The city of Budapest was formed in 1873 through the joining of Buda, Pest and Old Buda (Óbuda). As the largest city in the Republic of Hungary, Budapest is the country's political, cultural and commercial center.
The beautiful Danube River both divides and connects peaceful, hilly Buda in the west and the flatter, lively Pest in the east. Óbuda, the oldest part of Budapest, is also on the west side of the Danube and is an extension of Buda to the north. Seven bridges and two railway bridges join Buda and Pest, and six islands on the Danube are located within city limits.
Basic Info About Budapest
Population: 1,7 million
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)
Country code: 36
Budapest area code: 1
Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT+1, EST+6), Daylight Saving Time observed
Nicknames: Pearl of the Danube, Queen of the Danube, Paris of Eastern Europe, and Heart of Europe
Additionally, here are 10 interesting facts about Budapest.
Tourist Information Kiosks
Budapestinfo kiosks are located at both airport terminals and in the city center at:
- Sütő utca 2 (near Deák Ferenc tér) in District 5 - open: 8 am to 8 pm
- Liszt Ferenc tér 11 in District 6 - open: noon to 8 pm
They also have a 24-hour hotline: (+36-1) 438-8080
Districts in Budapest
Budapest has 23 districts (kerület or ker., in Hungarian). The districts are numbered, and many have official names. Each district can be associated with one or more neighborhoods named after former towns within Budapest. On Hungarian maps and street signs, districts are marked with Roman numerals. Districts can also be identified by the two middle numbers of the four digit postal codes in Hungary. Click here to see Budapest's districts on a map.
District 1 (I) - Buda Castle District (Includes: Vár, Tabán, Krisztinaváros, southern Víziváros)
District 2 (II) - (Includes: Adyliget, Hűvösvölgy, Rózsadomb, northern Víziváros)
District 3 (III) - (Includes: Óbuda, Aquincum, Óbudai-sziget, Rómaifürdő)
District 4 (IV) - Újpest (Includes: Újpest, Megyer, Káposztásmegyer)
District 5 (V) - Downtown (Includes: Belváros, Lipótváros)
District 6 (VI) - Terézváros
District 7 (VII) - Erzsébetváros
District 8 (VIII) - Józsefváros
District 9 (IX) - Ferencváros
District 10 (X) - Kőbánya
District 11 (XI) - Újbuda (Includes: Gazdagrét, Gellért-hegy, Kelenföld, Lágymányos)
District 12 (XII) - Buda Hills (Includes: Farkasrét, János-hegy, Kútvölgy, Sas-hegy, Sváb-hegy, Széchenyi-hegy)
District 13 (XIII) - (Includes: Újlipótváros, Angyalföld, Vizafogó, Margit-sziget)
District 14 (XIV) - Zugló
District 15 (XV) - (Includes: Rákospalota, Pestújhely, Újpalota)
District 16 (XVI) - (Includes: Mátyásföld, Cinkota, Rákosszentmihály, Árpádföld)
District 17 (XVII) - Rákosmente (Includes: Rákosliget, Rákoshegy, Rákoskert)
District 18 (XVIII) - (Includes: Pestszentlőrinc, Pestszentimre)
District 19 (IXX) - Kispest
District 20 (XX) - Pesterzsébet
District 21 (XXI) - Csepel
District 22 (XXII) - (Includes: Budatétény, Nagytétény, Budafok)
District 23 (XXIII) - Soroksár
When searching for a specific address it's always important to know the district number as a street of the same name can be located in several districts.
Hungary uses 220 volts AC and the European-style plug (two circular metal pins). If your appliance has a 120/240-volt switch, all you will need is a plug adapter – otherwise, a current converter is required.
Pay attention to sockets in bathrooms and on trains marked "Shavers Only". While these put out 110 volts, they will burn out with a more powerful appliance.
Opening & Business Hours
Shops and stores
Monday-Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturdays: shops close at 1 pm and remain closed on Sundays.
Shopping centers are open 7 days a week.
Mondat-Friday: 7 am to 7 pm
Saturdays: stores close at 2 pm
There are several smaller non-stop shops scattered around the city and shopping centers are also open 7 days a week.
Museums are closed on Mondays, except for the Jewish Museum, which is closed on Saturdays.
Monday-Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 2 pm, OTP National Savings Bank is open from 8 am to 4 pm
Fridays: all banks are open from 8 am to 1 pm
Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. The two main post offices near the Nyugati (Western) and the Keleti (Eastern) Railway Stations are open longer, Monday-Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 2 pm. A 24-hour service is available at the TESCO Post Office at Pillangó utca 15 in District 14.