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What requires local currency only?

We plan to use our credit card for all transactions while in Budapest, but is there anything we may wish to purchase that would require only local currency? For instance, many public restrooms need change. Anything else? Food from street vendors? Items in a street market?

Denver, Colorado
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11. Re: What requires local currency only?

Swipe cards are OK, at least wherever I've used them.

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12. Re: What requires local currency only?

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Budapest ---> http://hunyadietterem.hu/ It doesn't take credit cards.


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13. Re: What requires local currency only?

The standard non-chip cc is accepted. Make sure you notify your card through the number on the back of the card that you are traveling to Europe. Also in restaurants the server will bring the card machine to your table. Unlike in the U.S. Where the practice is to walk away with the card. Supposedly the new ticket machines take cards, my one attempt to use one was confusing, so I used a manned booth in the metro station instead. Also, we came across only one or two places that do not accept cards. One place that comes to mind is a coffee place that we really like Zshivago. There prices are very low so it is understandable.

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14. Re: What requires local currency only?

We had no difficulty using the "standard US swipe cards" any where which would take credit cards. As others have said, small places- mom & pop restaurants, market vendors, toilets, street vendors, little one stop markets- the kind that sell a little of everything in a tiny store front---do not take credit cards. We took 50000 (roughly $225) forints with us. We had plenty of cash for one week but that included the 2 week transport cards (10000 forints).

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The new electronic ticket machines in the metro stations are pretty spiffy and have an English language menu. That foes not prevent them from being confusing though, but they do accept cards for even the smallest purchases. There are several things to bear in mind ...

First, I remain confused by the distinction between the unlimited travel passes and the commuter passes. The former are aimed at tourists and the latter at commuters. They are available on separate screens of the machine.

Second, the machines seem to treat chip and swipe cards differently, holding on to chip cards but requiring you to remove a swipe card right away.

Third, it seems to ask for a PIN even for a card that has none.

Still, they work fine once you puzzle them out.

For passes you need to do a fair amount of text entry...start date, name, the ID number from any form of ohoto ID that has a unique number. The idea is to make the card non-transferable, not to identify you, so literally any photo ID with a unique number will do. It gets printed on the pass and technically they can ask you to produce it to prove you are you.

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