Useful Information for Spare Time Activities
Győr expands over 174.62 sq. km at the following geographical coordinates: 47°41′N 17°38′E. The terrain displays the characteristic features of a flatland, with very few areas having surface height differences exceeding 30 m. The city lies 123 metres above sea level.
The city has continental climate, with an average annual temperature of 10.3 C (50.5 F). July is a sunny months, with an average temperature of 21 C (69.8 F). The average annual precipitation is 550 mm. For July, the average amount of precipitation is 66 mm.
The drinkable tap water in Győr belongs to the finest in Hungary, pumped from clean wells rather than rivers.
The voltage of Hungarian electric networks is 220 V; Plug Type F wall sockets are used.
Hungarian Forints (HUF) has been used as the official currency of Hungary since 1 August 1946.
Currently, the following coins and banknotes are in use:
- In circulation 5; 10; 20; 50; 100; 200 HUF
- In circulation 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10,000; 20,000 HUF
Rules of rounding in consequence of the cancellation of 1 and 2 HUF coins:
In retail purchases, the payable sum total (not necessarily equivalent to the sum total on the receipt) must in all cases be divisible by 5 after rounding.
The official rules for rounding are as follows:
“Sums ending between 0.01 and 2.49 HUF shall be rounded down, to the nearest 0;
sums ending between 2.50 and 4.99 HUF shall be rounded up, to the nearest 5;
sums ending between 5.01 and 7.49 HUF shall be rounded down, to the nearest 5;
sums ending between 7.50 and 9.99 HUF shall be rounded up, to the nearest 0.”
The rules of rounding shall be applied in all cash transactions.
In the case of credit card transfers, the rules of rounding need not be applied; hence the customer pays exactly the sum total of the receipt.
In the case of electronic transactions (e.g. bank transfers), the rules for rounding need not be applied; the sum total of the receipt must be transferred.
Hungary has an extensive bank network. The opening hours of banks varies, but most banks are open from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. every weekday. Cash machines are placed at a number of locations in Győr; they accept international credit and debit cards as well, as a rule. Most banks also provide currency exchange services, while there are independent currency exchange bureaus, too.
Shops in Hungary generally accept bank card payments, as indicated at the entrance. Some smaller shops or cafés may not enable credit card transactions. If a shop accepts bank cards, this covers both credit and debit cards. It is possible to use bank cards in taxis; public transportation, however, generally does not accept bank card payments.
Two cash machines will be installed next to AVL I in order to facilitate cash withdrawal.
Bank Card Use, Cash Withdrawal
Bank cards are generally accepted devices of payment. Whether and what types of bank cards are accepted at a shop is normally indicated on pictograms or stickers next to the entrance.
Cash withdrawal through bank cards will be enabled at two locations in Athletes’ Village I. In addition, a number of cash machines will be available both in the direct vicinity of the Athletes’ Villages and in the inner city, at 5-minute walking distance from the Athletes’ Villages.
Currency exchange services will be disabled within the premises of the Athletes’ Villages. In the inner city, many currency exchange bureaus are available upon demand. These bureaus adopt official exchange rates varying from one bureau to the next. Currency exchange bureaus are obliged to advertise their exchange rates. Some bureaus apply service charges. It is advised to inquire about such service charges prior to the exchange transaction. In case a currency exchange bureau does not apply a service charge, this is usually indicated automatically by the given bureau. As a rule, currency exchange bureaus circulate the official banknotes of the member states of the European Union as well as US dollars.
The official currency of Hungary is HUF. 1 EUR equals approximately 300 HUF. Shops and businesses generally accept HUF, but several places also make EUR payments possible, at the exchange rate and terms indicated on the information sheets posted within the given shop. In the case of EUR payments, the change is returned in HUF. The smallest unit of currency in Hungary is 1 HUF, but in the case of purchases, the sum total on the receipt is rounded. The rules of rounding are as follows: figures ending in 1 or 2 HUF are rounded down to the nearest 0; 3 and 4 are rounded up to the nearest 5; 6 and 7 are rounded down to the nearest 5; 8 and 9 are rounded up to the nearest 0.
The city of Győr is the largest healthcare provider in the Western Transdanubian Region. The Petz Aladár County Training Hospital is one of the top medical centres in the Hungarian countryside, participating in the higher education in medicine as a training institution for students and graduates of the Semmelweis University (SE), Budapest, and the Pécs Medical University (PTE), as well as collaborating with the Széchenyi István University in training top medical experts and professionals. The hospital also holds NATO qualifications. 1,471 hospital beds serve in-patients, amounting to 45% of the county capacity and one-fifth of that of Western Transdanubia. The bed-to-inhabitant ratio is thus 110, which is much higher than the county and regional average due to the more extensive service obligations of the hospital. During the period of the EYOF, the Petz Aladár County Training Hospital (Host City Hospital) shall be the reference hospital, where a dedicated EYOF emergency healthcare centre will be operated.
Hungarian is the official spoken language in the city of Győr, with English and German being prominent among foreign and second languages.
Rules for Smoking and Alcohol Consumption
Smoking and alcohol are forbidden in the AVL buildings and catering tents. Smoking is forbidden in shops, restaurants, cafés, and sports facilities. The ban on smoking is indicated on information plates.
There are three mobile service providers: T-Mobile, Telenor, and Vodafone.
All three providers boast networks of outstanding quality both in coverage and bandwidth. Worldwide, their system is the 3rd best in speed, and 9th best in coverage (source: Opensignal Q4 2015); in Győr, the joint 4G network of the three providers enables, as a rule, 3G voice transmission and 4G data transfer.
Currently, roaming fees vary according to country and service provider, subject to each client’s own tariff package. Both domestic and foreign providers have introduced fixed-fee, unlimited roaming packages for voice transmission and even data transfer.
Within the EU, roaming fees (currently maximised) may be altogether cancelled according to the new regulations for 2017.
Important Phone Numbers
- Ambulance 104
- Fire Department 105
- Police 107
- Emergency 112
- Car/Vehicle Emergency 188
- Hungary’s country code: +36