Getting Around Hungary

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    BUY A VIGNETTE

    by balhannah Written Mar 2, 2014

    As we were about to depart Romania and head into Hungary, we needed to buy a vignette in case we travelled on a Toll road.
    This is very easy to do at the border, as we found a dozen or more small huts that sold vignettes for many countries.

    In Hungary, motorways, highways and certain sections of main roads can only be used if you have bought the e-Vignette. Instead of getting a paper saying we had paid and a sticker for the windscreen, this has been replaced by an electronic vignette. All we had was the receipt!

    All the necessary vignette data such as the relevant validity and vehicle data is stored centrally by the toll operators and is immediately available to the Police.

    PRICE IN 2014
    For a motor bike is 5.20 € for a week

    CAR
    One week = 10.53 €
    One month = 16.91 €

    More information can be found on the website.

    Buy your vignette here
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    Budapest to Berlin by easyJet

    by csordila Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    To Berlin easyJet is the cheapest, it flies daily from Budapest-Liszt Airport to Berlin-Schoenefeld,
    dep. 12:05, arr. 13:25
    Prices: Mon Ft 21,200, Tue Ft 16,800, Wed Ft 13,000, Thu Ft 16,800, Fri Ft 22,400, Sat Ft 22,400, Sun Ft 50,600

    easyJet, the Cheapest
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    Driving on your own by car, motorcycle

    by csordila Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When arriving in Hungary by car it is requested that you carry a valid driver's license, proof of car insurance ( for drivers of the EU the plate and country sticker is accepted ), car registration card and a country sticker.
    Motorway tolls
    Motorways can be used with prepayed vignettes. The prices of authorisation (from Sept.30.2008.) for motorcycles, cars and caravans (D1 category with a max. total weight of 3.500 kgs ): 4-day: 1170 HUF, 1-week: 2550 HUF, 1-month: 4200 HUF, 1-year vignette: 37200 HUF . The authorisation is valid after the buyer has signed the control coupon confirming the purchase of the authorisation.
    External link: How foreigners can purchase authorisation for road use
    Speed and alcohol limits
    Speed limit is in settlements 50 km/h, in out of settlements (unless stated differently) 90/110 km/h, on motorways 130 km/h. The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the blood is 0,000‰.
    Parking in Budapest
    In the downtown all the parking places are toll pay areas without any guard. The parking time is maximum 2 hours, tickets have to be bought in the slot-machines placed on the streets. The machines are working with coins and parking fee is 120-400 HUF/hour. No parking fee has been paid or the period paid for has expired, the wheel of the car will be clamped. The taking off of the wheel clamp costs a lot of time and money.
    Hungary is a safe place to travel but even so, you still should avoid poorly lit and/or deserted streets, buildings and parking lots.

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    Train: Budapest->Warszawa 29 Euro, Krakow: 25 Euro

    by GyuriFT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    New special from MÁV-START (Hungarian Railway):

    Budapest-Warszawa by train: 29 Euro special o/w (regular r/t price: from 75.40 Euro)
    Budapest-Krakow by train: 25 Euro special o/w (regular r/t price: from 64.40 Euro)

    These prices are with limited seat contingent and good for people who do not want to read my long essays about railway tricks :-)
    Otherwise, there are better options, too:

    Plavec-->Warszawa is 39.60 r/t (in Hungary, 33.84 in Slovakia)
    Budapest-->Plavec is 29.28 r/t

    Total: 68.88 Euro without any seat contingent limitation if every ticket is bought in Hungary, 63.12 Euro if Plavec-->Warszawa was bought in Slovakia, Budapest -->Plavec ticket in Hungary.

    Remark: Budapest->Krakow by Orangeways is cheaper (15 Euro)

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    Orangeways bus to Vienna, Prague, Mukachevo, Cluj

    by GyuriFT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    www.orangeways.hu started new service to some cities within 600 km from Budapest for the same price: 3700 Forint (ca. 15 Euro).

    Budapest-Vienna: dep. 07:00, arrive 09:50, dep. 15:30, arrive 18:20 (daily)
    Vienna-Budapest: dep. 11:00, arrive 13:50, dep. 19:00, arrive 21:50 (daily)

    Budapest-Praha: dep. 06:00, arrive 13:30 (daily)
    Praha-Budapest: dep. 14:30, arrive 22:00 (daily)

    Budapest-Mukachevo (Ukraine): dep. 22:30, arrive 05:30 (Mo., We., Sa.)
    Mukachevo (Ukraine)-Budapest: dep. 06:30, arrive 11:00 (Tu., Th., Su.)

