City Manager Budapest

City Manager Budapest

Alexandra Suba

alexandra.suba@mycityhighlight.com

Good To Know

1. The atmosphere of the city with its beautiful sights and many green areas is enchanting and captivating.
2. The gastronomy, wines and special restaurants offer a wide variety of choice.
3. There are activities, programs and attractions for everyone, no matter of age, occupation and interest.


Fastest way: By Taxi. Főtaxi, the taxi company with the longest traditions (founded 1913) in Hungary transports passengers between the terminals and Budapest. Please be aware of exposing yourself at risk by using non-regulated taxi service providers soliciting at the terminal buildings. From 1 September 2013 a new Taxi Decree was introduced in Hungary regulating the price of the taxis at a fixed tariff of 280 HUF/Km (0.95 EUR/Km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450 HUF (1.50 EUR) and waiting fee. A ride to the city center should typically cost around 6500 HUF (22 EUR) depending on traffic conditions.

Cheapest way: From 4 am until 11 pm, bus number 200E operates between Terminal 2 and Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal (metro line M3), via the Ferihegy train station (trains to the Nyugati railway station in Budapest).

From Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal, passengers can take the M3 metro towards Újpest Központ to reach the city center. It is possible to change to metro lines M1 and M2 at the Deák Ferenc tér stop which is the main square of the city center.

From 11 pm to 1 am bus 200E, from 1 am to 4am night bus number 900 oper-ates between Budapest Airport Terminal 2 and the South Pest bus garage. It is possible to change to night buses 950 and 950A, operating to the inner city.

As of 7 July 2017, a direct bus line connecting the airport with the city center was introduced: 100E takes passengers to Deák Ferenc tér. It leaves from Deák Ferenc tér every thirty minutes from 4am to 11:30pm. The first bus leaves from the airport each morning at 5am, and the last one at 12:30am. Bus 100E stops at the BKK bus stop at the airport between the two terminals on the arrival level.

Passengers may get off the bus going to Deák Ferenc tér at Kálvin tér and at Astoria. Bus 100E going to the airport only stops at Kálvin tér, but the first two in the morning will also stop at the Astoria M bus stop.

Tickets for public transportation priced 350 HUF are available at the airport at BKKs customer service points, at the post office, the newsagents (Relay) and at ticket machines right at the bus stop. It is also possible to purchase a ticket from the bus driver for 450 HUF.

The post office is located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2A, where 24 and 72-hour, weekly and monthly travel passes for Budapest public transport are also available.

Newsagents only sell single tickets, 10-piece ticket booklets and short section tickets.

Schedule is available on www.bkk.hu


Police: 107

Ambulance: 104

General Emergency: 112

Taxi: Fő taxi: +36-1-2222-222, 6x6 taxi: +36-1-6666-666, City taxi: +36-1-2111-111 Taxi 4: +36-1-4444-444


The public transport works really efficiently in Budapest. You can get easily anywhere. Please find at-tached map but you can always get free maps at the BKK Customer Service Points.
The service offers different type of tickets, here is a short summary that from my opinion are worth to purchase.
Budapest 24-hour travel card HUF 1 650
Budapest 24-hour group travel card (for 1-5 passengers traveling together) HUF 3 300
Budapest 72-hour travel card HUF 4,150
Budapest 7-day travel card HUF 4 950
15-day Budapest-pass HUF 6 300
Monthly Budapest-pass for students HUF 3 450
Monthly Budapest-pass for pensioners HUF 3 330
Monthly Budapest-pass for parents with small children HUF 3 450


Specialties of the town to eat: Eat&Meet, Hungarikum Bisztro (local food), Gelarto Rosa (special Hungarian rose shape ice cream), Vicky Barcelona (tapas bar with Spanish music), Molnár’s kürtőskalács ( typical Hungarian sweet ~ pastry cake), 0,75 bistro (local food in a very nice area) Comme chez soi (Italian cuisine)

Specialties of the town to drink: Vintage Garden (special cocktails), Szimpla kert (ruin bar), Cat café and Zoo café (for animal lovers), 360° bar (rooftop bar,nice view of the city), : Raqpart (very nice open-air place next to the Chain Bridge), Pontoon(chilling place), Esetleg Bisztó( nice view at the river)

Tipping: Hungarians usually tip when eating out, going to a bar or taking any services. Tipping in Hungary means you were satisfied with the service you got and it is usually about 10% of the price.

Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap: Most of the places it is safe, some exceptions are trains, or festivals where water is stored, otherwise you are free to drink from any running water.


