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Budapest & Hungary

Essentials about Hungary

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Budapest City Guide
Budapest and the Central Danube Region

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Hungary became a member of the European Union on May 1, 2004.

Capital city:



10 million, about 2 million living in the capital city

Local time:

Summer: GMT+2, Winter: GMT+1


Forint (Ft/HUF, but some tourist places may accept euros/EUR. Coins 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and banknotes 500; 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000. You can withdraw mo­ney anywhere in the inner city,  day or night at ATMs.




The full 24-hour clock is generally used (though rarely orally) – so 9 p.m. is written as 21.00 o’clock


Hungarians give their family name first, thus Szabo Richard is Richard Szabo.


Central Emergency Number: 112
The service has English speaking dispatchers. English language Police HotlinePhone: 438-8080
This 24-hour hot-line was set up specifically to help English-language speakers report crime.

Information office in Budapest
Tourinform/ Police Info Office
5th district, Deák tér (Sütő u. 2.)
Phone: 438-8080, Fax: 488-8661
Email: hungary(at)tourinform(dot)hu

How to reach Budapest

By plane

Budapest Ferihegy airport has two terminals roughly 28 kilometres from the city.

Airport Minibus Service

By train

Railway stations in Budapest 

Keleti pályaudvar (Eas­tern Railway Station – at the Keleti pályaudvar stop of the red metro line),

Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station – at the Nyugati pályaudvar stop of the blue metro line) and

Déli pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station – at the Déli pályaudvar stop of the red metro line).


Please note that there are minibus services at the railway stations as well.
Website in English: (choose English for the language)


How to decipher Budapest addresses
In the address "V. Garibaldi u. 4. III/21", the Roman numeral V indicates District V. "Garibaldi u." means Garibaldi Street ("u." ="utca" = Street). 4 is the house number, III is the floor number, and 21 is the apartment number. The two digits in the middle of the four-digit postal code also identify the district (thus the postal code 1054 indicates a building in District V).

Cost of living

Costs of living in Hungary are relatively low (compared to West- and North European countries). Students need about 150,000 HUF (approx. 600 EUR)/month to cover living expenses including accomodation, food and public transport.
Students have to find their own accommodation. Renting a flat in the city ranges from about 400 to 600 EUR/month, depending on the size and location of the flat and on the number of students sharing it. We recommend that our students rent apartments together. Try to get in contact with someone who has already spent a semester in Budapest or contact the following estate agency:
CE Estate Management Kft.
1053 Budapest
Veres Pálné u. 12. II/2b
Tel.: +36 (1) 328-0222
Fax: +36 (1) 483-1921
Email: ceestate(at)t-online(dot)hu
Office hours: Monday-Friday: 9.00-17.00
Please note that the univesity does NOT have a contract with any estate agency, so please read your contract very carefully before signing to avoid future problems!!!

Phoning and English language newspaper


To be able to reach you in Hungary your family and friends have to dial +36 (Hungary’s international code number) before dialing your phone number.

If you want to call someone abroad, dial 00 and the international code number of the country in question.

Within the boundaries of Budapest you only have to dial the 7-digit number. Note that 7-digit Budapest phone numbers begin with 2, 3, 4, 7 or 8. (Numbers beginning with 7 and 8 should be dialed by first dialing 06 1 and then the phone number

If you are in Budapest and you want to reach a number outside Budapest (in Hungary) you have to dial 06 and the 2-digit district area code followed by the 6- digit phone number.

If you are outside Budapest (in Hungary) and you want to call Budapest you have to dial 06 1 followed by the 7-digit number.

Phone numbers beginning with /06/ 20, 30, 60 and 70 are cellular phone numbers. 06 is followed by 9 digits in these cases.


