Hungary Travel Guide
When most people think of Hungary, they think of Budapest. The city has become a favorite for romantic getaways, history buffs, weekend vacations, and nightlife. Not to mention the thermal baths!
And while all of these are true highlights of Budapest, more and more travelers are discovering that Hungary is a country home to so many hidden gems! Enjoy their rich culture and deep history, delicious food, beautiful scenery, and Christmas markets that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Hungary is absolutely beautiful all year round, so choosing the best time to visit all depends on your preference for the weather, crowd size, and budget.
Spring and fall are traditionally the best times to visit—the weather is beautiful, prices are lower, and you won’t have to compete with thousands of other travelers. Both seasons are a splendid time to visit spots like Budapest, Eger, and Tojak.
Summer in Hungary is not swelteringly hot, with average temperatures around 83-85 F. Because of this, it is peak tourist season, so you can expect higher prices, bigger crowds, and fully booked hotels.
Winter can be bitterly cold and many attractions, including accommodation in smaller towns, shut down. If you’re trying to visit Hungary on a budget, this is a great time. Just be sure to bundle up (and make it worth your while by visiting a Christmas market)!
Read my Best Time to Travel to Hungary blog to help you determine the right time for you!
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Hungary is Hungarian.
Currency: The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian forint (HUF).
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Hungary, especially Visa and MasterCard. Small businesses may not accept cards or may have a minimum purchase requirement, so it’s wise to keep some cash on you during your visit. The good news is that the country does not charge fees for using a card so swipe away! If you need some cash, you should have no trouble finding an ATM. You’re better off using ATMs owned by large banks as they do not charge exorbitant fees or a high exchange rate.
Plugs: In Hungary, the plugs are type C and F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Hungary is an extremely safe country to visit. However, the big amount of tourists attracts thieves and pickpocketing is common on public transportation and other spots visited by tourists. As long as you stay vigilant, you shouldn’t run into any trouble.
*European Travel Alert*
Starting sometime around November 2023, US travelers between 18-70 years old will need to fill out an ETIAS visa-waiver form prior to their trip, and pay a €7 ($7.25) entry fee, to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area. It’s a quick form, and you will most likely receive instant approval—but it’s important to plan and submit ahead. Your ETIAS travel authorization is valid for three years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
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