Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, is one of our favorite cities in Europe. Budapest is packed with impressive monuments including the enormous Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s bastion, Széchenyi Thermal Bath and massive central market. All of which can be easily accessed thanks to the city’s convenient and cheap public transportation system. Not to mention the amazing nightlife and restaurants.
You’ll need at least two or three days in Budapest to explore all the city has to offer.
Don’t miss our INSIDR guide with top travel tips including where to stay and what to do!
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INSIDR practical travel tips for Budapest
Tipping in Budapest
Budapest has a thriving culinary scene. Traditional Hungarian fare along with original fusion flavors can be found all over the city. To enjoy eating out, you need to know the local tipping culture.
In Budapest, the standard tip rate for good service is 10%, and 15% for exceptionally good service. However, most restaurants automatically include a 12.5% service charge to the bill. Make sure to check before leaving extra!
The country code for Hungary is 36. While traveling in Budapest, you’ll need to dial 0036 or +36 before calling a local Hungarian number. If you need to contact emergency services, dial 104 (medical), 105 (fire department) or 107 (police). You can also dial 112, the European emergency number.
SIM Card & Wifi in Budapest
Vodafone, Telenor and T-mobile are the major phone and internet providers in Hungary. While visiting Budapest, it’s definitely helpful to purchase or rent a local mobile phone. You’ll avoid excessive roaming charges and be able to quickly access information. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
Budapest Travel Pass
Budapest has an extensive public transportation system. It’s definitely the cheapest way to travel around the city. You can purchase a travel pass valid for 24 or 72 hours on all public transportation networks. Buy passes at the airport (terminals 2A and 2B) or at the Kőbánya-Kispes metro station. If flying in to Budapest, we recommend buying your pass at the airport where you’re sure to have English-speaking customer service agents available.
Post Box in Budapest
The delightful red post boxes located around Budapest can’t be missed. If you already have postage just drop your letter or postcard in. If you need to buy stamps, head to the Posta, or Hungarian post office. Most offices are open until 4 or 5PM on weekdays and closed on the weekend, so plan accordingly!