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Banks / exchange

Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm (2pm on Fridays).

Town centre and railway station exchange offices often offer the best exchange rates. Bank exchange rates are moderately attractive and those of hotels and airports are the highest. ATMs are a practical means to “change” money. Don’t change money on the black market; scams are rife and such transactions are illegal.

Credit cards and traveller’s cheques

International credit cards are accepted widely and card payments are very frequent. Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs) are referred to as Bankomat, many of which are multilingual.

Ask your bank about charges for withdrawals and payments by card and about your maximum withdrawal limit.


Museums are open from 10am to 6pm. They are closed on Mondays and public holidays. Opening hours are often shorter in winter.


Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm (noon on Saturdays). The two branches near the Pest stations (Teréz körút 51 and Baross tér 11/c) often stay open longer.


Shops are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm (2pm on Saturdays). Some stay open on Saturday afternoon and on Sundays. This is particularly the case in shopping malls and tourist districts such as around the castle and on Váci Street. Food shops are open from 7am to 7pm (2pm on Saturdays). Small grocery shops, known as “Non Stop” stores, stay open 24hr/day, which is very convenient for night birds.

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