HUNGARY TRAVEL GUIDE

Introducing Hungary

There's a lot to explore in Hungary, but you're very likely to start in Budapest. And, while normally we'd be inclined to chastise you for being a lemming, the truth is that Budapest - for all its popularity - is a city that absolutely delivers. Wander streets featuring some of the best architecture on the planet. Partake in international cuisine from around the world. Cruise down the Danube at night, taking in the lights of the city all lit up. And just generally get ready for one of the best travel experiences on the planet. Oh, and be sure to get out to explore the beautiful Hungarian countryside once you've had your fill of the city!

Plan Your Trip to Hungary:

NEED TO KNOW

Language: English is widely spoken in Hungary's capital, Budapest, as well as in most of the tourist spots, so communication won't be much of a problem. However, we suggest to bring along a Hungarian phrasebook for a more immersive experience.

Currency: Hungarian Forint ($1 = ~318.07 forint).

Credit Cards & ATMs: Major establishments accept credit and debit cards, but smaller-scale accommodations, tourist sites and restaurants tend to only take cash. ATMs are widely available.

Plugs: Type C or F, 230V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: Other than the occasional pick-pocketing incidents that are common to a lot of tourist destinations, Hungary is a very safe place to visit. Just practice caution and common sense, and you'll be fine. It is also a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination and to purchase travel insurance. 

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TOP HUNGARY DESTINATIONS

  • Budapest
  • Szentendre
  • Eger
  • Tihany

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WHEN TO VISIT HUNGARY

While Hungary (especially its capital Budapest) is always beautiful, the warm months of May through September are the most popular months to visit for a lot of people (with a small uptick around Christmas time as well). But we suggest to visit in April or October - shoulder season, when prices are lower and the crowds thinner.

Hungary Trivia and Facts

  • Did you know that a parent in Hungary can't freely name their child unless it's included in a government-approved list? If the chosen name is not on the list, one must fill in an approval form to be submitted to the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Coffee is Hungary's national drink.
  • There's a legend that tells about Austrians clinking their glasses of beer after the death of each of 13 Hungarian generals during the 1848 revolution. In memory of the executed generals, Hungarians don't clink their glasses.

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Driving in Hungary

Hungary drives on the right hand side of the road. When searching for options and deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.

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