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

  • While the Museum of Fine Arts is closed for renovation (due to reopen in spring 2018), a selection of highlights is now being exhibited in the National Gallery.
  • Bus #101 to Memento Park from a stop near the Kelenföld Métro stop now only runs on weekday afternoons (4–6/hour starting at 13:00, takes about 10 minutes). Outside those times, slower bus #150 remains your next-best option (2–3/hour, takes about 20 minutes, leaves from same stop as bus #101).
  • The correct URL for the Labyrinth of Buda Castle's website is www.labirintus.eu (and admission has gone up to 2,500 Ft).
  • Some EC trains from Vienna now stop at Budapest's suburban Kelenföld station. If your train continues to the Budapest-Keleti station, that's a more convenient place to arrive. But if you must get off at Kelenföld, simply take the green/M4 Metró line into the city.

For books printed before March 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Local guide George Farkas' correct email address is georgefarkas@gmail.hu.
  • The prices for some of the Absolute Walking Tours have gone up: As of late 2015, the Absolute Walk costs 9,000 Ft, the Hammer & Sickle Tour is 15,000 Ft, and the Hungaro Gastro Food and Wine Tasting Tour is 23,000 Ft.
  • The Opera House now offers English tours at 14:00 (in addition to the tours at 15:00 and 16:00).
  • The recommended Jégbüfé eatery has closed.

For books printed before May 2015, the following may also apply:

  • 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.

Eger

For books printed before May 2015, the following may apply:

  • 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.”

Pécs

For books printed before May 2015, the following may apply:

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

Sopron

For books printed before May 2015, the following may apply:

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