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There is so much to consider when planning a move to Budapest, and expats are sure to wonder about many aspects of life in their new city. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about expat life in Budapest.
Is Budapest safe?
Crime rates in Budapest, and across Hungary, are relatively low. Expats should avoid leaving valuables unattended as petty crime, although rare, does occur in tourist areas. Tourist scams have also been known to occur, in which taxis and restaurants overcharge for their services.
What’s public transport like in Budapest?
Budapest is famed for its cheap and extensive public transport system consisting of buses, trains, trams, trolley-buses and a metro system. Alternatively, expats looking to enjoy the city on two wheels will be pleased to know that Budapest is a largely flat and cycle-friendly city.
Is it expensive to live in Budapest?
Budapest, with its cheap public transport, healthcare and groceries, is considered to be more affordable than many cities in Europe. On the other hand, salaries in Budapest are lower than in other European cities, while utilities are comparatively expensive. Of course, like in any city, an individual's cost of living in Budapest will depend on their lifestyle.
What’s the healthcare like in Budapest?
Healthcare in Budapest is of a high standard. Expats working for a Hungarian company will be registered with the Health Insurance Fund, ensuring free access to public healthcare. Although public health doctors are excellent, the public health sector is understaffed, which leads to long waiting times for care. Otherwise, expats can opt to use one of Budapest’s relatively affordable and well-respected private facilities.