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Old 08.07.2009, 14:39
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I forgot to mention 2 details about costs of the trip to Budapest.
  • The Airport is far from the city, so count on paying 20 EUR for a taxi to the city and another 20 to come back, there are shuttles that would take you for 12 EUR, and probably you could also go by train.
  • The bike rental is 3000 HUF per day or 20 CHF, I could negotiate it for 10 EUR per day ( 15 CHF ) when you rented the bike for 3 days. Otherwise you have the full day abo for all trains and buses for 1550 HUF ( 10 CHF ) or the 3 day tourist pass for 3400 HUF ( 24 CHF ). With this pass you could go with the metro to the station near the airport, but I didn't do it so I can't tell, maybe somebody here knows about this and so you could save the 20 EUR the taxis charge.
Hi SL - The airport isn't all that far, it takes about 25 mins with a taxi and by the way, you got ripped off, the taxi fare should be no more than about 5,500 HUF (27CHF) - that's what my wife is paying and she's doing a weekly commute to Budapest from ZH.
We're moving to Budapest in a few weeks time and I definitely need to get some dental work done so I will paying a visit to the dentist. Many thanks for your report SL, very helpful.

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I took the train from the city back to the airport, mind you the "airport" train station is not actually at the airport, you need to catch the bus just outside. Do you know if that's the zona taxis Louis? I've never found a taxi there that cheap.
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Old 08.07.2009, 14:58
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I took the train from the city back to the airport, mind you the "airport" train station is not actually at the airport, you need to catch the bus just outside. Do you know if that's the zona taxis Louis? I've never found a taxi there that cheap.

Could be, we just got a ticket from the guy in the kiosk outside the airport entrance and then got the next taxi in the line. I'm flying there again tomorrow evening so I'll check and I'll let you know.
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Have a great trip. I love the city! Last week the Danube was flooded and had risen over the road level, making traffic delays horrendous. It made the shoes on the side of the river even more poignant.
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Could be, we just got a ticket from the guy in the kiosk outside the airport entrance and then got the next taxi in the line. I'm flying there again tomorrow evening so I'll check and I'll let you know.
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I took the train from the city back to the airport, mind you the "airport" train station is not actually at the airport, you need to catch the bus just outside. Do you know if that's the zona taxis Louis? I've never found a taxi there that cheap.
One trick is to pay in Hungarian Forint. The taxi driver charged me €20 but when I asked to pay in Forint, it was only 5500 HUF.
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Hi there, thanks for the tip! Any comments on you work???
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One trick is to pay in Hungarian Forint. The taxi driver charged me €20 but when I asked to pay in Forint, it was only 5500 HUF.
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Isn't that actually about the same rate. I was always too out of it on pain meds and seds to work it out...
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Old 08.07.2009, 15:24
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Isn't that actually about the same rate. I was always too out of it on pain meds and seds to work it out...
You're right... about the same But sometimes it costs up to €25 (I remember I paid that from the city to airport).

My work so far so good. I'm going back there again this weekend for follow up treatment.
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Old 08.07.2009, 15:29
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I paid that too the first time I was there.
Say hi to them for me! And good luck.
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You're right... about the same But sometimes it costs up to €25 (I remember I paid that from the city to airport).

My work so far so good. I'm going back there again this weekend for follow up treatment.
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Old 09.07.2009, 03:20
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Dentistry is very akin to robbery in most countries you will find.

It's just a chain - I think Ireland and Switzerland rank amongst the most abusive.

You can be sure that you Hungarian friends are gouging their own local market.
I'm sure, as a generalization this could be true.

But my wife convinced me to go for a cleaning a few months ago after 17 years of no dentists .

The chick cleaned them, not too painful. I told her when she was finished how long it had been, which surprised her and she commented that I must have a terrific hygiene routine (I do, brush once or twice a day no floss ) and asked if I wanted X-rays, which I did.

Now, they had the perfect mark in the chair; I would have believed anything they said regarding hole-riddled teeth. But I walked out with a clean bill of dental health and a very reasonable bill for cleaning and x-rays.

This was Adent in Geneva, highly recommended from personal experience.

Moral of the story- the longer you avoid dentists the better your teeth will be!
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Old 12.07.2009, 14:04
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Have a great trip. I love the city! Last week the Danube was flooded and had risen over the road level, making traffic delays horrendous. It made the shoes on the side of the river even more poignant.
Hi there, just back from Budapest. Taxi on the way into the city (Oktogon) was HUF 4,800 (company was Zóna Taxi) and on the way back using City Taxi I paid HUF 5,000
Weather was brilliant for three days, had a great time, love Budapest!
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Re: Dentists abroad. Anybody ever used and can recommend one outside of Switzerland

Last weekend, while cleaning my teeth, clank, a piece of tooth landed in the washbasin...... half my back tooth had broken off. Very serious business, cause its my only lower molar holding a bridgework in place, so I can chew!

