Hungary stands proud with its iconic capital Budapest, the twin cities boasting Architecture masterpieces, the best thermal baths, the most sought-after nightlife enjoyed with the best food and drink options. Not to mention a living folk culture to be proud of. This is a country that will be enjoyed no matter if you’re into the old or the new. You can also check out AFC Holidays Hungary Tours. Here is AFC’s Hungary Travel Guide Before You Go.
BASIC ENGLISH is not commonly spoken by Hungarians. Locals speaking english would be more common in tourist areas. However, locals may feel uncomfortable maintaining a conversation unless necessary with tourists. Tourists are also advised to keep statements simple.
HUNGARIAN is the main language in Hungary. However, many groups within the country may rather speak Croatian, Slovenian or Hungarian. About 10% of the population also speak German.
What Weather to Expect in Hungary
Hungary enjoys FOUR SEASONS throughout the year as follows:
- spring (March to May): Ave. 6°C to 17°C (43°F to 62°F)
- summer (June to August): Ave. 15°C to 26°C (59°F to 79°F)
- autumn (September to November): Ave. 7°C to 15°C (45°F to 59°F)
- winter (December to February): Ave. -2°C to -2°C (28°F to 29°F)
What kind of clothes to pack in Hungary Travel Guide?
- June: Umbrella/Raincoat/Rain Bag(Waterproof). Rainfalls due to season change. *Rainiest Month
- March to May: Moderately cold temperatures, bring jackets
- June-August: Bring appropriate sun protection products + sunglasses if necessary, Light cotton clothing
- September-November: Moderately thick clothes/ jackets, jumpers/sweaters, and scarves
- December-February: Wooly Clothes + Boots + Scarves + Gloves
- All Seasons: Comfortable walking shoes.
PREDOMINANTLY CHRISTIAN with over 37.2% identified as Roman Catholic, Of the remaining population, 11.6% identify as Calvinist, 2.2% identify as Lutheran, 1.8% identify as Greek Catholic, Other religious minorities include Orthodox Christians, Muslims and Jews.
With that in mind, tourists have to be mindful and observe respectful behaviours when in churches or other places of worship.
Many establishments in Hungary would accept Euro in transactions. However, the exchange will not be favorable in this situation.
It is more advisable to have your money exchanged (preferrably from USD or EUR) straight out of banks and not money exchange kiosks.
Should you bargain?
Haggling and bargaining are accepted practice in markets. One common observation is that locals favor bargaining if the tourist is staying in a lower to midrange accommodations. Tourists who are known to be staying in high-end hotels would be more expected to pay the set price.
Should you leave a tip?
Tipping is a common courtesy practice in Hungary, commonly 10% standard tips for Hairdressers, Bars, and Restaurants. A decent amount of tip for hotel staff, loose change for thermal baths, and fare round-ups for cab drivers.
How much is a day in Hungary Travel?
Minimum HUF 12,000- 35,000 (EUR 35-97) per day or more depending on interest and choice of activity.
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Getting Around Hungary
Trains are the main option to get around Hungary from city to city, Buses are a good substitute for this.
The capital, Budapest has boats for a scenic navigation of the city. There’s also a wide surplus of public transportation system like a subway or a tram available.
The cities in Hungary are also easily explored by foot.
Ride sharing or ride hailing apps are currently not operating in Hungary as the country prioritizes the use of Licensed Taxi drivers (which generally do not overcharge). If you personally feel more comfortable hailing a cab ahead of time, you may use the app Bolt (available on Android and Apple devices)
Hungary Travel Guide – The Checklist
Travel Guide for Internet Everywhere in Hungary?
Firstly, Tourists will commonly find local sim cards with ready network access at Budapest Airport. However, you may want to explore more options when you get to the city instead of the airport. It is more convenient but it’s not cheap. You will need your passport to purchase any SIM Card in Hungary.
Some of the more common options for example include T-Mobile, Telenor, Vodafone, and Magyar Telekom. (Around 12 USD).
Hungary Travel Guide to Bringing Medications
Firstly, prepare preferred over-the-counter medicines. Importantly, Keep them in original containers with labels for easy identification. Firstly, try to only bring in small quantities or as necessary. A simple first aid can include i.e. Diarrhea medicines, antacids, antihistamines, motion sickness, cough drops, decongestants, pain and fever relief, mild laxatives, bandages, and small antiseptic solutions accordingly. Lastly, don’t forget your masks and preferred sanitiser.
Moreover, Bring a doctor’s prescription for other prescriptions that you may have as needed. Similarly, check for the allowed amount of quantity depending on your stay.
Now that you’ve read this Hungary Travel Guide.
Finally, you are officially ready to travel to Hungary. Don’t forget that you’re always free to contact your AFC Representative if you have any more concerns before your departure! Lastly, We wish you safe and happy travels!
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