Hungary: Travel Tips

At the eastern edge of Europe, Hungary has a language distinct from its Slavic neighbors, and shares historical and cultural ties with Turkey. This East-West duality is manifested in Budapest, composed of twin cities on either side of the “Blue” Danube. Quiet, well-manicured Buda has the magnificent Buda Castle Palace, whereas Pest is the partygoers’ destination. Together, they form one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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Getting To Hungary

July and August are the most popular months for Hungarians to hit the shores of Lake Balaton. In spring and fall, you'll find smaller crowds, better rates, and many local festivals to enjoy.

Flight Times

  • 9 hours from New York

Staying In Hungary

One of Europe’s fastest-growing countries, Hungary boasts elegant cities and hauntingly lovely countryside. Grand old Budapest, one of the most cultured cities on the continent, offers renowned museums and world-class performances at the prestigious Opera House, not to mention charming cafes and legendary spas.

Must-see sights

  • The Citadel on Gellert Hill.
  • The riverside village of Visegrad and its historic castle.
  • Heroes’ Square, and the famous Andrássy Avenûe.

Things to do

  • Attend one of Hungary’s many festivals.
  • Soothe your body and soul in Budapest’s more than 30 thermal springs and 130 medicinal and mineral.
  • Catch the opera or a musical show at one of Budapest’s 30-plus theaters.
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Traveling In Hungary

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in Hungary we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains, river barges, and cruises – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.
  • Rental cars - In some countries you may want to rent a car and explore on your own. Classic Europe proudly features Hertz cars in most countries.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Hungary is GMT + 1

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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