The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
Szechenyi Istvan Ter 2, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Next to the Danube River, this chic hotel is a 5-minute walk from the nearest subway stop, 0.5 km from the Chain Bridge, and 1.3 km from Buda Castle.
The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has sold out. Contact Sherry Romello at Sherry.Romello@AtlasNetwork.org to make your hotel reservation at our secondary hotel.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views. Here are some travel tips for your convenience.
While Hungary is part of the European Union, it does not use the euro as its currency (although hotels and sightseeing tours often quote prices in euros). The Hungarian currency is the forint, which you will see abbreviated to "HUF" and "Ft" interchangeably. While HUF is the internationally recognized currency code, locals favor the abbreviation "Ft." Note: nobody calls it "HUF" in speech; just refer to forints when talking about money.
September weather will average around 70-degree highs, 50-degree lows, and about 40% chance of precipitation.
Service on Budapest's subways is cheap, fast, and frequent; stations are easily located on maps and streets by the big letter "M" (for metro). Tickets—valid on all forms of mass transportation—can be bought at hotels, metro stations, newsstands, and kiosks. They are valid for one ride only, including transfers to different trains within one line (i.e., M1 to M2) for one hour; you can't change direction or interrupt your trip at a station. Tickets must be validated in the time-clock machines in station entrances and should be kept until the end of the journey, as there are frequent checks by undercover inspectors; a fine for traveling without a ticket is 16,000 Ft, (or half that when paid in cash on the spot). All tourist tickets and passes are equally valid for the subway, too.
In 2013, the government imposed new regulations on taxis in Budapest. All taxi rates have been standardized so that there should be no difference in the cost of hailing a taxi on the street or ordering one by phone. Additionally, all taxi cars have to be yellow, and older cars are being phased out of service. All taxi companies here have English-speaking operators. The base fare is 450 Ft, it’s 280 Ft per kilometer and the waiting fee is 70 Ft per minute. Uber began operating in Budapest in 2014 but the social ride search company was not exactly warmly received; public protests led to a government ban and in the summer of 2016, Uber announced that it will suspend operations in Hungary indefinitely.
City Taxi. Budapest, Budapest. 1/211–1111; www.citytaxi.hu.
Taxi 2000. Budapest, Budapest. 1/200–0000; taxi2000.hu.
6x6 Taxi. Budapest, Budapest. 1/666–6666; 6x6taxi.hu.