Things to know BEFORE you go to Budapest 2020 | Hungary Travel Guide 4K

Things to know BEFORE you go to Budapest 2020 | Hungary Travel Guide 4K


In this video, we’ll cover all you need
to know before traveling to Budapest, including where are all the major attractions, the best time to visit, where to stay and for how long, public transportation, how much things cost, the best apps to use, the best views of Budapest, and other practical information. We would like to thank Ceptics, a number one choice for travel
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document covering all the things in this video, plus the Top 20 things to do in Budapest,
including maps, links, opening hours, and more. Here are 11 essential tips to know before
you visit Budapest: NUMBER 11: THE MAP OF BUDAPEST Budapest is divided into two parts, Buda and
Pest, located on opposite banks of the Danube river. The two areas are connected by several
impressive bridges. Margaret Island with ruins
of Franciscan church and nunnery is located in the northern part of the city. The Danube River promenade and its surrounding
area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to significant buildings
such as the Hungarian Parliament, the most prominent and iconic building in Budapest. If you continue south of the Parliament, you
will find Shoes on the Danube Bank, a memorial honoring the Jews who were
killed there during World War II. Chain Bridge, the first permanent bridge
connecting Buda and Pest, is just a few steps from the memorial. If you cross this beautiful bridge, you will
get to the Buda Castle District with furcular that takes you directly to the Buda Castle
and Fisherman’s Bastion featuring seven towers and serves as
an extension of the castle. Right behind the monument, you will find impressive
and beautifully restored Matthias Church. Citadella is a former fortress and another
great place for a spectacular view of Budapest. Don’t forget about Liberty Statue. Did you know that Budapest
is nicknamed the city of spas? Right under Gellért Hill,
there are two famous thermals baths: Gellért Thermal Baths and Rudas Baths. If you are hungry, head to to a 100-year-old
Central Market Hall, the largest food hall in Hungary. The food hall is located at the
end of the famous shopping street Váci Utca, where you can stop to get the traditional
Hungarian cake kürtőskalács at Molnár’s, one of the famous cake makers. Dohány Street Synagogue is located in the
Jewish quarter. In the same neighborhood, you will also
find famous ruin pubs like Szimpla Kert, cool drinking bars with a unique character. New York Palace and famous New York Café
are located close to the Jewish quarter. The famous Budapest Eye Ferris wheel
is located on Elizabeth Square. Located near Liberty Square with Soviet War Memorial, you will find Hungary’s most famous church,
St. Stephen’s Basilica. On beautiful Andrássy Avenue, you will find
Hungarian State Opera and House of Terror, a museum dedicated to the dark times
of the recent Hungarian history. The boulevard ends with Heroes’ Square
and the Millennium Monument which marks the entrance to the beautiful
City Park with many attractions such as Vajdahunyad Castle, Lake,
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and many others. And for all the Formula 1 fans out there,
don’t miss the famous Hungaroring. All the attractions you see here, and many
additional ones are covered in our travel guide that comes with dedicated Google maps. To get a better sense of distances, a 1.2 mi. or 2 km walk from Hungarian
Parliament Building to Fisherman Bastion takes about 25 min or 15 min if you use
a combination of public transport and walking. About 1.7 mi. or 2.7 km to walk 35 minutes
from St. Stephen’s Basilica to Heroes’ Square or about 15 min if you take a metro. If you want a fun, fast, and eco ride in the city,
we recommend using an electric scooter. Budapest main airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport, located 30 and 50 minutes from the city center, depending on which public transport you use. NUMBER 10: WEATHER & CLIMATE Budapest has a continental climate, which means
it gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer Temperatures in winter are generally around freezing, and range between 25 °F and 41 °F or -4 °C and 5 °C. Snow is common, and
you can expect grey weather. In the spring, the weather improves, and the temperatures range between
36 °F and 70 °F or 2 °C and 21°C. Some days can be rainy,
but there are plenty of sunny days too. Summer is hot and humid with a lot of sunshine
and also quite a lot of rain and temperatures ranging between
50 °F and 81 °F or 14 °C and 27 °C. Weather in the fall is still pleasant in September, but it quickly becomes colder and
sometimes windy in October. Temperatures range between
36 °F and 72 °F or 8 °C and 22 °C. Of course, these are all just averages. The weather and temperatures can
be different when you visit, so remember to always to check
the weather forecast before you travel. NUMBER 9: BEST TIME TO VISIT The best time to visit Budapest is between
March and May in the spring and from September to November in the fall when the weather is
mild, the summer tourist crowds are gone, and there is plenty of events in the city. Probably the least convenient time to visit
Budapest in the summer when the weather is hot and wet
and there are crowds everywhere, and due to a limited number of rooms in the city,
the prices of accommodation go up. If you want to experience the Christmas spirit,
including open-air kitchens and fairs, travel at the end of November and in December. Just know if you are traveling in the winter
days will be shorter and you will have less time during the day. However, you’ll probably have a great time
regardless of the season since Budapest is full of amazing attractions
