Hungary is a landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. The foundation of Hungary was laid in the late Ninth Century by the Magyar chieftain Árpád, whose great grandson István ascended to the throne with a crown sent from Rome in 1000. The Kingdom of ... Hungary existed with minor interruptions for 946 years, and at various points was regarded as one of the cultural centers of the Western world. It was succeeded by a Communist era (1947–1989). In 1989 it opened its border to Austria, thus accelerating the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. The present government is parliamentary republic. Hungary was one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world in the past decade. Its capitol, Budapest, is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. The country is home to the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Hungary for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Hungary experiences the same weather as typical inland European countries. Summers are warm and dry, while winters can be quite cold. Temperatures usually stay around zero in the winter, but have been known to drop well below freezing with cold winds. Heavy snowfall is also common in the winter. Summer usually sees temperatures from 20-25 degrees Celsius but can soar above 30 depending on the day. Summer evenings tend to cool down, and thunderstorms are not uncommon.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Hungary is supplied at 220 volts. Sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. Some sockets will take the plugs with large prongs only; others will take the ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Hungary. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible).
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels.
The currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint. Generally speaking, we advise bringing around 100 Leva per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Hungarian paper money comes in different colors and denominations (200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000Ft notes). There are also coins:5, 10, 20, 50, and 100Ft. We recommend that you bring approximately 15,000Ft of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Religion: 67% of the country is Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC +1
Electricity: 230 220Volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Hungary is +36
Calling North America: Dial 011 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Hungary: For Police 107, Medical 104, Fire 105 & 112 for any type of emergency