Hungary has extensive mobile (cell) phone network coverage. You can make domestic and international calls from public telephones, though these are all but obsolete with the advent of cheap mobile phone calls and WhatsApp, Skype and other VOIP services.
Local & International Calls
- All localities in Hungary have a two-digit telephone area code, except for Budapest, for which the code is ‘1’.
- To make a local call, dial the phone number (seven digits in Budapest, six elsewhere).
- For an intercity landline call within Hungary and whenever ringing a mobile telephone, dial 06, followed by the area code and phone number.
- Cheaper or toll-free numbers start with 06 40 and 06 80, respectively.
- To make an international call, dial 00, then the country code, the area code and the number.
- The country code for Hungary is 36.
- EU providers are no longer allowed to apply roaming charges for mobile (cell) phones used in other EU countries.
- Local SIM cards can be used in European and Australian phones, as well as most North American phones. Other phones must be set to roaming, which can be pricey (check with your service provider).
- Hungary's three main mobile-phone providers are: Telenor, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
- Call and SMS rates are standardised across the board and an increasing number of service providers include the use of other countries' networks in home tariffs.
You can purchase a rechargeable or prepaid SIM card from any of the three providers – Telenor, T-Mobile and Vodafone – but check first with your service provider if outside the EU, as it may be possible to get an even cheaper rate with your own home network.