A cup of coffee in the restaurant: 600 Ft ~ 2 euro
A lunch menu in the restaurant: 1500-3500 Ft ~ 5-10 euro
A ride in a taxi: All qualified taxi companies start with a 450 Ft (1,5 euro) price and then each km is 280 Ft (1 euro) or for each minute 70 Ft ( 0,25 euro). A ride in the center should be around 1500-2500 Ft (5-8 euro)


Where to go out:
- Night clubs: Ötkert club (house and r’n’b dancefloors), Kraft (mainstream house), 4bro Downtown and Aether (3 different types of music in one place) Morrison’s 2 (4 dance floors with techno, disco and karoke), Szimpla kert (ruin bar) Fogasház (alter style- ruin bar), Corvin-tető (Roof terrace- ruin bar), Raktár beach (special place to party only at the summer)


Shopping areas: Main shopping street is Váci utca, where tourists go mostly. Most famous local places are Arena Plaza or Westend City Center

Opening hours: 10.00-21.00


Tesco, Spar, Lidl, CBA, Coop, Reál, Penny, Aldi


Hungary is generally a safe place and easy to find all the places you are looking for, especially that I summarized all important facts you need to know. You can choose your apartment from a wide variety of options (see Hotels and Airbnb).
If you come in the summer It’s worth visiting Lake Balaton, the biggest lake in Central Europe, that we usually call the Hungarian sea. But if you stay at Budapest you can still enjoy our thermal spas (most famous is Széchényi or Gellért Thermal Spa), because Budapest has the highest number of thermal springs and Hungary has public bathing practices that go back to Roman times and hundreds of different activity options.

Some facts that good to know about Hungary:
• Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in A.D. 896, before France, Germany or England.
• The Hungarian Parliament is the 3rd largest parliament building in the world. It has 691 rooms, 20 kilometers of stairs and 40 kilograms of 23-carat gold was used on its interior decoration. It is also the largest building in Hungary.
• Budapest was almost named Pestbuda. Budapest was born when three cities, Buda, Pest and Óbuda (Old Buda) were united, and at first the founders had different ideas about what they should name the new city.
• The mummified right hand of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary is displayed in the Saint Stephen Basilica in Budapest.
• Touching the pen of the statue of Anonymus in Budapest's City Park will, legend has it, bless you with great writing abilities.
• Hungary is home to the world’s first official wine region.
• It is considered rude to clink your beer glasses, because while the 13 Martyrs revolution-ary leaders were being executed, Austrian soldiers were drinking beer and arrogantly clinking their beer mugs together in celebration of Hungary's defeat.
• Water polo is a national sport and the world’s best female chess champion is Hungarian.
• Budapest has continental Europe’s oldest metro and it is also the second oldest electrical-ly operated underground railway in the world (started operating in 1896).
• Budapest has the second largest synagogue in the world.
• Our language is in the top 10 of most difficult languages in the world, our alphabet has 44 letters and its only related to Finnish and Estonian. And we have two words for the color ‘red’?
The two words are ‘piros’ and ‘vörös’. They can mean the same exact shade of the red color and still, for some reason, we don’t normally use both of them interchangeably with all the words. Blood is normally ‘vörös’, not ‘piros’. Wine is also ‘vörös’, not ‘piros’. A ball is normally ‘piros’ and not ‘vörös’. An apple is also ‘piros’, not ‘vörös’. But a rose can be ‘pi-ros’ and ‘vörös’ as well.

Unesco World Heritage sights in Hungary:
-Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (1987)
-Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) (2000)
-Fertő / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (2001)
-Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta (1999)
-Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment (1996)
-Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings (1987)
-Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape (2002)
-Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst (1995)


Hallo: Szia
Thank you: Köszönöm
Thanks: Köszi
You are welcome: Nincs mit
Goodbye: Viszlát
Cheers: Egészségedre


Most places offer free wifi, but sometimes they might ask for a password though that you can get from the waitress, but even on the street you can sometimes connect to some open wireless.


My souvenir recommendations

Pepper Spice (Erős pista, Paprika)

Pepper Spice (Erős pista, Paprika)

People are always asking what gives the red colour of our local food and we say 'Paprika'. Paprika originates from Central-America and the Southern parts of Mexico. Here the spice has been known for thousands of years. The findings of Tehuacan Valley certify that 3000 years ago, the inhabitants have already grown the plant. We use this spice almost everywhere due to its nice flavour and colour that it gives to the meal. In many countries there isn't a big variety of spices, so you can't go wrong with this hungaricum that you find packed in traditional cover.

Castle Bazaar Castle Bazaar , Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 4, 1013 Magyarország

Pálinka

Pálinka

Hungarians are famous for their special brandy that we refer to in small amount as medicine and in big amount as remedy. It has its roots in the 14th century. I can guarantee everybody will either love you or hate you for this fruity hungarian spirit.

Great Market Hall Great Market Hall , Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Magyarország

Rubik's Cube

Rubik's Cube

The Rubik cube is a 3-D combination puzzle that was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. It took him one month to learn how to solve his first cube. It's a super fun gift that you can challange everyone with.

Westend city center Westend city center , Budapest, WestEnd, 1069 Magyarország

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