Hungarian Tourist Agency (https://hellohungary.com/en) Not ground-breaking but the best single website on Hungary.
Tourinform (http://tourinform.hu) Good for visitor-centre locations and general information.
Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/hungary) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
Hungary Museums (http://www.museum.hu) A list of every museum in the country currently open to the public.
- Pack a bathing suit even if travelling in winter. Many baths and spas around Hungary are mixed gender and require you to be suited up. Flip-flops or sandals are also a good idea.
- While trains across Hungary are often more expensive than buses, they can be faster and more comfortable.
- Make lunch your main meal; set meals at most restaurants – including high-end – cost much less at lunchtime than they do at dinnertime.
- If you're using public transport a lot in a city (especially Budapest), buy a pass. It saves scrambling for a new ticket each time, keeps you safe from inspectors and usually works out cheaper.
- When tipping in a restaurant, never leave money on the table. Instead, tell waiters how much you intend to leave and they will give the change accordingly.
What to Take
- Money belt
- Mobile (cell) phone charger
- Adapter plug
- Small kettle or coil immersion heater for hot drinks
- Hat/cap and sunscreen for sun
- Swimsuit and towel
- Torch (flashlight)
- Clothes pins/pegs
- Small pair of binoculars
What to Wear
In general, Hungarian dress is casual; many younger people attend classical-music concerts and even the opera in jeans. Men needn't bother bringing a tie, as it will be seldom – if ever – used. There are no items of clothing to remember, apart from bringing an umbrella in late spring and autumn, and a warm hat (everyone wears them) in winter. A swimsuit for use in the mixed-sex thermal spas and pools is important, as are plastic sandals or thongs (flip-flops). The summer fashions and beachwear here can be daringly brief, even by Western standards.
- Check the validity of your passport
- Make any necessary bookings (for sights, accommodation and/or travel)
- Check your airline's baggage restrictions
- Inform your credit-/debit-card company you're going abroad
- Arrange travel insurance
- Check to see if you can use your mobile (cell) phone away from home