Official language: Hungarian (magyar); people (especially young people) usually speak English or German

Hungary has been a member of the European Union since 2004.

Official currency: Hungarian forint (Ft or HUF).

Prices in shops are gross (VAT is included).

Time zone: UTC +1 hour and summer time (March-October): UTC +2 hours

Public holidays: 1 January, 15 March, Easter Friday and Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 20 August, 23 October, 1 November, 25–26 December.

Climate: four seasons, with July and August being the hottest months (+25/+40°C) and December and January the coldest (–4/ –15°C).

Electricity: AC: 230V/50Hz (European standard)
Sockets: Type F – (European standard 2 pin)

If necessary, you can buy a travel adaptor in electrical shops in any of the malls.

Regulations on smoking and alcohol consumption: Tobacco products can only be purchased at licensed tobacconists called Nemzeti Dohánybolt. Smoking is forbidden in indoor public spaces such as bars, restaurants and pubs, and outdoors in the following: at public transport stops, and within five meters from the entrances of shops and public buildings. Elsewhere smoking is allowed at designated places only.

Depending on district regulations, buying alcoholic drinks in shops is not allowed after 10 or 11 p.m. Alcohol consumption is forbidden in public spaces. Persons under 18 years of age cannot be served with alcohol, nor can they enter tobacconists. Certain places of entertainment may also bar them from entering.

In restaurants and bars: Before you order, make sure you are familiar with the prices and service charges, which you can usually find on the menu and wine list.

Tipping: give around 10% (service is sometimes included in the price, so check the bill).

Most shops, bars and restaurants in the city centre accept debit and credit cards and there are ATMs all around the place.

If you need professional health service during your stay in Hungary, do not hesitate to get in touch with Downtown Medical Center (BOC):