What’ the time in Budapest?
In Hungary, Central European Time is observed, which means that it is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich time. This difference is similar in Central Africa and Israel as well, not to mention each and every every time zone on the same longitudes. However, this area also uses Daylight Saving Time, so that less artificial light would be used in the evening. This is why clocks need to be turned forward an hour about a week after the spring equinox, and they will be turned backward – to normal time – about a week before the autumn equinox. So, during Central European Summer Time, there are other differences than usually.
When a time zone does not adapt to the number of sunlit hours, they are one less hour ahead in the summer. Summer solstice marks the longest day – almost 16 hours – while winter solstice marks the longest night with more than 15.5 hours in the dark.
So, if you prefer parties and bustling nightlife, then you should visit Hungary in the summer – around the end of June – but if you prefer a hot bath or pampering your body, then December is the ideal time for you here.
Luckily, there is always something to do regardless of the actual time. In autumn and winter, you can always find festivals of food and drink somewhere in the country, while summer guests can typically enjoy music festivals. This is why mostly students and people in their twenties come to Hungary in the busy and exciting summers, or those who have young children, but couples – with adult children at home – rather visit Hungarian spas during the peaceful winters, when nights are long, but silent.
So, after you have decided when to come, it is time to book your ticket to Hungary.