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Moving to Budapest

Budapest is a city of contrasts – it is both hip and nostalgic, adventurous and leisurely, loud and quiet. It truly has something to offer everyone, young and old. With its exquisite architecture and world heritage sites, it is no wonder it is often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Budapest.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Budapest

Budapest is divided into two halves by the Danube River – choosing where to live will be your first decision – the energetic urban lifestyle of Pest or the suburban quieter Buda.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Budapest.

Shop at the markets
Markets are a staple of life in Budapest. They offer everything you need from fresh produce to meat, cheese, groceries and even wine. There is no need to shop at grocery stores and you will taste the fresh quality of the food immediately.

Becoming part of a community
Budapest locals are proud people and value their traditions deeply. Expats moving to Budapest might initially find it challenging to become part of established communities. However, with foreign enterprises establishing a presence in the city, the expat community is quickly growing.

Finding a place to live
When looking at the rental cost of property keep in mind that what might seem like a bargain may actually be expensive when compared to your Hungarian salary. Be sure to get a tenancy contract, it is necessary when you register as living in Hungary.

Access to healthcare
While all residents who are employed by a Hungry-based company are considered covered under the nation’s healthcare system, finding a doctor (general practitioner) may be challenging in Budapest, unless you have some knowledge of the local language. This is why most expats choose private health cover and go to private clinics.

“Fun fact’ about Budapest
Budapest has more festivals than weeks in the year, so you will never run out of things to see and do in city. Festivals range from music to art to film to wine and folklore.

Meet your Budapest Team Co Group Leaders

Gabriella Galik

Originally from the countryside, Gabriella has lived and worked in Budapest for more than 20 years.

She regularly advises expat clients in legal matters including obtaining a visa, reviewing employment contracts and drafting property contracts.

Her insight into the issues expats face when moving to Budapest, combined with her local knowledge, enable her to provide practical advice to newly arrived expats.


Vilmos Wessely 

Born and raised in Budapest, Vilmos has a breadth of local knowledge and expertise which enables him to best serve the needs of newly arriving expats to Budapest. 

He has been the managing director of an international audit and counselling company for over 24 years and has written numerous books. Vilmos has extensively been helping expats and foreign organisations in Budapest to efficiently manage their tax and auditing matters. 

Vilmos is the co-leader of our Budapest E-Team, he actively introduces newly arrived expats to other members in the group to ensure they quickly settle in to Budapest.

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