Getting there: There are flights to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) from a range of European cities, including almost all of the capitals on the continent. There are no direct flights to Hungary from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand – most have connections via London and other European capitals. International rail routes include direct trains from Belgrade, Berlin, Ljubljana, Vienna and Zurich.
Capital city: Budapest.
Population: 9.828 million.
Religion: Christian, of which the majority are Roman Catholic.
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF).
Climate: Hungary has a typical European continental climate with warm, dry and long summers and fairly cold and humid winters.
Transport: The public transport is efficient albeit dated. Bus and train services criss-cross the country. Budapest’s metro is supplemented by standard buses, trolley buses and taxis.
Best time to travel: The shoulder months are mid-April to June (late spring) and September to mid-November (early autumn). Spring is beautiful, although it can be fairly wet in May and early June. Autumn is particularly special in the hills (e.g. Bükk and Mátra); festivals mark the szüret (grape harvest).
What to wear: Casual covers it. Anything is acceptable wear here.