When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Hungaryto help you prepare for your trip.
The Hungarian language belongs to the Finno-Ugric family and is so completely different from its neighbours that almost no shared words exist . Some of the most common Hungarian phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• jó napot – Good day
• reggelt – Good morning
• estét – Good evening
• éjszakát – Good night
• viszontlátásra – Goodbye
• Szia – Hi, Hello, Bye (like ‘ciao’ in Italy)
• Igen (hard G like in gate) - Yes
• Nem – No
• Kérek (in the sense of ‘a coffee, please’) – Please
• Legyen szíves (in the sense of ‘be so kind as’) – Please
• Köszönöm – Thank you
• Beszélsz angolul? – Do you speak English?
• Kemping – Campsite
• Férfiak/ Nők – Gents/ Ladies
• Nyitva/ Zárva – Open/ Closed
Hungarians are generally very helpful if you need directions or assistance. Language can be the biggest difficulty – in Budapest, many people will speak English, especially the younger generations, but elsewhere, speaking German is more likely to help though attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.
The currency of Hungary is the Forint, divided into 100 fillér. The official abbreviation of the forint is HUF but within the country the old abbreviation Ft. is still used.
Monday to Friday 0800 hrs to 1600 hrs and sometimes Saturday 0800 hrs to 1300 hrs.
Hours may vary slightly from bank to bank. Branches located in shopping centres may open until 1800 hrs.
Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Visa, Eurocard, American Express, etc.) are accepted by hotels, restaurants, car hire companies and travel agencies. Shops and travel agencies display a picture of the cards accepted in their windows.
Cash machines (ATMs) operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Only Hungarian forints can be withdrawn using a credit card.
It is possible to get cash at post offices with a debit or a credit card.
Travellers' cheques can be cashed in some banks, for example branches of the OTP (National Savings Bank) which deal with bank drafts and securities.
Don’t use street money changers. Take care when receiving bank notes that are no longer valid, but which are still in circulation. There have been a small number of reports of taxi drivers deliberately passing these notes to tourists, as well as notes from neighbouring countries that are not valid in Hungary.