Hungary has a continental climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. July and August are the hottest month of the year, while the longer days mean that you can take the opportunity to do much more sightseeing. The average daily temperature is around 21-22 °C,
Rain, mostly showers or thunderstorms tend to fall across 12 days these months, with an average precipitation of around 40mm. The probability that rainfall occurs increases in the course of the afternoon.
The international country code for Hungary is 36, while that of Budapest is 1, so when calling a landline in Budapest you dial 00 36 (or + 36) then 1 and finally a 7 digit long number.
There are 3 mobile service providers in Hungary with the dialling code of 20, 30 or 70. In case you want to phone a Hungarian mobile number you dial 00 36, then 20/30/70 and then a seven digit number.
Winter: GMT+1 (GMT plus one)
Summer: GMT+2 (GMT plus two)
The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian FORINT (HUF). Coins are in circulation with a value of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200, whereas banknotes have the following official versions 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000. Since joining the European Union in 2004 the Euro has become widely accepted at several restaurants/stores, but expects to receive change in HUF. It might be a better deal to first change your Euros to Forints and then use the Hungarian currency while shopping. Of course major credit cards are accepted in most places.
For your information, 1 Euro is around 310 HUF, while the American Dollar is around 275 HUF, but it is recommended to check current exchange rates at: (http://www.mnb.hu/arfolyamok).
Don’t use of-the-street exchange offices; always change at the authorised ones.
Although it is always nice to learn some words or expressions, English is becoming more and more widespread in Hungary. However, some people who belong to the older generation, especially outside of the big cities, may only speak Hungarian and some German.
For this reason we've prepared a basic, mini-dictionary under the FAQ menu, which might provide you with some useful words and expressions!
In Hungary, electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz (standard frequency). Hungary uses two-pin plugs with a current of 220 volts. An appropriate adaptor is required for electric shavers, toothbrushes, and other small appliances.
104 - Ambulance; 105 - Fire brigade/rescue services; 107 - Police; 112 – General emergency number, where you can reach all emergency services.
Hungary is a member state of the Schengen Area, so visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen Member States are valid also for Hungary. When travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, travellers are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Citizens of all the EU and many other countries may travel to Hungary without visa (see Visa Information section).
A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required for citizens of some countries. However, citizens of many countries may travel to Hungary without visa (see Visa Information section).
Visitors are not entitled to take any gainful employment.
Well-known weekly and monthly international newspapers, such as the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian International, the Financial Times and the European version of the Wall Street Journal etc. are common at news kiosks. Major hotels all have cable TV with many British and American channels.
Hungary publishes the monthly Budapest Panorama and the weekly Budapest Times which will keep you up to date on what’s happening in and around the city.
Yes, it is. The quality of water in Hungary is very fine, practically all over the country.
The quality of medical care in Hungary is up to the standards of most Western countries. Medical services are free of charge for locals. Citizens from the EU and EEA are able to use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and have access to free of charge services. However, the card does not give cardholders access to medical treatment for pre-existing conditions. For everybody but EU/EEA citizens a private health insurance may be needed to avoid payment in case of medical treatments.
Hungarian laws are strict on the possession and use of drugs.
Volunteers are welcome to register for the FINA World Championships and FINA Masters Championships online at the following link:
Volunteers are also welcome during the preparations leading up to both events (FINA World Championships and FINA Masters Championships). Those who wish to contribute to any kind of voluntary activity, please send an email to [email protected] Applicants will be informed about the opportunities via e-mail upon request.
The registration is continuous and closure date of volunteers’ recruitment will be announced on the website and in the public media.
Please send your questions and comments about the Budapest 2017 Volunteer Program to [email protected] email address.
Volunteers are being asked to commit for at least 10 days during the Championships in morning or afternoon shifts, and to participate in the compulsory training sessions.
Yes, during the registration you can choose which event (FINA World Championships or FINA World Masters Championships) and which sport competition you would like to contribute to. During the application process volunteers may also identify three functional areas (such as airport welcome, VIP, Media, etc.) as preferences.
The online Registration Platform is available for Volunteers to create their own profiles and until the closure of the registration procedure Volunteers will have the opportunity to make changes in the information submitted earlier within their profiles.
Volunteers will be informed about the opening and closing of the Registration Platform and the amendment possibilities by direct e-mail.
Registered Volunteers will receive a confirmation e-mail immediately but maximum within 48 hours of their application having reached the organisers. In case you have not received a response, please double check your e-mail address. If the given email address is not correct, please register again.
