udapest, the capital of Hungary, is a metropolis of two million people and a vibrant center of European culture. The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing its two principals areas: residential and historic Buda on the hilly western bank; Pest on the eastern bank, the site of governmental, commercial, and cultural institutions.
Budapest is an ideal scene for international study and travel. Cinemas, theatres playing in English, cafes, festivals, sports events, and lively nightspots–all at reasonable prices–make the city attractive for students. The city is easily accessible by taxi, subway, bus, and foot.
Budapest, a beautiful, cosmopolitan city of approximately two million people, has served as a busy cultural, intellectual and artistic center since the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Despite the destruction of the First and Second World Wars, Hungary retains a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Students can explore the ruins of a Roman city, mosques and minarets from the 16th century Turkish occupation, the castle district of medieval Buda, remnants of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and historic synagogues and artifacts of Jewish life.
Students can attend a variety of concerts and theater, dance, and opera performances, or encounter an interesting blend of Hungarian and Western culture in Budapest’s jazz and rock clubs.
Most Hungarian students speak English, however it is hard to find people over 40 who can give directions for example.
Many Universities offer exchange studies or semesters for foreign students, so today most students can find themselves in an international environment.
Students should be very cautious with taxies, they can easily be ripped off. It’s best to order a taxi over the phone from a well known taxi company and if possible agree upon the fare in advance. It is not advisable to take a taxi on the street if it does not belong to any large taxi company.
Budapest has a good public transport network, buses, underground and trams run frequently especially in the rush hours. The night bus network ensures transportation during the night. This way it is not a problem to get around in the downtown areas after midnight. Passes are available at modest rates, travellers are controlled frequently, so it is best to buy tickets or a monthly, weekly or 3-day pass. It is a special Hungarian custom that young people offer their seats for elderly people, they are expected to do so.
However Budapest is not a traditional city for bikers, biking is getting more and more popular in the city. As more and more bike paths are being built it is much easier to get around on two wheels than it was ten years ago.