One of the largest cities in Europe, Budapest is, as most travelers opine, an explorer’s paradise. The capital of Hungary, the city of Budapest spans the two banks of the river Danube. Its history dates back to the 9th century and you cannot help but explore every nook and corner of this historical heritage. The best times to visit Budapest are March through May, and September through November. When packing for your trip, do keep in mind the weather conditions at your time of travel. Do use public transport in Budapest; not only is it efficient, but it is also easy to use and inexpensive. Soak in as much of the Hungarian architecture as you can manage to, and one of the best ways to do this is to walk leisurely around the city.
Useful tips for tourists flying to Budapest
Where to shop
The main shopping area is in the City Centre, the most famous being Vaci Street. Budapest has wonderful local markets, minus the touristy gimmicks. The Great Market Hall is the most famous, followed by the Hunyadi and Feny Street Markets. You can get a taste of wholesome local food there as well, while shopping to your heart’s content, in addition to local produce and souvenirs. Don’t forget to bring back souvenirs that include Tokaji, the local wine, and porcelain – look out for Herendi and Zsolnay.
What to eat
The first thing on your must-try list should be the goulash, Hungary’s national dish, which can be had in either a soup or stew form. Do try local Hungarian wine, and probably the best place to visit is Kadarka
, located in the Jewish District, for its huge selection of wines, accompanied by meat and cheese platters. Budapest also offers home-cooked Hungarian meals, a unique experience when traveling. Of course, continental fare is available across cafés.
The local language
Hungarian is the official language and is spoken widely in Budapest. However, in areas that are tourist hubs, English is spoken and it is not at all difficult to communicate with the locals. Apart from these two languages, French, German and Russian are also spoken in Budapest.
Here are some phrases that should help you understand the local lingo in Budapest:
– Hi/ goodbye
– How are you
– Good morning/ afternoon/ evening
– Thank you
Dos and Don’ts
• Do dress appropriately while in Budapest; depending on when you are visiting.
• Do not carry valuables on your person.
• Do not buy foreign exchange from street vendors.
• Do not get into unregulated cabs.
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: 112 (Central Help)
• 24-hour Chemist: Each District in Budapest typically has a 24-hour pharmacy, for instance, TerezGyogyszertar in VI
• Fire: 105
• Police: 107
• Ambulance: 104
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Budapest from Toronto?
The airline offering cheap air tickets
to Budapest from Toronto is Lufthansa
Q. What is the time zone used in Budapest?
The time zone of Budapest is UTC/ GMT +1 hour. The time zone abbreviation used is CETZ (or Central European Time Zone).
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Budapest?
From Toronto to Budapest, the most popular airlines are Lufthansa, Air Canada and United Airlines
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Budapest flight?
The shortest time for a direct Toronto to Budapest flight is around 8 hours and 40 minutes.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Budapest?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations are the Citadella, St. Stephens Basilica, Orszaghaz (the Hungarian Parliament), the Gellert, Szechenyi and Budas Baths. You could also visit the Labyrinth of Buda Castle and take a (free) guided walking tour of the city, which starts at the picturesque Vorosmarty Square (The Lion Fountain).
Q. What is the currency of Budapest?
The currency of Budapest is the Hungarian Forint (HUF).
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