Hungarian language

As a foreigner in Hungary you should not expect to understand much of the Hungarian language. It is a Uralic language in the Ugric language group, distantly related to Finnish, Estonian and a number of other minority languages. Most people dropping by Hungary learn a couple of words only, while those living here often end up with only a little knowledge, if they do not invest energy and time in learning the language. If you do invest time, the language is not at all impossible, even though it is by some people ranked as the second, third and fourth hardest language in the world!

Some important Hungarian words:

Yes – igen
No – nem
Cheers – egészségedre (egesjegeddre)
How are you? – hogyvagy? (hodjvadj)
I am …. – Én ….. vagyok (een ….. vadjok)

Budapest Time - Time Zone

Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Budapest Time, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour;  2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). After the summer months the time in Budapest Time is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or (GMT+1) Central European Standard Time = GMT+1, Central European Summer Time = GMT+2

Average temperatures in Budapest

In November it is usually getting colder as winter is getting near. Warm clothing is inevitable during this time as the temperature is around 5°C (41°F) during daytime.

Emergency telephone numbers

In case of any emergency, please call (toll free from any phone): Emergency line 112

Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information

Voltage in Hungary: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)

Currency in Hungary

Hungarian forint (HUF) is the official currency in Hungary. First of all, Hungary is a member of the European Union, but they have not started with the Euro yet. However, many places you can pay with Euro, but expect to receive forints back. If you do pay with Euros the shops will use a poor conversion rate, so it is recommended to change your Euros, and later, pay with forints.

1 Euro (EUR) = approx. 325 Forint (HUF) (Rate in September, 2018 )

Bargaining and giving tips

It is quite normal in Hungarian to tip in restaurants, but it is also normal to tip guides, hairdressers and taxi drivers. It is not normal to bargain as you shop, except from in the Big Market Hall and in open air markets.

Public Transport

The public transportation network in Budapest is well developed, and will bring you almost wherever you want to. The same tickets are to be used everywhere, and if you buy one day tickets, three day tickets or similar you can use them on all the vehicles in Budapest. You can also buy a tourist card which will give you free use of the public transportation, free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to several sights, reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes, discounts in restaurants and spas and some other advantages as well. This is only recommended if you plan to visit lots of museums and tourist places.

With the travel cards/passes you can travel unlimitedly with trams, buses and with the metro in Budapest. You can also buy single tickets (400 HUF).

Metro Map

There are three metro lines in Budapest. The yellow is the oldest one, which in fact is the second oldest subway/metro line in Europe. The Red is just renewed, the Blue is partly under reconstruction. As you read about different hotels and sights, you will be informed to what stop they are close.

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