Travel Advice for Hungary
Hungary
Capital: Budapest

Time Zone GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 in the summer)
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 36
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 107, Ambulance - 104, Fire - 105.
Tourist
Information
Tourinform (Hungarian Tourist Board), H 1052 Budapest, Sütö2, Hungary.
Tel: (1) 117 9800 Fax: (1) 117 9578.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of France and Germany holding a national identity card . All passports must be valid for at least 6 months. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except: Nationals of Canada, USA, Japan for a stay of up to 90 days. Nationals of the UK for a stay of up to 6 months. Nationals of Austria, Finland and Spain for a stay up to 30 days. Nationals of Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Iceland, Israel, South Korea Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Seychelles, South Africa, Switzerland and Uruguay for a stay up to 90 days. Nationals of CIS (with the exception of citizens of Uzbekistan who do need a visa), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Nicaragua, Romania, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) for at stay up to 30 days. Nationals of Singapore for a stay up to 14 days.
Health
Information
Other Health Risks: Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency Hungarian Forint (HUF) = 100 fillér
Exchange: banks, hotels, airports, railway stations, some restaurants. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to HUF 10000. Retain all exchange receipts.
All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. German DM is the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 1000 locations.
Cost of
Living
Westerners will not experience great disparity in local and Western prices.
Languages Hungarian (Magyar). German is widely spoken. Some English and French may also be spoken, mainly in the West.
Weather June - Aug. is usually very warm. Spring and autumn are mild and winters are very cold. There is rainfall throughout the year and snow in winter.
Electricity 220 volts Ac, 50 Hz.
Post 3 - 7 days to other European destinations.
Transport RAIL: All main cities are connected by regular services but facilities are often inadequate. Concessions are available to groups of six or more and the young and elderly.
ROAD: Generally the road system is good. Zero alcohol is permitted when driving.
BUS: Services link Budapest with the major provincial towns.
CAR HIRE: Available at large hotels and the main airports.
DOCUMENTATION: Pink national UK licence is accepted but IDP is required if a green licence is held.
Special
Information
Petty crime is rife in Budapest especially in tourist areas. Only carry a photocopy of your passport. Do not carry large amounts of money. Very few people speak English outside of large hotels and restaurants. A knowledge of German is very useful. Usual social courtesies apply. Both Christian and surname should be used in introductions.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Do not take photographs of anything connected with the military. Other restrictions will be sign posted.