General tips to travel to Hungary

Your first words in Hungarian:
Hello: Szia
Goodbye: Búcsú
Please: Kérem
Thank you: Kӧszӧnӧm
Yes/No: Ha/Nincs
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
The capital: Budapest
Population: 9, 798 million
Main religion: Christianity
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Hungary is the number 21 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: Easy and safe. During the day and during the night it is safe for a solo female traveler. As a general recommendation (I would advise this in almost every country), avoid walking alone during the night.


Hungary has a continental climate, this means that it is very hot in summer and very cold in winter.


During this season of the year, day-to-day temperatures are 32ºC-35ºC (89,6 ºF-95 ºF) and could reach up to 40ºC (104 ºF) whereas in winter temperatures fall until -7ºC (19,4 ºF).
The rainiest period of the year is the beginning of the summer.


In contrast, winters are dry.
In winter you will be able to find the Danube River frozen or almost frozen!!


There is a wide variety of accommodation in Hungary. In this country, accommodation is very cheap. Obviously, the closer you get to the city center, the more expensive the accommodation is. You can find well-located hostels for backpackers in the cities for approximately 8$-10$/night. There are also many choices of mid-budget hotels and apartments with private rooms and bathrooms for prices around 25 $/night.


The main airports in Hungary: Budapest-Ferenc Liszt Airport and Hécíz-Balaton Airport. The former one is the most important one internationally.
Hungary is not a very big country; in 5 hours you’ll be able to cross the country from west to east.
Inside the cities, the trolley car is the most common mean of transport.
Between cities, either train or bus are the perfect means of transport to go around the country.


The 3 main dishes from Hungary:

  • Gulyás (goulash): it is a spicy dish mainly made with meat, onions, pepper, and paprika. The main national dish of the country!


  • Halászlé (jalaslé): this is a fish soup that is usually made with crab or other freshwater fish. It is prepared with a good fried onion stir and a lot of paprika. It is prepared in a large boiler for many hours and it is very typical in Christmas time.


  • Lángos: it used to be taken at breakfast, it consists of a cake made with bread dough. Nowadays it is common to find this dish especially in fast food stalls accompanied by butter, sour cream, cheese, tomato, ham…


5 things to do in Hungary


Balaton lake

One of the most impressive landscapes I have ever seen. It is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in central Europe. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake and the canalized Sió is the only outflow.

Ruin Pubs

Crazy designed bars in the city center. It is the typical concept of bars in the capital. You will be able to find a motorbike on the ceiling and a toilet seat instead of a chair. You will enjoy discovering the different corners of this type of bars.


Parliament and walk along with the fisherman’s bastion

One of the most important monuments of Budapest (if not the most important). It is an incredible visit, a must if you visit the country. To have incredible views of the parliament and the river, enjoy a walk through the fisherman’s bastion and discover its views!

Széchenyi Baths

Relax and discover every sauna and natural pool in this complex. If you like chess, challenge someone playing in the pool (a lot of people goes with their chess and waits for someone to play with them). A perfect way of meeting new people!!


Visit Eger

This a fairytale city. A city in northern Hungary, in the county of Heves, east of the Mátra Mountains. It is famous for its castle, thermal baths, historic buildings, and its wines.