Budapest is in the Central European Time (CET) zone. In the winter months this means clocks are set at GMT + 1 hour, and in the summer (March to the end of October) GMT + 2 hours.
The climate of Budapest is humid continental with warm or very warm summers. The spring months (March and April) see variable conditions, with a rapid increase in the average temperature (around 10-12 ˚C). The weather in late March and April is often very agreeable during the day and fresh at night. Budapest’s long summer, lasting from May until mid-September is warm or very warm. Budapest has as much summer sunshine as many Mediterranean resorts. Sudden heavy showers also occur, particularly in May and June.
Voltage in Hungary is 230V/50Hz, and plugs are of the two-pin continental type (Europlug Type C, Type F).
The international code for Hungary is 36; the area code for Budapest is 1.
The Hungarian currency is the forint (Ft). All visitors are advised to exchange currency only at accredited places. The majority of banks have 24-hour ATM’s some of which can also exchange foreign currency. Some places will accept payment in Euro, however this is at the discretion of the venue.
In most cases standard Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2016 is payable at a rate of 27%.
There is a reduced rate of 18%, relating to hotels and basic food and a 5% rate that relates mainly to products and services such as books and medicines.