Useful informations

What's the currency of Hungary?

The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian FORINT (HUF). Coins are in circulation with a value of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200, whereas banknotes have the following official versions 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000. Since joining the European Union in 2004 the Euro has become widely accepted at several restaurants/stores, but expects to receive change in HUF. It might be a better deal to first change your Euros to Forints and then use the Hungarian currency while shopping. Of course major credit cards are accepted in most places.

For your information, 1 Euro is around 310 HUF, while the American Dollar is around 275 HUF, but it is recommended to check current exchange rates at: (

Don’t use of-the-street exchange offices; always change at the authorised ones.

What time zone is Budapest/Hungary in?

Winter: GMT+1 (GMT plus one)

Summer: GMT+2 (GMT plus two)

What is the country calling code of Hungary and that of Budapest?

The international country code for Hungary is 36, while that of Budapest is 1, so when calling a landline in Budapest you dial 00 36 (or + 36) then 1 and finally a 7 digit long number.

There are 3 mobile service providers in Hungary with the dialling code of 20, 30 or 70. In case you want to phone a Hungarian mobile number you dial 00 36, then 20/30/70 and then a seven digit number.

What telephone number should I call in case of emergency?

104 – Ambulance; 105 – Fire brigade/rescue services; 107 – Police; 112 – General emergency number, where you can reach all emergency services.

Is it safe to drink the tap water in Hungary?

Yes, it is. The quality of water in Hungary is very fine, practically all over the country.

Can I use my own electrical device in Hungary?

In Hungary, electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz (standard frequency). Hungary uses two-pin plugs with a current of 220 volts. An appropriate adaptor is required for electric shavers, toothbrushes, and other small appliances.


English-Hungarian mini-dictionary

Hi – Szia (informal)

Good morning – Jó reggelt!

Good evening – Jó estét!

Good bye! –  Viszlát or Viszontlátásra (for advanced level)

Thank you – Köszönöm

Danube – Duna

Lake – tó

Island – sziget

Swimming – úszás

Open Water Swimming – Nyíltvízi úszás

Artistic Swimming – Műúszás

Diving – Műugrás

Waterpolo – vízilabda

Do you speak English? – Beszél angolul?

I do not speak Hungarian. – Nem beszélek magyarul.

Training – edzés

Venue – helyszín

Where is.. – Hol van…

When? – Mikor?

European Championships – Európa-bajnokság

I am an athlete – Sportoló vagyok

Congratulations – Gratulálok

Volunteer – Önkéntes