    Budapest-Cluj: dep. 06:00, arrive 15:30 (daily)
    Cluj-Budapest: dep. 16:30, arrive 24:00 (daily)

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    Orangeways bus to/fr Krakow, Amsterdam, Bratislava

    by GyuriFT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    www.orangeways.hu started new service to some cities within 600 km from Budapest for the same price: 3700 Forint (ca. 15 Euro).
    They also serve one destination much further: Amsterdam. The price is higher (9900 Forint or ca. 40 Euro). Amsterdam service begins on March 7, 2008

    Budapest-Krakow: dep. 06:00, arrive 13:30, (We, Sa, Su)
    Krakow-Budapest: dep. 14:30, arrive 22:00, (We, Sa, Su)

    Budapest-Bratislava: dep. 06:00, arrive 08:30, (daily)
    Bratislava-Budapest: dep. 19:30, arrive 21:50, (daily)

    Budapest-Amsterdam: dep. 15:30, arrive 11:15 (daily)
    Amsterdam-Budapest: dep. 12:15, arrive 09:15 (daily)

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    Budapest->Vienna->Praha by train: 43.03 Euro

    by GyuriFT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The trick is to use as much discount as possible. Different countries have different discounts. In some cases international ticket is better, in some cases it is forced and in some cases the domestic ticket is better. I tried to make it as simple as possible for a first-timer. For more "daring" (nothing to dare, actually) it's possible to do for even less (ca. 37-40 Euro). But 43.03 Euro should be comfortable. This price is valid till December 12, 2008 - than things may change a little usually few percent more.

    How to do?

    1) Go Budapest->Bratislava in the morning, pay 16 Euro, buy the ticket at Wasteels in Budapest or at the train station. It's easy!
    2) Buy Bratislava->Vienna->Bratislava in Bratislava (NOT in Budapest!), the price is 9.2 Euro, that includes
    your 4-day ticket to Vienna, there are several trains each hour.
    3) After having nice time in Vienna go from Vienna to Bratislava.
    4) Buy Bratislava->Breclav ticket in Bratislava for 5.10 Euro at the station,
    board the first train to Praha. Breclav is the first Czech station, stay on
    the train after Breclav, don't worry about not having any ticket: you will buy it from Czech conductor as he comes.

    WARNING/1: DO NOT BUY ANY TICKET FOR CZECH REPUBLIC OUTSIDE OF CZECH REPUBLIC AT ALL!!! IT'S A TOURIST TRAP!
    Just stay cool, nothing will happen besides you saving some good money. The Breclav->Praha supplement is 289 Czech Crowns. For buying the ticket on the train there will be 30 Crown handling fee. Total: 319 Czech Crowns which is about 12.73 Euro.

    WARNING/2: IF YOU ARE NOT ALONE, THE SECOND PERSON RECEIVES 25% DISCOUNT FROM THE CZECH CONDUCTOR, THIRD, ETC. 50%. (That is, you have to buy the domestic ticket in Czech Republic or from Czech conductor. Tickets from outside: no discount and besides cost up to 3 times more!)

    Tickets finished, let's count the beans:

    The entire Budapest->Bratislava->Vienna->Bratislava->Praha will cost you 16+9.2+5.1+12.73 = 43.03 Euro pro person if you are alone and a bit less if you are a couple.

    Web sites:

    Hungarian: http://www.mav-start.hu/ajanlatok/kulfoldi_utazasi_ajanlatok.php?mid=14683749bee080
    Slovak: http://www.slovakrail.sk/index.php?id=cennik-osobitnej-tarify-na-vybra
    Czech: http://www.cd.cz/

    Everything is "cleverly" hidden in national languages. :(
    You have to understand all of them to see the savings :(
    Don't worry, these are for real! :)

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  • Hungary by train

    by Tobias_Plieninger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hungary has many frequent train connections.

    If you come from Slovakia and Czech Republic or other countries take care of my advices in the Europe tourist trap section.

    There is one daily overnight train to

    Paris (via Vienna, Munich, Stuttgart etc.)

    Zagreb in Croatia.

    Istanbul (via Bukarest and Sofia)

    Thessaloniki (via Bukarest and Sofia)

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    Free Travel for Senior Citizens

    by bakerman Updated Apr 4, 2011

    From 1st January 2004, ie four months before Hungary joins the European Union, Senior Citizens of 65 years and over who are permanent residents of any EU-country are eligible to free transport on all means of public tranport in Hungary!

