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Red Bull Air Race Budapest Again

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on August 16th, 2007

On 20 th August you can enjoy again the flights of above the river Danube between the Chain Bridge and the Margaret Bridge in front of the Parliament of Hungary.
Red Bull Air Race Budapest

BKV – Public Transport Budapest

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on January 13th, 2007

Budapest has an efficient public transport network made up more than 180 buses, 14 trolley buses, 29 tram and the 3 subway lines. In general the buses, trolleys, trams operate between 4:30 am and 11 pm. The three subway lines intersect at Deak ter (Deak square) in the Budapest city center. Subways run at 2-15 minutes intervals from 4:30 am to 11:10 pm.
The local suburban train (HEV) can be used to travel out to Csepel Island in the south of Budapest and to nearby Szentendre, Godolo and Rackeve.
Maps sited at the entrances to subway stations give  a comprehensive overview of the entire public transport network in Budapest. Conditions of travel are also included in German and English.
BKV public transport is available free of charge to retired citizens of other EU Member countries too.
Tickets can be purchased at subway stations, ticket machines, tobacconists and newsagents. Best to buy your tickets at a subway station because there you have a choice of several types of tickets and various passes.
Single ticket (230 HUF) valid for bus, tram, trolley, subway, cogwheel railway for the entire length of the journey as well as the suburban within the administrative limits of Budapest.
For more information you can visit the official website of BKV.

Ferenc Puskas

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on December 7th, 2006

The Galloping Major Ferenc Puskas in Hungarian Puskás Öcsi died at the age of 79 on November 17, 2006. The funeral will be on Saturday December 9, 2006 in the Saint Stephen Basilica Budapest. Ferenc Puskas is considered one of the best footballers ever all over the World.

Westend Mall Budapest Skating

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on December 3rd, 2006

Westend Skating Budapest
If you’d like skating in Budapest there are some places to do so.

Westend Mall Budapest skating
One of the small skating places at is in the downtown of Budapest next to the Nyugati Railway Station on top of the Westend Mall’s garage.

Exchanging Money in Budapest

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on November 7th, 2006

Exchanging money in Hungary and in Budapest only permitted in licensed, designated places. Do not take the risk of changing money on the street form Arabian guys. You will see such an illegal operations mainly on railway stations Westren Railway station Nyugati palyaudvar, Eastern railway station – Keleti palyaudvar and in the city center (Vaci Street) as well. You are likely find yourself with counterfeit money besides witch such transactions are illegal in Hungary. If you do not get counterfeit money but they offer you a very good exchange rate but they cheat on you and easily can steal your money. So forget them.
The Hungarian National Bank gives official daily foreign exchange and currency rates on 23 currencies.
Most banks in Budapest have 24 hours banknote exchange ATMs. Besides this there are many credit card and cash card ATMs in operation day and night Budapest and Hungary.
Banks and travel agencies can set (and modify) their own exchange rates taking the bank of issue’s as the basis. Any bureau de change has to have the current money exchange rates clearly displayed. Keep your exchange receipt in a safe place until you depart Hungary.

The best HUF (Hungarian Forint) exchange rates are to be found close to the rail stations and in the Budapest city center (Vaci street, Petofi Sandor Street). I do not recommend banks to exchange your foreign money because they generally give a middle rate as well as the airport and hotel exchanges.

The best if you use your credit card or debit card as many places as you can. In hotels, most of the restaurants, malls, shops they accept VISA, Mastercard Eurocard, American Express cards.

Find a bank ATM you can get enough Hungarian banknotes to pay. It is a better way than you have US dollars or EURO or any other money and bring it to any bank to exchange it.

If you have foreign banknotes and you want to exchange it find in downtown Exchange displayed legal offices and check some of them on the rates before make the transaction to find the best exchange rates. They are smart to use similar rates but you can find better ones.

If you want to exchange more money some thousands of USD or EUR or other money you can get special exchange rate deals in those legal offices just ask them.
Exchanging money in Budapest is easy.

