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Debs & Mark Kenning

We look forward to welcoming all our guests to Hungarian Country Camping.  Whilst Brexit may be pushing ahead we are a truly european campsite rejoicing in the sharing of different cultures and languages.  We have provided information here to help those travelling to Hungary.  As we are new ourselves we will keep updating as we discover more!

When is the best time to visit Hungary?
The preferred times are the hotter months of spring and autumn beside summer. But then winter months are enjoyable for the Christmas markets, outdoor bathing in hot spas and ice skating.  The summer months are host to the festivals but can be very hot, Lake Balaton is busy but full of fun.  The temperatures build steadily from May 12/20C reaching 20/30C by June peaking around 38C July/August, before starting to fall again from September. Rainfalls tend to be at night, but quickly pass.
What permissions do I need to travel to Hungary ?
Hungary has Visa Waiver Agreements with more than 100 countries, including EU Member States, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.  Length of visa-free stay is 90 days.  UK Visitors are considered still part of the EU until 31st December 2020.  Note: Travel documents should be valid for 3 months at least.
What should I know to drive in Hungary?
In Hungary you drive on the right and the speed limit on the motorways is 130Km/hr.   You need to buy a permit for Motorway driving which you are able to purchase at petrol stations sell, on the internet or via your hire / rental car company.  Make sure you do this before using the roads as there are camera vans and static cameras all over the place.
How long is the drive from UK to Hungary?
Hungary is a minimum of two days drive from the UK and is a good destination for a road trip. The journey takes you passed some great towns in Germany and Austria (depending on the route) and is worth doing at least once for the experience.  Contact us for route suggestions taking in good sites in other countries on the way.

There are direct flights from UK to Bratislava and Vienna where you could hire a car and arrive by ferry into Budapest, a Hydrofoil runs on the Danube.  There are also limited scheduled flights from Germany to an airport to the West of Lake Balaton.

Flights from UK to Hungary
There are direct flights from UK and for our campsite the best International Airport is at Budapest. In Budapest your plane will arrive to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Originally, it was called Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, but in 2011 it was officially renamed, in honour of Franz Liszt so when you hear/read Ferihegy Airport, Ferenc Liszt Airport or Budapest Airport, it’s the same airport, but all names are in use.
Is it easy to get a taxi ?
It is not a good idea to hail a taxi, if you need one negotiate a flat fee beforehand and ask for details from us for an English speaking company.
What is the currency?
The local currency is the Forint (Ft or HUF) which is about 350 to the Pound or 300 to the Euro. The denominations of the forint coins are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200, while the HUF Notes are 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000The money exchange market is highly competitive in Budapest and should gain a better placed rate changing your own currency to Forint when in Hungary. ATMs tend not to charge for cash withdrawals but your own card issuer might, another suggestion is a prepaid credit card.  Most retail outlets will also accept Euros.  In Hungary credit (except Amex or Diners Club) and debit cards, especially Visa, MasterCard, Maestro are widely accepted.   We’d say don’t bother with Traveller’s Cheques.
When and how much to tip?
Hungarians usually give tips when eating out, having a drink at a bar, using a taxi, having a haircut, etc. The tip is usually 10% of the price, rounded up to the nearest 100 or 500 or 1000 HUF. It is considered rude if you don’t give any tip to the waiter, it means that you were absolutely dissatisfied with the service. However, if the service or food was bad, don’t give a tip.
What should I expect to eat in Hungary?
Hungarians usually eat 3 main course: soup, main course (a meat dish) and dessert (strudel, pie or stuffed pancakes or palacsinta).

As well as modern restaurants, there are plenty of traditional Hungarian eateries called csárda, usually with gipsy band playing.  Dishes served will include the Hungarian hot fish soup called halászlé, chicken paprikás (paprika stew in sour cream with sweet paprika) served with nokedli (a kind of nudle), Gulyás (goulash), creamy vegetable stews called fozelék as well as cold fruit soups.  Meat stews, casseroles, steaks, roasted pork, beef, poultry, lamb or game and the Hungarian sausages and salami are a major part of Hungarian cuisine. Another delicious Hungarian meal is stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbages. Hungarians use lots of paprika, sour cream, onion and garlic.

You will no doubt be invited to partake in a Palinka, a fruit spirit, each Hungarian resident is allowed to distill 50 litres a year without paying tax.

Is Hungarian easy to understand?

The Hungarian language is unique with 46 letters it is a challenge!   Since 1989, English has been taught as the second language and is spoken extensively throughout the service sector. Hungarians are welcoming to all tourists, it is ranked 30th in the most visited country in the world (the number of visitors in a year exceeds the population). As in all countries making an effort to speak a few words of their language is greatly appreciated and reciprocated with friendliness.

Basic Hungarian Words and Phrases

 

Hello, Hi (to one person) Hello or Szia (singular) Good / Bad Jó / Rossz
Hello, Hi (to a group) Sziasztok (plural) Very good / bad Nagyon jó / rossz
Good morning Jó reggelt Excellent Kitüno
Good afternoon Jó napot Nice Szép
Good evening Jó estét Pretty / Handsome Csinos / Jóképu
Good night Jó éjszakát Delicious Finom
Goodbye Viszontlátásra or Viszlát Hot / Cold Meleg / Hideg
Yes / No Igen / Nem Small / Big Kicsi / Nagy
OK / Good Rendben / Jó Open / Closed Nyitva / Zárva
Thank you Köszönöm Push / Pull Tolni / Húzni
You’re welcome Szívesen Toilet WC / Mosdó
Please Kérem Fire! Tuz!
Cheers! (toast) Egészségünkre! Call the police! Hívja a rendorséget!
Bless you Egészségédre! Emergency exit Vészkijárat
Bon appetit Jó étvágyat Entrance / Exit Bejárat / Kijárat
Congratulations Gratulálok Hospital Kórház
I don’t understand Nem értem Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday Hétfo, kedd, szerda
I don’t speak Hungarian Nem beszélek magyarul Thursday, Friday Csütörtök, péntek
Could you give me a … Kérek egy … Saturday, Sunday Szombat, vasárnap
How much is it? Mennyibe kerül? Today Ma
I’d like to pay Fizetni szeretnék Tomorrow Holnap

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