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Introduction

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Siofok is a town with about 25,000 inhabitants on the shores of Lake Balaton and is one of the busiest tourist spots in Hungary, and therefore also one of the richest places in the country. It is especially popular in summer and with young people for partying. The town and surroundings have much more to offer though, mainly focused on the lake or nearby countryside. The town itself hasn't got much to offer.

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Getting There

By Plane

From April 2011, Ryanair will resume their flights to Frankfurt and London from Sármellék International Airport (SOB), also known as FlyBalaton Airport.

By Train

Regular trains connect Siofok with Budapest.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Annamarie Bed and BreakfastErkel Ferenc u. 13Guesthouse-
Apartman BellaBatthyány Lajos u. 14/A H-8600 Siófok,Apartment-
Caesar ApartmentsVitorl�s u. 9APARTMENT92
Hotel SoleroBatthyany str 25. SomogyHotel83
Touring Youth HostelCseresznye u. 1/0 8600Hostel79
Hotel VenuszKinizsi utca 3Hotel81
Muller's InnFo u. 106 H-8600Hotel80
Apartment House PáterKinizsi u. 11Apartment-
Villa BenjaminSiófoki utca 9 SomogyGuesthouse-
Hotel Lido SiofokPetőfi s�t�ny 11HOTEL88
Marina Bed and BreakfastErkel Ferenc u. 71Guesthouse-
Doris ApartmentsSzent László u 35Apartment-
Doris HotelBatthyany u. 26Hotel-
Solero Hotel - SiofokBatthya�ny u. 25HOTEL-
Bella Villa, SiofokBatthyany Lajos 9/AGuesthouse87
Hotel PiknikHonved utca 73HOTEL-
Apartman BELLA Hotel, SiofokH-8600 Siófok Batthyány Lajos u. 14/AHostel-
Rose Apartment SiofokBeszedes Jozsef Setany 9APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Broadband Internet access is now widespread in Hungary. It's quite usual to find free Internet access (wifi) in shopping centers, many cafes and pubs. You'll have wifi access even in small towns. Look for the "wifi" signs, you may have to ask for the access password, however, if you consume, it will be freely given. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi as well. Internet cafes, though still present, are decreasing in numbers because of increasing wifi excess.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. To call internationally, dial 00, wait for the tone and then dial the country code, town/city code and the rest of the number.

The phone code for Hungary is 36, with Budapest numbers starting with 06 1. Depending on the operator, mobile phone numbers start either with 06 20 (Pannon), 06 30 (T-Mobile) or 06 70 (Vodafone). Free numbers start with 06 80, but there is also a 'half price' number starting with 06 40. It is cheapest to place calls in the evening, weekends or on public holidays.

Public phones are readily available in bigger cities and are coin operated or require T-Com phone cards. Phone cards can be purchased at the usual outlets; kiosks, post offices and petrol stations among others.

There are also numerous cheap phone cards to call internationally and are available at assorted outlets. These includes T-Com, EZ Phone, Bellafone and plenty of others offering various discount rates. It's smart to check the current rate to the destination you plan to call the most and compare this with other cards. Also compare the cost for establishing a connection as this can make a big difference in the real 'per minute' cost.

Travellers that are planning to stay in Hungary for longer periods might want to consider buying a prepaid SIM-card either before departure or upon arrival. This is especially useful for friends from overseas who might be calling you and to make and receive local calls more conveniently. The three mobile operators in Hungary are Vodafone, Pannon and T-Mobile, and each have their own prepaid service.

Post

Magyar Post is the national postal service of Hungary. Their English version only seems to concentrate on stamps though, but you will find helpfull English speaking staff in most of the main post offices throughout the country. Opening hours of post offices depend on whether it’s the main office or if it’s a branch. Main post offices operate mostly from 8:00am until 8:00pm Monday to Friday and usually also on Saturday; some keep shorter hours on Sunday. Branch post offices open at the same time but close much earlier, usually between 4:00pm and 6:00pm and are open on Saturday morning only. The smallest settlements and villages are served by the MobilPosta service. You can buy post your letter and parcels here and buy stamps, although you can buy these at kiosks as well. Hungarian postal services are generally reliable, relatively cheap (especially domestic services) and fast, with most of the postcards and/or letters being delivered within a week to other European countries, 10 days to several weeks outside of the continent. Anything of value is best to be send by registered post. For parcels, you might also use international companies like TNT, FedEx, UPS or DHL.

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