and things you can do all year long. And how can you figure out the best days and
hours to see the attractions? Just check Google to see how crowded a specific
location is at a particular time of day. Of course, we recommend going early
during the week and/or in the morning. Many travelers stay in Budapest for three
days to see its main attractions and enjoy the vibe of this fascinating city. If you want to be a little more relaxed
we recommend staying an extra day or two. NUMBER 8: WHERE TO STAY & PRICES If this is your first time in Budapest,
choose to stay in the District I. also called the Castle District on Buda side
of Danube or District V or Inner City, where you’ll have many
of the best sights just minutes away. For nightlife, stay in District VII. If you’re on a budget, you’ll find various affordable
hotels and hostels in the District VI. And for a cool place to stay, head to District VIII. If you’re traveling with the family District V
on the Pest side of Danube is a good option. A mid-range hotel double room in Budapest can costs as low as 15,000 HUF
up to about 35,000 HUF per night. For budget hotels, the average is 15,000 HUF. Hostels are cheap in Budapest. You can get a hostel bed
for around 4,500 HUF per night. Alternatively, you can rent an Airbnb apartment. The average cost per night for a small apartment
that sleeps four people is 25,000 HUF. Again, these are the average prices, and the
ranges for different hotel categories are quite wide and, in the summer, or during the
weekends, the accommodation can be more expensive due to lack of rooms. However, with a little research online, you
can get better deals, especially if your dates are flexible and don’t travel in high season. Check out our video on the best apps
for booking your stay. NUMBER 7: TRANSPORTATION FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT To get to and from Budapest Ferenc Liszt
Airport, you can use: Buses Train Airport Shuttle Taxis
and car rentals ARRIVING BY TRAIN You can travel to Budapest by train
from numerous European cities via Mav, the Hungarian national
train operator. You will most likely arrive to the Budapest Keleti railway station in
Budapest city center, Nyugati Station or Déli Station. ARRIVING BY CAR You can use Google Maps to get driving
directions to Budapest. Parking in the city center is limited, especially
during the day, so it might be challenging to find a spot. Parking costs between 170
to 440 HUF depending on how close you are located to the city center. In most open space parkings,
you can only park for up to three hours. You can also park in one of the parking garages for about 400 HUF per hour. Alternatively, you can book one of the many
hotels in the city that offer parking. GETTING AROUND THE CITY The sights in Budapest are mostly close-by, so it easy to get around on foot. But if you don’t feel like walking,
you can use the following modes of Budapest’s very efficient public
transport or other options: Metro Tram Bus Electric scooters Riverboat rides Taxi Bikes and other forms of transportation Check our travel guide for more information. If you use public transportation such as metro,
tram, or a bus, you will pay 350 HUF for a single ride and 1,650 for 24 hours. You can also purchase tickets for a couple of days, such as a 72-hour ticket, or a seven-day ticket. Check out our travel guide for more
information and prices. NUMBER 6: GENERAL INFORMATION DRINKING WATER It is generally safe to drink tap water in Budapest. While drinking water fountains are
rare in Budapest, a recent project was established where water hydrants were transformed
into water fountains during summer. TOILETS There are some public restrooms in Budapest, but if you can’t find one near you, you can
use restrooms in cafés, restaurants or hotels. If you want to see where public toilets
are located, you can use an app on your phone. But more about that later. FREE WIFI Budapest residents and visitors can get free WiFi at plenty of outdoor and indoor
hotspots all over the city, including at restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels, parks, and others. We’ll cover apps for finding free WiFi later. CROWDS & LINES Budapest is an increasingly popular destination. Over 30 million people visited Budapest in
2018 alone, and the numbers are rising every year. Especially in the summer months, but
also throughout the year, there are crowds everywhere, especially around big tourist
attractions, so be prepared to wait in line. Even if you can’t avoid the crowds, you
can do some things to make your trip to Budapest a more pleasant experience. You can avoid peak seasons, avoid traveling during rush hours, get up early in the morning to explore the
city without the crowds, explore the suburbs once you’ve visited
the must-see attractions at the city center. SAFETY Budapest is generally a very safe place for tourists. Some areas are better avoided by
night, but they are usually not located near tourist attractions. Typical for all major cities around the world, beware of pickpockets,
especially around major attractions. Watch your valuables and use
common sense. For emergency services, dial 112. NUMBER 5: FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS TRAVEL ADAPTERS If you’re coming from outside Europe or from the UK, you will probably need a special
European travel adapter to charge your phone and other devices. This is what THE Hungarian power plug looks like. We recommend purchasing a travel adapter
before traveling to Budapest. In fact, it is worth buying a universal adapter
so you can use it in other countries too. This video is sponsored by Ceptics, the number one choice for international
