 and older may use public transportation (such as subway, trams and buses) for free. Is this true? My only ID to prove my age is my passport. Is that enough?

First of all thank you for the question. This is a very popular question asked by many, so we will try to answer your question giving all necessary information. For a long time, the transportation in Budapest was free for people above 65 years, if they have a Hungarian passport or a passport from another country within the European Union.

As of 2024, this has changed, meaning that public transportation in Budapest is free for everyone above 65 years, as long as they can confirm their age with a passport of official ID card.

Information from the public transportation company in Budapest about free transportation in Budapest (April 2024).

All you need is a passport or an official ID that confirms that you are older than 65 years. If that is okay, you can easily travel by any tram, bus, or metro in Budapest and if asked, show your ID. You do not need to buy tickets for any of these vehicles at all.

Isn’t that delightful? And it is also a great improvement that this is available for anyone, not only for Hungarians and people from the EU. If you come from Canada, the United States, Mexico, India, China, Japan, or anywhere else, this information is valid for you as well!

I hope this answer helps you out. Feel free to come with comments, feedback or other stuff using the comment field on this page.

What Are The Laws To Follow While Traveling To Hungary With Your Dog?

Traveling with your furry friend can turn any trip into an unforgettable adventure, but it comes with challenges and responsibilities, especially when crossing international borders. If Hungary is your destination and your dog is coming along for the journey, understanding and adhering to the country’s specific pet travel laws is crucial for a smooth and stress-free experience. However, navigating the legalities of bringing your dog into Hungary requires careful preparation and attention to detail. From mandatory vaccinations and microchipping to specific documentation and entry points, this blog post provides a comprehensive overview of the laws to follow while traveling to Hungary with your dog. Whether you’re planning to soak in the thermal baths of Budapest with your pet by your side or explore the rolling hills of the Hungarian countryside, ensuring you’re well-informed about the legal requirements will help make your trip as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

8 Laws To Follow While Traveling To Hungary With Your Dog

Ensure your dog is microchipped

When embarking on a journey to Hungary accompanied by your faithful canine companion, ensuring your dog is microchipped is imperative. This small but significant step can be crucial in an unexpected separation or loss. 

Microchipping provides a reliable identification method, allowing authorities or concerned individuals to reunite you with your furry friend swiftly and efficiently. As you explore Hungary’s rich cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes together, this precautionary measure ensures peace of mind. It enhances the safety of your beloved pet throughout your travels.

Your dog must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel

When preparing for a trip to Hungary accompanied by your cherished canine companion, it’s essential to ensure that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel. 

This precautionary measure is not only a regulatory requirement but also contributes to your furry friend’s overall safety and well-being during your journey. By adhering to this guideline, you help ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience, allowing you to explore Hungary’s enchanting sights and sounds with peace of mind, knowing that your beloved pet is protected against potential health risks.

Obtain a European Union pet passport

Obtaining a European Union pet passport is essential when embarking on a trip to Hungary accompanied by your loyal canine companion. This document serves as a vital form of identification for your dog, providing essential information such as vaccination records and microchip details. 

Ensuring your furry friend has a valid pet passport fulfills regulatory requirements, facilitates smooth passage through border controls, and ensures compliance with travel regulations. With this documentation in hand, you can explore Hungary’s charming landscapes and vibrant culture with your beloved pet by your side, knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to make the journey safe and enjoyable for both of you.

Treat your dog for tapeworm one to five days before entering Hungary

When planning a trip to Hungary accompanied by your cherished canine companion, treating your dog for tapeworm one to five days before entering the country is essential. This precautionary measure helps ensure the well-being of your furry friend and prevents the spread of potential health concerns. 

By adhering to this guideline, you contribute to the overall safety and health standards required for traveling with pets, enhancing the experience for you and your loyal companion as you explore Hungary’s captivating sights and experiences.

Dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzled in public areas

When traveling to Hungary with your beloved dog, adhering to local regulations regarding pet behavior in public areas is crucial. Dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzled when in public spaces. 

