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.


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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.


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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.

Conclusion

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?

UPDATE!
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Opening times during Easter in Budapest.

Easter opening times in Budapest

Are you coming to Budapest this Easter? Are you wondering whether or not stores, museums, thermal baths, and restaurants are open? What about the river cruises? What should you expect if you come to Budapest for Easter? Will you meet closed doors, or will life be as normal?

First of all, grocery stores, restaurants, thermal baths, and museums are normally open on Sundays. But, Easter is different. Here you can read about the different important Easter days and how they influence opening times in Budapest.

Opening times during Easter in Budapest.

Opening times on Palm Sunday in Budapest.

The first day many people are curious about is Palm Sunday, the day on which Jesus came into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. This is an entirely normal Sunday, meaning grocery stores, museums, thermal baths, restaurants, and other institutions operate with their normal opening times. As a result, almost everything is open and available on this day.

Opening times on Maundy Thursday in Budapest.

Thursday is the day of the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples. Hungary does not give much attention to this day, meaning that life goes on as normal, giving you the chance to shop in H&M, eat cake in Gerbaud, and enjoy the hot springs in the Gellert bath.

Opening times on Good Friday in Budapest.

Good Friday has been a national holiday in Budapest for some years. As a result, all grocery stores are closed, and so are fashion stores. Luckily for tourists, restaurants and museums remain open on this day, and the same is true about the thermal baths and the boats traveling up and down the river. Cinemas are also open if you want to watch a movie. On the day after, Saturday, business is back to usual, meaning you can once again go to grocery stores and fashion stores.

Opening times on Easter Sunday in Budapest.

Easter Sunday is very identical to Good Friday. In other words, grocery stores and fashion stores are closed. Besides that, most restaurants, thermal baths, river cruises, cinemas, and similar activities operate at full power due to the large number of tourists coming to Budapest to celebrate Easter.

Opening times on Easter Monday in Budapest.

Easter Monday is identical to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. You might find some 24/7 mini grocery stores open here and there, but all the big brands (Aldi, Lidl, Spar, CBA, Tesco, Auchan) are closed. This is not a day for shopping in Zara or Pull&Bear either, but if you are eager to go shopping, you should check out the Easter market which normally is open at the Vörösmarty square every day throughout Easter.

What are normal opening times like in Budapest?

  • On a normal day, a grocery store opens at 6.00 or 7.00 and remains open until 20.00 or 21.00. Some close earlier on Saturdays and even earlier on Sundays.
  • On a normal day, a clothes store opens at 10.00 and remains open until 20.00. Many fashion stores close earlier on Sundays.
  • Thermal baths open at 6.00 or 7.00 and remain open until somewhere between 18.00 and 22.00.
  • Museums often open at 10.00 and remain open until sometime between 18.00 and 20.00. Some museums are closed on Mondays.

Other programs in Budapest

Would you like to enjoy other programs in Budapest? Take a look at our Budapest calendar to find out what’s going on in Budapest while you visit the city.

Ordering from Amazon to Hungary – How does it work? VAT? Shipping costs?

Would you like to order products from Amazon to your address in Hungary? Hungary doesn’t have an Amazon store, so you must choose between Amazon.com, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk. Which is the best for you? Which is the cheapest? Everything you need to know about ordering from Amazon to Hungary.

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, and it is an incredibly successful company. Not only do they sell products made by others, but they also create devices and products themselves, like the Kindle, Fire tablets, and much more. What can you do if you want to order from Amazon? It depends on which product you want to buy.

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Order from Amazon to Hungary.

You will find very similar products on Amazon in Germany, the United Kingdom, and in the United States. So, where should you order from? In general, the best and easiest solution is to order from Amazon in Germany. Why is that?

Why is Amazon Germany the best solution for Hungary?

There are several reasons why you should order from Amazon.de if you live in Hungary.

  • It is the closest location to Hungary. This makes the delivery faster and easier, and often cheaper!
  • Since Germany is in the European Union, you don’t have to pay additional VAT or other costs as the goods arrive in Hungary.

These are the main reasons why you should order from Amazon.de to Hungary. You might find products cheaper on Amazon.com, but when you add the shipping fees, the VAT, and the waiting time, you will discover that it isn’t worth it.

What about Amazon.co.uk? You could consider it, but seeing the United Kingdom outside the EU and the strong British Pound, you will most likely do much better ordering from Amazon Germany instead.

