Know before you go

Official Language in Hungary

Hungarian, however English and German are widely spoken.

Hungarian Currency

The Hungarian currency is the forint (HUF) Cash-points are widespread and credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. There are foreign exchange facilities in banks, foreign exchange bureaux, travel agencies and hotels. Always aviod black-market dealers who change money in the street, however apparently attractive the rates.

Hungarian Shopping Hours

Shops are generally open Monday-Friday 10.00 – 18.00 and Saturday 09.00 – 13.00 (although shopping centres will have longer opening hours, and market halls may open and close earlier) Museums and galleries generally open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 – 18.00 during high season (hours may be shorter in other months)

Tourist Information in Hungary

You can find Tourinform offices in more than 140 places all over Hungary. Tourinform’s help desk employees can offer english written visitor information about restaurants, sightseeing programs and much more. You can call them free of charge from abroad on +800 36 00 00 00

Time in Hungary

Central European Time (GMT + 1)

Daylight saving between the end of March and the end of October: Central European time +1 (GMT+2)

Climate in Hungary

Hungary’s climate is continental usually with long hot summers and cold, humid winters. The average yearly temperature is 8-12 °C. On some very chilly winter days temperature can decrease 10-20 °C below zero, especially in the Mountains, while in mid summer, temperatures around 30-35 °C during the day are not unusual.

Hungarian Religion

54.5% Roman Catholic, 21% Reformed (Calvinist) Protestant, 6% Evangelical (Lutheran), 18.5% other

Electricity Voltage in Hungary

230V 50HzHz

Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins

Hungarian Laws and Customs

Carry your passport at all times. You must be able to show some form of identity if requested, by the police for instance. A photocopy is not acceptable. Hungarian laws on the possession and use of drugs are strict, it is zero tolerance drinking alcohol whilst driving, even one sip can get you into a lot of trouble.

Travel Insurance in Hungary

If you are visiting Hungary you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Hungarian nationals, so if an Hungarian national is required to pay a fee towards their treatment, you would also have to pay the same fee. The EHIC will not cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment, so you should make sure you have adequate travel insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation. See the EHIC government website for information.

Hungarian Emergency Telephone Numbers

General Emergency (for English speakers) 112

Ambulance 104

Fire Brigade 105

Police 107

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