The Budapest Times is Hungary’s largest circulation weekly English language newspaper. This newspaper aims at foreigners living in Hungary and features all the important information you might need while staying in Hungary
Website: (English);


Public transport

Budapest has an excellent network of public transport, including buses, trolley buses, trams, metro lines and the HÉV (suburban railway). The system is reliable, safe, punctual, covers the whole city and it is cheap with Hungarian student ID cards (to be obtained at the ISP office).
You can use the same type of ticket for all forms of public transport in the city but remember when you change lines or systems you must validate a new ticket. If you get caught travelling without a valid ticket, you must pay a fine of 8000 or 16 000 HUF. Ticket inspectors wear red armbands and can appear anywhere at any time.
A book of 10 and 20 tickets can also be purchased for a lower price. A special metro section ticket is valid for three stops, and metro transfer tickets allow you to transfer between lines.
Travel passes for one day, three days and seven days can also be purchased.
Tickets can be purchased from newsagent’s, metro stations and ticket machines.


Budapest’s metro system has 4 lines, it enables you to go from one side of the city to the other in around 30 minutes. Each metro station has a map covering the entire city and high­lighting all public transport connection points. You will notice that on both sides of the platform the destination stations are listed in the direction of travel. The metro runs from 4.30 am until just after 11 pm.
M1 (yellow line): Mexikói út – Vörösmarty tér
M2 (red line): Örs Vezér tere – Déli pályaudvar
M3 (blue line): Kőbánya Kispest – Újpest Központ.
M4 (green line): Kelenföld vasútállomás - Keleti pályaudvar
The HÉV (Suburban Railway)
The HÉV is the suburban (surface) railway system that connects Budapest with its suburban districts. If you are visiting the city as a tourist the most popular journey by HÉV will be to Szentendre from Batthyány tér. As Szentendre is outside the city limits you will need to purchase a ticket from the station before travelling.


The tram network in and around Budapest offers perhaps the most tourist-friendly way of navigating the city whilst taking in the sights. Take either No 2, 4 or 6 tram, and you will have the most spectacular view of the city.
Trams run from as early as 4.30 a.m. until 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the route. The full list of stops is displayed above the doors of each tram.


Like trams, buses allow visitors to see the sites while travelling in the city. In the mornings buses are very crowded and you may have to stand for most of the journey. In order to let the driver know you wish to get off at a certain stop you need to press the stop button in good time as the doors do not open automatically when the bus stops. To open the door you may need to press a small button located next to the door.


Basic fee: 450 HUF, km fee: 280 HUF, waiting: 70 HUF

How to get to the university

The university can be found at the Pest end of the Szabadság Bridge. Trams 47, 49 and 2, bus 15 and trolley bus 83 stop at the main building of the university and the green metroline (M4) has a stop.
Corvinus University of Budapest
International Study Programs Center
1093 Budapest
Fővám tér 8.

Going out / Shopping

Opening hours

Mealtimes in Hungary: breakfast: 7 to 10 am, lunch: between noon and 3 pm, dinner: between 7 and 10 pm.
Department stores and shopping centres in cities are open generally from 10 am till 9 pm on weekdays, or from 10 am till 6 pm. Shops catering to the tourist trade often have longer hours, and in the tourist season they are also open on Sundays. There are many food stores open all night.

Where to buy what? 

Food: the Great Market Hall, next to the main building of the university or at supermarkets (Match, Spar, CBA) and hipermarkets (Cora, Auchan, Tesco).
Folk art, antiques, the widest range of consumer goods: the Castle District, Kossuth Lajos utca, Rákóczi út, Károly körút, Múzeum körút, Szent István körút, Erzsébet körút and József körút.

Shopping centres – with cinemas;

Mammut, 2nd district, Széna tér; red (M2) metro, Moszkva tér stop;

Westend City Center, 6th district, Váci út 1-3, Nyugati Railway Station;

Árkád , 10th district, Örs vezér tere 25, red (M2) metro, final stop

Bars, pubs and restaurants

You can find a wide range of cosy pubs, bars and restaurants with terraces in Ráday utca and Váci utca only 5 minutes walk from the university.
Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day;

March 15 – Official commemoration events in memory of the 1848 Revolution ‑Easter Monday – Christian holiday;

May 1 – Labour Day;

Whit Monday (Pentecost) – Christian holiday;

August 20 – Foundation of the Hungarian State, Day of the Constitution celebrated with spectacular fireworks in Budapest

October 23 – Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution against the Communist regime ‑November 1 – All Saints Day;

December 25-26 – Christmas.


