Mobilities, Transitions, Transformations

About Budapest

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and also its largest city. The Danube river divides it in two – Buda on the west side, Pest on the east side. Its current population is around 1.7 million people.

Photo by Laurent Gloor

Just a walk in the city will reveal why Budapest is often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its many inhabitants through the centuries have left an incredibly rich architectural heritage – you can find a Roman amphitheatre, Turkish baths, the neo-gothic Parliament House and many more within the city’s 529 km2. Its World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world (oldest on the continent). 

Photo by Laurent Gloor


It also has the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue (largest in Europe), and third largest Parliament building.The capital is also famous for its geothermal springs – a total of 80 springs, many of which are currently parts of spa facilities. There are a number of recreational spots, such as Margit Island and the City Park (Városliget).

Budapest is a city with an incredibly diverse cultural life. There are numerous museums, galleries, concert halls, theatres, clubs. Museums and galleries reflect the rich history that has led up to modern Budapest. Besides concerts of world-renowned musicians, there are a number of music festivals, the biggest of which is Sziget. There is also a great choice of art festivals. The most famous one is the Spring Festival. At any time, at any point you can find something fun to do. 


Photo by Laurent Gloor


1 EURO = 300 HUF (Hungarian Forint)

1 USD = 280 HUF


A list of essentials to get an idea of prices:

one litre of milk: HUF 300

one small bottle of beer: HUF 250

one bottle of red wine: HUF 1000-1500

one litre of petrol: HUF 350

one litre of bottled water: HUF 100-150

one loaf of bread: HUF 200

one bus ticket: HUF 320

one cinema ticket: HUF 700-1,200