Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It’s the country’s principal political and cultural centre, sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. The culture of Budapest is reflected by Budapest’s size and variety. The city is an important center for music, film, theatre, dance and visual art. Artists have been drawn into the city by opportunity, as the city government funds the arts with adequate financial resources. Budapest is the headquarters of the Hungarian LGBT community.
Budapest can be reached directly from destinations around the world but its most important gateways are in continental Europe. Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport is located ca. 25 km southeast of the city centre. At both terminals you’ll find currency-exchange desks as well as ATMs. There are also some car-rental desks and a left-luggage office at Terminal 2A.
The Airport Shuttle carries passengers directly to their hotel, hostel or residence. Tickets are available at a desk in the arrivals hall. Keep in mind to book your journey back to the airport at least 12 hours in advance.
Budapest’s public transportation systems include buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metro) and above-ground suburban trains (HÉV). Buses, trams and trolleybuses run daily from 4.30 a.m. until 11.0 p.m. The three Metro lines interconnect at Deák tér Station, and service frequencies range from 15 minutes late in the evening to every two minutes at peak times. Tickets or passes must be bought before boarding.