The official language of the country is Hungarian, but English and German are widely spoken.
The official currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF - Ft). The exchange rate is cca: 1 EUR = 280 HUF. Though Hungary is not a member of the Euro Zone, you may use EUR cash for payment in hotels and some shops, supermarkets and petrol stations. Please see special signs indicating this possibility.
In Hungary banks are usually open between 8.00 - 16.00 on weekdays, although some close an hour earlier on Fridays. With the exception of some shopping mall bank branches, Hungarian banks are not open on Saturdays. ATM machines and currency exchange machines are available throughout the country. Credit cards - Diners Club, Euro/MasterCard and VISA - can be used to withdraw cash from banks and ATM machines and to pay bills in hotels, restaurants and shops.
In August, clocks are on Greenich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour.
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. Two-pin electric outlets (220 V, 50 Hz) are used.
Telephones operate by phone card or coins. Cards are available at post offices and tobacconists's.
The climate is continental. The average daytime temperature in March is 8-12°C.