Budapest Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Budapest, Hungary)

Panoramic photo of the cityscapeSince much of life in Budapest is now directly linked to its thriving tourism industry in one way or another, this city now offers a discount card, similar to many other leading European cities. The Budapest Kártya (Card) allows either reduced or free admission to some 60 museums and other attractions, along with free travel on all different types of public transport and savings on various organised tours.

The Budapest Card also boasts car rental discounts and further savings at thermal spas, shops and restaurants. However, the guidebook provided with the card can be a little ambiguous, so do read it carefully and make sure that you are getting what you expect before you hand over your Hungarian Forints.

Picture of the skyline

Useful Contact Details

Featuring a team of staff and a 24-hour hotline, the Tourinform office is generally considered to be one of the best sources of information within the city of Budapest, which includes plenty of brochures about locations all over Hungary. Operated by both the Tourism Area of the Economic Ministry and also the Hungarian National Tourist Office, the Tourinform can become extremely busy during the summer.

The Budapest Tourist Office (BTO) has numerous outlets and these tend to be somewhat less crowded at peak times. BTO offices can be found at Castle Hill, the Nyugati Train Station and also at Ferihegy International Airport, where offices are located in arrivals and departures.

Address: Március 15 Tér 7, Budapest, HU-1056, Hungary, HU
Tel: +36 01 266 0479 / +06 80 630 800 (24-hour)
Fax: +36 01 266 7477

Budapest Tourist Office (BTO)
Address: Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary, HU
Tel: +36 01 266 0479
Address: I Szentháromság Tér, Budapest, Hungary, HU
Tel: +36 01 488 0475
Address: Nyugati Train Station, Nyugati Pályaudvar, 16 Várbusz, Budapest, Hungary, HU
Tel: +36 01 302 8580
Address: Oktogon, VI Liszt Ferrenc Tér 11, Budapest, Hungary, HU
Tel: +36 01 322 4098

City view

Language and Dialect

Locals in Budapest speak the language of Hungarian and this is considered to be a modern European language. Whilst some restaurants will offer English menus, don't expect all locals to be this helpful. Your holiday will be all the more enjoyable with the help of a pocket-sized Hungarian phrase book, which you will be likely to use again and again during your stay. Here are some rather simple Hungarian phrases to start you off:

Dos and Don'ts / Tourist Traps