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Where can I use Hungarian Forint?

The Hungarian forint is the official currency of Hungary, and cannot be spent anywhere else. For the ultimate pamper holiday, spend yours in the thermal spa baths of Miskolc-Tapoca, or take in the Hungarian Parliament and world-famous synagogues in Budapest.


How much spending money do I need for Hungary?

Hungary is a very cheap country to visit, though you may find higher prices in Budapest. You can generally expect to pay:

  • 7,000 to 14,000Ft (£19.50 to £39) for a three-course mid-range meal for two
  • 359Ft (£1) for a pint of beer
  • 327Ft (£0.91) for a glass of wine
  • 600Ft (£1.70) for a double spirit measure
  • 300 to 650Ft (£0.85 to £1.80) for a coffee
  • 280Ft (£0.80) per km in a taxi (plus minimum 450Ft/£1.25 fee)

Useful information about Hungarian forint

The Hungarian forint came into circulation in 1946 to stabilise the economy after the Second World War. One forint equates to 100 fillér, though filler coins are no longer in circulation.

Exchange rate

The current exchange rate for the Hungarian forint (HUF) is roughly 359 HUF, or Ft, for every 1GBP. This is always changing, so check the latest exchange rates here.


Forint notes: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000Ft.

Forint coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200Ft.

Did you know? The word ‘forint’ is a nod to Florence, where gold coins minted since 1252 were known as fiorino d’oro.

Buy Back

Leftover Hungarian Forint?

No problem. We'll buy back any Hungarian Forints you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 


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