The Hungarian currency is the forint (Ft) and today there are coins of 5Ft, 10Ft, 20Ft, 50Ft, 100Ft and 200Ft. Notes come in seven denominations: 500Ft, 1000Ft, 2000Ft, 5000Ft, 10,000Ft and 20,000Ft. Prices in shops and restaurants are uniformly quoted in forint, but many hotels and guest houses and even MÁV, the national rail company, give rates for their international routes in euros. In such cases, we have followed suit; you can usually pay in either euros or forint. It’s always prudent to carry a little foreign cash, though, preferably euros or US dollars, in case you can’t find an ATM nearby.
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