This requirement ensures the safety of your furry companion and those around you, promoting responsible pet ownership and respectful interaction within the community. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy exploring Hungary’s beautiful cities, parks, and attractions with your loyal companion while demonstrating consideration for local customs and regulations.

Notify the airline when booking your flight

When planning your journey to Hungary accompanied by your faithful canine companion, it’s crucial to inform the airline when booking your flights. Notifying the airline in advance allows them to make necessary arrangements and accommodations for your pet’s travel, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience for you and your furry friend. 

This proactive step helps avoid potential complications or issues during check-in and boarding, allowing you to focus on enjoying your travels without worry. By communicating your pet’s presence to the airline ahead of time, you contribute to a seamless journey and ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place for a comfortable and safe trip to Hungary.

Ensure your accommodation in Hungary is pet-friendly

When planning your journey to Hungary with your faithful canine companion, ensuring that your accommodation in Hungary is pet-friendly is imperative. Before finalizing your booking, confirm that the hotel, rental property, or other lodging options explicitly welcome pets. This guarantees a comfortable stay for you and your furry friend, allowing you to explore the wonders of Hungary together without any hassle. 

Additionally, consider researching nearby parks or walking trails where you can enjoy some outdoor time together. Pack all necessary supplies for your pet, including food like CBD for dogs, water, toys, and a comfortable bed. With proper planning and consideration, you can create a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your dog while discovering the beauty of Hungary.

Familiarize yourself with local pet regulations

When traveling to Hungary with your cherished canine companion, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with local pet regulations to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. Before embarking on your trip, take the time to research and understand the specific rules and requirements regarding pets in Hungary. 

This may include leash laws, designated pet-friendly areas, and any necessary paperwork or documentation for traveling with your dog. By being informed about local regulations, you can avoid any potential misunderstandings or issues during your visit and ensure a positive experience for you and your furry friend as you explore Hungary’s captivating sights and experiences.

Factors To Ensure Before Traveling To Hungary This Summer

Hungary, famous for its rich history, astonishing architecture, and natural thermal spas, attracts travelers seeking Central European culture. Prepare for a seamless and memorable vacation if your summer plans include Budapest, Eger’s Vineyard Hills, or Lake Balaton. This comprehensive guide covers critical factors when traveling to Hungary this summer, maximizing your time in this beautiful country.

Factors To Remember Before Traveling To Hungary

Before planning your trip to Hungary this summer, there are several factors you should take into consideration.

Visa And Travel Documents

Securing the appropriate visa and having the necessary travel documents is the first step toward a worry-free experience. Here’s what you need to know:

Understanding Visa Requirements

Most visitors to Hungary require a visa, except for EU and EEA citizens. Visa type (short-stay Schengen or long-stay national) depends on visit duration and purpose. Check the Hungarian embassy’s website for current details.

Gathering Travel Documents

You will require a valid passport that does not expire for at least six months from your planned return date. Additionally, you may need to provide:

  • A filled-out visa application form
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Proof of travel insurance
  • Itinerary details

Start preparing these documents in advance, as visa processing times can vary. Keep physical and digital copies handy during your trip for review by border officials.

Currency And Exchange Rates

Navigating the local currency and exchange rates is crucial to managing your finances in Hungary.

The Hungarian Forint (HUF)

The official currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). While some establishments might accept euros, having forints for smaller purchases and expenses is best.

Exchange Rate Considerations

For the best rates, skip airport or tourist center currency exchanges. Opt for ATMs or city exchange offices; watch out for high fees. Know the current rate to stay within reach.

Tips for Handling Money

Carry moderate cash for daily expenses and use credit cards for more significant transactions. Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas. Notify your bank of travel plans to avoid card blocks.

Weather And Packing Tips

Understanding the weather conditions and packing appropriately will enhance your comfort during the trip.

Summer Weather in Hungary

Hungarian summers are typically warm, with occasional showers or thunderstorms. Temperatures can rise to high 80s and 90s Fahrenheit (30s Celsius).

