Moving to Budapest: Tips and Advice

Moving to a new country can be exhilarating and frightening at the same time. Even if you try to learn as much as possible about the city you will be calling home, there is always a certain unknowable factor involved. Take Budapest for instance. As the capital of Hungary, one of the smaller countries in the post-Soviet bloc, it has a history that goes back to the Roman Empire. Budapest is often called the “Paris of the East” for good reason: with its sweeping castle dominating the cityscape, eclectic architecture, and graceful bridges arching over the Danube everyone can find their own piece of the European dream.

Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages to learn, but many locals speak some level of English, especially the younger generation. One of the best decisions you can make before moving to Hungary is to enlist the help of a local person or fellow expatriate who is familiar with the Hungarian idiosyncrasies of doing business. Even finding an apartment can be difficult if you cannot read the street signs, and cultural nuances such as tipping can be confusing without the help of a local person. Perhaps you will expect to tip your moving company workers, but most people are surprised to learn about the unofficial custom of tipping doctors in the public healthcare system.

Make sure you leave all your electronics and oversized furniture at home. The local electricity is 220V and Budapest is an ancient city where space is a high commodity.

When moving to Budapest, you may require the services of an international mover, especially if you are bringing a lot of your belongings with you.

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