BUDAPEST - USEFUL INFORMATION
(German and English are widely understood.)
Roman Catholic 65%
Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour
U.S. Eastern Standard Time + 6 hours
The voltage is 220 V/50Hz with European two-prong plug.
Electrical equipment of 110V/60Hz requires the use of an adapter and/or voltage
The unit of currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF). In Hungary the abbrevation
of Forint is Ft.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 HUF.
Bank notes: 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 HUF.
US$ 1 = approx. 230Ft (January 2003). For up-to-date currency exchange rates
Banks, Currency Exchange
Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. All banks are closed on Saturdays. Money can also be exchanged
at exchange offices, hotel reception desks and travel offices. Currency exchange
machines and ATMs operate after hours in Budapest and other cities. It is
recommended that all money exchange receipts be kept.
Note: Foreign currency should be exchanged for Forints
only in authorized exchange offices.
country code 36
Budapest area code 1 (+7-digit number)
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
require 10, 20, 50 or 100 Forint coins, or a pre-purchased phone card (sold
at newsstands, supermarkets, hotels and post offices).
medical assistance: Falck SOS Hungary. Tel: 200-0100
24-hour dental assistance: Tel: 267-9602
Fire service: 105
Inland enquiries: 198
Universal enquiries: 197
International enquiries: 199
Autó club-help number: 188
Speaking clockk: 180
Emergency service: 112
Tourinform telephone enquiries: 438-8080
In Case of Passport Loss
You should report the loss of your passport to the following authority:
Budapest and Pest County Directorate of the Office for Immigration and Citizenship
Address: 1117 Budapest, udafoki út 60.
Telephone: 463-9165 463-9181
Open: 24 hours
If your passport is stolen, you must report the loss to the local district
The Budapest Police Command has a round-the-clock service in the centre of
town: Tourist Police (Budapest V. Vigadó u. 6)
Budapest’s pharmacies (gyógyszertár in Hungarian) are well
stocked and can provide medicaments for most common ailments. The location
of the nearest all-night chemist is displayed on the door of every pharmacy.
International collect calls
Can be made from a private line or public payphone. A coin or phonecard has
to be inserted to initiate the call.
AT&T 00 8000 1111
MCI 00 8000 1411
SPRINT 00 800 0 1877
Restaurant prices in Hungary generally do not include a service charge and
it is therefore customary to give a tip, generally equivalent to 10-15% of
the bill. For all other tipping, follow the guidelines used in the USA.
Entering Hungary - Health Requirements
No immunizations are required.
There is no restriction on the importing of convertible currencies if the amount
does not exceed the equivalent of 1,000,000 Ft. For the import of currencies
over this amount, it is advisable to fill out a "Certification of Values
The declaration should be made both entering and leaving the territory of Hungary.
If large amounts of undeclared currency are discovered during routine inspections,
the customs authority may investigate and, if a criminal act is suspected,
initiate criminal proceedings. (According to the Act 24 of 1994 on Prevention
and Impending of Money Laundering).
For more information see the website of the Hungarian customs authorities: www.vam.hu or www.vaminfo.hu
- Shops: food shops are open from 7 am - 6 pm, clothes shops
between 10 am - 6 pm Mon. to Sat.
Most shopping centres are also open on Sun. Tesco is open 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
- Office hours: generally from 8am - 4 pm Mon. to Fri. Post
offices: Mon. - Fri: 8 am - 6 pm, Sat 8 am - 1 pm
- Banks: Mon - Thu: 8 am - 3 pm, Fri: 8 am - 1 pm.
Items purchased or received as a gift worth up to 200,000 Ft are not subject
to custom fees.
Non-resident travelers may apply for a refund of up to 16% of the general sales
tax (AFA) on goods purchased in Hungary, with the exception of works of art,
collections and antiques, under the following conditions:
- The single or total value of the goods on one original invoice,
including AFA, must exceed 50,000 Ft.
- Not more than 90 days may elapse between the time of purchase and
the time of export.
- The goods must be taken out of the country in new condition; that
is, they may not be used in Hungary. More information: www.hungarytourism.hu
- At the time of departure the purchase must be presented to the customs
officer, together with the AFA refund claim form, a detailed fiscal
invoice and the Tax Free Envelope. These 3 items must be obtained from
the place of purchase
- You should also retain the receipts of your currency exchange for
Ft and enclose it with your documents. If using a credit card, enclose
the credit card receipt.
- Make sure to get the a customs stamp or the refund is not possible.
If departing Hungary by plane, you should go to the customs office
immediately after receiving your boarding pass at check-in and before
you pass security control.
- You may receive your VAT refund in cash immediately at the airport
(look for the VAT refund desk at the IBUSZ office) or by bank check
sent to your home address or as a payment directly to your credit card.
Mail refunds must be requested no more than 6 months after date of