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Hungary Currency
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Hungarian Forint (Ft) = 100 fillér.

Notes are in denominations of Ft20,000, Ft10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500 and 200.

Coins are in denominations of Ft100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.

A large number of commemorative coins in circulation are legal tender.

Currency exchange

Currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change, hotels, banks, airports, railway stations, travel agencies and some restaurants throughout Hungary. Automatic exchange machines are available in Budapest and other main tourist centres. Credit and debit cards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs.

Visitors should retain all exchange receipts, as it is illegal to change money on the black market.

Credit & debit cards in Hungary


It is possible to withdraw cash by credit card at more than 3200 post offices. American Express, Cirrus, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may also be available.

Travellers cheques

These are widely accepted in stores and banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Currency restrictions

The import of local currency is limited to Ft200,000, provided the amount is declared upon arrival. The export of local currency is limited to Ft200,000 and must also be declared.

The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided amounts greater than Ft50,000 are declared. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on import and should be made no longer than 3 months after import. There is no compulsory money exchange and Hungarian currency can be re-exchanged for up to 50 per cent of the officially exchanged sum, but not more than US$450, at any authorised office or branch of the National Savings Bank.

Exchange rate indicators

The following figures are included as a guide to the movements of the Forint against Sterling and the US Dollar:
 
Date Nov '07
£1.00=
362.448
$1.00=
173.877
 
Banking hours

Monday-Friday 0800-1600 hrs. Some banks are open on Saturdays.
Useful travel links
AMEX Travellers Cheques information on Amex travellers cheques
Oanda International currency and foreign exchange services
Travellers Cheques Visa information on Visa travellers cheques
Universal Currency Converter online foreign exchange and currency
VISA ATM Locator location of any ATM that accepts VISA cards