Weather may be still a little cold and rainy, but spring is usually on the way at this time of the year in Hungary. Please do not forget the appropriate clothing and your umbrella.
Budapest has an efficient public transport network made up of more than 180 bus, trolleybus, 29 tram and 4 metro lines. Generally the buses, trams and trolleybuses operate between 4.30 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Public transport tickets generally must be purchased in advance. Single tickets can usually be purchased at newspaper kiosks, tobacco shops, and all kinds of tickets are available at underground METRO stations (marked M) or in BKV (Budapest Transports Limited) sales offices. The pre-purchased single tickets have to be validated on the buses, trams and underground (metro) stations. A single ticket is usually valid per access in Budapest.
The Hungarian currency is the Forint. There are coins of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 HUF and banknotes of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000 in Hungary. Exchanging money in licensed places is strongly recommended. Do not take the risk of changing money in the street! You can change money at the reception of the hotel, but probably the rate is much better at one of the change-booths of the city center. Major credit cards are widely accepted in Hungary.
Money exchange: we recommend to avoid exchange offices at the airport and railway stations as they are in monopolistic situtation and offer unreal rates. Use exchange offices where the gap between selling and buying rates is maximum 5 per cent.
1 EUR is approx. 308 Hungarian Forints (HUF) - at middle rate