Basic facts about Hungary

Territory: 93,030 km2

Location: East-Central Europe (borders with Austria, Slovakia, Ukraina, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia)

Population: 9,849,000 persons

Capital: Budapest

Form of Government: Republic

OECD member since: 1996

NATO member since: 1999

EU member since: 1 May 2004

Schengen area member since: 2007

Official Language: Hungarian

Time zone: GMT + 1 hour. Summer time from early March to late October (GMT + 2 hours).

Currency: Forint (HUF)

International Airport: Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)

General visa information: The visa requirements of Hungary are in line with the provisions and recommendations of the EU and of the Schengen Convention.

Weather: The climate of Hungary is continental, with the western oceanic and the southern Mediterranean climate also having an impact. Summer temperature is 25-30 °C on average with occasional heat waves reaching 35-38 °C. The winters are cold with a temperature of -10 – 0 °C.

Electrical plugs: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz.

Public Holidays

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 15 March – Memorial day of the 1848/49 Revolution
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • Pentecost Monday
  • 20 August – Day of Foundation of the Hungarain State and St Stephen’s day
  • 23 October – Memorial day of the 1956 Revolution
  • 1 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 25-26 December – Christmas

Basic Hungarian language course

Good morning! = Jó reggelt!

Good afternoon! = Jó napot!

Good evening! = Jó estét!

Good night! = Jó éjszakát!

Good bye! = Viszontlátásra!

Cheers! = Egészségedre!

Thank you! = Köszönöm!

Please = Kérem

You are welcome! = Szívesen!

Yes = Igen

No = Nem

Why Budapest/Hungary

    • Great value for your money
    • Budapest is the “Pearl of the Danube”
    • Great cuisine, excellent wines
    • Hungary is the land of thermal waters
    • Hungarian hospitality
    • Exciting cultural life
    • One-thousand-year old history
    • World Heritage Sites
    • Fantastic shopping opportunities
    • Cool nightlife