So you’ve decided to give yourself that much-needed vacation and give the city of Budapest a shot. If you’re new to the place, here are some tips to help you find your way, and know what to do once you get there.
You’ll most likely go there by plane, and for that Budapest has a number of terminals and airports. One of which is the Budapest (Ferihegy) International Airport, which is the largest in the country, and can be found about 10 miles from the city center. But if you have a phobia for flying and don’t prefer plane rides, or simply live near the area, you can opt to go to the place by train. The country’s rail system is mostly by the Hungarian state railways, and some of the main railway stations in the city are Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), Déli pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station) and Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station).
Another option is to go all the way to Budapest by bus, especially if you plan to drop by another Hungarian city. The country’s national bus system is controlled by Volan Association. The city’s long-distance bus stations are found outside of the center of the city, but they are well-connected to the rest of Budapest. They are namely Nepliget, Stadion, Arpad Bridge, and Etele ter Bus Stations.
But if you’re the seafaring type, you can reach Budapest by boat. Some marine or river transport companies are Mahart and Hungaria Koncert.
From then on, you should take a taxi to your desired hotel. Some of them, when requested, will connect you to tourism companies. If you do want to take a tour, make sure to visit some of the city’s most remarkable spots. If you’re into museums, then try The Historical Museum, Music Museum, Military Museum, Marzipan Museum, Pharmacy Museum and Museum of Medieval Judaism. You should also go and see downtown Pest, the administrative and business center of the city. You can find the Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum here.