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USEFUL INFORMATION About HUNGARY

Capital city:

Budapest

Local time:

Summer: GMT+2, Winter: GMT+1

Currency:

Hungarian Forint (Ft or HUF), but some tourist places may accept euros/EUR.

Coins 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and banknotes 500; 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000.

Time:

The full 24-hour clock is generally used (though rarely verbally) – so 9 p.m. is written as 21.00 o’clock

Names:

Hungarians give their family name first, thus Richard Szabo is Szabo Richard.

Dates:

Hungarians write the year first, then the month and the day. E.g. 2016.10.23

Dialing

Hungary’s country code is: +36. When calling a Hungarian number dial +36 thne the area code (Budapest: 1, mobiles: 20/30/60/70) and the 7 digit number.

Note though that landline numbers for the countryside uses only 6 digits.

If making an international call; dial 00 or + and the international code number of the country in question.

When calling the US, dial +1.

Opening hours

Department stores and shopping centers in cities are open generally from 10 am am till 9 pm on weekdays, or from (and over the weekend) 10 am till 6 pm.

There are many small grocery stores open 24/7.

 

COST OF LIVING

The costs of living in Hungary are relatively low (compared to West- and North European countries).

A good indicator of average Hungarian prices can be found here:

https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Budapest

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

 

January 1

New Year’s Day

March 15

Official commemoration events in memory of the 1848 Revolution

Easter Sunday& Monday

Changes every year between the end of March and end of April

May 1

Labor Day

May

Whit Monday (Pentecost) – changes every year.

August 20

Foundation of the Hungarian State, Day of the Constitution celebrated with spectacular fireworks in Budapest

October 23

Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution against the Communist regime

November 1

All Saints Day

December 25-26

Christmas

 

Please note that on public holidays everything is closed.

 

Other celebrations (work days)

February

Farsang: carnival when people dress up

Read more about it here: http://welovebudapest.com/budapest.and.hungary/explainer.farsang.celebrations.in.hungary  

December 6

Santa Claus day:   

welovebudapest.com/budapest.and.hungary/this.weekend.hungary.s.version.of.santa.claus.is.coming.to.town

Last modified: 2018.11.30.