Cheap Flights to Hungary

Hungary overview

Hungary nestles in the Carpathian Basin, landlocked by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. In times past, it was a part of the Ottoman, Hapsburg and Soviet empires, now it is a member of the EU. Its rich and colourful culture reflects its mix of peoples - the majority are Magyars, and minorities include Roma, German, Slovak, Croat, Serb and Romanian. Hungary's cuisine reflects this mix too - warming soups and stews are the order of the day, washed down by robust red wines.

The country has several World Heritage sites ranging from the vast Hortobágy National Park (Puszta) and Tokaj Wine region to Budapest (including the Banks of the Danube, Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue). The Pearl of the Danube as Hungary's capital is called is one of the world's most beautiful cities, boasting majestic cathedrals, grand boulevards, opera houses and fine cafes. Hungary also has the world's second-largest thermal lake (Lake Hévíz), and Central Europe's largest lake (Balaton).

Flights to Hungary land at Budapest Ferihegy International. From Hungary, there are flights, buses and trains into all neighbouring countries, making it an ideal starting point for further travel.

Hungary climate

Just east of the Alps, Hungary has freezing cold weather hovering near -1 degrees with snow and sleet. When the weather warms up a bit in March, the snow turns into rain. The summers are sunny and warm and occasionally humid.

When to fly to Hungary

Peak Season:

Peak season at Lake Balaton and most of the countryside is the summer months, June through August. The weather is usually good.

Budapest is a year-round destination, despite cold temperatures in the winter. There is a plethora of attractions to be visited inside, and the city is picturesque in the snow.

Off Season:

Outside Budapest, there is little tourism in the winter months. Some find off-season Balaton more appealing than it is in peak season as the cold months see various winter activities taking place on the lake, such as ice swimming. Hungary flights and accommodation are likely to be cheaper during the winter months.

Getting around Hungary

Both in the main cities and through the countryside, transport is excellent. In Budapest there is a choice of underground trains, trams or buses. Taxis are relatively cheap.

The bus service throughout Budapest is very extensive. There are long-distance buses or short route town-to-town services. Both are cheap, easy to use and relatively fast.

The rail service is good, though the network does not cover as much space as the bus network. If you’re planning on travelling a long way by rail, buy a pass which saves a lot of money on individual tickets.

Hungary insider information

  • Eger has two main draws for the tourist: its spectacular 13th-century castle and the finest red wine in Hungary, Egri Bikaver (Eger Bull’s Blood). After touring the castle, take some time to sample the wine. You can buy it from all restaurants in town, but more fun is to visit one of the many cellars that sells wine direct from barrels. Take along an old bottle and have it filled up, or just a buy a jug to drink then and there. Prices are low, so it shouldn’t set you back more than a couple of euros.
  • Lake Balaton’s popularity with foreigners has grown in recent years, thanks to new routes opening from low-cost airlines. The lake is the largest in Central Europe, often referred to as the Hungarian sea and its shores are lined with beaches and resorts as you would expect on an actual coastline. The surrounding area, however, provides a bit more culture than you might expect at beach towns. Take a day trip to visit ruined castles, such as Szigliget, the Abbey at Tihaney and its hermit’s caves or the nearby Kali Basin and Lake Heviz’s thermal spas.
  • Budapest has enough to keep any culture vulture busy for weeks. After admiring the museums, relaxing in one of the thermal baths, visiting Buda Castle and climbing Gellert Hill, use the evenings to explore the city’s nightlife. The restaurants and bars in Budapest are legendary. From the amusingly named “Fatal Restaurant” (where the food is actually exquisite and very healthy) to the many jazz clubs, there is food, drink and good times throughout the city every evening.
  • Hungarian food is far from delicate and many visitors expect to overwhelmed by stodge and cabbage. In fact, the food, though “hearty”, is often delicately flavoured. Meat is still the primary focus of most meals, and vegetarians may struggle to find dishes on the menu. Try pheasant stew, dumplings, goose, goulash, salami or anything cooked in the ubiquitous paprika for a flavour of the country.
  • 15 March is National Day in Hungary, to commemorate the 1848 revolution. Festivities take place throughout the country, many of the largest taking place in its capital. Celebrated since 1860, this is an event worth seeing.

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How much do things cost in Hungary?

Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
QAR 12.58
Bottle of wine
QAR 96.46
Petrol (1 litre)
QAR 23.04
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
QAR 18.03
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
QAR 11.65
A dozen eggs
QAR 30.25
Taxi - fixed fee
QAR 25.72
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
QAR 18.33

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