Budapest, Hungary

Hungary is becoming a firm favourite in the meetings industry, a vibrant destination with warm and friendly people, varied and distinct cuisine choices among beautiful buildings and streets. It is conveniently located in the very heart of Europe, and is well served by affordable transport links. It offers a plethora of attractions – bold and intricate architecture, beautiful and varied scenery, and a colourful cultural heritage of music, dance and art. 
According to the latest ranking of the International Congress & Convention Association Budapest is the 17th most popular conference destination in the world and has a high reputation in successfully staging international sport events as well. Budapest provides all the infrastructure and professionalism required to successfully organize the ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup in 2016 in Budapest.

Why Hungary?

 

Easy access. Short flights from all European capitals: flight time less than 3 hours, multiple connections. Hungary is a member of the European Union, and part of the Schengen Zone.

Great value for money. Based on price-value conditions Hungary is still one of the most reasonable destinations in Europe.

Budapest ­- Spa Capital of Europe. There are few more suitable places worldwide where the uplifting cultural experience could better be combined with the rejuvenating experience of a health spa treatment than Budapest. 

Well-developed infrastructure for conferences and sport events. Wide range of hotels, well skilled and professional event organizers, legendary art of cuisine, widely varied, extraordinary venues.

Cultural wealth, integral part of European culture. Contemporary and classical music, opera and ballet performed by internationally renowned stars, fiery local gypsy music, top class jazz, the ever popular operetta and folk music are waiting for you in Budapest. There are a variety of museums, art galleries and exhibition halls to explore. 

Legacy of gastronomic excellence. 4 Michelin star restaurants are waiting for you to enjoy fine dining. Dine in luxurious but still affordable restaurants offering the best of world famous Hungarian cuisine and wines. Gastronomic delights at authentic cafes, bistro style restaurants, and wine bars. 

Shopping. You can find all major fashion brands from international to local designers right in the heart of the city centre. Ceramics, embroideries, hand painted Herend and Zsolnay porcelain, antiques, Halas-lace, delicacies like red paprika, salami, excellent brandies and world famous wines e.g. the Aszú of Tokaj, the Egri Bikavér, etc.

Scenic beauties. The country takes pride in its 10 national parks and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton, a perfect summer holiday resort and most popular for water sports. Hévíz, central Europe’s biggest thermal lake, strewn with water lilies, is famous for its healing properties. Romantic Danube Bend, pretty towns in the countryside, nicely manicured vineyards. 

Friendly people, genuine hospitality, public safety. You will simply feel comfortable here. 

Why Budapest?

 

… Budapest was awarded the best value for money destination by one of the largest travelling websites, Tripadvisor, in 2014.

… TripAdvisor’s Traveller Choice 2015. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is the best hotel in Europe and the 4th World Wide.

… Budapest is the second best city in Europe according to 1,3 million voters. (Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice Award 2014)

… the Budapest Rudas Bath is the fourth most beautiful bath in the World. (thrillist.com)

… the restaurants of Budapest received four Michelin stars and achieved amazingly high scores in the Gault&Millau guide. (The owners of the Michelin stars are the Costes restaurant, Onyx restaurant, the Winekitchen restaurant and the Tanti restaurant.)

… the Great Market Hall in Budapest is the best market hall in Europe, ahead of the Portobello Road in London, for example. (CNN Travel)

… the New York Café is the most beautiful café of the World. (ucityguides.com)

… Budapest is listed by the Tourism Review among the top 5 filming locations in Europe

… the Sziget Festival is the Best Major Festival in Europe and also holds the Best European Festival Line-Up award! (European Festival Awards, 2014)

… according to the Lonely Planet guide, the best bar in the World is the A38 boat in Budapest. Also, the third best is Szimpla Kert, also from Budapest.

… one of the ten most fascinating tram lines of the World can be found here. Tram number 2 from Budapest overtook the trams of Lisboa, Amsterdam and Berlin. (National Geographic)

… the Hungarian capital is the second most romantic city in the World! (Foursquare, Spotistic)

Budapest, the Destination

 

Budapest is the capital of Hungary, with its population of 1,76 million. In 1873 the twin cities Buda and Pest united with Óbuda to finally be named Budapest. However its history goes back to the Roman times.

Budapest is among the world’s most romantic and entertaining capitals, often nicknamed as the “Paris of East” or “The Pearl of the Danube”. It boasts broad boulevards and green parks, grand Art-Nouveau mansions and vibrantly painted churches, lively cafés and world-class music venues. The city is divided into two parts by the meandering Danube, iconically spanned by seven stunning bridges.

Budapest is a walkable city, it is very easy to get around. Most of the famous sites and major hotels are within walking distance. Wherever your delegates cannot get on foot, they can go by public transport, on rented bikes, or on fully man-powered, environmentally friendly PediCabs. Budapest’s public transportation system is highly developed: the network of metro, tram and bus lines connect the corners of the city. Using public transportation is an easy and cheap way to get around.

