Hungary Travel Guide
In 1949, after WW2, Hungary was ruled by communism. In 1989, the Iron Curtain fell and yet as you roam the streets, you can still experience remains of the regime and even more history.
When most people think of Hungary, they think of Budapest. It’s become a favorite for romantic getaways, weekend vacations, and parties. But the country is so much more than that.
As the years progress, more and more travelers realize that Hungary is a country home to a rich culture, delicious food, beautiful scenery, and Christmas markets that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Hungary is absolutely beautiful all year round. Choosing the best time to visit all depends on your preference for the weather, crowd size, and budget.
Spring and fall are 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. Because of this, it is peak season. Expect higher prices, bigger crowds, and fully booked hotels.
Winter can be bitterly cold and bleak and many attractions, including accommodation in smaller towns, shut down. If you’re trying to visit Hungary on a budget, this is the perfect 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 to visit for you!
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Hungary is Hungarian.
Currency: The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian forint (HUF). 1 USD is equivalent to 296.10 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. 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 attract 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.
Bucket List experiences
Explore Pécs Cultural Treasures
Go Wine Tasting
Aggtelek National Park
Visit the Impressive Baradla Cave
Explore Lake Balaton
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