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Travel advise: payments in Hungary
Jet off well-informed to Hungary. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Hungary.
Most certainly so. All Hungarian hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets and most local shops accept payment by international debit and credit card.
In smaller restaurants and local shops there may be a minimum spend requirement for card payments, usually around 3000 HUF. This is because vendors want to recover the card fee. Under EU rules, vendors are not allowed to charge a fee to customers for card payments.
Contactless card payments are widespread in Hungary for payments up to 5000 HUF. For higher amounts, payment terminals work with the chip and pin system, similar to that in the UK.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments. In addition your bank's HUF to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Hungary, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Although card payments are accepted nearly everywhere in Hungary, it is recommended that you take some HUF cash with you on your trip to Hungary.
Some vendors will only accept cash payments. This is the case for taxi drivers, street vendors, local markets and festivals. The larger festivals, including Sziget festival are going cashless. On smaller festivals cash remains king. Cash is a great fallback option, and useful for tipping.
Prices in Budapest will be higher than elsewhere in Hungary. A coffe will usually cost around 350-500 HUF. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant expect to pay around 4000-800 HUF.
On average, the cost of living in Hungary is around 35% cheaper than the cost of living in the UK.
Tipping is common practice in Hungary, especially in more tourist-heavy areas. Before you tip, check the bill to see if a service charge was included already.
A 5-10% tip is the norm in Hungary and often the bill is rounded up to the next 200 (the largest coin) or 500 (the smallest banknote).
Banknotes in Hungary
Banknotes in Hungary have recently been updated: Between 2014 and 2019 all HUF banknotes have been replaced by newer versions, while keeping the same portraits on the banknote. Circulating banknotes in Hungary are those of 500 HUF, 1,000 HUF, 2,000 HUF, 5,000 HUF, 10,000 HUF and 20,000 HUF.
Coins in Hungary
Hungarian coins range from 5 forints to 200 forints. The coins of 1 forint and 2 forints have been taken out of circulation and they are now worthless.
Did you get back from Hungary with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Hungarian Forint coins back to cash.
Hungary's currency import and export regulations
If you are arriving in Hungary from a destination outside the EU, you need to make a cash declaration if you bring currency with a value of €10,000 EUR or more. This is also the case if you are exiting Hungary to a destination outside the EU.
There aren't any currency import or export restrictions in Hungary for amounts smaller than the equivalent of €10,000 EUR.
Ordering Hungarian Forints online
Order Hungarian Forints online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Hungarian Forints online.
Selling back Hungarian Forints
If you have Hungarian Forints to sell, follow this link to exchange Hungarian Forints to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'HUF Hungarian Forint'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Hungarian Forints.