Gothic castles, rococo churches and art nouveau theatres, Hungary’s sights are an architectural marvel.

Hungary is where the Danube River flows beneath the nation’s capital, reflecting the imposing neo-gothic façade of Parliament. It’s where the hilltop Royal Palace and the Matthais Church compete for sightseers’ awe, and where streets are studded with Turkish baths. No other city on earth boasts this pastiche of art and architecture. But inside the old-world buildings of Budapest, a contemporary scene of art and culture thrives. 

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Hungary travel FAQs

Hungary is part of the Schengen Area for travel and visa purposes. The following nationals have visa-free access to Hungary:

  • Nationals of EU member states
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Canada

Tipping is common practice in Hungary. Add about 10% to your bill at restaurants and for services like taxis and porters.

Hungary has good internet service except in some rural and remote areas. You’ll find plenty of Wi-Fi hotspots and internet cafes around the cities and towns. 

Mobile phone service is good in Hungary except in some rural and remote parts of the country. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Hungary has Western-style flush toilets. Public toilets are hard to come by and usually charge a small fee to use. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

Slice of cake in a cafe = 300-400 HUF
Public transport ticket = 320 HUF
Bottle of local beer = 600 HUF
Bowl of hearty soup = 600 HUF
Simple fast food meal = 1,000-1,500 HUF
Three-course meal in a restaurant = 3000-10,000 HUF

Drinking tap water is considered safe unless otherwise stated. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you.