Monday morning I went to the local dentist who looked, probed a bit more around my mouth and then informed me I needed a root-canal job on that tooth, leaving the root in, he would implant some sort of steel pin thing which will hold the New Bridgework (present one is pretty old and does need replacing) ..... that a lower front crown needs to be removed, and I need three fillings.

He asked me to wait fifteen minutes while he worked out what the cost would be. The cost would be ...... Sfr6,544, guaranteed not to go over that amount, and he`d give me 5% discount on his own work if I paid upfront before he began work.

The next day I took the train into Jestetten and walked into a near to the staion dentists rooms (recommended by a family member after hearing my horror story) ..... The German Dentist insisted on doing an xray first, which I thought was a reasonable precaution ....Xray showed tooth too ruined to remain .... it must come out, and I do need a new bridge... No, the front crown is still okay, and I do not need any fillings. Total cost Euro 1,300 plus xray..(with the xray should not exceed Sfr 2,000)

Now .... that`s a saving of Sfr 4,500!!!!!! A bit extreme what?
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That's still expensive!
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Last weekend, while cleaning my teeth, clank, a piece of tooth landed in the washbasin...... half my back tooth had broken off. Very serious business, cause its my only lower molar holding a bridgework in place, so I can chew!

Monday morning I went to the local dentist who looked, probed a bit more around my mouth and then informed me I needed a root-canal job on that tooth, leaving the root in, he would implant some sort of steel pin thing which will hold the New Bridgework (present one is pretty old and does need replacing) ..... that a lower front crown needs to be removed, and I need three fillings.

He asked me to wait fifteen minutes while he worked out what the cost would be. The cost would be ...... Sfr6,544, guaranteed not to go over that amount, and he`d give me 5% discount on his own work if I paid upfront before he began work.

The next day I took the train into Jestetten and walked into a near to the staion dentists rooms (recommended by a family member after hearing my horror story) ..... The German Dentist insisted on doing an xray first, which I thought was a reasonable precaution ....Xray showed tooth too ruined to remain .... it must come out, and I do need a new bridge... No, the front crown is still okay, and I do not need any fillings. Total cost Euro 1,300 plus xray..(with the xray should not exceed Sfr 2,000)

Now .... that`s a saving of Sfr 4,500!!!!!! A bit extreme what?
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Old 18.07.2009, 22:12
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ouch! pricey...lesser rip-off but still a rip-off.
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That's still expensive!
You realy think so? Five years ago, in SA, I was quoted R6,000 for a new bridge ..... so I reckoned that 1,000 euro NOW for a new bridge is not too bad?

By the way ..... The swiss dentist sent me a bill for giving me his quote of Sfr6,544 ......... he charged Sfr92 for looking in my mouth (No rubber gloves, no face mask, no tools used) ..... AND Sfr92 for working out the Sfr6,544 cost - took him 15mins to do that, while I waited.

And... the german dentist, with the xray, removing the back tooth (having to first saw it in half ... using massive amounts of anaesthetic!), the Hygienist cleaning all my teeth, and the making of the new bridge ...... is UNDER the original quote of Euro 1,300.
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Re: Dentists abroad. Anybody ever used and can recommend one outside of Switzerland

I have a dentist of Polish origin in Lörach (just across the border from Basel). She's great. Cheap too. My wife uses a Danish doctor in Basel, who's also very good and reasonably priced and won't rip you off. I just prefer being told off by a female dentist...
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My capped tooth fell out, last time (five years before) I went to a Swiss dentist who charged me something like CHF400 to glue it back in again. This time a friend recommended a German dentist across the border from Aargau so I and my wife went there - 50 euro for the same job. Then we went shopping in Carrefours in Mulhouse.

BUT the same friend who went there later went down with a terrible abscess that the German dentist completely missed....

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It's still expensive.
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You realy think so? Five years ago, in SA, I was quoted R6,000 for a new bridge ..... so I reckoned that 1,000 euro NOW for a new bridge is not too bad?

By the way ..... The swiss dentist sent me a bill for giving me his quote of Sfr6,544 ......... he charged Sfr92 for looking in my mouth (No rubber gloves, no face mask, no tools used) ..... AND Sfr92 for working out the Sfr6,544 cost - took him 15mins to do that, while I waited.

And... the german dentist, with the xray, removing the back tooth (having to first saw it in half ... using massive amounts of anaesthetic!), the Hygienist cleaning all my teeth, and the making of the new bridge ...... is UNDER the original quote of Euro 1,300.
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Hi!
I know in Poland it's much cheaper than UK.

Also, I know there are a few NHS dentists who are Polish, I saw it on TV they commute every weekend to come back to their familly...

I have been to a Dentist practice in Poland it was fine! Although I got my treatments in UK.

I heard lot of bad things on dentists in UK, but it was fine, nothing to do with horrible GP.
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Re: Dentists abroad. Anybody ever used and can recommend one outside of Switzerland

I used one in France Annmassse just accross the border from Geneva. The doctor quoted 350 francs to take out the wisdom tooth in geneva. French Doctor did the job in 40 EUR.
It was upper left wisdom tooth which is easier to take then the lower ones. And there was no pain to be honest because tooth was completly out.
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