Budapest Parliament Webcamera

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on November 5th, 2006

I see a lot of people are find my site because of  looking for a  website with a webcamera, webcam about the Hungarian Parliament and Kossuth Square (Kossuth ter) and such a things. They’d like to watch real time the Budapest Demonstrations in 2006 November or earlier in October or September. Sorry I have to say I do not know any public webcam about the Parliament and Kossuth Square.

There are a few web cameras in Budapest like one on the Oktogon and you can see the Heroes’ Square and the Andrassy street, Jokai square, Liszt Ferenc square.

There is another site with many web cameras not only about Budapest but other Hungarian cities and places. This site is a meteorology site only available in

Another Budapest live webcam page. You’ll see the Danube river from the Buda side This live webcam is based at the Center of Information Systems of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics on R building third floor.

The Raiffeisen Bank Webkamera about the Buda side and the Buda Castle with the view of Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and Budapest Hilton Hotel.

Long URL:

If you want some more  webcameras in Budapest or Hungary visit this Hungarian site:

Webcamera Budapest Hungary

Internet Cafes in Budapest

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on November 4th, 2006

Internet cafes are highly fashionable in Budapest. The following list details just some of the most locations offering Internet access:

AMI Cafe
district V. Vaci street 40 close to the Elizabeth Bridge
Tel: +36 1 267-1644
Open: 9 am – midnight

CEU NetPoint
district V Oktober 6 street 14. Close to the Chain Bridge
Tel: +36 1 328-3506
Open: 11 am – 10 pm

Internet Cafe
district V Kecskemeti street 5.
Tel: + 36 1 328-0292
Open: Mon-Fri 10 am- 10 pm

Internet Studio
District VI. Dessewffy street 45
Cellular: + 36 20 481-8688
10 am – midnight

Libri Konyvpalota (big bookstore close to the Astoria)
District VII Rakoczi street 12
Tel: +36 1 2674484
Open: Mon-Fri 10 am – 7:30 pm Sat: 10 am 3 pm

T-Com T-pont (Matav Telepont)
District V Petofi Sandor street 17-19
Tel: +36 1 485-6612
Open: Mon – Fri: 9 am- 8 pm, Sat: 10 am – 3 pm

Private Link Net cafe
District VIII Jozsef boulevard 52
Tel: + 36 1 334-2057

Business centers in the major hotels and shopping centers, malls also offer Internet access facilities.
If you have notebook you can find a lot of free or paying wireless hotspots in Budapest like in bars, restaurants, cafes and even in most of the Mc Donalds.

If you have a cell phone or a card in your computer you can use 3 different mobile network T-Mobile, Vodafone, Pannon all three provider grant Internet access in GPRS, EDGE, 3G, and T-Mobile 3,5G service in downtown of Budapest.

The prices are vary from $1-4 in a netcafe for an hour access, hotspots many are free.

You won’t have any problem to get an netcafe or a hotspot if you come to Budapest.

MAV Hungarian Railway Timetable

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on October 30th, 2006

For more info about the Hungarian railway lines and timetabe there is a good Hungarian English and German site with up to date railway timetable. You can easily select from any Hungarian destination and you’ll get all the data you need for your travel inside Hungary.

On the Elvira site you’ll find railway station information, fare info and European timetable for railways.
MAV (Magyar Allam Vasutak) Hungaian State Railways

The site name is:

Volanbus Timetable

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on October 30th, 2006

You can find Volanbus or short Volan autobus timetable for Hungarian destinations here:

If you are looking for international Volanbus lines, destinations and timetable check out here:

The only problem the information available in Hungarian only.

Budapest City Guide

Posted in Budapest Info by arpiboy on October 27th, 2006

Budapest city guide brochure
Budapest City Guide is a free English brochure for tourists with color 55 pages.

The guide is from the Tourism Office of Budapest. For more info about it you can visit the official site at
Budapest City Guide contains a lot of information about Budapest transportation, museums, churches, sights, sightseeing, music, theatre, events, medical, bath, caves, restaurants, entertainment, hotels, maps and beyond Budapest. I use information out of the Budapest City Guide time to time.

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