Here are our top tips for keeping safe in Budapest
Take sensible precautions against petty crime. Bag snatching and pick-pocketing are common, especially in Budapest. Be particularly careful on busy public transport, in train stations, at markets and at other places frequented by tourists. Theft of and from vehicles is common. Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
Always ask to see the menu and price list before ordering drinks or food and check your bill carefully before settling up. Some restaurants and bars have been known to charge extortionate amounts and take tourists to cash points to demand more money. You should report any such incident to the police.
Some taxi drivers are accomplices in these frauds. They may receive a commission to recommend certain bars, clubs and restaurants to passengers. Never ask a taxi driver to recommend a bar or club. If a driver offers to take you to one, or you are approached on the street with an invitation to enter a club, treat that advice with caution. As a general rule it is better to phone for a taxi from a reputable local company.
All taxis are yellow and have meters in Budapest, but not all are reliable on the fares they charge. Taxis belonging to the recognisable taxi companies are usually reliable. (Most of the taxis during the day) Yellow taxis driven by independent drivers might overcharge, specially at night, when they appear in larger numbers, in particular in the ruin pub district. There is no UBER in Budapest.
From the airport outside of the arrivals lobby delegates should go to the FŐTAXI rank, and tell the receptionist at the FŐTAXI booth where they wish to go. Cards are accepted. (FŐTAXI is the only one licenced to have a taxi rank at the airport)
In town it is recommended to use only cars run by companies like FOTAXI, CITY Taxi, Budapest Taxi, TAXI4, Bolt etc.
Apps can also be downloaded for using these companies
- Ambulance: 104
- Police: 107
- Fire service: 105
- Central help number: 112
- General enquiries: 197
- Domestic enquiries: 198
- International enquiries: 199
- 24-hour medical assistance in English (Falck SOS Hungary): 06-1-2400-475
- 24- hour pharmacy: District 6, Teréz krt 41. (telephone: 06-1-311-4439) near Oktogon