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From the banks of the Danube to the Carpathians, Hungary is a beautiful country steeped in history with plenty to see, so a few forints won’t go amiss for your trip!

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Buy Hungarian forint with a Travel Money Card

Buy Hungarian forint with a Travel Money Card

Another great option for spending in Hungarian forint is our Travelex Money Card.

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  • Choice of 22 currencies, including Hungarian forint
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  • Manage your Hungarian forint effortlessly via the Travelex Money App
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How to get your Hungarian forint

Discover the most convenient way to receive your travel money through our range of delivery, collection, and online options.

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Home Delivery

Enjoy effortless currency exchange with Home Delivery. Place your order online and have your Hungarian forint delivered directly to your doorstep, with Royal Mail Special Delivery. Free for orders totalling £500 or more.

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Store Click & Collect

Streamline your currency exchange with our free Click & Collect service. Simply place your order online and pick up your Hungarian forint from our stores. Enjoy a smooth beginning to your travels with our online rates.

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What to spend your Hungarian forints on

  • Soft drink in a restaurant

    250 HUF

  • Entrance to Budapest Zoo

    2500 HUF

  • Tickets to a classical concert

    5500 HUF

  • Cruise on the Danube

    3200 HUF

  • A 24-hour Budapest Card for major tourist attractions

    4500 HUF

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Must-sees in Hungary

Budapest Hungary River Danube
  • Budapest

  • This vibrant city is home to the picturesque Buda Castle, which overlooks the Danube, as well as to a vast collection of spas, springs and baths where you can relax and unwind.
Boat Lake Balaton Hungary
  • Lake Balaton

  • As the largest lake in central Europe, there are plenty of gorgeous sites alongside Balaton. The area is a prominent wine region, as well as being home to stunning caves, abbeys and a palace.
Visegrád Visegrad Hungary medieval castle
  • Visegrád

  • In addition to the brilliant bobsled track, Visegrád is where you will find the beautiful and historic Citadel and the ruins of the medieval Visegrád Castle.

Key information about the Hungarian forint

The forint is the legal tender of Hungary, and has existed in various forms since 1325. Since then, several new currencies have been introduced, but after hyperinflation in the early 20th century, the forint was brought back in 1946.

The currency code of the Hungarian forint is HUF and its symbol is Ft.

Can I use my debit card in Hungary?

In Hungary, it’s important to see which stores do and don’t accept debit or credit card payments. A good way to tell is by looking at the shop window for logos of card providers such as MasterCard.

Do you tip in Hungary?

Tipping is very common in Hungary and, especially in the case of taxis, it might be considered quite rude if you don't tip (unless of course you have reason to complain).

The expected amount is 10%, whereas in restaurants you should aim for between 10 and 15%.

Door and bathroom attendants are very common in Hungary, and there's an expectation that they'll be tipped for their services – 100 forints will suffice, so make sure to keep plenty of coins to hand for this!

Hungarian forint denominations

The banknote denominations that are in circulation are:

  • 500 forints
  • 1,000 forints
  • 2,000 forints
  • 5,000 forints
  • 10,000 forints
  • 20,000 forints

The coins denominations available are:

  • 5 forints
  • 10 forints
  • 20 forints
  • 50 forints
  • 100 forints
  • 200 forints

The coins used most commonly of these denominations are 50, 100 and 200 forints.

Common questions about Hungarian forint

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  • When’s the best time to buy Hungarian forint?

    Getting the best rates for Hungarian forint can be tricky. Economic indicators, commodities prices, and regional stability can affect the HUF, making our rate tracker an essential tool for your journey to Hungary.

  • Where can I spend my Hungarian forint?

    Hungarian forint can only be spent in Hungary. You can’t spend this currency in any other country.

  • Can I buy Hungarian forint with a credit or debit card?

    You can purchase your Hungarian forint from us via credit or debit card. When you purchase Hungarian forint, either online or at our stores, we ensure no credit card handling fees are applied. However, it's wise to check with your card issuer for any potential charges they might apply.

  • Can I sell my unused Hungarian forint?

    Yes, you can! With our Buy Back Promise, we can buy back your unused Hungarian forint notes at any one of our UK retail stores at the original transaction exchange rate up to a maximum value of £250, for just a fee of £4.99. T&Cs apply.

  • Can I spend Hungarian forint as cash when abroad?

    Yes, cash is still frequently used in Hungary. We'd recommend carrying a mix of Hungarian forint and our Travelex Money Card ensures convenience for your small and large purchases.

Need a different currency?

Whether you’re looking for dollars or dirham, we can deliver to your home or you can pick up from us in store.

*The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.