Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Public holidays
Service is not included in the bill, to which you should add between 10 and 15%.
Where to eat
Etterem are traditional restaurants, büfé are fast food establishments, serving sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks at the counter and vendéglő are brasserie-style restaurants.
As soon as you are seated, you will be asked what you would like to drink at the same time as you are handed the menu. It is customary to have a drink while deciding what to order.
The voltage in Hungary is 220V and plugs are standard two-pin continental plugs, so you will probably need an adaptor.
Embassies and consulates
British Embassy – Harmincad Utca 6, Budapest 1051 – t 01 266 2888 – http://ukinhungary.fco.gov.uk/
Irish Embassy – Bank Center, Granit Tower, V. Floor Szabadsag ter 7, 1054 Budapest – t 01 301 4960 – http://www.embassyofireland.hu/
Also see Know before you go.
Universal European emergency number: t 112.
Ambulances: t 104. Fire brigade: t 105. Police: t 107.
Doctors and hospitals
Doctors are extremely well trained. However, public hospitals lack resources and are often dilapidated. Private clinics are much better equipped.
The currency of Hungary is the Forint (shortened to Ft in Hungary; international abbreviation: HUF). In 2010, the Hungarian currency will become the Euro. Many establishments already indicate prices in both currencies.
Banks / exchange
Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm (2pm on Fridays).
Money can be changed in banks, exchange offices, travel agencies and hotels. Don’t change money on the black market; scams are rife and such transactions are illegal.
Credit cards and traveller’s cheques
Money can be withdrawn from Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs), which are referred to as Bankomat. Ask your bank about charges for withdrawals and payments by card and about your maximum withdrawal limit.
Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm (noon on Saturdays).
15 March – National Holiday (anniversary of the 1848-49 revolution)
20 August – St Stephen’s and Constitution Day
23 October – Republic Day (anniversary of the October 1956 uprising)
1 November – All Saints Day
25 and 26 December
Shops are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm (2pm on Saturdays).
Calling Hungary from abroad
00 + 36 (country code for Hungary) + area code + number of the person.
Calling home from Hungary
00 + country code. For the United Kingdom: 44; for Ireland: 353.
From one province to another: dial 06 + area code + number of the person.
Within the same province: dial only the 7-digit number of the person (without the area code).