Hungary in detail

Planning Tips


Hungarian Tourist Agency ( Not ground-breaking but the best single website on Hungary.

Tourinform ( Good for visitor-centre locations and general information.

Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Hungary Museums ( A list of every museum in the country currently open to the public.

Top Tips

  • 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

  • Phrasebook
  • 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
  • Thongs/flip-flops
  • Umbrella
  • Padlock
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Pocketknife
  • 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.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • 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