Self portrait with magnifier
by Kiss Márta

Useful information

Language

The official language of the country is Hungarian, but English and German are widely spoken.

Currency

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.

Banking

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.

Climate

The climate is continental. The weather in May is usually warm. The average daytime temperature is 22-27°C. For local weather report check »  this page

Time zone

In May, clocks are on Greenich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour.

Electric Current

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. Two-pin electric outlets (220 V, 50 Hz) are used.

Telephone

Telephones operate by phone card or coins. Cards are available at post offices and tobacconists's.
Country code for Hungary is +36
International call pre-select code from Hungary: 00
National call pre-select code from Hungary: 06
Area code for Budapest: 1
Emergency direct call numbers: Ambulance 104 | Fire Brigade 105 | Police 107