Do you need to know German to order from Amazon.de? Not at all! You can search in English, and you can set the platform language to English. It will often translate your search request to German, but you will normally see all the necessary information about the products in English.

How much does it cost to ship products from Amazon to Hungary?

For the purpose of this article, I created an order of three products that I want to send to Hungary from Amazon.de. I added a nice Samsung monitor that I can use while writing articles in the Budapest Guide. Even though I am a computer nerd, I need to smell good so I added a bottle of Hugo Boss perfume as well. Since it is important to read, I also added a brand new Kindle from Amazon to my shopping basket.

my amazon order

I was quite lucky with this order because all products are dispatched and sold by Amazon. As a result, they can group all products into one order and package. This makes shipping cheaper.

It is worth noticing that the price of certain products often increases the moment Amazon realizes that it is sent abroad. As a result, the price of the three products suddenly became 291 euros instead of 273 euros when I reached the checkout. Shipping is then added to the order, making the final price 313 euros.

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The good thing is that when you see the final price, you know that no more costs will be added. You don’t need to fear hidden costs, nor that your package will be stuck in customs until you pay VAT.

What about products that Amazon doesn’t send to Hungary?

Most products can be sent to Hungary from Amazon in Germany and from Amazon in the United Kingdom and the United States. But, sometimes, there are exceptions. I have often seen that Amazon is unwilling to send its own products, such as Fire tablets, Echo loudspeakers, and the Kindle to other countries. What can you do if you experience that?

There are solutions that you can use to solve such problems as well. It is very easy, and you normally pay only for additional shipping.

You can visit any of the three sites above and get a free storage address in the UK, the United States, and in Germany. It is entirely free. You will immediately receive a postal address in that given country. This can be used as you order products from Amazon in that country. Since you are delivering products within the country, you will pay less for the products and for shipping.

As the package arrives to the address, you will receive a notification in email. You can then have the package sent to your home address in Hungary. The cost depends on the site and the weight of the package, but it normally doesn’t cost more than Amazon would make you pay to send the package to Hungary.

Eager to go shopping on Amazon? Use the links below.

Is it worth ordering from Amazon to Hungary?

It is possible to order from Amazon to Hungary, but is it worth it? Many people expect it to be very cheap in Hungary. Some products are cheap, but not all products. You will be surprised if you go to a fashion store and see a price tag with prices in different currencies. What will you discover? The price in Forint is very similar to the Euro price, sometimes identical, sometimes cheaper, and quite often, more expensive. As a result, you don’t find similar products cheaper in Hungary than elsewhere.

If you compare the prices of computers, monitors, and accessories, you will often see that the price are a little bit cheaper in Hungary, but not much. If you want to know for sure, go ahead and compare the prices of an exact product, and you will immediately see whether it is worth it or not.

There are, however, certain products that you cannot buy in Hungary. It is obvious that you order such products from Amazon (if they are available). Examples of such products are Amazon products. You can also find giant discounts on Amazon around Black Friday and Easter, and then it is absolutely worth shopping on the platform.


I hope this article has answered many of your questions about ordering products from Amazon to Hungary. If you have further tips, insight, or questions, use the comment field below.

Can I pay with Euros in Budapest?

Would you like to pay with Euros in Budapest? Hungary has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Does that mean that the Euro is an official currency for payments in Hungary? No!

When Hungary first joined the European Union in 2004, everyone expected Hungary to quickly introduce the Euro. That didn’t happen. Instead, the economy of the country has become worse and the current politics point more in the direction away from Europe, instead of moving closer and closer to Europe.

What does this mean for you as you come to Budapest? Can you pay with Euros in Budapest?

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Is Euro an accepted payment currency in Budapest?

Even though the Hungarian Forint is the official currency of Hungary, most stores and restaurants accept payments by Euro. Many will say that they only accept Euro bills (not coins). But, there are a few things you should be aware of.

If you want to pay in cash.

Euro payments are normally accepted if you pay by cash. This is nice if you have brought Euro bills to Budapest. But, it isn’t always smart to use your Euro bills as you pay with cash in Budapest. Why is that?

Most restaurants and stores calculate with terrible exchange rates. If the real exchange rate of 1 Euro is 410 Forint, you will often see that restaurants and stores calculate with a much lower rate, for example, that 1 Euro is 370 Forint. As a consequence, you will end up paying much more than if you paid with the local currency.

