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Money and costs

Currency
Forint (Ft)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated January 30, 2015 15:24
Budget up to
10,000Ft
  • Dorm bed: 2500–5000Ft
  • Meal at self-service restaurant: 1200Ft
  • Free or discounted entry to some national museums for EU citizens
Midrange
20,000Ft
  • Single/double private room: from 6000/8000Ft
  • Two-course meal with drink: 3500–6000Ft
  • Cocktail: from 1200Ft
Top end over
30,000Ft
  • Double room in superior hotel: from 16,500Ft
  • Dinner for two with wine at a good restaurant: from 10,000Ft
  • All-inclusive ticket at a spa/waterpark: adult/child 3000/1800Ft

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.

Tipping

When to Tip

  • Hungarians are very tip-conscious and nearly everyone routinely hands gratuities to waiters, hairdressers and taxi drivers; doctors and dentists accept 'gratitude money', and even petrol-station attendants and thermal-spa attendants expect a coin or two.

Taxis

  • Most people just round up the fare.

Restaurants

  • Always ask if service is included, as this is becoming increasingly common. If it is not, tip between 10% and 15% and follow the usual Hungarian procedure.

Bars

  • If you go to the bar to get drinks, there’s no need to tip; if drinks are brought to your table, tip as in restaurants.