Essential Items to Pack

Pack light, breathable clothes suitable for hot weather. Include a mix of casual wear for daytime activities and slightly more formal attire for evening events or dinners. You can also pack Mushroom Gummies into your essential kit, as they will add fun and flavor to your vacation. 

Don’t forget:

  • Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing
  • An umbrella or a foldable raincoat

Pack any medications you need and a power adapter to keep your devices charged.

Language And Communication

While Hungarian is the predominant language, here’s how to ensure effective communication:

Common Hungarian Phrases

Learning basic Hungarian phrases can go a long way in engaging with locals and showing respect for their culture. 

Language Tips

While Hungarian can be challenging, don’t lose heart. Young Hungarians often speak English, especially in tourist spots. Offline translation apps can help with quick communication.

Easy Communication Options

Carry a phrasebook or use a language app for quick reference. Pointing at words can bridge communication gaps. Stay patient and smile; kindness and positivity speak universally.

Transportation And Getting Around

Efficient transportation can make or break your trip. Here’s how to get to your destinations within Hungary.

Public Transport in Hungary

Budapest has an excellent public transport system with metro, bus, and tram services. Get a travel card or single tickets for your stay. The countryside has trains and buses linking major cities and tourist spots.

Car Rental

To explore the picturesque countryside at your own pace, rent a car. Expect toll roads and parking fees. Hungary drives on the right; you might need an international driving permit if not from the EU/EEA.

Travel Tips Within Hungary

Plan your route and consider traffic conditions and road closures. Apps like Google Maps and Waze offer navigational assistance. Validate your ticket in the designated machines for public transport to avoid fines.

Accommodation And Booking

Choosing suitable accommodation can contribute significantly to your overall travel experience.

Types of Accommodation in Hungary

Hungary provides accommodations, including luxury hotels in Budapest and cozy bed and breakfasts in the countryside. Hostels and rental apartments are great for budget travelers or those seeking a local experience.

Booking Platforms and Tips

Use trusted booking sites for a range of options and transparent prices. Filter based on your preferences – location, amenities, or budget. Check reviews to verify the accommodation meets your needs.

Budgeting for Accommodation

Accommodation costs can vary, with Budapest being more expensive than other parts of the country. Set a budget and remember a few cost effective tips to book well in advance, especially during tourist seasons, to secure the best deals.

Health And Safety

Your well-being is paramount. Here are some crucial health and safety factors to consider.

Health Insurance and Safety Precautions

Ensure your travel insurance covers medical emergencies, including repatriation. Pack a basic first-aid kit for minor needs. Follow standard travel health tips like staying hydrated and sun protection.

Emergency Contacts and Medical Facilities

Know the emergency numbers in Hungary for ambulances. Major cities offer Western-standard medical facilities.

Local Traditions And Etiquette

Understanding and respecting local traditions and etiquette is a mark of a conscientious traveler.

Cultural Norms and Traditions

Hungarians cherish their history and culture. Respect churches and historical sites. Learn Hungarian customs, such as greeting friends with a kiss on the cheek and removing outdoor shoes before entering homes.

Etiquette Guidelines

Hungarians value punctuality and may find it rude if you’re late. When dining, wait for the host to eat and stick to casual topics. Only visit a bathhouse if you know the accepted behavior.

Dos and Don’ts

Stand for the national anthem in public areas. Avoid raising your voice or using aggressive gestures, as Hungarians prefer a more reserved communication style. When unsure, observe and follow locals’ lead.


Consider these factors before your summer trip to Hungary for an incredible travel experience. Get the proper visas, money, and documents, understand local customs and language, and prepare for weather and health. Planning is essential, but it leaves space for spontaneity and unexpected discoveries. Enjoy your trip!

Where are the dates for the Budapest Christmas market at Vörösmarty square in 2023?

Are you looking for the dates for the popular Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest in 2023? You are not the only one! We have nearly 1000 people coming daily to our page to find the dates for the Christmas markets in Budapest, and it is quite unfortunate that we don’t have a clue when the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square will open. We don’t even know if it will open at all. That would be a tragedy, knowing that tens of thousands of tourists come to Budapest every year to experience the fantastic Christmas markets.