Budapest offers beautiful green areas, romantic streets and World famous sites to visit. A huge area of Budapest is part of the Unesco’s World Cultural Heritage list: the Buda Castle area, the Banks of the River Danube, the Gellért Bath, the Parliament building, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, The Andrássy Avenue and many more. 

Hungary boasts 1,300 hot springs and it is known as the Spa capital of Europe. In Budapest you will find operating Turkish Baths, lidos and 20 thermal baths offering relaxation and rejuvenation for body and soul.

Budapest is famous for its vivid nightlife. The city centre is always buzzing from new bars, cafes and restaurants. You can find four Michelin star awarded restaurants in the centre, 2 of the best bars of the World: A38 ship was named as the best and Szimpla Kert received the 3rd place in a prestigious competition. Many bars have interesting locations: formal residential houses give home to well-known party places named as “ruin bars”. During the summer many open-air discos, terraces, and roof-top bars are available for the public till the morning light.

 

BUDAPEST - FACTS AND FIGURES 


Hungary lies in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe. The greatest distance from North to South is 268 km, and from East to West, 528 km.

Area:   525 km2
No. of districts: 23
Population: 1.757.618 (2015)
Time zone: GMT + 1 hour
Official language: Hungarian (English and German widely spoken)
Currency: Forint (Ft, HUF)

Credit cards are widely accepted.

Public Holidays

January 1 New Year’s Day
March 15 National Holiday
March or April Easter Sunday and Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May or June Whitsunday and Whitmonday
August 20 St. Stephen’s Day
October 23 Remembrance Day
November 1  All Saint’s Day
December 24-26 Christmas

Climate

Hungary has a temperate climate, similar to the rest of the continental zone – hot in summer, cold in winter. The temperature is highest in July / August (21,3 °C average) and lowest in winter, January is the coldest month, when it often falls below freezing (-1 °C average). About ten hours of sunshine can be expected daily between April and September. The number of sunny hours a year is 2038.

Electricity

220 Volts – standard Continental type plugs. Visitors from the UK and North America will need an adaptor, available at most airports.

Getting in

Citizens of EU- and EEA-member states may travel to Hungary without a visa. Family members of citizens of EEA Member States may also travel to Hungary without a visa if they received a residence card issued for family members of EEA citizens or a residence permit issued by any Schengen Member State.  For detailed information in English, please visit Consular Services.

With personal ID card

Citizens of the following countries may enter the territory of Hungary with a personal identification card for a stay of maximum 90 days, provided the purpose of their visit is not to take up work or to conduct business-related activities:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden (issued after 2005), Switzerland

With passport

Citizens of the following countries may also travel to Hungary without a visa:
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Columbia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (applies only to holders of a passport of the special administrative territory of Hong Kong), Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korean Republic, Latvia, Macedonia (applies only to holders of a passport of the special administrative territory of Macao), Macao Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Palau, Paraguay, Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadine island, San Marino, Samoa, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela.
For detailed and updated information, please visit to official website of Consular Serivces or http://www.embassy-worldwide.com/country/hungary/

HOTEL CAPACITY IN BUDAPEST


Participants can choose from a wide range of hotels: from luxury hotels (international and Hungarian hotel chains and independent boutique hotels) through pensions, apartments and youth hostels. All major hotel brands can be found in Budapest. As one of Europe’s most exciting and atmospheric capitals, Budapest offers a fabulous spread of accommodation – from small to large and from traditional to multicultural. 

Statistics

Total hotel capacity in Budapest, January 2015
Hotel rooms in total  20,383
3* hotel rooms 2,674
4* hotel rooms 7,801
5* hotel rooms 1,512
non-rated hotel rooms including 6 business hotels offering 5-star level service 8,396

 

   

 

TRAVEL TO BUDAPEST


Hungary is located in the very heart of Europe. Budapest has an extensive infrastructure. The city can be easily and rapidly reached from all European countries either by road, rail or air. 

By air

Liszt Ferenc International Airport is 16 km South-East of the city centre. It is directly connected with all European capitals; flight time is less than 3 hours. 
Airport Terminal 2 is divided between Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B hosting all traditional carriers’ flights, charter flights and low-cost airlines. The SkyCourt, opened in 2011 connects Terminal 2A and 2B and offers passengers 25 retail units with world famous brands, 21 restaurants and 5 VIP lounges on more than 500 sq meters. 
The Hungarian capital airport handled a total of 10,3 million departing and arriving passengers in 2015. 

