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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Budapest each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national day)

On New Year's Eve, Budapest offers its residents and tourists many free outdoor concerts (Oktogon, Vorosmarty and Nyugati squares). The celebration of the New Year is followed by a ball that lasts until dawn at the Opera.

March 15: Commemoration of the 1848 Revolution (national)

Celebration of the 1848 Revolution in memory of this uprising against the Habsburg Empire. The city is covered with flags and schoolchildren decorate parks with paper hussars. Parades, jubilation and fireworks at night.

April 5: Easter (national)

Traditionally Christian, Hungary celebrates Easter. The programme consists in egg decorations, preparation of traditional dishes, making scented water...

May 1: Labour Day (national)

The various associations of the city organise small fairs to promote their activities (majális). The programme includes concerts, barbecues, games, and children's activities.

August 20: St. Stephen's Day (Hungary's Foundation Day - national)

The country celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution on this day. Budapest celebrates St. Stephen, the patron saint of the city, and a fireworks display takes place on Gellért Hill. Numerous cultural events are on the agenda, walks on the banks of the Danube and on the Erzsébet and Szabadság bridges.

October 23: Commemoration of the 1956 Revolution (national)

Hungarians commemorate the revolution of 23 October 1956 against the communist regime as well as the proclamation of the Hungarian Republic by Mátyás Szűrös on 23 October 1989.

November 1: All Saints Day (national)

Hungary celebrates All Saints Day on 1 November and the Day of the Dead on 2 November.

December 25: Christmas Holidays (national)

Budapest offers a traditional Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square in front of the St. Stephen's Basilica and Town Hall square. Nice atmosphere, handicrafts, illuminated trams and an ice-skating rink.

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Protected from the Siberian cold by the Carpathian mountains, Budapest has a temperate continental climate. Winters are long and cold (– 1 °C / 30.2 °F on average). Summers are humid and warm. The days are pleasant from June to August. Even if it rains regularly, a visit is also agreeable in May and June as well as October and November. Budapest is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. In the summer, the waters of Lake Balaton can reach 25 °C / 77 °F!

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -3 / 26,6 2 / 35.6 36 / 1.4 Not the best period to go
February -1 / 30.2 5 / 41 43 / 1.7 Not the best period to go
March 3 / 37.4 11 / 51.8 37 / 1.5 Not the best period to go
April 8 / 46.4 18 / 64.4 44 / 1.7 Not the best period to go
May 12 / 53.6 23 / 73.4 71 / 2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16 / 60.8 27 / 80.6 68 / 2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
July 17 / 62.6 29 / 84.2 55 / 2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
August 17 / 62.6 28 / 82.4 46 / 1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
September 13 / 55.4 24 / 75.2 32 / 1.2 Good period to go Good period to go
October 8 / 46.4 17 / 62.6 56 / 2.2 Not the best period to go
November 4 / 39.2 9 / 48.2 69 / 2.7 Not the best period to go
December 0 / 32 5 / 41 45 / 1.8 Not the best period to go
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Budapest-Franz Liszt International Airport

The Budapest-Franz Liszt International Airport is located about 20 kilometres southeast of downtown Budapest.

Two terminals:

  • T2A (Air France)
  • T2B

Getting from the airport to Budapest and back:
  • By car:
    • Access by Highway 4 and the M0 and M5 motorways, count on about 20 minutes to reach the city centre.
      There are five car parks at the airport, including two long-term lots. Count HUF 1,300 per hour and HUF 8,000 for the day. Several car rental companies have counters at the airport in Terminal T2B.
  • Bus/Metro
    • Bus 200 E takes you from Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B to the subway station (line M3: Kőbánya-Kispest) for HUF 350.
  • Train
    • The train near the airport can be reached via the 200 E bus. You reach the Western Train Station (Nyugati Pályaudvar) in just a few minutes.
  • Taxi
    • Főtaxi is the official airport taxi company. The fare to the city centre costs approximately HUF 7,200 and will take roughly 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Services:
    • bars and restaurants, shops, free internet access (Wi-Fi), left-luggage desk at the airport.
    • Telephone: +36 (1) 296 7000
    • Website: http://www.bud.hu/english

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The public transport network is dense in Budapest. Metros, trams and buses have the advantage of being rapid and inexpensive.


