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January 27, 2008updated Dec 11, 2015

Useful Information for your Stay in Budapest

By Chris Boyle

 

WHEN BEST TO GO

The warmer summer months of May to September are the most pleasant times to visit Budapest, when temperatures average around 60°F to 80°F during the day.

Hungary can become a darker, wetter country on the whole during its winter months, with snow common in December and January.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Etiquette is similar to that of a British standard, though slightly more reserved than the US. Smoking is allowed in designated areas, but from 2012 the country will follow similar smoking ban guidelines to the US and the UK.

ATTIRE

Western-style dress is most common. Business attire is usually formal (suits) and shorts are uncommon, even during summer.

LANGUAGE

Hungarian, with German and English commonly understood

CURRENCY

Hungarian forint

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • March 15: National Day
  • Spring: Easter Sunday
  • Spring: Easter Monday
  • May 1: Labour Day
  • Summer: Pentecost Sunday
  • Summer: Pentecost Monday
  • August 20: Saint Stephen’s Day
  • October 23: National Day
  • November 1: All Saints Day
  • December 24: Christmas Evening
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Second Day of Christmas

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = HUF 190

£1 = HUF 300

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€1 = AED 270

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+36

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

Central Emergency: 112

Ambulance: 104

Fire: 105

Police: 107

EMBASSY CONTACTS

US +36 1 475 4400

UK +36 1 266 2888

TIME ZONE

GMT +1

POPULATION

1.8 million

RELIGIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC

Catholic

BUSINESS HOURS

Shops open from 10am to 6pm weekdays and until 1pm on Saturdays; however, Sunday is the day of rest so many businesses close.

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