Hungary is a member state of the Schengen Area, so visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen Member States are valid also for Hungary. When travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, travellers are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Citizens of the entire EU and many other countries may travel to Hungary without visa (see Visa Information section).
Citizens of certain countries are required to hold a passport that is valid 3 months beyond the length of stay and the date of issue is not older than 10 years. However, citizens of many countries may travel to Hungary without visa (see Visa Information section).
Visitors are not entitled to take any gainful employment.
Yes, you do. You should carry your passport or ID card at all times and should be able to show some form of ID to the law enforcement authorities, upon request. A photocopy is not acceptable.
Walking might be a good way to get acquainted with the major monuments and historical sites of the city. However, the public transportation system in Budapest is very well organised with an extended system of trams, buses and trolley buses. The four lines of the underground system (The Metro) are clean, fast, and efficient ways for reaching farther destinations. A system of suburban railway (HÉV) serves the outer suburbs.
Avoid fines when using the public transportation system. Follow the passenger information notices, which are usually printed in English. Validate your ticket before starting your journey (before you get to the platform if travelling by Metro; and immediately after boarding buses, trams or trolley buses. Keep your ticket until the end of your journey and show it to inspectors on request. You have to validate a new ticket every time you change lines. Special or extra tickets may be required for using the night service network. You can also purchase a 24 or 72 hour travel cards which could be a better value for money. For more please check our relevant menu.
There are so many options, that it is truly hard to make a single suggestion. But some options are: Gulyás (goulash soup) is one of the most famous dishes from the Hungarian culinary repertoire, while Fisherman’s soup (Halászlé) may hold the second place amongst soups.
Pörkölt (stew) and Paprikás (a stew with a lot of paprika and sour cream) are among the most typical Hungarian main dishes.
As is Töltött káposzta, a cooked cabbage, filled with pork mince, mixed rice and flavoured with paprika and sour cream.
Túrós csusza means pasta with cottage cheese, which is a traditional Hungarian dish made from the special pasta (the csusza), with special Hungarian cottage cheese, crispy bacon, topped with sour cream.
For those with a sweet tooth try Somlói galuska, a delicious dessert made from sponge cake, layered with chocolate cream, walnuts, rum and topped with whipped cream. An equally good choice is the Dobos torte, a sponge cake layered with chocolate butter cream and topped with caramel.
If you want to eat on the street, Lángos, a deep-fried flat bread is a popular street food that nearly all Hungarians like.
The EU ensures free movement of goods between EU member states. Which means that the import of goods purchased for non-commercial purposes (for personal use or as gifts) while travelling is not restricted, however, the transport of certain goods (such as: pets, hunting weapons, alcohol and tobacco products, medicines containing drugs, etc.) within the European Union is restricted or subject to special permissions.
Budapest has many fine restaurants; Hungarian food is famous, tasty and the portions tend to be on the generous side. The Hungarian capital has a great nightlife, and nearly all pubs and clubs are in one district. The vast majority of clubs and restaurants in Budapest are legitimate businesses that offer good value and service. However, there are a limited number of clubs and restaurants have been on the black list of some embassies based on complaints received from their citizens. A limited number of tourists’ venues might charge very high prices or add a surcharge per drink to the final bill. Make sure the prices are always shown in the menu, and do not forget to check them before ordering.
Budapest is a great place to visit - as safe as most places in Europe. However, common sense is always welcome and as anywhere, it is wise to keep your valuables secure. Take sensible precautions against petty crime. Bag snatching and pick-pocketing are not common, but as anywhere, it may also happen in Budapest.
Hi – Szia (informal)
Good morning – Jó reggelt!
Good evening – Jó estét!
Good bye! - Viszlát or Viszontlátásra (for advanced level)
Thank you – Köszönöm
Danube – Duna
Lake – tó
Island - sziget
Swimming – úszás
Open Water Swimming – Nyíltvízi úszás
Synchronised Swimming – Szinkronúszás
Diving – Műugrás
High diving – óriás toronyugrás
Waterpolo – vízilabda
Do you speak English? – Beszél angolul?
I do not speak Hungarian. - Nem beszélek magyarul.
Training – edzés
Venue – helyszín
Where is.. – Hol van…
When? – Mikor?
World Championships – Világbajnokság
I am an athlete – Sportoló vagyok
Congratulations – Gratulálok
Volunteer - Önkéntes