Direct flights  Flight time
Berlin - Budapest 1 hour 25 minutes
Frankfurt - Budapest  1 hour 45 minutes
Brussels - Budapest  2 hours
Paris - Budapest 2 hours 15 minutes
London -Budapest 2 hours 25 minutes
Barcelona - Budapest 2 hours 35 minutes

85 destination, 40 airlines in 2016

Airlines flying to Budapest 

Aegean Airlines
Aer Lingus
Aeroflot
Air Baltic
Air Berlin
Air Canada
Air China
Air France
Air Transat
Alitalia
Austrian Airlines
Belavia
British Airways

Brussels Airlines
Czech Airlines
EasyJet
Easyjet Switzerland
Egyptair
El-Al
Ellinair
Emirates
Eurowings
Finnair
Germanwings
Iberia
Jet2.com

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Lufthansa
Norwegian
Pegasus Airlines
Qatar Airways
Ryanair
Scandinavian
Swiss International
Tarom
Transavia Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Wizz Air


 

Transport to/from the Airport

The city center can be easily reached by taxi, minibus, public transportation and of course by car. The main car hire firms have offices in the arrivals halls. For those not driving, taxis or the Airport Minibus will carry passengers to and from any part of Budapest.

Taxi

Főtaxi is the official contractor of Budapest Airport.  The taxi company, with the longest traditions in Hungary, will transport passengers between the terminals and Budapest. Főtaxi’s several hundred cars, trained and experienced colleagues ensure a safe basis to satisfy passengers’ needs at a high standard. Taxi drivers speaking at least one foreign language are in service with ‘A’ category big-size cars younger than five years. All cars are equipped with a POS terminal, therefore credit cards are also accepted. Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits at Terminals 2A and 2B. At the taxi rank in front of the stands, taxis are parking continuously waiting for passengers. 

Airport Shuttle

The door-to-door transfer operates as a shared-ride service, which means that passengers traveling to/from the same/closely situated address are transported in the same vehicle. Every vehicle is equipped with dual-air conditioning systems and Wi-Fi hotspots for free internet access, further increasing passenger comfort during the journey. All minibuses arrive to and depart from the main entrances of the terminals. 

Public transportation

By train: A regular train service operates between Budapest Nyugati Railway Station and the former Budapest Airport Terminal 1, from where passengers can take bus 200E to Terminal 2A and 2B. Nearly 100 trains provide easy access to the airport and back, for approx. 1.000 HUF (approx. 3,5 EUR).
By bus: Passengers are transported by a direct bus service (metropolitan bus No. 200E)-from Terminal 2A and 2B to the Kőbánya-Kispest subway terminal, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to Deaák Ferenc tér in the centre of the city. This service is adjusted to passenger traffic at the airport. A one-way ticket costs 350 HUF (450 HUF when buying on the bus from the driver). 

By rail 

More than 30 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and no fewer than 25 other European cities. Railjets to Vienna run every 1-2 hours. There is also a popular network of inter-city trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian cities. International trains operate from the three largest stations: Keleti (Eastern), Nyugati (Western), Déli (Southern), located in the city centre and within easy reach of the hotels either by public transport or by taxi.

By coach

International services terminate and depart from Népliget Coach Station, which is also the terminus for a number of domestic routes. 

By car

All Hungary’s motorways and most of the main roads radiate from the capital. You have to pre-pay to use motorways in the country (M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7) or certain roads within a county. Both types of number plate-based vignette can be bought at larger filling stations. Road signs conform to continental standards. Local traffic rules are based on the Vienna and Geneva Conventions, like those of other European countries.
Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7. Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary. 24-hour emergency roadside assistance is available.

Taxi

While several companies operate taxis in the capital, all licenced cabs are yellow, have yellow licence plates, and are marked ‘Licenced Budapest taxi’ on the driver’s door. All fares are licenced: as of July 2015 the minimum fare is HUF 450 HUF, the standard fare is HUF 280 per kilometre and there is a charge fare of HUF 70 per minute. Cash and bank cards are both accepted. 

Public Transport in Budapest

Budapest has one of the most comprehensive public transport system among the capitals of Europe.
The network of the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) consists of: 

  • 4 underground lines 
  • 5 suburban railway lines
  • 15 trolley bus lines 
  • 32 tram lines
  • 268 bus lines

The public transport network also includes cogwheel and commuter train, funicular, boat and chairlift service. 
Compared to Budapest’s population of 1.73 million, the utilization rate of the public transport network is fairly high, with 4.8 million passengers using the services every day. The public transport capacity of Budapest is sufficient for carrying 1.9 million passengers per day by bus, 1.4 million passengers by tram, 1 million passengers by underground, and 260,000 passengers by trolley bus.
Daytime services are available between 4.30 am and 11.30 pm, while at night you can get around with night buses or Tram No. 6, which runs round the clock. Waiting time is acceptable. At peak times underground trains run every 3 minutes, trolley buses, trams and buses run every 3-5 minutes.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at metro stations, ticket vending machines (TVMs) and also at BKK Customer Service Centres and Ticket Offices. 
Whenever you change vehicle, validate a new ticket. One-day, three-day and weekly travel cards allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the administrative boundary of Budapest can be bought at metro stations, ticket vending machines (TVMs) and also at BKK Customer Service Centres and Ticket Offices. EU citizens over 65 years are allowed to travel for free on the vehicles of the public transport.
 
Source: Hungarian Tourism Ltd. (http://gotohungary.com/)