General information about Hungary

Time zone
Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour

230V 50Hz

Electric Plug Details
European plug with two circular metal pins

Credit Cards, Debit Cards travelers cheques
Major credit cards (AmEx, Visa, MasterCard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used in the member shops and businesses. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance.

ATMs operate 24 hours a day.

There is usually a commission of 1% for cashing travellers checks at banks. Please note that most stores will not accept travellers cheques.

You can use your bank or credit card to get cash at post offices throughout Hungary. More than 3200 post offices nation-wide provide this service.

Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 HUF.
Bank notes: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 HUF.
GBPL 1 = approx. 304.464 HUF (March 2011).

For up-to-date currency exchange rates check:

Banks, Currency Exchange
Banks are usually open between 8.00AM-4.00PM on weekdays. Some banks are open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday. ATM and currency exchange offices are available throughout the country.

Telephone, Fax
Hungary country code: 36
Budapest area code: 1 (+7-digit number)
International pre-dial: 00 + country code + local number
Domestic long distance pre-dial: 06 + area code + local number
Cell-phone numbers are 9-digit, after dialing 06, the first two numbers depend on the telephone company: 20, 30 or 70.

Important telephone numbers

  • Ambulance: 104
  • Police: 107
  • Fire department: 105
  • Directory Assistance: 198
  • International Directory: 199
  • International Emergency Call: 112