- Hungary has a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving and this is strictly enforced if you're stopped
- The legal drinking age is 18'
- It is illegal to drink on public transport and on the streets but totally ignored unless it causes
- In the city centre the only shops allowed to sell alcohol past 10pm are tobacco stores.
- Since 2013 you can only smoke public in open air places
- Tobacco products can be purchased in licenced shops called " Nemzeti Dohanybolt" (National Tobacco Shop)
- In Budapest there are many open air pubs, so if you're a smoker this dosen't influence your stay much
On Public Transport
- Always use public transport with a ticket or a pass
- The ticket inspectors frequently travel with city officials, who have the right to hold you up and ask
for your ID so they can fine you.
How to Use Taxi
- Only travel with taxis with large company names and telephone numbers printed on the sides, and
with yellow licence plates.
- You should call a taxi on phone, don't hail any. Most operators speak English, while many taxi drivers don't.
- Official Budapest taxis all use taximeters, the fare should start at 450 Ft per kilometer,.
Useful Phone Numbers
- Ambulance: 104
- Police: 107
- Fire Service : 105
- Central help number: 112
- General enquiries : 197
- Domestic enquiries: 198
- International enquiries: 199
- Auto club help number: 188
- Speaking clock: 180
- Tourist Polkice (0-24): +36 1 438 8080
- 24 hour medical assistance in English (Falck SOS Hungary) +36 1 2400 475
- Non-stop pharmacy
District 6, Terez krt 41
Tel: +36 1 311 4439 near Oktogon