What can you do about this? You can either go to an exchange office and change your Euro to Forint, or you can withdraw Hungarian Forint with an ATM. Would you like to learn more about the Hungarian currency and how you can find the best exchange rates? Click the link.

If you want to pay by card.

If you pay with your VISA or MasterCard, your bank will calculate with the exact exchange rate. But, you better be aware that many terminals will ask you in the payment process whether you want to pay with Euro or with the local currency (HUF). If you get such a question, pay in the local currency because you will end up paying less in this way.

A lot of things have changed in 2022…

The value of the Hungarian Forint has dropped a lot compared to the Euro and the US Dollar in 2022. As a result, prices in Hungary have increased a lot. To secure their income, many tourist companies now fix their prices in Euro instead of having fixed prices in Forint. In such cases, you have to pay the Euro price anyway. But, in most cases, the Forint price is the one that you should be looking for.

You can pay with Euro in Budapest, but you pay less if you use the Hungarian Forint

That is the answer to this question. If you have further comments, or questions, or want to share your experience paying with Euros in Budapest, use the comment field below.

Free parking in Budapest

free parking budapestAre there any free parking spots in Budapest?

Thank you for the question! This is a good question and, at times, a tricky question. The local government has removed more and more free parking spots in Budapest, but there are still some. Here we will write about some of those free parking spots.

First of all, in large parts of the city, it is free parking on Sundays and after 22.00 in the evening (on the other days). However, this is in general, so make sure to check it out as you park your car to know if this is valid for where you would like to park your card as well.

General advice is to never to leave valuables in your car because, as in all other cities, there are people in Budapest as well who like to steal valuables from cars, so if you have lots of valuable stuff in your car, you better go to a secure parking lot instead with guards, to make sure that you, your car and your values stay safe!

Free parking in Budapest

Campona

You must park outside the city center if you want 100% free parking in Budapest. You can park mostly anywhere in the 22nd district of Budapest and in other “outside districts” such as the 4th district, the 17th district, and many others. Still a better option is to park in the giant parking lot by the shopping mall Campona outside the city center of Budapest. From there, you can travel with public transportation buses to Moricz Zsigmond Korter, Bikas, Park, or Ujbuda center, and then you can travel further on with the green metro line to wherever you want to in Budapest

parking lot next to campona

You can type Campona Budapest in your GPS and you will be taken to the mall and its giant parking lot. This is probably the best option right now if you want a 100% free parking in Budapest.

Market Central (Vecsés, Fő út 246-248)

This is a shopping area very close to Budapest Airport. Here you find all sorts of stores, such as Tesco, Praktiker, DM, kik, Deichmann, SportFactory, Lidl, Müller, Burger King, and many others. A large parking lot is in front of the complex, and you can leave your car here for free. From here you can travel by bus 200E towards Köbanya Kispest and travel on the blue metro line from there to the city center of Budapest.

market central budapest

The parking lot along the main road connects the city center with the airport. You should, of course, be careful with leaving valuables in the car, just like you should anywhere else in the city.

P+R parking in Budapest (not free, but very cheap).

It is hard to find free parking in Budapest at central locations, but there are a couple of P+R parking options that will allow you to leave your car at a cheap price and then travel on with public transportation to all of Budapest within a few seconds. These were completely free until July 1st in 2023, but they now require a payment. Luckily, they are still cheap, making them great options!

What is the price of the different P+R parking options in Budapest?

The price is 350 HUF per entrance (valid between 06.00 and 22.00). In other words, if you arrive at 8.00 and leave at 21.50, you only pay 350 HUF (less than 1 euro) for the entire parking time. If you leave your car there for the night, you need to pay 105 HUF per hour between 22.00 and 06.00. If you arrive at 10.00 on a Monday and leave the parking lot at 10.00 on a Wednesday, you will end up paying three-day tickets (3×350) and also 16 night hours (16×105). The end result is then 2730 HUF, approximately 7 euro. The parking lot is guarded, meaning that it should be considered fairly safe to leave your car in this and other P+R locations in Budapest for a couple of days


1) Etele tér P+R (not free, but cheap)

You can type this name into Google Maps, leading you to a big parking lot in Budapest. It is located next to a big shopping mall named Etele Plaza, and from here, you can travel by metro line 4 to Kalvin square and Fövam square which are central locations in Budapest. Be aware that many people use this option on weekdays, meaning it might be hard to find a free parking lot, but if you are patient and lucky, it should work out nicely!