Let us first cheer you up. The dates for the Christmas market in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica are official, meaning there will be a fantastic Christmas market in Budapest worth visiting, even though there will be no market at the Vörösmarty Square. You can find the dates for the other Christmas markets in Budapest here.

But, we all know that the Vörösmarty Square Christmas market is the most famous and most popular in Budapest. What is causing the delay? Why haven’t the dates for the Christmas market been announced yet?

The dates are now here. The Christmas market at Vörösarty Square will open on November 17th and be open until December 31. More information here.

For a long time, Budapest Brand was the company arranging the Christmas market at the square. This has changed recently, and since the fifth district of Budapest is responsible, things are really slow and maybe even causing nothing to happen at all. We don’t know why, and even though we have sent requests and questions to the local government asking for information, we still haven’t received any replies to our questions.

As a result, we still don’t know if there will be any Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest in 2023 or not. That is sad for many reasons.

Think about the following…

  • The biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in Budapest takes place at Vörösmarty Square. The stalls and the stage at the square give the necessary surroundings for such a celebration to take place. Without the Christmas market (which normally closes at January 1), the square just becomes a large and empty square.
  • Tens of thousands of people travel to Budapest in November and December using the Christmas markets as an excuse to visit the city. With no dates released, they are much more likely to visit neighboring cities with fantastic Christmas markets such as Prague, Vienna, or Bratislava.
  • Many local artists prepare and produce for the annual Christmas markets in Budapest. It is a great place to sell their art and handicrafts. Without the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square, many will have to look elsewhere to find places to sell their products.
  • Tens of thousands of tourists spend lots of money on accommodation and all other services and products in Budapest. Instead of supporting the people of Hungary and the businesses (hotels, restaurants, stores, and more), this will end up in other countries. Quite a pity knowing that the only thing needed for the money to come to Hungary would be a Christmas market at the most popular square in town.

We do hope there will be a Christmas market at the main square of Budapest. They were very late publishing the dates in 2022, so we might just see the same happening over again. Our only fear is that many people have already ordered their plane tickets, and seeing that no dates are published for the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square, they may have decided to go elsewhere where the dates have been published months ago (like in Vienna, Krakow, Prague, and other cities).

We will update our Budapest Guide as soon as we get more information and find out more about what’s going on. Normally, the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square would open on November 10 or November 17 (the second or third Friday of November), but that doesn’t look very likely at the moment.

If you have comments or questions, please write them below. We would love to hear from you!

Five reasons to join a running competition in Budapest!

There are lots of articles online telling you six reasons to visit Budapest, ten hidden gems in Budapest, seven mistakes not to make in Budapest, and 33 things you must eat while in Budapest. If you eat all those things, you will probably get stomach problems and have difficulty traveling home, but the intention behind it is good! This article, however, wants to give you five reasons to join a running competition in Budapest. Are you ready to be inspired?

Not many think about exercising and running as they plan their trip to Budapest. Instead, they read about the fantastic attractions such as the Hungarian Parliament, the Gellert Hill, and the Castle district. Then they read about those amazing activities such as a river cruise on the Danube, a relaxing bath in the Szechenyi thermal bath, and a wine tasting in a wine cellar or in a wine bar.

But, let us turn things around and make your trip to Budapest even more interesting, inspiring, healthy, and challenging!

Things get better when you invest your time and energy!

It is a well-known fact that things get better and more interesting if you invest. A football match becomes way more interesting if you bet 1 euro on the outcome compared to just watching without anything at stake. If you spend three hours reading about Hungarian history before your arrival you will understand much more when you see the different buildings and hear about the different kings and historical incidents on guided tours, during your river cruise, or elsewhere. In other words, investing time and energy gives you more in return… that is a general principle!

But, what does that have to do with joining a running competition in Budapest?

