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How To Stay Safe In Hungary

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Hungary


Like most European countries, Hungary is generally safe and the locals are welcoming and friendly. That, however, doesn’t mean that nothing bad can happen to you during your visit.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe in Hungary:

First of all, take some basic precaution measures against petty crime, and be particularly careful in crowded places, on public transport, in train stations and at busy tourist attractions. Bag snatching and pick pocketing are common, especially in Budapest, and theft from vehicles also frequently happens.

There are also certain bars and clubs in the country’s capital that may try to trick you into paying exorbitant prices. These scams can occur near the hotels in the business district, and usually include adding a surcharge per drink or meal to the final bill. You should also be aware that some taxi drivers participate in the fraud, so it’s not advisable to ask them to recommend a bar or club. Also, it’s always safer (and cheaper) to phone for a taxi from a local company that has good reputation.

If you are traveling the country by overnight train, avoid traveling alone and secure your compartment from the inside.

Although these things may sound rather scary, most visitors do not encounter any problems during their stay in the country, and as long as you follow these simple tips, everything will be just fine.

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