We have all encountered the situation when we travel to a foreign country and we are not sure what the time difference is there. Or is there any at all? It can be very confusing. We are going to explain the time differences and time zones that are relevant to Budapest and you will receive useful tips about the Budapest time.
BUDAPEST TIME ZONE
There is only one time zone in Hungary.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is located in the CEST, UTC +2 time zone in summertime, called the Central European Summer Time and is located in the CET, UTC +1 time zone in winter (GMT and UTC are the same in this aspect).
If you check out the time zone map above, you will see that most of the Central European countries fall in the same category, which means that your watch will not need to be adjusted, unless you travel to the UK or Romania. The time difference in UK is -1 hour while in Romania it is +1.
There are countries like Russia and the USA where there are many time zones within their border. Imagine that you are American and you want to call your also American cousin who lives 2 time zones away. You have to do some serious math if you don’t want to wake him up.
New Zealand is +11 hours ahead of Budapest time and the French Polynesia is -11 hours behind us.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUMMER AND WINTERTIME?
Wintertime is considered the standard time. In Hungary we set the clock forward by one hour in spring, to save the number of daylight hours. In autumn the clock is set back to the standard winter time. It is also referred to as the Daylight Saving Time (DST) and was introduced in order to increase the hours of daylight in summer, hence darkness falls later and electricity is saved.
NOTE: Please always check the exact time when you come to Budapest because this “daylight saving time” could be deleted soon.
Summertime starts at the end of March and wintertime starts at the end of October.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to international medical studies, the number of heart attacks go up after the time has been advanced in autumn. The reason for this phenomenon is, that some people’s body reacts badly to the lack of sleep and when we set the time forward, it means that we sleep one hour less.
In some cases, people need at least a week to get used to the new time and catch on their sleep. Babies, children and old people are the most affected by the DST.
NIGHTMARES ABOUT MISSING APPOINTMENTS
Have you had nightmares about missing your flight or an important job interview because you have forgotten to set your clock to the new time?
It used to be a source of stress that we had to remember the date of the time adjustment and we had to remember manually re-set every clock, alarm clock and watch in the house. It was so frustrating!
Fortunately, in the 21st century it is not an issue anymore, because all your digital gadgets will synchronize with the new time automatically and there is no need to worry about oversleeping or arriving at a meeting 1 hour earlier because your mobile will adjust during night and your alarm will not be affected.
TIPS FOR VISITORS COMING TO BUDAPEST FROM A DIFFERENT TIME ZONE
If you are a visitor to Budapest from a different time zone, and you are at a complete loss regarding the local time, do the following to gain some confidence:
-If the GPS is turned on your mobile, it will very likely adjust to the time zone of the destination automatically.
-Check a clock at the airport and set your own watch accordingly.
-Always set at least one clock to the actual time zone, otherwise, you might miss your flight back.
Should you travel from the US, prepare for a jet lag and organize your programme accordingly.
It is highly recommended to always familiarize yourself with the local time of your destination, since you could miss your train or meeting if you ignore the fact that there are different time zones and some countries are 6 hours ahead of us or behind us.