General information about Budapest
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General Information

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary

Population of Budapest is 1,6 million (17% of the whole population of Hungary)

Religions – 45% Roman Catholic, 18% other Christian, 19% non believer, 0,5% Israelite

Time zone – GMT+1 (CET)

Airport - Liszt Ferenc International Airport 15km from the downtown

Bridges – all together 11, but for road traffic 9

Geography

Territory - 525 km2

The deepest point – is the level of the Danube 90 m above sea level

The highest level – is the János Hill 529m

Consist from 2 parts - Buda and Pest, divided by the River Danube

Buda 1/3 part of Budapest is hilly, there are around 20 hills on that side

Pest 2/3 part of Budapest is flat

There are 3 islands along the Danube within Budapest: Óbudai Island, Margaret Island, Csepel Island

Budapest is the only capital city in the World where you can find thermal springs under the territory.

Climate

Budapest's climate is humid subtropical.

The winter (mid. November- mid. March) cold , cloudy and snowing is not unusual in January-February. Average temperature is around 0-5 Co / 40-42 Fo

The spring (March-beginning of May) is changeable, rapid increase and decrease in the temperature. Average temperature is 10-16 Co / 50-61 Fo

The summer (June-beginning of September) is hot and sunny, with sudden heavy showers. Average temperature is 24-26 Co/ 71-75 Fo

The autumn (mid. September –November) first part is sunny second part is cloudy and rainy. Average temperature 20-8 Co / 70-46 Fo

Currency

Official currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF)

Many places accepts Euro (EUR)

ATM-s accepts all major credit/debit cards just like (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Plus, Cirrus)

Be careful with your American Express card, not every place can accept it

Exchange rates approximately in 2019: 1 EUR - 320 HUF

1 USD - 287 HUF

1 AUD – 202 HUF

1 GBP – 378 HUF

1 RUB – 4,4 HUF

1 CHF – 284 HUF

National Holidays

15. March –The anniversary of the revolution against the Austrian interests 1848-1849

20. August – Celebration of St Stephen the state founder

23. October – Commemoration of the revolution against the Soviets in 1956

Public Transportation

Budapest is a metropolitan and there are several transport options available for the passengers. We have extensive metro, tram and bus network, with which you can easily reach everything in maximum 30 minutes. There are ticket offices in the most frequently visited stops, but you can find ticket machines in many other stops, if not, you can buy ticket directly from the driver. The innovation of the recent years is the MOL bubi bike renting system, offering a new travel alternative for short trips. You need to register and after you can rent the bikes, first 30 minutes are free, so it is worth to change the bikes if you use it for a longer period. MOL Limo is another solution for transportation, you need to register also and after you can book a MOL Limo car (Volkswagen or Mercedes) via an application, you can find the closest car parking around the area, where you are located. You have 20 minutes to reach the car and take it, after you reserve it.

Main railway stations: Nyugati (Western), Keleti (Eastern), Déli (South) and Kelenföldi are easily reachable with metro and trams.