Please note that on public holidays everything is closed.

What you MUST see in Budapest




Getting there




5th district, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3

Built at the turn of the century, the Parliament building became a symbol of Budapest.  One of the biggest houses of parliament in the world, it is worth going inside to look at the richly decorated interior – the holy crown of Hungary is also on display there.

Tram no.2 or metro 2 to Kossuth tér
For visits by guided tour check their webpage
Entrance at Gate X: Free for EU citizens with proof of ID, non EU citizens 2,520 HUF

Great Market Hall
9th district, Fővám körút 1-3

The largest and richest indoor market in Budapest was built at the end of the 19th century.  A good place to walk around to see everyday Hungarian life.  Offers a huge selection of fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, pastry and potential souvenirs.

Right next to the university!
Mon  6 am - 5 pm
Tue-Fri  6 am - 6 pm
Sat  6 am - 3 pm

14th district, Állatkerti körút 6-12

A great place for a relaxed day!
The Zoo and Botanic Gardens is one of the oldest in the world and has 4,000 species of plants and animals.

Metro 1, Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere)
Entrance: 1,900 HUF

Matthias Church
1st district, Szentháromság tér

The venue of severeal coronations, bears the name of King Matthias, who got married here twice.  Concerts are held here regularly due to its excellent acoustics.

Castle bus from Moszkva tér
Opening hours for tourists:
Weekedays 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 am
Sunday 1-5 pm
Entrance: 1000 HUF

Millenium Monument
14th district, Hősök tere

Built to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the seven Magyar tribes settling here. 

Metro 1, Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere)

St Stephen’s Basilica
5th district, Szent István tér

Named after St Stephen, the founder of the Hungarian State and Church, it is Budapest’s largest church. The circular look-out from around the dome offers the only 360 degree panorama of the sity.

Tram nos. 47, 49 or metro 3, Arany János utca
Entrance: visiting the church: 200 HUF
Look-out: 400 HUF

Buda Castle
1st district

The old world charm of the district makes it ideal for walking around to see the sorroundings.

Castle Bus from Széll Kálmán tér

The Citadella
11th district, Gellért Hill

It offers spectacular views of the city


Bus no. 27 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér

Why choose Budapest and Corvinus ISP?

“It is unlike the regular popular abroad destinations and offered classes that would transfer to my home university.”
“I wanted to study in Eastern Europe and it changed my life in such an unforgettable and meaningful way.”
(students from the USA, 2007 Spring)

“I wanted to study abroad and Budapest seemed like a different place to go to. It is not somewhere where I would imagine going on vacation and doubt I would ever have a chance to live in Budapest for a month again.”
“I would recommend this program to anyone who was looking for a different experience than Western Europe. Budapest has been an eye awakener to a different culture and I believe everyone should experience something like this.”
(students from the USA, 2007 Summer)

ISP students suggested…



“I suggest that you should spend some time and walk around Szentendre as it is a beautiful tourist spot near Budapest.” You can find more information about it here. This small town is truly worth visiting and very easy to reach using public transportation. (HÉV from Batthyány tér)

Lake Balaton – Siófok


“You can stay in this hostel, we were absolutely satisfied with the standard and their service. Good location as well! Perfect to spend a weekend there in hot weather!”
8600 Siófok, Petőfi sétány 1.
Telefon: 84/ 312-244, 84/ 510-422
Fax: 84/ 510-422
E-mail: varosikollegium(at)freemail.sulinet(dot)hu

Hungarian meals


“We tried and loved these dishes

Paprika Chicken (Csirkepaprikás)

Plum Dumplings (Szilvás gombóc)

Goulash Soup (Gulyásleves)

Fruit Soup (Gyümölcsleves)

Fish Soup (Halászlé)

Stew (Pörkölt)


Taste them and enjoy them!”

Last modified: 2019.03.11.