Buy Hungarian forint online

Our currency calculator is a quick and easy way to check our latest foreign currency exchange rates.

Why buy Hungarian forint from M&S Bank?

If you are planning a trip to Hungary, we offer a number of benefits when you buy Hungarian forint from M&S Bank.

  • Our stores are open 7 days a week
  • Buy Hungarian forint online and collect from your local Bureau de Change
  • Exchange any leftover currency when you return using our buy back service

Click and Collect Hungarian forint

HUF Hungarian forint exchange rate

The exchange rate may differ depending on the day you order your currency.

Find today's Hungarian forint exchange rate here. Or use our Hungarian forint converter to see how much you could get for your pound.

How to sell back Hungarian forint

Do you have left over Hungarian forint from your recent trip? We can buy back foreign currency from you.

How to order Hungarian forint

Our online and in-store services make ordering your Hungarian forint simple:

  • Order your Hungarian forint online with our Click & Collect currency service. Choose your collection date and collect from your local Bureau de Change.
  • Or visit your local Bureau de Change to buy Hungarian forint*. You can find our Bureaux de Change in M&S stores nationwide. Many are open seven days a week late into the evening, so you can buy your Hungarian forint at a time that suits you.

Countries that accept Hungarian forint

The only place you’ll be able to use your Hungarian forints is Hungary itself. Although Hungary is in the EU, unlike many other EU countries it does not use the Euro.

Why visit Hungary?

There’s so much to see and do on a visit to Hungary. From the vibrant buzz of the capital city Budapest, through to stunning scenery and national parks, Hungary is alive with contrast, culture and folk history.

Hungary is famous for its natural spring waters, so be sure to pack your swimsuit and visit one of the many spa baths. Or simply stroll round the historic towns and cities, soaking up the stunning gothic architecture.

Hungary has a reputation for being very reasonably priced as a holiday destination in the heart of Europe. The Hungarian currency is the Forint. The currency code is HUF, which you’ll need to use to check online if you want to convert GBP to HUF.

Use our currency converter to work out how many Hungarian forints you will get for your money, so you can plan out your trip.

Hungarian forint facts and history

The Hungarian forint has been the Hungarian currency since 1946. Forints were reintroduced as the national currency to try to control inflation after the Second World War and try to stabilise the economy.

The Forint used to be divided into 100 smaller units, called fillér. In reality, these coins have not been in circulation since 1999, as their value is so small.

Hungarian forint banknotes include:

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

You’ll see prices written using the abbreviation for the forint ‘Ft’.

You can buy Hungarian forint online, visit our travel money hub to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use my bank card in Hungary?

In the popular tourist spots such as Budapest you should be able to use your bank card. Cards are widely accepted in larger outlets, but you will probably need to make sure you have some cash to hand too.

Smaller shops off the main tourist trails may only accept cash. It’s also custom to tip in cash.

How expensive is Hungary?

Hungary has a reputation for being very reasonable when it comes to costs. It’s why Budapest has become such a destination for groups looking for cheap breaks. Whether you’re looking for a budget hostel, or fancy treating yourself to something a little more luxurious, the Hungarian exchange rate usually means that your pounds sterling go a lot further than they would in the UK.

You can expect to pay around:

  • 510 Ft for a coffee
  • 12,000 Ft for a mid-range meal for two
  • 3,200 Ft for a bed in a budget hostel

Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Hungarian forint.

Can you use other currencies in Hungary?

The only official currency accepted in Hungary is the forint. If you are planning a trip to Hungary and want to take some travel money with you, you’ll need to make sure you have forints.

Do you need a visa to visit Hungary?

Hungary is a member of the Schengen area. This means that visitors from the UK are allowed to visit for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.

You’ll need to make sure that you have a valid passport, and also that there is enough time remaining before your passport expires. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the date you’ll be leaving Hungary.

Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country’s embassy.

Should you tip in Hungary?

Tipping is very widespread in Hungary. It’s a good idea to make sure you have access to some cash to avoid causing offence, as tips are expected in lots of different situations.

Tipping is normal for good service in restaurants or cafes. Adding 10-15% on to the total of your bill is standard to show you’ve been happy with your meal. It’s also expected to tip support staff, like washroom attendants, or porters.

If you’re visiting one of the famous thermal spas in Budapest, you’ll also need to plan ahead to tip the spa attendants – around 100 Ft would be standard.

What languages are spoken in Hungary?

The official language of Hungary is Hungarian. It’s spoken by most of the population. There are some minority languages spoken too, like Slovak, Romanian, Croatian, Romani, German and Serbian.

What is the latest government travel advice for Hungary?

Hungary is generally a safe place for tourists to visit. Before you travel, as well as planning the essentials like your travel insurance, and ordering your travel money, you should check the latest government travel advisory notices to make sure there haven’t been any last minute updates.

What is the best time of year to visit Hungary?

If you’re planning a holiday to Hungary, the sunniest warmest time to visit are the summer months from June to August. The heat is combined with high humidity, which can mean the occasional storm, so you might want to pack a waterproof just in case.

Spring and autumn bring fresher temperatures, and are a great time to visit the many festivals in Budapest and surrounding areas.

As the temperatures drop and the nights draw in during the winter months, make the most of the Christmas markets in Budapest, or huddle into a cosy restaurant to nourish yourself with hearty Hungarian food.

Important documents

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Other popular currencies

If you are planning a future holiday or a trip that takes in multiple destinations, these other currencies may be useful:

Swedish krona
Danish krone

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