Hungary lies in the Central European time zone and is one hour ahead of GMT. Clocks are advanced by one hour on the last Sunday in March and set back on the last Sunday in October. The 24-hour clock is used.

The following times do not take daylight-saving times into account.

Auckland

Noon in Budapest

11pm

Bucharest

Noon in Budapest

1pm

London

Noon in Budapest

11am

Moscow

Noon in Budapest

2pm

New York

Noon in Budapest

6am

Paris

Noon in Budapest

noon

San Francisco

Noon in Budapest

3am

Sydney

Noon in Budapest

9pm

Tokyo

Noon in Budapest

8pm

Telling the Time, Hungarian Style

Hungarians tell the time by making reference to the next hour – not the previous one. Thus 7.30 is fél nyolc óra (‘half eight’; sometimes written as f8).

The 24-hour system is often used for the times of movies, concerts and so on. So a film showing at 7.30pm could appear on a listing as ‘f8’, ‘f20’, ‘½8’ or ‘½20’. A quarter to the hour has a ¾ symbol in front (thus ‘¾8’ means 7.45), while a quarter past is ¼ of the next hour (eg ‘¼9’ means 8.15).