1. You have a goal with your trip to Budapest!

If you register for a running competition in Budapest you visit the Hungarian capital with a vision. The goal isn’t just to arrive, have fun, and leave, but it is about more. You want to accomplish something. Maybe your goal is to run a 5km race? Or are you coming to run 10k, or maybe a half-marathon or a marathon? There are many possibilities, but they all mean that you need to pack your clothes differently. You need to make space for running shoes, some running clothes, and maybe your lucky drinking bottle.

If you run in a competition in Budapest you suddenly get a different perspective. Your trip isn’t just about consuming, it is about experiencing, giving, and most of all, living!

2. Your trip starts months before you travel to Budapest.

If you come to run in Budapest, your trip starts months before you fly to Budapest (or travel by car, train, or bus). From the first moment, you will start to think about your future travel and prepare for it. As you run up and down the streets of your hometown, as you visit parks, lakes, and mountains to prepare your body, you will have Budapest on your mind. This will give a special focus on your trip, and you will also spend lots of time meditating on what you can expect during your days in Hungary.

New Chain Bridge in Budapest

3. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with locals!

Running competitions are fantastic. They have a special atmosphere, and it is a fantastic way to meet locals. Many running competitions have after-parties in which you can dance, sing, drink, and have fun together with the other runners. Even though there are lots of internationals partaking in the different competitions, most runners come from Hungary. As a result, it is a wonderful chance to have a chat with locals, ask them about politics, get some authentic recommendations, and maybe drink a cold beer together with your new friends.

Maybe your running experience in Budapest will mean the start of some brand-new friendships.

4. It is healthy, and maybe a start of something new in your life!

Moving your body is healthy. It will have a good effect on your body, and there are many other benefits to running. Did you know that running is good for your brain and for improving your memory? Running releases endorphins in your body, by many referred to as the happiness hormone. Your heart will also be happy to pump blood at a higher pace in your body. If you are brand new to running, you might want to consult a doctor or some other professional before you start, just to get some good advice on how to start training and preparing for the running competition in Budapest.

After running in Budapest, you will most likely fall in love with running competitions. As you return home, it will only take a few days before you start looking for more running competitions; maybe in Budapest or maybe in some other city in Europe? There are lots of running competitions all across Europe. If you like Budapest, you will probably enjoy the city of Prague with all its running competitions as well!

Maybe this is the start of a new era in which you travel all around the world to run in all sorts of running competitions.

5. You get to explore the city while running!

As you come to Budapest, you probably plan to see the most important sights and buildings in the city. Did you know that many of the running competitions take place in the center of Budapest? As a result, you will see the beautiful attractions and buildings while running up and down the streets of Budapest. It is also very common to use the lower roads along the Danube, which means you can enjoy the magnificent Danube panorama towards the Buda and the Pest side while running. If you join one of the evening races, you might even see the magnificent buildings of Budapest beautifully illuminated while running. Believe me, it will give you an extra boost that will make it even better and more memorable to run.

running in budapest
Above you can see a picture from a night running competition by Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Do you feel inspired to register for a running competition in Budapest? You can read more about upcoming events in our Budapest calendar. There you can also get information about concerts, festivals, and other things that will happen in the Hungarian capital in the future.

How do you travel by bike to the Athletics Stadium from Buda (across the Rákoczi Bridge)?

Google Maps is your friend, at least so we think. But, if you are coming by train to Kelenföldi Pályaudvar or you reside somewhere else on the Buda side, and you plan on approaching the Athletics Stadium on bike or by roller, then you shouldn’t listen to Google Maps (at the moment). Find out how to get to the stadium safely!

google maps suggestion by bike to the athletics center in Budapest
The number one suggestion from Google if you travel to the Athletics Centre in Budapest by bike.

What is the problem with this suggestion? The problem comes as you get to the Rákoczi bridge because Google suggests you use your bike and drive across the bridge together with the cars (which is both dangerous and illegal). In other words, you will stand amazed and very insecure if as you get to the bridge based on the suggestions made by Google.

