Stars and Lights Budapest Apartments

Currency, Cards, and Exchange

Bank cards (credit or debit cards) widely accepted in shops and restaurants and even in some bars too. This is the most convenient and cheapest way of paying in Budapest. Of course there are places when you will need cash. Euro – sometimes Dollars and Sterling too – are widely[…]

Basic Info About Budapest

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 centre. The beautiful Danube River both divides and connects peaceful, hilly Buda in the west[…]

Weather in Budapest

Hungary’s climate is fairly predictable, with four full seasons and bereft of temperature extremes and precipitation. Budapest’s winters can be cold with mild amounts of snow, and summers are warm and sunny. July and August are the city’s hottest months. Seasons in Budapest Spring can be one of the best[…]

Getting Around in Budapest

Budapest Public Transportation Most of Budapest’s city centre and historic districts are suitable for walking. There are pedestrian precincts in down town Pest and traffic is restricted on Castle Hill, so walking is probably the best way to get around. However, Budapest also has an excellent public transportation system. (buses,[…]

Tipping in Budapest

Tipping is very much part of the culture in Hungary, and most people will routinely tip waiters, taxi drivers, hairdressers and even gas station attendants. You will also find that attendants at thermal baths and various other service providers expect a small tip. Restaurants and Bars: 10% – 15% Gas[…]

Emergency and Security

Doctors and Pharmacies Tap water in Budapest is generally safe to drink. Public restrooms are practically non-existent in Budapest, with the exception of shopping malls. Both locals and tourists use the restrooms in shopping malls, cafés and restaurants (especially fast food). The fee for the use of washrooms and toilets[…]


If your passport is stolen, you must report it to the police. You may also contact the Directorate of the Office for Immigration and Citizenship at (+36-1) 463-9165 or (+36-1) 463-9181, open 24hours. US Embassy Address: 12 Szabadság tér, Budapest 1054 Location: Pest, City Center, district 5 Phone: (+36-1) 475-4400[…]