Guidebook Updates for Hungary

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Hungary, we post them here. (Of course, it’s still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you’re set for a great trip!

Budapest

  • Taxi rates have increased: The drop rate is now fixed at 450 Ft, plus 280 Ft/kilometer after that.
  • The secondhand English bookshop in the Discover Budapest office is still there, but no longer named “Tree Hugger Dan.”
  • The procedure for getting tickets to visit the Hungarian Parliament building has changed: The ticket office is now across the big square from the Parliament, inside the Museum of Ethnography (ticket desk open Mon 8:00–11:00, Tue–Sun 8:00–18:00). However, they are increasingly steering ticket sales to the Web, so in-person tickets are limited; to ensure getting a ticket, it’s best to book online a day or two in advance (after selecting a date and time for an English tour, specify “Full price” under “Ticket type”; the site charges an extra 200-Ft fee per ticket).
  • The Vidámpark amusement park in City Park has closed.
  • The restaurant Atakám, in Buda, is closed.
  • The direct bus from Deák tér in downtown Budapest to Memento Park runs only once a day during July and August. The bus departs Budapest daily at 11:00 year-round.
  • The daytime Danube Legenda boat cruise (called “Duna Bella”) now costs 3,120 Ft for Rick Steves readers. There’s no longer a guided Margaret Island tour, but you have the option of hopping off at the island to explore on your own for 1.5 hours, before returning on a later cruise.
  • The Mahart hydrofoil boats between Vienna and Budapest no longer stop in Bratislava.
  • There is no longer a train connection between the airport and the Nyugati train station (near downtown Pest). From the airport, take bus #200E to the Kőbánya-Kispest station on the M3/blue Metró line.
  • A taxi from the airport to downtown now costs about 6,000–7,000 Ft.

For books printed before April 2013, the following may also apply:

Old Name > New Name
Roosevelt tér > Széchenyi István tér
Moszkva tér > Széll Kálmán tér
Köztársaság tér > II. János Pál pápa tér (“John Paul II Square”)
Lágymányosi híd (bridge) > Rákóczi híd
Ferenc körút (Metró stop) > Corvin-negyed
Ferihegy Airport > Liszt Ferenc (Franz Liszt) Airport
  • Sadly, the cute Postal Museum on Andrássy Út has closed.
  • St. István’s Basilica has new hours: Mon 9:00–16:30, Tue–Fri 9:00–17:00, Sat 9:00–13:00, Sun 13:00–17:00; panorama terrace daily July–Sept 10:00–19:00, Oct–June 10:00–17:00.
  • The Royal Wine House has closed (at least temporarily).
  • The thermal baths’ new ticketing system uses a plastic, watch-like wristband that frees you up to enjoy and explore the baths, since you don’t have to rely on a grumpy attendant to direct you, or lock and unlock your cabin. When you enter, touch the wristband to the entry turnstile, then again to be assigned a changing cabin or locker, then again each time you want to unlock your cabin or locker. When you’re done, drop the wristband into a slot as you exit the turnstile.
  • Both the Széchenyi and Rudas baths are open late into the night on summer weekends, when they take on a nightclub vibe (for more, see www.cinetrip.hu).
  • The synagogue now closes at 13:30 on Fridays in winter, and its summer hours (Sun–Thu 10:00–17:30, Fri 10:00–15:30) will kick in starting in March.
  • Tabani Terasz (near Castle Hill) has closed.
  • Blues clubs Jazz Garden and Old Man’s have both closed.
  • Gödör Klub is now called “Akvárium.”
  • Budapest Airport (formerly called Ferihegy) has been officially renamed “Ferenc Liszt Airport.” The airport’s Terminal 1 has closed; all flights now use Terminal 2. Transportation connections from Terminal 2 to downtown remain the same; if you want to take the train, you’ll first have to ride bus #200E to the train station next to the (closed) Terminal 1.
  • The Mahart hydrofoil connecting Budapest to Vienna no longer stops in Bratislava.

Eger

  • Much of the city center — including the main square and castle area — is currently undergoing major renovation works, making it difficult to access some of Eger’s sights.
  • Casa della Pasta, above the market hall at Katona István tér 2, is now known as “Elefanto.”

For books printed before April 2013, the following may also apply:

  • The town’s thermal bath has new hours: June–Aug Mon–Wed 8:30–19:00, Thu–Fri 8:30–23:00, Sat 8:00–23:00, Sun 8:00–19:00; Sept Mon–Wed 8:30–19:00, Thu–Fri 8:30–21:00, Sat 8:00–21:00, Sun 8:00–19:00; Oct–May Mon–Wed 9:00–19:00, Thu–Sat 9:00–21:00, Sun 9:00–19:00.

Pécs

  • Dóm Vendéglő restaurant has closed.
  • Fregatt Arizona Pub has closed.

For books printed before April 2013, the following may apply:

Sopron

  • The restaurant at Hotel Wollner has closed (the hotel remains open).