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Practical information for Erasmus students

Shopping and Cost of Living

Most stores are open from Monday till Friday between 10:00–18:00 or 19:00 and on Saturday between 10:00–14:00.

Shopping centres have longer opening hours, from Monday till Sunday between 10.00–20.00. Stores of the following chains can be found in most cities in Hungary: Aldi, CBA, Lidl, Spar and Tesco.

Food shops are open Monday–Saturday 7.00–18.00.


How much money do you need (monthly) to live comfortably in Hungary?

A Cost of Living Calculator is available for foreign students to inform them about prospective monthly expenses regarding accommodation, food, recreation and transportation on the Study in Hungary website. Prices are shown in different towns in various currencies (HUF, GBP, EUR, USD, JPY and CNY).

Cost of Living Calculator:

Here is a list of essential items to give you an idea of prices in Hungary:


Is it easy to travel around neighbouring countries of Hungary?

Hungary is situated in the heart of Central Europe. Capitals of Central European countries, like Vienna or Bratislava are easily accessible by train from Budapest. In Central Europe there are no big distances, therefore your trips should not take too long, a couple of hours only. The website of the Hungarian State Railways is available in English; therefore, you can plan your journey to the surrounding countries.

More information about international destinations is available at the website of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV):


Is it difficult to visit other Hungarian cities by public transport?

Travelling within the country is very convenient. The country has a modern and well-developed road system and an extended railway network. University towns can be reached on motorways or by train. Railway services are operated by the Hungarian State Railway, also known as MÁV. All main cities are linked to each other, usually via Budapest. Regular coach services connect towns throughout the country. The national bus company is called Volánbusz.

More information about domestic destinations:




Electricity in Hungary is the standard European 220 volts, with the plug having two round prongs and generally recessed sockets.



How to pay in Hungary

Although large shops in the touristic areas accept credit cards, in case of smaller shops or markets it is better to pay in cash. Make sure you have enough forints in your wallet. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted cards, while some other cards, including American Express, may incur a surcharge when used at certain retailers. ATMs can be found everywhere, including the airport. People can immediately withdraw cash from their overseas bank accounts, however a withdrawal fee might be charged.