Live and work in Hungary

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Life in Hungary

Living in Hungary means embracing a land of thermal baths, mouthwatering cuisine, and traditions. The counrty is famous for its thermal spas and healing waters. With over 1,000 thermal springs, Hungary offers a rejuvenating experience for both body and soul.

Hungary’s festivals and traditions are an integral part of its cultural fabric. Join the lively celebrations of the Budapest Wine Festival, where you can sample exquisite Hungarian wines while enjoying live music and breathtaking views of the city. Or immerse yourself in the vibrant folklore dances and music during the annual Hungarian Folk Festival, a spectacle that showcases the country’s rich heritage.

Quick facts about working in Hungary

  • Average working hours per week: 40 hours, 8 hours daily
  • Typical working day: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Number of Vacation days: 20 days / 4 weeks
  • Commute: Mostly by train/tram and bus

You will have colleagues from everywhere, but you will speak in your own native language, supporting customers from your country.

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Quick info about Hungary

Typical food

Gulyás (goulasch), csirke paprikas (chicken paprikash) pörkölt (meat stew), dobos torta/dobosh (dobos cake)


~9.7 million people


Hungary is located in central Europe and borders Slovakia, Austria, Ukraine, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. The capital city is Budapest.



Famous people

Ferenc Puskás, Barbara Palvin, Ernő Rubik


Hungarian Forint (ISO code: HUF, symbol: Ft)

Avg. working week

40 hours 
8 hours daily


Hungarian healthcare in the bigger cities is excellent and most of their healthcare is free if you pay the social security contributions


Other countries nearby


No EU/EEA citizens do not need a work permit for Hungary. You can read more here.

English proficiency in Hungary varies among individuals, but overall, English is widely understood and spoken in tourist areas, hotels, restaurants, and among younger generations. In larger cities like Budapest, you can generally find people who speak English quite well, especially in the service industry. However, in more rural or remote areas, English proficiency may be more limited. It is always helpful to learn a few basic Hungarian phrases as a sign of respect, but you should be able to communicate effectively in English for most of your needs while visiting Hungary.

Hungary has a temperate continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm to hot, with temperatures averaging around 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). It can occasionally get even hotter, reaching above 35°C (95°F). Winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0°C to -5°C (32°F to 23°F). It can get colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Spring and autumn bring milder temperatures, with spring being more unpredictable and prone to fluctuations. It’s always a good idea to check the specific weather forecast for the time of your visit.

Hungary is generally considered an affordable destination for travelers and residents, especially when compared to other European countries. The cost of living in Hungary is relatively lower, particularly outside of Budapest. Accommodation, dining out, and public transportation can be more affordable compared to many other European capitals. However, prices can vary depending on the location and the level of luxury or quality you seek. Budapest, being the capital city and a popular tourist destination, tends to have higher prices compared to smaller towns and rural areas. Overall, Hungary offers a good balance between quality and affordability.

Hungary has a good network of public transport all over the country. You can make use of buses, trains and trams and tickets are available at the metro and tram stations or street kiosks.

The healthcare system of Hungary ranges from “fair” to “very good” depending on location. In places such as the capital Budapest they have excellent healthcare. Most healthcare is free of charge if you’re making social security contributions. You can read more here.

Still not convinced about Hungary?

Hungary offers a wealth of attractions and landmarks to explore. Start your journey in Budapest, the capital city, where you can visit the stunning Hungarian Parliament Building, the historic Buda Castle, and the Chain Bridge. Take a stroll along the Danube River and soak in the beauty of the city’s architecture. 

Also, don’t miss the thermal baths, such as the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath, for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Outside of Budapest, explore the charming town of Eger, known for its mediaeval castle and thermal baths, or visit the picturesque Danube Bend region, which offers scenic landscapes and historic towns like Szentendre.

Hungary is also a treasure trove of architectural wonders. Explore the magnificent Parliament building in Budapest, an architectural masterpiece that will leave you in awe. Budapest is also home to the second-oldest underground railway in the world, the historic Line 1, which has been in operation since 1896.

Hungarian cuisine is a feast for the senses. From hearty goulash, a traditional meat stew, to delectable chimney cakes known as kürtőskalács, your taste buds will dance with delight. Don’t forget to try lángos, a delicious deep-fried dough topped with savoury or sweet toppings—a true guilty pleasure.

By the way, did you know that Hungary is the birthplace of the Rubik’s Cube, the iconic 3D puzzle that has captivated millions worldwide? Embrace your inner puzzle solver and see if you can master the colourful challenge created by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik.

Hungarians are known for their hospitality and warmth. The concept of “vendégszeretet” (guest-friendliness) runs deep, ensuring that you’ll feel welcome and cherished as you make Hungary your home.

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