On this page you can find some essential information which helps you to manage your everyday life.
Hungary's electricity network operates at 230 Volts (50 Hz). Plugs are the standard Continental type. Appliances from the US will require both a plug adapter and a voltage adapter. Many students opt to buy items like hairdryers and irons in Hungary, since they are relatively inexpensive.
Money, Banks, Currency Exchange
The Hungarian currency is called forint (written as Ft or HUF) and its exchange rate in relation to the US dollar and the Euro is posted daily at banks. (Approximate values: EUR 1 = HUF 300, USD 1 = HUF 220). You can use your home country's bankcard at ATM machines that will give forints at that day's current exchange rate. ATM machines are available at all banks, on major streets, and in shopping malls, however, you can only withdraw money on an existing checking account, so money for use in Hungary should be deposited in a home country checking (not savings!) account. Some students prefer to use traveler's checks throughout their stay in Hungary.
The most commonly used credit cards (VISA, Cirrus, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, AMEX) can be used to obtain money from ATM machines and to pay bills in hotels, shops and restaurants. The accepted type of cards are displayed on the door of the establishment.
There are numerous post offices throughout the country. Opening hours vary, depending on office locations. In Pécs, the Central Post Office is situated in the city centre (H-7601 Pécs, Jókai str. 10.) and is open weekdays from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., and from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. on Saturdays. Mail boxes are red and bear the word: ‘Posta’.
Besides mailing your letters at a post office, this is also a place where you can pay your bills, transfer money, send faxes, buy phone cards, order a newspaper or open a PO box if you do not have a permanent address.
Hungary’s country code is 36. The country code for Hungary is (36), area code for Pécs is (72). For international calls dial (00) before the country code. For long-distance calls within the country and for calling mobile phones dial (06) prefix before the area code. ‘Green numbers’ starting with 06-80 are free of charge, while calling ‘blue numbers’ (starting with 06-40) entails a local call charge.
There are also debit calling cards for making inexpensive (in-country and international) long distance calls. They (for example, Neophone, EZ Phone, and Barangoló) can be purchased at larger newsstands and can be used from either mobile or land line phones. The caller uses an access number to begin the call, enters the card’s account number, then the desired phone number. These cards provide flexible use, but check the various rates they charge for international calls.
In Hungary, mobile phones are very popular, almost everyone has one for personal use these days. There are three service providers: T-Mobile, Telenor and Vodafone, whose networks can be accessed all over the country. They all offer prepaid cards, which you can buy at newsstands, post offices and petrol stations.
There are plenty of possibilities to access the Internet in Hungary. Wifi is an access option offered in several cafés, hotels, bookstores and public buildings. The University of Pécs provides free Internet access for their students.
Public transportation runs from 4:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. daily. After that there are night bus services on the most used lines all around the city that runs from 11:00 p.m. till 4:30 a.m. A monthly student bus pass is the easiest and least expensive way to move around the city.
Budapest has three major train stations from which trains travel to all parts of Hungary and throughout Europe. Tickets must be bought before boarding the train; it’s best to buy them a day before your trip since you cannot predict when the lines at a ticket window will be long. The InterCity and EuroCity trains cost a little more but provide assigned seats—good to keep in mind when traveling at popular times like holidays.
Déli Station (Southern Railway Station) - Alkotás utca, XII District (Buda)
Keleti Station (Eastern Railway Station) - Baross tér, VII District (Pest)
Nyugati Station (Western Railway Station) - Nyugati tér, VI District (Pest)
In Pécs there is one railway station: H-7621 Pécs, Indóház tér 1.
The timetable for Hungarian trains can be found on this website: http://www.elvira.hu.
There are numerous taxi companies that operate throughout the city of Pécs and most have English-speaking drivers. Another advantage of having a mobile phone is to call a taxi, since a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than stopping one on the street.
The major cities of Hungary abound in both supermarkets and small neighbourhood convenience stores. Supermarkets open early and the larger supermarkets stay open into the evening, those at malls usually until 9:00 p.m. There are also corner shops which are open 24 hours a day.
There are two drug store chains—Rossmann and DM—that have locations throughout the city. While these stores do stock many international brand toiletries and other personal care items, they sell only a limited selection of medicines. All prescription and many non-prescription drugs (like pain killers and fever reducers) can be purchased at the pharmacies. Virtually all major international brands of clothing and household products are available in Hungary.