Post

The Hungarian Postal Service (Magyar Posta; www.posta.hu) is reasonably reliable, but at the post offices service can be slow, so buy your bélyeg (stamps) at newsagents to beat the crowds.

Postcards or letters sent within Hungary cost 135/115Ft, while postcards or letters within/outside Europe cost 305Ft/355Ft. At post offices, look for the window marked with the symbol of an envelope.

To send a parcel, look for the sign ‘Csomagfeladás’ or ‘Csomagfelvétel’ at post offices, but it's best not to send anything of value by regular post. If absolutely necessary, opt for registered post and ask for an ajánlott levél form to fill in; you get to keep the stamped form while the package is marked with an ID number.

Hungarian addresses start with the name of the recipient, followed on the next line by the postal code and city or town, and then the street name and number. The postal code consists of four digits. The first one indicates the city, town or region (eg ‘1’ is Budapest, ‘6’ is Szeged), the second and third are the district, and the last is the neighbourhood.