Can anyone give me a idea of the taxi fare from Pest (Leopold Town or Town Center area) to Memento Park. I know you can do it cheaper by tram and bus but I may be pressed for time that day and a taxi may be the best option.
3,522 forints. Well I needed an address for a quote so I used my address which is near the Opera House. At today's rate that would be about $15. The waiting fee is 56 ft per minute. So if you spent 45 minutes it would cost another 2,520 ft or about $10.00 for the cab to wait for you. Or you could let him go and call another cab when you were ready to leave. The quote is from Fotaxi, but only because they have a nifty fare calculator on their website. http://fotaxi.hu/Kalkulator#main-menu. The other service that I know is good is City Taxi http://www.citytaxi.hu/. They are both good and there are a number of other good taxi companies in town as well. Just try to avoid the no-name taxis and "private airport transfers" as they cost more and come with no guarantees or corporate support (like complaint numbers). Oh, and if you let the hotel call the taxi for you plan on it costing at least 10% more as even the best hotels have "arrangements" with individual taxi companies and drivers.
I am pretty sure there is a dedicated bus that runs from Deak Ferenc ter. Check out buses to and from the park. We took the bus, and had no problems. Have a piece of paper with SZOBORPARKBA written on it. That is the name of the park. And YOU can't pronounce it. As an aside. I am repeated told through articles and books about the "Soviet" era art and how stilted or limited it was. Maybe, I am no art major. But these are pretty awe inspiring statues. wayne iNWI
Was just at Momento Park last week. The park is in the middle of nowhere in the outskirts of the city, so a taxi is going to pricey. I took the official bus tour of the complex from the city center, it leaves at 11am gets back at 1:30pm. I opted for the guided tour and the guide did an excellent job of explaining each statue. Even though she was born after the fall of the iron curtain she is very passionate about the subject matter. The park was smaller than I imagined, and without the tour you could get through it in just 15 minutes. Those on the bus too cheap to take the tour were standing around for an hour with nothing to do. So IMO without the guided tour, it's not worth visiting. There is also a small museum built inside an old reconstructed army, barrack explaining the spy duties of the communist-era interior ministry. There was a small cinema showing old spy-craft training tapes....it was very entertaining!
I'm going to be on the RS Eastern Europe tour in Budapest. Not sure how organized stuff and free time with match up with the 11:00 a.m. bus departure. That's why I'm curious about taxi, especially if a couple of others want to go. Thanks for your replies.
Michael, I wasn't kidding; it will cost about 3500 ft. Wayne, its called Social Realism and yes it is impressive and it was meant to be in a propaganda sorta way. As far as needing a guide or the value of this side trip; I have been going to BPest a few times a year for a decade now and have never seen the place so I can not comment. If the subject interests you then you should see the Hospital in the Rock and the House of Terror, and keep an open eye for the bullet holes in the plaster walls of the old buildings. Heck, I've got a Cold War Bomb Shelter for sale if you are interested.
I did this tour last May. For my two cents worth - I didn't enjoy the tour of the Buda side - not much to see other than the view, and Matthias church is under scaffold. To be fair, I think I was very tired and didn't click with the local guide, but in hindsight, I would have rather gone to Memento Park. I'd talk to your guide about whether it is feasible to leave your group a little early from the morning tour (or skip it altogether), so you can get back to the Pest side to catch the tour bus at 11. All you need to do is talk to your guide and let them know you're wanting to do this - in my experience they're very accommodating if you ask. They may even have other ideas how to get you there easier. A benefit of the tour bus is once you're dropped off after the tour, you can grab lunch and take the metro to the baths (you'll be at Deak Ferenc Ter stop for yellow line, goes straight to Szechenyi).
The Mithias Church renovations were complete on the outside sometime prior to our visit in October last year. I was under the impression that the interior is also finished but I could be mistaken. Buda can be a good visit, but you have to know where to look.
During my visit to the Mathais Church last week, the entire interior is covered with scaffolding; according to one of the staff it had just gone up a few days prior:( No scaffolding on the exterior.
Thats too bad. Not the most beautiful church interior but still worth the visit. Sorry.
CL: The itinerary suggests the afternoons are free on both full days in Budapest. Was that your experience? I'm trying to get to Memento Park, House of Terror, Great Market Hall and Szechenyi on my free time.