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If you do not want to pay for two seperate transport rides (350 HUF each ride/ticket), you can buy a Transfer Ticket (530 HUF) valid for two rides between metro trains, buses, trams and so on.
Your first trip is valid for 100 minutes and your second trip (the transfer) is valid for 80 minutes, but your transfer must be taken within the first 100 minutes. See the BKK Transport T&Cs.
This 24 Hour travel pass is valid on the metro, tram, trolley bus, bus and boat in and around Budapest city centre.Daily Travel Pass
It is ideal for visiting residential areas as well as tourist areas.
The Great Market Hall Wiki PageGreat Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok) in Budapest, located near Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd) and Fővám Square (Fővám Tér) on the Pest side of Budapest, and not too far from Kálvin Tér, is the largest indoor market in Budapest; which is also a main tourist attraction. In front of it is the start of Váci Utca, a main shopping road and tourist area in Budapest. The easiet way to get to the market is via Metro 4 (Green Line) - Fővám Tér station.
From the outside the market hall building itself is very impressive and nice to look at, especially from the square across the road (Fővám Tér).
The front of the Great Market Hall building is very impressive to look at
The inside of the Great Market Hall resembles an old railway station. In fact, I thought it was a converted railway station until I read in its history that it was designed as a market. Nevertheless, the size and structure of its interior is just as impressive.
Although the inside resembles a railway station, it was designed as a market.
The inside of the Great Market Hall comprises of three floors - The Basement (Fish Stalls), The Ground Floor (Fruit & Veg and Meat stalls) and The First Floor (Tourist Souvenir stalls).
The ground floor is where meat, fruit and vegetables can be found
The ground floor is made up mainly of Fruit & Veg and Meat stalls. Although tourists might buy the odd bit of fruit and try the Hungarian sausages for example, the ground floor is first and foremost a market for local people. Locals who buy the hanging meat, fruit, veg, fish, spices, jams, etc on a weekly basis. I would argue the market as a whole is around 75% for locals as tourists would not buy hanging meat and fish for example.
The first floor is where you will find the souvenir stalls for the tourists. Although prices are typical tourist prices, many of the traders sell the same tourist products as each other - key rings, bags, russian wooden dolls, cups, t-shirts and so on - some at slightly lower prices than other traders.
The first floor is dedicated to tourist souvenirs and traditional Hungarian products
One thing that is instantly noticable is the fact that some of the tourist walkways on the first floor are too narrow and over-crowded; making you vulnerable to thiefs and pick-pockets, especially in the summertime. I am not sterotyping here, but the reality is this floor would be a "dream come true" and "perfect opportunity" for those type of people. With this in mind, keep your pockets zipped and watch for people around you, who may of followed you from public transport. I would say the same about London because unfortunately pick-pockets and thieves are reality and worldwide.
I have purposely NOT taken photos of most souvenir products, food and drink stalls, fruit and veg stalls and so on simply because there are way too many of them! and also because I have left it up to you to explore this wonderful market; regardless of the above said. Hence one reason why I have purposely NOT taken any photos of the fish stalls in the basement, because normally only locals would buy that fish.
If I was living here I would first look at all of the fruit and veg stalls for example to compare prices and then decide which one(s) would be my local. I would not compare their prices to supermarket prices though as this market would naturally have fresher, better quality, produce. In other words: I would pay slightly higher prices for fresher, better, quality food in this market.
On TripAdvisor this market has its fair share of bad reviews with many saying it is "Over-Rated", "A Tourist Trap", "Crowded", "Selling The Same Products", "Selling Tat", "Rip-Off Food Prices" and worse! They also make the interesting point of no rubbish laying around, no traders shouting "buy these lovely pears"! and no noisey atmosphere (buzz) around the place.
Although those are fair comments/reviews, what I would say is: This market is still worth a visit, not just because of the market, but because of its surrounding locations too (Váci Utca, Fővám Tér, the riverside and neighbouring places). You might read bad reviews, on TripAdvisor for example, but at the end of the day make it your own exploration.