The national currency is called the Hungarian Forint (international code: HUF)

Smaller amounts are coined, while the larger amounts are in paper note form.

1 HUF = 100 Fillér. March 2015: 1.00 EUR = 299.037 HUF, 1.00 USD = 272.177 HUF & 1.00 GBP = 405.834 HUF

Coins: Coins in circulation: Ft5, Ft10, Ft20, Ft50, Ft100, Ft200

Notes: The notes in circulation are 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 & 20000 forint. The 200 Forint note is no longer being accepted except at banks to exchange for the 200 Forint coin (out of circulation from 16 Novemeber 2009). Do not take these in change from stores any longer.

Banking hours: Mon - Fri 8am/9am - 1pm/4pm, some exchange offices in Budapest are open daily, also on Saturday and Sunday, until late at night.
Post: Mon - Fri 8am - 6pm At the Budapest Railway Station 7am - 9pm
Shops: Mon - Fri 8am/10am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 1pm
Supermarkets: Mon - Fri 6am/8am - 8pm/10pm; some supermarkets are open around the clock seven days a week.
Shopping malls: Mon - Fri 10am - 9pm, Sat - Son 10am - 6pm/7pm

Tourist areas and attractions in Hungary, as well as larger shops in cities, accept payment via major credit or debit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard or AMEX. Similarly to the rest of Europe, payment via Interac is not possible. Ensure your debit card is enabled for use on the Cirrus or Maestro networks before you depart.

The economy in more rural areas is still largely cash-based. However, it is not generally necessary (nor wise) to withdraw huge sums of cash while in Budapest for most visits into the countryside. Virtually all "towns" (as opposed to "villages") have ATMs now and most give a language option.

Useful Country Information:

Official language: Hungarian

Capital city: Budapest

Size: 93 030 km²

Local time: UTC +1:00

Calling code: +36

Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz

Plug: Type CType F