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Download a city guide of some of Europe's most beautiful cities onto your iPod, mp3 player or phone. As we guide you through the streets, along the route we've planned for you, our city guides will tell you what you're looking at and how to make the most of your city break.
We only had a long weekend to do the city and so your tour really helped us get our bearings. There's just so much to see there! I know we only scraped the surface but it worked really well for us.
Tanya Ellison - (27/08/06)
This was a great tour that took you everywhere you needed to go. Particularly liked the walk through of the mosaic frescoes on the front of the Basilica. We had a great time in Venice, made all the more special by this evocative guide. Like the speaker's voice too - one of the best I've listened to.
Andrea How - (19/02/06)
BUDAPEST CITY GUIDE: Its exciting - and often violent - history has given Budapest some of Europe’s grandest buildings. As you walk through the streets of this historic capital, our guide to Budapest will show you Heroes’ Square and the magnificent Opera House which Liszt played at before you arrive in historic Buda.
BUDAPEST TOURIST INFORMATION: GETTING AROUND
From Ferihegy airport:
By taxi This is the quickest and very much the easiest option. There is a taxi office outside each terminal which will allocate a taxi to you. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes and costs about 4,000 Hungarian Forints/HUF (about £13) depending in which party of the city you’re going to.
Airport Shuttle The Budapest Airport Minibusz operates from all terminals. Look out for the office to buy your ticket and have your bus allocated to you. The price is 2,490 Hungarian Forints/HUF (about £8) per person for a return single ticket and 4,390 Hungarian Forints/HUF (about £14) return. For reservations ring + 36 1 296 8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Metro This is the cheapest but slowest option. The Repter-busz leave from the stop between terminals 2A and 2B and go the Kobanya-Kispest metro station (last stop). The total journey takes about 45 minutes to an hour into the city centre and costs about 200 Hungarian Forints/HUF (about 60p).
Metro and bus Budapest’s public transport is reasonably efficient, cheap and safe. The Metro system and the buses run from about 4.30am until about 11pm.
The easiest and probably the cheapest bet is to invest in a Budapest Card which offers free, unlimited travel on public transport as well as discounted entry to over 60 museums and attractions. It costs 6,500 Hungarians Forints/HUF (about £20) for 48 hours and 8,000 Hungarian Forints/HUF (about £25) for 72 hours and it available from main metro ticket offices, tourist information bureaus, travel agencies, hotels and the airport. You can also order it online by visiting:
If you’d prefer to buy tickets then they’re available from metro stations and newsagents. A single ticket starts at about 30p.
Taxi Budapest’s taxis are reasonably plentiful and affordable. They are a variety of colours but all have yellow taxi signs on top and yellow number plates. Most can be ordered from hotel receptions. Prices start at 240 Hungarian Forints/HUF (about 75p) per kilometre during the day.
As always, check that the meter is running when you set off.