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Hungary is located in Central Europe and has a population of 10 million people. Being only a small country, Hungary is nestled amongst numerous other European countries such as the Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Austria and Slovenia. Despite is small size this country has a rich history and a plethora of activities to keep people occupied. The capital of Budapest has a thriving arts and music scene complemented by the natural landscapes of the smaller cities and more rural areas. They are recognised as producers of quality wines and have over 385 settlements operating a thermal or medicinal spa around the country. Medical tourism in Hungary appeals to those who are seeking a rich cultural experience in addition to their health needs. The official language of Hungary is Hungarian (also called Magyar), however German and English are also widely spoken.

Medical tourism

The standard of treatment in Hungary is high, with clinics employing highly qualified surgeons and nursing staff and using state-of-the-art equipment. In regards to medical tourism, Hungary is significant mainly in dental treatments. The most popular destinations for dental tourism are the cities nearest the country's western border and are particularly popular with Austrian and German patients. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge that numerous patients arrive from the USA, France and the United Kingdom.

Hungary is also particularly popular with with medical spa tourists and natural therapies, as the country has a rich history of medicinal bathing and the richness of thermal and medicinal water resources singles out Hungary, even in international comparison, as a leader in this field, as thermal waters stretch almost 80% of the country's territory. Although offering specialisations in most areas, Hungary is also home to a number of Cosmetics, Eye and Hair transplant providers.

Hungary also provides quality services in plastic surgery and ophthalmology and has undoubted advantages in the point of costs of medical treatments: the costs of medical treatments in Hungary are 40% cheaper than in Germany. For a full list of available treatments areas in Hungary, please refer to the search box to the right.

Best time to travel

Like much of Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary has cold, damp winters (December though to February) and warm summers (June through to August), while spring and fall/autumn are both quite mild. Not only are the winter months much colder but they also see a lot of museums and tourist attractions either shut their doors, or drastically cut their opening hours. The spring months are a great time to travel, for even though it's not as hot as it would be in summer, you can miss the summer tourist crowd. The biggest crowds arrive in late July-August.

Money and costs

The Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF, symbol Ft) and is generally cheaper than most Western European countries. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool. Mid-range travellers can look at spending around 14,500Ft and above per day.


Tourist visas are not required by citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and much of Europe with visitors able to enter for up to 90 days. If you require a longer stay EU nationals will need to register with the immigration department, while nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA wishing to stay longer than 90 days will have to apply for a long-stay visa.

Getting there

For travellers in the UK and greater Europe, Hungary is easliy accessible by train, car and bus. However, for the majority of travellers the main point of entry will Budapest, which has the main international airport. As well as Europen flights, the airport has flights to/from North America, the Middle East and Asia. Those travelling from Australia will have to change flights at a more central European hub such as London or Vienna. Some of the more well known carriers flying into Budapest are Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airways, British Airways and KLM.

Hungary National Tourism Office

Address: Budapest H-1519 pf. 545, Hungary

Tel: +36 1 438 80 80


Dialling codes

To call Hungary, the country dialling code is +36.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Hungary at:

Lonely Planet -​hungary

USA Hungary Embassy -

Hungary Embassy in the USA -

NHS health information on Hungary -​NHSEngland/​healthcarehungary/​Pages/​healthcarehungary.aspx

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011