Budget Planning Tool
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Planning your trip to Hungary
Holiday budget calculator
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the currency
Coins and notes
In the past, the forint was divided into 100 fillér, but this subunit is now defunct. Only forint coins and notes are in circulation today.
Coin denominations in use are 5 Ft, 10 Ft, 20 Ft, 50 Ft, 100 Ft and 200 Ft.
Banknotes come in 500 Ft, 1,000 Ft, 2,000 Ft, 5,000 Ft, 10,000 Ft and 20,000 Ft varieties.
Facts about the currency
- If you think 20,000 is a big number for one banknote, just wait until you hear about the pengő (Hungary’s previous currency). The pengő suffered from the world’s most intense case of hyperinflation ever, and 29 zeroes had to be dropped when the pengő was replaced by the forint in 1946. Good grief.
- The forint has experienced its fair share of inflation too, which is why the fillér subunit was rendered useless and taken out of circulation in 1999.
- A 1992 design of the 100 Ft coin was rapidly replaced in 1996 because people complained that it was too big and ugly. Fair call.
- Each Hungarian banknote features a famous leader or politician on one side and a related place or event on the other.
- The term ‘forint’ actually comes from Florence, where fiorino d’oro (gold coins) were minted from 1252.
The historical rates chart above shows how today’s exchange rate compares to what it's been in the past.
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