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and outlet types around the world. The link is in the description. LANGUAGE The language spoken in Budapest is Hungarian. CURRENCY Budapest uses Hungarian Forints. At the time of the making of this video,
1,000 HUF is worth approx. 3.34 USD or 2.97 EUR. Many places like restaurants and bars also
take Euros, the currency used in most other European countries. The exchange rate is not great, of course. Naturally, you will get your change back in Forints. While some hotels, stores, and restaurants
in the city accept major credit cards like Visa or MasterCard, it is always wise to
have some Forints in your wallet. MONEY EXCHANGE AND ATMs The easiest way to get Forints is through ATMs. In Hungary, ATMs typically ask if you want to be
charged in Forints or in your home currency. For better exchange rates and smaller
fees, choose to be billed in Forints and to avoid EURO ATMs. It’s also best to withdraw as few times as
possible to avoid multiple ATM fees. You can choose to exchange your foreign cash
at currency exchange offices. ACCESS THE INTERNET You can purchase a prepaid SIM card to access
the Internet on your phone. Some options provided by local carriers
are Vodafone, T-Mobile, and Telenor. You can buy a travel plan that includes
internet at any store in Budapest, there are also stores at the airport. Just make sure to bring your passport as
you will need it to buy the sim card. If you’re from the US, consider using Google Fi. Alternatively, you can consider renting a mobile hotspot. See our travel guide for more information. NUMBER 4: BEST APPS Here is a list of useful apps to use in Budapest: BKK Futár and SmartCity Budapest Transport
to get the latest info on Budapest public transportation including maps and timetables Donkey republic to rent a bike or Lime or a similar app to ren an electric scooter Bolt for getting a taxi, and since there are no Ubers or Lyfts in Budapest
this app comes in quite handy XE Currency or a similar currency converter
app to always know how much you’re spending Viator or Get Your Guide for reserving
a tour in Budapest TripAdvisor for reviews of restaurants,
hotels, museums, tours, etc. WithLocals or Eatwith for food and other
experiences with local guides Google Maps or Apple Maps for walking,
public transportation, driving, etc. Google Maps also lets you download maps, which is an excellent option
if you don’t want to use roaming. Flush for finding public restrooms WiFi Map or WiFi Finder, which helps you
find WiFi throughout Budapest Check out our travel guide for links
to download these apps on iOS and Android and for more app suggestions. NUMBER 3: FOOD AND PRICES Budapest has plenty of dining options, from Michelin star restaurants
to traditional Hungarian street-food. We suggest using TripAdvisor
to find nearby places with good reviews. Try to avoid restaurants at or near
to major tourist attractions. You’ll often get a much higher price-quality ratio at local eateries away from the main attractions. But food prices in Budapest are much lower
than in other European cities also if you happen to visit a pricer place. An inexpensive restaurant meal ranges
from 1,500 HUF to 3,000 HUF. A traditional fisherman’s soup, chicken paprikash,
goulash, or a similar Hungarian dish will cost you between 1,200 HUF and 2,400 HUF. As for drinks in bars,
coffee costs from 300 HUF to 600 HUF, a bottle of water about 450 HUF, a small bottle of soda about 300 HUF, a pint of beer about 600 HUF, a glass of wine will cost you about 400 HUF and cocktail from 1,000 HUF to 3,000 HUF. Of course, prices are higher in front of
the famous tourist places, such as Fisherman’s Bastion, etc. The typical Hungarian funnel cake kürtőskalács from a street kiosk will only cost you about 300 HUF. If you buy one at a more famous place
like Molnár’s the price, of course, is higher. There are plenty of great cheap eats in Budapest. Check out our guide for maps with the
best cheap eats. And an important note on tipping. Unlike most of the other countries in
Europe, tipping is a standard in Hungary. A 10% to 15% tip is appreciated
at restaurants in Budapest. Sometimes a 12.5% service charge
is included in your bill, in which case you don’t need an extra tip. NUMBER 2: CITY PASS & GUIDED TOURS If you want to save on attractions,
you can purchase Budapest Card, which offers free entry to some top attractions, access to thermal baths,
various kinds of discounts, unlimited free use of public transport, and more. Check our travel guide for current prices and links. A great way to discover Budapest, is by a
walking tour, organized by professional guides who know
a great deal about the city’s rich history. Some providers even offer free walking tours. However, at the end of the tour, it
is recommended to make a donation. See our travel guide for links to websites
of free guided tours and other exciting tours of Budapest. Another great way to discover the city is
by a Hop-On Hop-Off bus or a boat tour. There are plenty of options to choose from. Check out our travel guide for the list of
providers and links. NUMBER 1: BEST FREE VIEWS OF THE CITY You can enjoy amazing views of Budapest from
one of the following places: Citadella or Gellért Hill Panorama Terrace of The Buda Castle Fisherman’s Bastion Check out our travel guide for more places
with free and paid amazing views of the city and maps to quickly locate them. Our travel guide is a mobile-friendly .pdf
document that you can store on your phone for offline use. It covers the top 10 things
to do in Budapest, plus 10 additional attractions, maps, links, opening hours, and other information that will help make your trip to Budapest stress-free. By purchasing our travel guide, you are also
helping us sustain this channel. So a big thank you for that! 🙂 And don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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