2) Örmezö P+R (not free, but cheap)

This is located close to the first parking lot mentioned (Etele tér P+R), on the other side of the railway lines. It is the perfect place to start your trip to Budapest as you can leave your car for free and travel by metro to downtown. You can buy tickets at the metro station. If you’d rather travel by tram to central Budapest, that can also be done using tram 49.


3) KÖKI Terminál P+R (not free, but cheap)

This isn’t entirely free, but it is quite close to free. It is located next to metro line three (the blue line) and the station named Köbanya Kispest. It is a part of a giant mall, meaning that you can easily shop at this location besides parking your car.

The mall is between the main city center of Budapest and the international airport, making it ideal for those traveling between the city and the airport or who just want a good location for parking their car. It is possible to buy tickets for longer periods of time here, including a ticket valid for 30 days. Such long-term tickets must be bought in the parking office at the -1 level of the mall.

koki terminal
parking tickets at Koki Terminal

Above you can see the prices and tickets available for parking at Köki Terminal in Budapest.


4) Arena Plaza parking lot (this is not P+R, making it much more expensive than the other options)

The parking lot belonging to the Arena Plaza shopping mall can be used for free. It is not super central, but by walking a bit you can reach the Keleti Palyaudvar, and there you will find two metro lines, making it easy to get on from there in town.

November 2022 update. You can now only park for free for 2 hours in Arena Plaza. After this, all the following hours will cost 300 HUF (appx. 1 Euro). The parking lot is possible to use during the opening times of the Plaza itself.


5) Bikas Park (this is not P+R, so it is more expensive than the other options)

This is not very central, but this location has a metro station, and from here, you can easily travel to central locations using public transportation. It is also nice to know that this entire region has free parking, so if you cannot park at the large parking lot on the Bikas park, then you can also park for free in the streets around the park. Be aware of the fact that it is a local market at Bikas Park every Saturday, so all cars have to be removed from the spot before the market starts (they have to be removed latest on Friday evening before midnight).

This is a great place to leave your car if you come to Budapest by car and want to do a day of sightseeing before traveling in the evening. You can also leave your car here for days, but that isn’t a normal thing to do. If you leave your car here, make sure not to leave it from Friday to Saturday as it will be removed due to the market (a great local market in Budapest).

December 2022 update: The local government just changed its policy about Bikas park. Since December 5th in, 2022, you need to pay a parking fee here of 300 HUF per hour between 8:00 and 18:00 on weekdays. It is still free parking here on Saturdays after the market has finished (around 13.00) and on Sundays.

Is the Hungarian Parliament far from the City Park in Budapest?

Before you arrive in Budapest, it is hard to know about the distances between the different attractions. The Hungarian Parliament is one of the most beautiful buildings and attractions in Budapest. But, if you want to do a nice sightseeing walk in Budapest and walk from the Parliament to the City Park, how far will you have to walk?

dall-e budapest

There are several ways to answer the question. First of all, if you are a tourist, then you want to walk on the most scenic road to the City Park. In other words, you should walk from the Hungarian Parliament to the St. Stephen’s Basilica. From there you should walk along Andrassy avenue until you reach the Heroes Square. And when you have walked across the famous square, you are located in the City Park where you can find the zoo, the Szechenyi bath, the Vajdahunyad castle, and lots of other sights and attractions.

The shortest walking road from the Parliament to the City Park.

The shortest road is exactly three kilometers. But, it is a quite boring road and you will miss all the beautiful attractions, so do not follow the primary suggestion from Google Maps if you are to do this walk.

Do not walk like this… neither of the recommendations here is recommended.

If you are in a hurry, these are the fastest tracks, but they are not the best. Instead, follow the path recommendation below. It is approximately one kilometer long, but it is a way nicer path. Along the way, you will walk along the most famous boulevard in Hungary (Andrassy Avenue). There you can see the Hungarian State Opera, lots of fashion stores, and beautiful buildings, and you will also see famous museums such as the Terror House museum, and much more.

walk in budapest
This is the nicest way to walk from the Parliament to the City Park and the Heroes Square in Budapest.

I hope these instructions have given you some useful information about how to walk between these popular areas and attractions in Budapest. If you have any similar questions, please use the comment field and I will do my best to answer.