Hungary’s number one attraction is the historic capital Budapest, a maze of medieval and baroque architecture that spans the Danube. But get outside the city and you’ll discover a gentle, green landscape dotted with charming spa towns and scenic lakes, including the huge Lake Balaton in the west. Luggage Mule’s Hungary luggage shipping service offers reasonable rates and a generous 30kg allowance, so you can bring everything you need and travel stress-free.
Customs: Due to Hungary’s membership of the EU, entry for EU citizens is fairly easy. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets. Check the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £30.99!
Shipping times: 4 working days
Flights: Flights to Hungary from the UK usually take about two hours. Nearly all international airlines provide a service to Hungary but flights from the Australasia and Pacific region usually involve at least one change. Major gateways include Budapest, Debrecen, and Győr.
Currency: Hungarian Forint (Ft)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens do not need a visa to travel to Hungary. Other nationalities may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: GMT+2.
Packing for Hungary
Summers in Hungary are long and hot so if you’re travelling during high season pack suncream, sunglasses and a hat. In the low season (from November to March) the weather turns, so come prepared for rain and cold winds. If you’re heading out into the countryside it’s worth bringing some hiking boots, and watersports fans may want to bring their wetsuit to make the most of the kayaking, waterskiing and windsurfing opportunities on Lake Balaton. When you ship your luggage to Hungary with Luggage Mule, you’ll be able to fit in everything you need and have it waiting for you when you arrive.
Ship your bike to Hungary
Hungary has a good network of roads and cycle paths. Most paths are flat and family-friendly, and many run through national parks, alongside rivers and on disused rail tracks. The EuroVelo 6 and 11, both part of the European Cycle Route Network, follow a gentle path along the Danube River whereas the 65km Lake Tisza circuit offers a tougher challenge for more experienced cyclists. Luggage Mule can ship your bike to Hungary securely and at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to tour the country on your own set of wheels.
Ship your skis to Hungary
Some of Hungary’s best skiing can be found in the Mátra Hills to the north of Budapest. The Kékes Hilltop Ski Center, located on Hungary’s highest peak, offers night skiing as well as majestic views across the hills. The Mátraszentistván Ski Park boasts eight trails including a snowboard-friendly obstacle course. Alternatively, the Nordica Ski Arena on Lake Balaton in the Bakony Hills has the longest ski trail in Hungary, the Bánkút Ski Center in the north has off-piste options, and Dobogókő Ski Center is ideal for families and children.
Ship your golfing gear to Hungary
Golf in Hungary isn’t huge, but you’ll still find some quality courses here, mostly in the region around Budapest. In the Bükfürdő in the west of Hungary, the 18-hole course at Greenfield (formerly known as Birdland thanks to its abundant bird life) is one of the country’s best. If you’re staying in Budapest, just 20 minutes drive from the city you’ll find Polus Palace Golf Club, based in a nature reserve with a large lake at its centre. Luggage Mule can ship golf clubs to anywhere in Hungary at reasonable rates, so you can avoid hassle at the airport and play the country’s courses with your own gear.
What to ship home from Hungary
Some of Hungary’s best buys can be found in the central markets of Budapest. Look out for Hungarian delicacies such as paprika, caviar, and jam. Hungarian crafts are also hugely popular, particularly handmade lace and embroidery and carved wooden items. For something really special, pick up some of the famous Herend porcelain of Hungary – the brand has been making high-quality painted and gilded pieces since the mid-19th century. Whatever you choose to bring home from Hungary, Luggage Mule’s generous 30kg allowance means you won’t have to scrimp on your souvenir shopping.