You don’t have to avoid Google entirely, but instead of having Google suggest a bicycle road for you, pretend as if you are walking. You will then be shown the right path to take you safely across the bridge on the road made for those walking, skating, bicycling, or using a roller.

The right way to cross the Rákoczi Bridge by bike, roller, skates, or on foot.
The right way to cross the Rákoczi Bridge by bike, roller, skates, or on foot.

These instructions are valid if you want to get to the Athletics stadium, to the party venue Budapest Park, or if you just want to discover Budapest on your own.

Do you have any questions or input? Use the comment field below!

How to get to the Athletics Stadium in Budapest?

Budapest is hosting the World Championship in Athletics during the summer of 2023. It is the biggest event ever arranged in Hungary, and a brand new stadium awaits athletes and the audience. But how can you easily get to the stadium? Can I park my car by the stadium?

We have written a thorough article about the World Championship in Athletics in our Budapest Guide, and there you will find lots of information about the event and also answers to frequently asked questions. We have touched on traveling to the stadium, but in this article, we will give you more in-depth answers.

Travel to Athletics Stadium

Can I park my car by the Athletics Stadium?

If you come to Budapest by car to look at the World Athletics Championships, then you probably know that finding a parking lot might be a problem. There is no big parking lot next to the stadium. What should you do then?

There are several options.

1:) Park your car elsewhere and use public transportation.

This is a great option, and it might be the easiest solution. In other words, travel to the city center of Budapest, with tram line number 2 to the end station, and walk to the stadium from there. You can read more about public transportation options later on in this article.

2:) Go shopping in OBI.

There is a OBI store (do it yourself retailer) close to the stadium. This parking lot might get packed during the event, but it might be a solution (OBI will probably not endorse this option, so don’t tell them that we came up with the suggestion). Buy a hammer and some other necessary accessories, leave your car in the parking lot, and walk to the stadium.

3:) Park your car in TESCO

A TESCO store at Soroksari út is very close to the venue. Here you pay for your parking based on the length of your stay. It is very cheap, so it will not cost a fortune, and it might be the best solution for those arriving to Budapest by car for an evening or a daytime event.ű

I want to get to the stadium by taxi!

Things are very easy if you want to use a taxi to get to the stadium. Find a taxi, book a taxi via your hotel or restaurant, and let them drive you to the stadium. There will for sure be many pirate taxies around the stadium, so only use taxies you have ordered yourself, or taxies belonging to an acknowledged company such as Radio Taxi, or you can use the service BOLT.

I want to use public transportation.

Several buses, trams, and trains (HEV) are traveling near the Athletics stadium. The best options for getting to the stadium is by using tram line number 1 or 2 and then leaving the tram at the stop Közvágóhíd. Tram number two travels along the Danube, making it Budapest’s most beautiful tram ride. This is the ideal tram if you live in the city center of Budapest.

Tram number one travels along the big ring in Budapest, making it a great solution if you live nearby this popular ring in Budapest. It starts on the Buda side near the Árpad bridge, and ends up on the Buda side again by the Kelenfoldi railway station (along the way, it travels on the Pest side and stops next to the Athletics stadium).

You can travel with the green train number 7 (HEV) to the stop Müpa – Nemzeti Színház. A public transportation boat will also travel to the Athletics stadium during the World Championship in Athletics.

Can I travel by bike to the stadium?

It is possible to travel by bike to the new Athletics Stadium in Budapest. There are many places for parking your bicycle near the stadium, and there are fairly good bicycle roads leading to the stadium. Of course, the bicycle roads in Budapest cannot be compared to those in cities such as Amsterdam, but they are improving little by little, and it is possible to use a bicycle to get to the stadium.


That’s it. You are now ready to travel to the stadium during the Worl Athletics Championships in Budapest. Do not forget to be early to the stadium, and be prepared for delays during entrance to the stadium and with public transportation (something that might happen when thousands of people travel to the stadium with public transportation simultaneously).

If you have any comments or questions, write them below! If you want to read more about other events, concerts, festivals, and markets in Budapest, take a look at this page.