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Landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
Capital city : Budapest
Official Language : Hungarian (Magyar)
Government : Parliamentary republic
Accession to the European Union : May 1, 2004
Area : Total – 93,030 km2 (35,919 sq mi)
Religion : 54.5% Roman Catholic, 21% Reformed (Calvinist) Protestant, 6% Evangelical (Lutheran), 18.5% other
Central European time (GMT+1)
Daylight savings between the end of March and the end of October: Central European time +1 (GMT+2)
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins
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
Banks, Credit Cards
Banks are usually opened between 8.00 – 16.00 on weekdays. Some banks are open on Saturday, but all of them are closed on Sunday. ATM and currency exchange offices are available throughout the country.
You can use your bank or credit card to get cash at post offices throughout Hungary. Credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used almost everywhere. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance.
ATMs operate 24 hours a day. Major credit cards and banking cards are accepted. Please note that most stores will not accept travelers checks.
More than 3200 post offices nation-wide provide this service.
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
Fire department 105
Directory Assistance 198
International Directory 199
International Emergency Call 112
Post Office Services
Post offices are usually opened from Monday to Friday, from 8-18h.
There are two post offices next to the two central railway stations in Budapest that are open from Monday to Saturday, from 7 to 21h. They are located at: Nyugati Pályaudvar (VI. Teréz körút 61.) – opened also on Sunday between :10-17 h Keleti Pályaudvar (VIII. Baross tér 11/c.)
There are Internet coffees all over Budapest and a growing number of hotels and coffees offer WiFi access for laptop and smartphone users. For a comprehensive listing, with maps.
Restaurant prices in Hungary generally do not include a service charge but it is a personal choice to give a tip the amount is usually around 10-15%.
Public Holidays in 2014
January 1 New Year’s Day
March 15 National Holiday
April 20,21 Easter Sunday & Monday
May 1 Workers’ Day
Jun 8,9 Pentecost (Whitsun)
August 20 St. Stephen’s Day
October 23 Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution
November 1 All Saint’s Day
December 25,26 Christmas
Immunisation: not a requirement for entering Hungary. Persons diagnosed with an infectious disease are not permitted to enter the country.
Medication: Tourists are permitted to bring medication for personal use. Products containing narcotic substances can only enter with the special permission of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Medication prescribed abroad can be purchased in pharmacies at full market price. Only a limited selection of over-the-counter drugs are available in Hungary.
Emergency and ambulance services are free of charge in cases requiring immediate medical attention. All other medical treatment is regulated by international treaties.
Ambulance telephone no.: 104
Health insurance policies taken out abroad cover the cost of the first, and only the first treatment in Hungary. In all other cases, the cost of medical treatment must be settled at the rate set by the medical institution. The institution determines which credit cards are accepted for this purpose.
Budapest’s pharmacies (“gyógyszertár in Hungarian”) are well stocked and can provide medicaments for most common ailments. Each of the 23 districts has an all-night pharmacy open every day, a sign on the door of any pharmacy will help you locate the closest one.
Just as anywhere around the world, tourists travelling in Hungary should follow certain basic rules: always take care about your values and travel documents, keep them in safe place and never leave any valuables in a parked car. Do not wear expensive jewellery in public and avoid the poorly lit, deserted parts of the city!
Carry only the minimum necessary amount of today most commercial units accept credit cards. When short of cash, use card operated ATM machines. (If you lose your credit card, immediately notify the issuing bank!)
Exchange your currency only at official exchange bureaus, travel agencies, official exchange offices or ATM machines – never change with street hawkers!
When travelling in a taxi, use officially registered taxi companies and, before starting out, make sure that the taxi is equipped with the driver’s photo ID, and that the rate chart is displayed and the meter is on. At the end of the trip you must receive a bill; if the driver fails to provide it, always call one!
Only uniformed police and immigration officers with proper identification are entitled to check your identity or to ask for your ID.
In restaurant or coffees etc. always ask for a menu with a price list before making an order! In Hungary, a service charge is not customarily part of the bill. It can only be added to the bill if it is explicitly stated on the menu. The waiter’s hand-written bill is not accepted as proof of purchase, always ask for printed bill. Especially male visitors should beware of women with often excellent language skills, who have themselves invited to entertainment spots and run up bills at visitor’s expense.
In general, shops are open Monday through Friday, from 10.00am to 06.00pm, on Saturday from 09.00am to 01.00pm Stores do not close in the lunch time.
Food stores and shopping malls are open from Monday until Saturday between 10am to 10pm., on Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm. Non stop stores can be also found.
Look for the Tax – Free Shopping emblem when you buy.
The total sum of the bill (VAT included) must be at least 50,000 HUF. Ask the shop assistant for a detailed VAT invoice, VAT-refund form and a “Tax – Free” envelope. Attach the official receipt or the credit card receipt to the documents. Have all documents stamped by Hungarian Customs before leaving Hungary.
No more than 90 days is allowed to pass between the purchase date and the date of the customs stamp.
No more than 183 days is allowed to pass between the date of the customs stamp and the date of reimbursement.
Travelling by air: After receiving your boarding pass (but before going on board), see the customs office.
VAT reimbursement is not possible without a Hungarian customs stamp!
Continental, with the average temperature (listed in Fahrenheit / Celsius):
January 29F / -1,6 °C
February 39F / 1,1 °C
March 41F / 5,6 °C
April 51,8F / 11 °C
May 60F / 15,9 °C
June 66,2F / 19 °C
July 69,8F / 20,8 °C
August 68F / 20,2 °C
September 61,5F / 16,4 °C
October 51,8F / 11 °C
November 40,646F / 4,8 °C
December 32,72F / 0,4 °C
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