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Hungary Travel Guide

From lively Budapest to thermal baths, here's everything you need to know about Hungary.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Hungary

Practical Information

Weather in Hungary

Getting to Hungary

Getting around Hungary

Top things to do in Hungary

  • Széchenyi spa in Budapest

    Budapest Széchenyi spa entrance ticket

    Visit the famous thermal baths of Budapest. Experience the healing powers of the hot springs and relax in the pools and saunas of Széchenyi spa.

  • Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest

    Audio-guided Hungarian Parliament tour

    Explore the Hungarian Parliament Building, the third-largest Parliament in the world. Discover neo-Gothic details, grand halls and crown jewels.

  • Danube River in Budapest at sunset

    Budapest Danube River sunset cocktail cruise

    Relax on a sunset cruise along the Danube River, enjoy panoramic views of the city and indulge in 3 freshly prepared cocktails.

  • Hungarian wine tasting tour in Budapest

    Hungarian wine tasting tour in Budapest

    Enjoy a guided tasting tour of eight Hungarian wines paired with a selection of local delicacies.

What time zone is Hungary in?

GMT +1

What currency do they use in Hungary?

Hungarian forint HUF

What language do they speak in Hungary?


What power adaptors do you need for Hungary?

Type C & F

What is the average flight time to Hungary?

2 hours 30 minutes

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


Religion in Hungary is varied. Christianity is the country's largest religion, although many other religions are practiced and a large number of Hungarians are not religious at all.


A tip of around 10% to 15% in restaurants is always appreciated. A service charge is often added to the bill, so no need to tip any extra on top of this. It's also common to tip at hotels and in taxis and spas.


Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces, including shops, bars, restaurants and public transport.

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers

For fire, police and ambulance services, call 112.

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    Hungary Ultimate Experiences

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    Travel Insurance for Hungary

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What's the weather like in Hungary?

Much like the UK, Hungary has four distinct seasons. And all offer a unique and rewarding experience for travellers.

Spring is like a breath of fresh air – literally. Temperatures range from a crisp 10°C to a pleasant 20°C, so pack your sunnies and a jumper. Come summer you can forget the jumper – highs of 25°C to 30°C are perfect for strolling along the Danube River with an ice cream.

Temperatures in Autumn mellow to a mild 15°C to 20°C, making it a great time to wander through historic streets and visit cosy wine cellars. Mittens and mulled wine may be required in winter, as single digit temperatures and the occasional dusting of snow turns the country into a winter wonderland. Perfect Christmas market and goulash weather if you ask us.

Getting to Hungary

It takes about two and a half hours to fly from London to Budapest. It's possible to get there by car, train or river cruise too, but this takes a fair bit longer. Would make for quite the adventure, though.

Getting around Hungary

Roads are generally quite good in Hungary, so hiring a car is a great option if you want to travel around while you're there. Trains and coaches connect most major towns and cities too, plus the flat roads and country paths make it a great place to explore by bike.

Most major cities including Budapest have reliable public trasport networks, with plenty of trains, buses and trams to get you from A to B. Taxis are widely available too.

The Good Trip Index

Hungary ranks 51st on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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