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Budapest is the political, administrative, economic, scientific, and cultural centre of Hungary. 

Budapest possesses a rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage. Recognizing the unique value of its traditions it has managed to maintain its magic and charm, and is rightly known as the Queen of the Danube. It has also been called the City of Spas, as there are a dozen thermal baths complexes served by over a hundred natural thermal springs. 
Highest point: János Hill (527 m.)
Population: 1,886,000, that is 19% of the country's total population.
International phone code for Budapest: + 36 1
Fly to Budapest
Budapest airport has a new name since 2011: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International (previously called: Ferihegy). Airport has 2 terminals: No. 1 for cheap flights and No 2. for Malév and all other flights. They are close to each other, no real differences where do you flight to. Check their web page to find out the possible flights.
Public transport
It is easy to find your way at Budapest. Public transport is the easiest, the most rapid and most environment friendly way of transportation in the capital or bigger towns.
The three metro lines, the buses and trams, trolleys, cog-rail and the funicular constitute an extensive transportation network. 
At the underground ticket offices you can buy the following types of tickets: daily, weekend, weekly, biweekly and monthly tickets. On the metro, usually one ticket is valid only for one line, and new tickets must be used every time you change lines.
Information about public transportation: Home pageTickets & prices, Route plannerNight service.
Budapest Card
Budapest Card ensures the following discounts for 48 or 72 hours: 
free use of public transport, 
free, or discounted entry into more than 60 museums and sights, 
half-price city tours, 
discount-price tickets to cultural and folklore programs, 
discounts at restaurants and thermal baths, 
discounts at rent a car services, sport areas and many other places. 
The card is valid for an adult and a child under 14. Attached to the card you receive a colour four-language guide, that describes the use of the card and lists the places where it is accepted. 
The Budapest card can be bought at main metro ticket offices, tourist information offices, travel agencies, hotels and at the airport.
48-hour Budapest Card: HUF 6300 (≈ EUR 24)
72-hour Budapest Card: HUF 7500 (≈ EUR 29)
Street parking is regulated by parking meters in the inner city and near sight-worthy monuments, operated by coin or pre-paid parking card.
The maximum time allowed for vehicles to park in downtown parking lots is two hours. If you forget to buy a ticket or leave your car for longer than the time you paid for, your car may be wheelclamped.
For drivers we suggest to leave their cars in P+R  parking places (especially in guarded ones), and continue their  route by pubic transport.
This is not only the most environment friendly, but  the quickest solution.
You are recommended to order taxi by phone (taxi company call  centres usually speak English) that will arrive in 5-10 minutes. The  fares are lower this way! 
Rent a car
On the roads of Budapest similarly to other metropolitans there is a heavy traffic. To travel by car in the city is recommended to those who know the city. 
It is worth to make a small ship cruise on the Danube within the city or to surrounding towns and villages. 
At present, there are only a few bike-routes in Budapest and the surroundings, however, the bike-route network develops very dynamically.


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