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Currency & Exchange

Currency and Exchange Hungary
Hungary’s national currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Although a member state of the European Union (EU) since 2004, Hungary is still outside of Europe’s single currency area. While some Hungarian businesses may accept payment in Euro (€), travelers should exchange money to the local currency (HUF) before paying with cash for goods or services.

Exchange rates as of August 26, 2007:

1 USD » 190 HUF
1 Euro » 258 HUF

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Exchange offices are usually open 24/7, and other opportunities for exchange are also available around the clock.


Persons traveling with cash, stock, etc. of the value of - or exceeding 1 million HUF are required to make a written declaration at customs.

Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Checks

  • Major credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used in the member shops and businesses. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance.
  • ATMs operate 24 hours a day. Major credit cards and bank cards are accepted.
  • You can use your bank or credit card to get cash at post offices throughout Hungary. More than 3200 post offices nation-wide provide this service.
  • There is usually a commission of 1% for cashing travelers checks at banks. Please note that most stores will not accept travelers checks.