Good to know about Budapest

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. Hungary is a member of the European Union and of its Schengen area.



The official national currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). You can take unlimited foreign currency in and out of Hungary. Exchange facilities are offered at the airport, in hotels and at the banks. Prices are often set in Euros (EUR) or US dollars (USD) as well, but the transactions are made only in Forints. Banking hours generally are from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currency exchange machines and ATMs operate after hours in Budapest and other major cities. Credit cards are widely accepted.



Hungary is situated in the Carpathian Basin, protected by mountains, therefore it offers great weather even when other parts of Europe are less pleasant. The country has a temperate climate, similar to the rest of the continental zone – hot in summer, cold in winter. The temperature is highest in July / August (21,4 °C average) and lowest in winter, January is the coldest month, when it often falls below freezing (-1 °C average). The average temperature in April is maximum 17°C, minimum 6°C. The average maximum temperature in May rise up to 21,9°C.


Visa Waiver Agreements

Citizens of EU- and EEA-member states may travel to Hungary without a visa. Family members of citizens of EEA Member States may also travel to Hungary without a visa if they received a residence card issued for family members of EEA citizens or a residence permit issued by any Schengen Member State.

Holders of passports issued by the countries, entities or territories listed on the following website’s table are granted, under bilateral agreements, visa-free travel to Hungary:

For countries and travel documents not included in the list, a visa is required.

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