    This goes for trains (2nd class), inter-town busses, in-town trams, busses, etc, as well as public ferries.

    Good on youse!

    Now comes the downside: The authorities have been somewhat 'reluctant' to inform all the ticket inspectors about this. So you might still be fined simply because the inspector doesnt know :-(

    Find more detailed info (in German language) in a newspaper article of German-language, BP-based Pester Lloyd here:

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    Western Railway Station, Budapest

    by hopang Updated Dec 15, 2010

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    Western Central Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar in Hungarian) is located at Nyugati tér (Western Square) at 6th district in the north of the city of Budapest. It is one of the three main railway stations in Budapest. Western Railway Station is the largest among the three. The other two main railway stations are Keleti pályaudvar and Déli pályaudvar. Of course you may travel to other parts of Europe from these railway stations.

    Nyugati pályaudvar opened to the public in 1877. It was constructed by Eiffel Company. Visitors may travel to Ferihegy International Airport terminal 1 from this central railway station. Please note that no railway line has been extended to terminal 2. You will have to take a local bus to travel between terminals 1 and 2, a distance of approximately two kilometers.

    The large and modern Westend City Center shopping mall is located just beside the Western Central Railway Station for your last minute shopping and perhaps a good meal before catching your flight at the airport. Western Central Railway Station can be reached by metro line 3. You may e-mail to the following address for further information regarding railway stations and train schedules:- informacio@mav-start.hu

    Western Central Railway Station, Budapest
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    Budapest International Airport

    by hopang Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    Budapest International Airport is located at Ferihegy, approximately 15 kilometers southeast of downtown Budapest. It is also known as Ferihegy International Airport. The airport has two terminals (Terminals 1 and 2) handling approximately 9 millions pasengers annually. Terminal 2 is still undergoing construction and is not fully completed yet.

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    By River Danube cruise

    by hopang Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    River cruises on River Danube is one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Budapest. Millions of foreign tourists take river cruises along River Danube in Budapest every year. One of the most famous tour operators in the city is Rendezvenyhajo whose boats are very often used for hire. You may hire their boats for private parties such as wedding or birthday reception. The boat can also be used for corporate meeting and conference purposes. Each boat can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Food and entertainment can also be arranged by the tour operators. You may e-mail to the following address for more information:- info@budapestfun.hu

    Cruise along River Danube
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    By trams

    by hopang Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    Other than the local buses in the city of Budapest, trams are the most convenient means of transportation. They are also the fastest other than subway. Trams in the city of Budapest were inaugurated in the early 20th century and there are at least 30 lines in and around Budapest. Subway (Metro lines 1 to 3 or red, yellow and blue lines) only has three lines and many parts of the city cannot be travelled by subway. Buses are very often affected by the notorious traffic jams. Trams are running on their own tracks and are not affected by traffic jams at all. You can travel by any means of public transportation in the city of Budapest if you are a holder of Budapest Card.

    A tram in the city's street
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    Castle Hill funicular, Budapest

    by hopang Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    Buda Hill funicular (Budvari Siklo in Hungarian) is located at Clark Adám tér at Buda end of the Chain Bridge. This is an old pendulum-type funicular which was inaugurated in the late 19th century. Nevertheless it is a great tourist attraction. It is certainly the fastest and easiest way to get to the Castle beside providing excellent photo opportunity. It costs 850 HUF per adult one way which is quite expensive for a short ride.

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    Hop on hop off bus

    by hopang Updated Nov 20, 2010

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    Hop on hop off bus sightseeing tour is a very popular way of visiting tourist attractions in the city. You can hop on and hop off at any time you wish. There are several tour packages. The most popular is ticket valid for 24 hours with approximately 15 stops including St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes Square, City Park, Dohány Street Synagogue, Main Railway Station, Astoria, Gellért Hill, Castle Hill, Clark Adam Square and the Chain Bridge, and Hungarian Parliament Building. Bus leaves every half an hour between April and October and every one hour between November and March. A full circle takes approximately 2 hours.

    Tour packages cost 4,500 HUF for adults and 4,000 HUF for students. Audio guide is provided in the bus in many languages including English, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Japanese and Chinese. You may e-mail to the following address for more information regarding hop on hop off bus sightseeing tour:- citytour@citytour.hu

    Hop on hop off bus
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