French driving licenses are valid throughout the territory of Hungary. The road network is of excellent quality throughout the main routes. Car parks are generally very full. The cost of parking varies from HUF 120 to HUF 430, depending on the neighbourhood.


The bus network is excellent, with variable frequencies depending on the bus line (from 15 to 90 minutes). The main lines also have night buses. You can buy bus tickets at metro stations, newspaper kiosks and tourist offices. Count on spending about HUF 350 one way. Tickets sold in the bus are more expensive (HUF 450).


Budapest has 30 tramway lines.
Very practical, the yellow tramways run regularly. The tramway uses the same tickets as the buses (HUF 350).


There are 15 Trolleybus lines in the city. Lines 78 and 79 are particularly interesting for tourists in the centre of Budapest.


There are four metro lines that run from 4 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. (HUF 350).


The yellow official taxis in the city have a base fare of HUF 700 plus HUF 300 per kilometre. This rate is the same day or night.


The HEV train connects Budapest to the metropolitan areas. There are 4 lines in service from 4 a.m. to midnight with a frequency of every 5 to 10 minutes. The price of one ticket is HUF 350.

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Visitor information

Once you arrive in Budapest, don't hesitate to be in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.

Budapest Tourism Office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Tourism information site

The official website of the Hungarian national tourist board provides a wealth of information on Budapest and its surroundings. Listed below is the main address:

  • Address: Sütő u. 2. (Deák Square)
    1052 Budapest
  • Opening hours: From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Hungary is the Forint (HUF).


HUF1 = JPY0.33

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Budapest counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.


No vaccines are required for entry into Hungary.
It is however recommended to obtain vaccination against:

- diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
- hepatitis A and B

For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:

Food safety

There are no food safety risks in Budapest.


Tap water is safe to drink in Budapest.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Hungary

For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Hungary. As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Hungary for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

For further information, visit the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


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To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Budapest, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few useful phrases in Hungarian for your stay in Budapest.

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Jó napot kívánok Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Jó napot kívánok</em>

Good evening: Jó estét kívánok Good evening: <em>Jó estét kívánok</em>

Good bye: Viszontlátásra Good bye: <em>Viszontlátásra</em>

Yes: Igen Yes: <em>Igen</em>

No: Nem No: <em>Nem</em>

No, thank you: Köszönöm, nem No, thank you: <em>Köszönöm, nem</em>

Thank you very much: Köszönöm szépen Thank you very much: <em>Köszönöm szépen</em>

Please: Kérem Please: <em>Kérem</em>

I don't understand: Nem értem I don't understand: <em>Nem értem</em>

Could you repeat?: Meg tudnád ismételni? Could you repeat?: <em>Meg tudnád ismételni?</em>

What time is it ?: Mennyi az idõ? What time is it ?: <em>Mennyi az idõ?</em>

Sorry / Excuse me: Bocsánat Sorry / Excuse me: <em>Bocsánat</em>

Airport: Repülõtér Airport: <em>Repülõtér</em>

Train station: Pályaudvar Train station: <em>Pályaudvar</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Szálloda Hotel: <em>Szálloda</em>

Hospital: Kórház Hospital: <em>Kórház</em>

Bank: Bank Bank: <em>Bank</em>

Telephone: Telefon Telephone: <em>Telefon</em>

I'm (…): Vagyok I'm (…): <em>Vagyok</em>

I'm looking for : Keresem I'm looking for : <em>Keresem</em>

How much is (…)?: Mennyibe kerül ? How much is (…)?: <em>Mennyibe kerül ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Van önnek (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Van önnek (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Tudja merre van a (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Tudja merre van a (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Hol lehet vásárolni? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Hol lehet vásárolni?</em>

I'd like (…): Kérek egy (…) I'd like (…): <em>Kérek egy (…)</em>

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Good to know

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Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Usually open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Some are also open on Saturday mornings.
Usually open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
220 V / 50 Hz

It is customary to leave a 10-20% tip in restaurants, taxies and even for the hairdresser.

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