Autumn is the period of new beginnings for many people: a new job, a new semester at the university – the foreigners moving to Budapest even have to struggle with the challenges of finding a new home. There are some useful smartphone applications that can help you with these challenges.
The public transport in Budapest is rather well-developed. Although there are only four metro lines, the yellow trams, blue buses and red trolleybuses will get you almost anywhere. The “Futár” application, which is also available in English, will help you in checking how to get from one end of the city to the other, and it will tell you to the minute when the next bus or other means of transport is due to arrive.
People who prefer to take a taxi should choose the mobile application from Taxi4 or Főtaxi, which allows you to track the route of the cars on your mobile phone so that you don’t have to stand in the doorway waiting for the taxi. The application titled “taximost” will send the car to you that is available quickest, regardless of the service provider.
Although Uber exited the Hungarian market in the summer, you can still have access to a fixed-tariff service via the application Taxify. If you want to travel to another town by car but you don’t have your own, you can check via the BlaBlaCar application if any car-sharing ride is going that way in the near future.
If you need accommodation for only a shorter period but prefer something more homely than a hotel room, you may rent via the Airbnb site, but if you are looking for longer term you should try the application of ingatlan.com or alberlet.hu, which have a continuously updated offer and show the exact location of the properties, making it much easier to choose.
If you would like to discover Budapest first as a tourist, the Budapest sites of the Pocket Guide application may help you out.
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.