If you do not want to pay for two seperate transport rides (350 HUF each ride/ticket), you can buy a Transfer Ticket (530 HUF) valid for two rides between metro trains, buses, trams and so on.
Your first trip is valid for 100 minutes and your second trip (the transfer) is valid for 80 minutes, but your transfer must be taken within the first 100 minutes. See the BKK Transport T&Cs.
OFFI Hungarian TranslatorsOFFI is the official Hungarian agency that deals with Hungarian/English translation and interpreter work.
OFFI offer voice-over services as well as written document work.
Correct Change has excellent exchange rates.
It's worth taking a tram/bus to one of their bureaus as you will still receive more money than bank and atm exchange rates for example.
If you need to check a Hungarian company's credentials and/or purchase its "More Info" Document, you can use the Company Hungary website.
It is similar to the UK Companies House webcheck and allows you to check by VAT Number, Registration Number or Company Name.
Hungaro Minibus is one of the company Tünde uses for box delivery to/from the UK and Hungary.
Prices are reasonable: 0-25Kg is £30.
On this web page is a list of website links and contact details of professionals you might want to consider visiting/contacting for the purpose of property purchase, legal advice and/or Hungarian language interpretation/translation services in Budapest, Hungary.
Also included are website links and contact details of the various government offices and so on you might need to contact and/or visit in person in relation to immigration and tax. Hopefully you will find these resources useful.
Monday: 1pm - 3pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 11am
NOTE WELL - The above Land Registry office now functions as a department within the Budapest Governmental Office, which means you can no longer collect copies of property sheets (i.e. copies of title deeds) or other documents from it.
You now need to visit a District Land Office for copies of property sheets and other documents. There are currently two Land Offices in Budapest - BFKH XI. Kerületi Hivatal: 1111 Budapest, Budafoki út 59, Hungary and BFKH XIV. Kerületi Hivatal: 1149 Budapest, Bosnyák tér 5, Hungary.
The main Land Registry office in District V (5) is recognisable by its ornate door
Monday: 8:30am - 1pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 6pm
Thursday 8:30am - 1pm
Friday 8:30am - 12pm
The location of this immigration office means no parking in the immediate area. Furthermore, even though its address is on Budafoki Út, its main entrance is actually on Sztregova Köz. You need to walk to the first set of steps on Sztregova Köz (see photo).
This immigration office is on the corner of Budafoki Út and Sztregova Köz
The best way to get to this immigration office is to take Bus 133E from Keleti Pályaudva as it stops right outside their building on Budafoki Út - Bus stop name: Hengermalom Út. The journey took me 32 minutes in peak time (5:12pm to 5:44pm).
VISIT VERY EARLY. I visited on a Tuesday at 4:30pm to make a simple enquiry whereby I had to wait 25 minutes to be seen at the information desk. You have to get a ticket from the person at the information desk before you can be called for an interview. In my case one of the immigration officers helped me without a ticket because the old non-English speaking woman at the information desk could not understand/categorise what I needed help with; otherwise I would of had to wait ages to be seen - There were more than 80 people waiting to be served when I visited and the office closed at 6pm!
Monday: 8:15am – 6pm
Tuesday: 8:15am – 11:30pm
Wednesday: 8:15am – 6pm
Thursday: 8:15am – 11:30am
Friday: 8:15am – 11:30am
The Tax Office in Budapest does not have a central office as such. It does, but you will be sent to your nearest regional tax office (as highlighted above) for everyday issues. In cases of priority, visit: 1077 Budapest, Dob U 75-81, Hungary (Priority Cases Only). For more information, visit the Tax Office website.
The Tax Office in District IX (9) is on the corner of Vaskapu Utca and Haller Utca
The easiest way to get here is via Tram #2 or #24, if you are not driving. Finding a parking space can be tricky though as many workers from, and visitors to, this tax office and the nearby offices (i.e. the ELMŰ Electricity office block) also park in the area.
Monday: 7am – 5pm
Tuesday: 8am – 6pm
Wednesday: 8am – 8pm
Thursday: 8am – 6pm
Friday: 8am – 3pm
The Nemzeti Egészségbiztosítási Alapkezelő (National Insurance office) is the department dealing with National Insurance. At 1 Teve Utca you can apply for your Társadalombiztosítási Azonosító Jelet (T.A.J) Card and unique T.A.J Number (National Insurance Number) regardless if you live in the district or elsewhere within Budapest.
The District XIII (13) OEP office is on the corner of Teve Utca/Róbert Károly Körút
Saying the above: As each district of Budapest has its own Kormányhivatal (Government office) that deals with local issues, you can visit your local Kormányhivatal (also known as a Kormányablak / Goverment window/portal) instead. Kormányablaks can even be found in some Tesco supermarkets.
Monday: 8am - 4pm
Tuesday: 8am - 2pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4pm
Thursday: 12pm - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 2pm
The ELMŰ ofiice is in District IX (9), nearby the police station, which can be accessed via Trams #2 and #24 and other transport options. You will need to walk a few blocks though as the trams stop at Mester Utca for example. Driving to it is a pain, especially when trying to find a parking space, as Budapest in general is a one-way road system!
You have to walk a few blocks to this District IV (9) ELMŰ (Electricity) ofiice
Monday: 8am - 3pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Thursday: 8pm - 3pm
Friday: 8am - 2pm
The FŐGÁZ office in District VIII (8) isn't too far away from the Keleti train station. The building itself is quite a few meters away from the roadside, so can be missed if driving too fast on Fiumei Út.
The Főgáz office is indented (about 10m) from the roadside of Fiumei Út
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 3pm
UniCredit allowed me to set up a bank account with just a property contract and a passport, even though I did not have the property's keys yet or access to its letterbox. They were good enough to allow my debit card to be delivered to another address. And the bank manageress, who speaks fluent English, was fantastic. She helped with the set up of the bank account and activation of the online banking. The online banking website is in English and very easy to use. Their Debit Card is also contactless.
Monday - Saturday: 24 Hours
This is the main post office in Budapest city, next to (to the left-side of) the Keleti railway station. Its distance from the railway station entrance is the length of the railway's platform. A two minute walk via the car park area.
You can get standard post office stationery and a P.O Box from this post office
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm / Friday: 10am – 2pm (Embassy)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30am – 12.30pm (Consulate)
Although I have had never had a need to use a British Embassy in my life, I am sure they are very useful when needed. In terms of my apartment in Szeged, its renovation and paperwork, there was never a need for the British Embassy; I am quite sure it would be the same story for anyone buying a property elsewhere in Hungary.
NOTE: The British embassy in Budapest does NOT issue new passports. If you need a passport in an emergency situation, they can issue you an Emergency Passport Web PageEmergency Passport.
The British Embassy was in the city centre, but is now at the above address.