Hungary is a country at the heart of Europe, but it is certainly different too in so many ways!
Landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
Official Language: Hungarian (Magyar)
Form of Government: Parliamentary Republic
Accession to the European Union: May 1, 2004
Area: Total – 93,030 km2 (35,919 sq mi)
Religion: 54.5% Roman Catholic, 21% Reformed (Calvinist) Protestant, 6% Evangelical (Lutheran), 18.5% other
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT+1)
Daylight savings: between end of March and end of October CET+1 (GMT+2)
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Visa, Customs: for information on Visa, Entry and stay rules please visit the web pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Continental, with the average temperature (listed in Fahrenheit / Celsius):
January: 29F / -1,6 °C
February: 39F / 1,1 °C
March: 41F / 5,6 °C
April: 51,8F / 11 °C
May: 60F / 15,9 °C
June: 66,2F / 19 °C
July: 69,8F / 20,8 °C
August: 68F / 20,2 °C
September: 61,5F / 16,4 °C
October: 51,8F / 11 °C
November: 40,646F / 4,8 °C
December: 32,72F / 0,4 °C
How to reach Hungary
It’s very easy to get to Budapest by plane – several low-cost airlines and also the national airline have great offers and services. Budapest International Airport is sixteen kilometres south-east of downtown Budapest. From the Ferihegy Terminal 2A is within the Schengen borders, Terminal B to countries outside the Schengen Convention depart airplanes.
There are 3 main international railway stations in Budapest: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). More than 50 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every 3 hours, 7 times a day. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian towns. All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.
A hydrofoil service operates between Budapest, Vienna between Juni and September. After the hydrofoil trip, which takes you through scenic areas of Hungary (such as the beautiful Danube Bend), you arrive in the heart of Budapest.
International and domestic buses depart from and arrive to the Népliget Bus Station. Other domestic bus stations are at Árpád híd, Stadionok in Pest, and Etele tér in Buda. Volánbusz Rt. has scheduled passenger coach services to and from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.