Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF), internal sign: Ft
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 HUF
Bank notes: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 HUF
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Banks, Currency Exchange
Banks are usually open between 8.00 - 16.00 on weekdays. Some banks are open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday. ATM and currency exchange offices are available throughout the country.
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 banking cards are accepted.
There is usually a commission of 1% for cashing travelers cheques at banks. Please note that most stores will not accept travelers checks.
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.
Restaurant prices in Hungary generally do not include a service charge and it is therefore customary to give a tip, generally equivalent to 10-15% of the bill.
Interestingly enough, the method of tipping used by Hungarian locals is quite different. Locals would never leave money on the table, but rather they tell the waiter or waitress out loud, the amount to make change from. ie, If the meal costs 8,000 Forints, they might hand over a 10,000 note and say " from 9,000 please" (rounding up) The waiter would then give you just 1000 back.
"Keep the change" tipping tip: Beware that if you say "thank you" as you hand over your cash, most waiters/waitresses would take this to mean that they don't need to give any change at all! In some cases this can lead to a few misunderstandings while tourists wait for change that is never coming back.