|Any1 visiting Hungary in July?Page 1 of 1 |
|Hey, so a friend and myself are going to Budapest at the back end of July, then will be going to Lake Balaton. Has anyone been to Hungary before, if so what are typical prices, advice, tips etc etc?|
Also, if anyone is going and wants to meet up then that'd be pretty sweet too!
Thanks in advance
|Any1 visiting Hungary in July?|
Posted: 7/9/2012 9:39:21 AM
|Been to Budapest twice already this year, in April and June.|
The currency (Forints) in Hungary is somewhat crazy, and it seems like you are spending alot - 500HUF is the smallest paper note and it is only £1.50, so you will end up with lots of coins, but once you get used to it doesn't seem so bad.
Basically on the whole it is very cheap, however like most touristic cities the closer you are to the tourist parts the dearer it will be, I'm Irish, so for a Gunniess ale in the Jack Doyle pub is roughly the same as back home 1000HUF = £3.00 (not that I drink it abroad), so for food it also be western tourist prices in the Vaci utca/Deak Ter area. There are cheap bars if you go a little out of tourist area, but not out of centre, e.g. at akácfa ut. there is a popular place with local young people for as little as 200HUF = £0.80, in fact there are few good cheap bars restraunts on this street. If you go to the Terez Korut and surrounding streets around Nyugati train station you will find alot of very cheap places popular with locals (the bar will usually have really fit girls serving drinks and they usually have a good grasp of English). Two places not to be missed, (although somewhat touristy) are Szimpla kert (busy every night of the week, has a funky Eastern European feel, where the inside is covered in graffiti and sell shisha bongs) and the a38 boat (lots of women here). Hungary is known for wine, but if your a beer man like myself stick to the local beer, Dreher, Soproni, Arany Azok, Borsodi all great and cheap.
Maybe you've heard stories about strip clubs and that, I have personally never entered any over there, and if you do want to go, do your homework first. Hungary is a sex mad country and there will be alot of prositutes on the streets after dark, best avoided as they are expert pickpockets as well.
Budapest centre is very large and there is alot of walking to be done, unlike other places like Krakow and Prague, where its easy to get around, trams and the metro are very handy in Budapest. There is alot of homeless people so don't be surprised to see alot of bin-hoking and people sleeping on streets, but they are harmless and non-threatening, some may ask for change.
Tips on using buses, trams and the metro, you can get on these and ride them black (ie not pay), but you risk if you get caught, 16000HUF spot fine, and they will take you to cash machine or police station if you refuse. I've only been asked once to show my ticket the two times I have been there but best to always get a ticket even if you dont think you'll be stopped. In the major metro stations there are usually inspectors before boarding anyway, a single metro ticket costs 320HUF, an all day ticket costs 1550HUF, so think if your going to be doing alot of journeys around the place.
Things to do and see, see Chain bridge (esp lit up at night), climb the hills on the Buda side, these give great views of the city, go to the baths, the outdoor one is szechenyi bath, with an outdoor swimming pool, amongst alot of other things, popular in summer, you will also see Heroes Square and a nice park on the way here. Weather is very hot and sticky now in Budapest as it was when I was there just over a week ago, so you may not get alot of sleep at night unless your used to it (which I'm not lol).
Haven't been to Lake Balaton but hear good things about it at this time of year.