Budapest is one of the most popular European capitals, offering tourists numerous sights and exciting cultural events. For foreign citizens living in Hungary sometimes it’s a challenge to get to know the local possibilities, however expats can seek help from a continuously growing offer of mobile phone applications.
According to a survey conducted last November, 67% of the adult population living in Hungary and using the internet also used a smartphone at the end of 2015, producing about 500 megabyte data traffic each month on average. This is a 20% increase compared to the data from the survey two years ago, however this is not yet the end of the growth trend. The percentage above includes foreigners living in Hungary for a longer period, so it might be useful for them to know which applications can help them in their everyday life here.
Bus, metro, tram?
Before you leave home, it’s good to know where you are heading. You can find many useful applications within the online stores, which will help in planning your route when using public transport.
The Smart City is a very useful and simple application. If you don’t want to overcomplicate navigation in public transport, you should choose this application. It has a sleek graphical design and easy-to-manage functions – not too many of them but all working from up-to-date data.
What more do you need? If you do, the BKK FUTÁR is the next best choice. This application allows its users to duly monitor public transport options in more-or-less real time, to check for nearby stops, where arrows mark the direction of the line, and to save your favourite lines along with its stops. It also allows versatile navigation options with likeable extra functions.
Budapest supports bicycle transport more and more, since its network of bicycle lanes is continuously expanding. The BringaPONT application published by MOL helps cyclists: the free application, which can be downloaded both for iPhone and Android, measures the data of the route to be taken and presents it on a map, and it helps to collect quality bicycle tracks in Hungary and share the experience with other cyclists.
For every bicycle trail you can find the basic information about it in the application: type, distance, elevation, appraisals, weather forecast for the area, nearby attractions, accommodation and restaurants.
I have some free time, what should I do?
Budapest, ahead of so many metropolises, offers countless possibilities for locals and visitors both. The Pocket Guide application will be a useful companion in discovering the city. The less-experienced users might get a little lost in one of the more complex menu points, but all in all it’s a fantastic application, as evidenced by the evaluations in the AppStore too.
You can choose not only Budapest but any of the capitals and metropolises in the menu, and you can purchase the information about them for money or for bonus points. You will get a swarm of points of interest (POI) on the internal map in the application, but even more importantly an audio guide is available for each attraction, offering more knowledge about local culture.
If that is still not enough from culture, you can download the application of the Museum of Fine Arts, which will turn you into a real tour guide and allows you to view many paintings even offline.
Among the many attractions of Budapest, spas are surely worth mentioning: the application titled Hungarian Waters App collects and organises the Hungarian thermal and mineral waters – users of this application can get to know the healing effects of thermal waters and choose the spa or drinking cure most appropriate for them.
This series is aimed at making your stay in Hungary as comfortable as possible and it is brought to you by Magyar Telekom Zrt., the country’s biggest mobile services provider.