Basic Information about Budapest

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Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. 

It is a prominent political, cultural and commercial center in Central Europe, with a population of around 1.75 million. 

The city is on the banks of the Danube River that is often called the “Pearl of the Danube.” 

A popular tourist destination where you will find various activities and attractions, such as thermal baths, museums, galleries and restaurants.

Luggage Safety in Budapest 

Luggage Safety in Budapest
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Takes precautions with your luggage, especially when traveling to a new place. 

In Budapest, we suggest you keep your belongings with you and avoid leaving them unattended.

If you need to store your luggage, you can use storage services at the airport or one of the many hotels or hostels in the city. 

You can also consider using a lock or other security device to protect your luggage. 

At beaches and spas, use the cabins and the lockers.

If you lose the luggage, call the free emergency services 112 or 107, or look for the webpage of the Hungarian Police at www.police.hu.

These services are usually secure and affordable. 

Additionally, be aware of your surroundings and avoid areas known for high crime levels. 

By following these simple guidelines, you can help ensure the safety of your luggage while in Budapest.

Safekeeping

Tourists’ wallets are always in danger, irrespective of their destination.

So, it is advisable to stay alert whenever using public transport, at railway stations, shopping centers, markets or any busy area.

Tipping system

Giving a tip is not mandatory, but if you want to give one, the usual amount is 10% of the total amount of the bill.

Also, check the menu and beverage lists to see all the prices before choosing the restaurant. 

Parking tips

Parking tips
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You must pay for the parking between 8 am to 8 pm, sometimes 6 pm. 

Parking is free on weekends and public holidays (except for the tourist zones), so check before you go.

Use the pay machine nearest to your car and add the money or you can send a message to start your parking session from a Hungarian phone number. 

A car with a foreign license plate may get a wheel camp, so make sure you have a valid parking ticket. 

Once you get one, you have to call the number placed on the car and wait for the inspectors to arrive. 

Currency exchange

Currency exchange
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Never try to exchange money on the street. It will make you lose all of it.

Only carry a little cash around the town and keep your cards in your pocket. 

Hail a taxi

Hail a taxi
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Taxis are best booked online and not hailed on the street. 

As they are cheaper and there is no chance that you will call for a private taxi who will charge outrageous fares. 

You can also book a taxi on short notice; it will arrive in 5-15 minutes. 

Alcohol and smoking policy

Smoking is prohibited in indoor spaces, public transport and within 5 meters of any institution. 

It is also prohibited to serve alcoholic beverages to persons under 18. 

You can not drink and drive and the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.0 g/l.

Important phone numbers

  • Ambulance: 104
  • Police: 107
  • Fire service: 105
  • Central help number: 112
  • General inquiries: 197
  • Domestic inquiries: 198
  • International inquiries: 199
  • Auto club help number: 188
  • Speaking clock: 180
  • Tourist Police (0-24): 06-1-438-8080
  • 24-hour medical assistance in English (Falck SOS Hungary): 06-1-2400-475
  • 24- hour pharmacy: 06-1-311-4439
  • Airport Ferihegy – general (flight information) number: 06-1-296-7155
  • Information about local and international trains: MÁVDIREKT 06-40-49-4949

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