What is the best way to get a taxi from the train station to my hotel without getting ripped off. I've seen some posts about calling directly but not sure if this is necessary from train station? Will be heading there next week.
My first visit to Budapest I called a taxi from Keleti (followed James' excellent advice) and it was one of the easiest taxi rides, went something like this:
Go out the upper level to the street (an area of taxis runs parallel to street, like a parking lot outside the station)and call City Taxi +36 1 211 1111, the minute they hear English they switch to that. They asked if I could see a Burger King--yes, just across the street--I gave them my name and the dispatcher said to walk down the row of taxis til I saw number 12 and sure enough the driver greeted me by name and off we went to my hotel near the Szabadsag bridge--and he took a direct route, I knew from checking the map previously, no taking advantage of a tourist. I've since taken City Taxi numerous times and they have always been fast (call at 3 am and they're waiting when I get downstairs in 5 minutes), courteous and efficient. They take credit cards, and there's an ATM at the station that I used with no trouble.
My second arrival I felt comfortable enough to take the metro to my hotel, also easily accomplished from Keleti--there's a ticket office (and machines, but I wanted a 7 day pass so needed a window for that) one level down from train platforms, then down into the metro for a 5 minute ride to my hotel, same area as before.
Ok wonderful. Do I have to add anything in front of those numbers coming from canada? 011 or? Thank you!
Not that I know of--that's how it's programmed in my phone. If you become a repeat customer they'll answer and greet you by name 😌
just dial +36 1 211 1111. The plus sign is accomplished by holding down the zero.
anthonysu79, your link is to the same company as the phone number listed. I have a half dozen stories about City Taxi over the years. Each a good story.
I don't know which hotel you are staying in so I can't guess the fare. If you are in the center of Pest, maybe 3.000 to 4.000 forints.