Fast Facts: Hungary

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Hungary for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

May through September are the best months to visit Hungary. The cultural season is active and temps are mild. Fall and spring are worth a visit as well, although temps drop around 20 degrees.

Check out the current weather conditions in Hungary.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no special health requirements or precautions to take when visiting Hungary.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Hungary is the forint. Please review the current exchange rate for the forint.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tip waiters 15-20% and taxi drivers 10%. Tip Gypsy musicians 100-200 Ft.

What items should I shop for?

Items to watch for are embroidered peasant wedding clothing, such as vests or skirts, linens with embroidered illustrations and Hungarian script (red on black designs are authentic- you'll find them at stores that sell antiques), porcelain, peasant-style Korond pottery, lace, dolls, wine, carpets, wooden items, copper and brassware, medicinal tonics, paprika, old prints, maps and photographs, antiques (keep the receipts to show customs).

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.