Here are some of the tourist traps that foreigners should avoid during their stay in Budapest:
Don’t change money at the airport and at the train stations
You will find much favorable exchange rates at the changers in the city center. Also it is usually a better solution to draw money out of an ATM.
Never take a taxi at the train stations
The taxi drivers at the train stations have bad reputation. In case you’d like to take a taxi at one of the train stations, I suggest you to call one of the taxi companies and order the taxi on phone or ask us to order one for you.
Prices in the restaurants and tipping
I suggest you to check the prices first before you enter. Usually the menu is displayed at the entrance of the restaurants, so you can see the prices in advance and the selection they offer.
Hungarian law allows restaurant owners and managers to add the tip to the bill automatically. It must be indicated on the menu, but it may slip your attention. Before you pay, check on the bill, if the tip is added or not.
In Hungary the suggested amount of tipping is 10 p.c., if it’s not included in the bill. In case you are not satisfied, leave less or don’t leave any.
Count the change
If you pay with cash, count the change attentively. It’s easy to mix up 1.000 and 10.000 HUF notes just as 2.000 and 20.000 HUF notes.
About the authors: Virág and János
Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1999 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.
Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/