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Budapest, Hungary, travel information

April 29, 2012

If you go

THE BEST WAY TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Budapest is offered on KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, British, Alitalia, Turkish and Aeroflot. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $712, including taxes and fees.

By taxi, the 12-mile ride from the Budapest airport to the city center costs about $23.

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 36 (the country code for Hungary).

WHAT TO DO

Dohany Street Synagogue, 2 Dohany St., District VII; 1-343 0420, http://www.dohanystreetsynagogue.hu. Europe's largest synagogue can be visited on an English-language tour. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays (until 6 p.m. March-November) and 10 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. on Fridays.

WHERE TO STAY

Boscolo Budapest Hotel, 9-11 Erzsebet Blvd., District VII; 1-8866 111, http://www.budapest.boscolohotels.com. Housed in a stunning 1890s building, this luxurious establishment, in the same building as the New York Cafe, combines old-world refinement with modern luxury. Doubles start at $145; suites range from $460 to about $1,315.

WHERE TO EAT

Bookcafe Kavezo, top floor, 39 Andrassy Ave, District VI; 1-461-5835. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Central Kavehaz, 9 Karoyli Mihaly St., District V; 1-266-2110, http://www.centralkavehaz.hu. Open 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Frohlich Cukraszda, 22 Dob St., District VII, 1-266-1733, http://www.frohlich.hu. This kosher pastry shop and its informal cafe are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

New York Cafe, 9-11 Erzsebet Blvd., District VII; 1-886-6111, http://www.newyorkcafe.hu/eng. Open 9 a.m-midnight daily.

TO LEARN MORE

Budapest Tourism Office, 47 Andrassy (Liszt Ferenc Square), District VI; 1-438-8080, http://www.budapestinfo.hu. Open noon-8 p.m. daily.

Hungarian National Tourist Office, 47 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10013; (212) 695 1221, http://www.gotohungary.com.

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