Top International Money Transfer Options When Sending Money to Hungary

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Whether you’re sending once-off or regular transfer, sending money to Hungary can be easy and cheap with the right online transfer company.

Besides friendly socio-economic and diplomatic relations, Hungary and Australia also share a common history stretching back to the 1800s when the first Hungarian merchant put down roots in Australia. Following an influx of Hungarian migrants after the Soviet occupation in the 1950s, the two countries now share full diplomatic relations. A recorded 70,000 Hungarian Australians registered in a 2011 census, most of whom are concentrated in the larger metropolises in Australia.

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Australia and Hungary are partners and signees on treaties concerning criminality and extradition, as well as the production of uranium and responsible use of nuclear materials. A modest but fruitful trade relationship is based on the import and export of cars and automotive accessories, medication and electrical equipment.

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Ania is a third-generation Hungarian-Australian living and working in Perth. She maintains close ties with the Hungarian cultural associations, especially since her sister moved to Budapest and married a Hungarian. Ania often sends home money for her little niece’s birthdays, Christmas and Easter, so she’s always comparing transfer services to find the best and cheapest companies.

Australian BankMoney Transfer Service
Exchange rate$1 = 195.7380$1 = 191.65HUF
Transfer fee$22$0
Amount received for $50093,562. 764 HUF95,826HUF
Transfer time24 business hours1 to 3 days
Transfer optionsBank to bank, online transferOnline transfer
Difference+2262.23 HUF

Ania has the choice between a service that delivers faster for a small fee and another service that offers free transactions with a longer delay in delivery. Should she decide to use an international money transfer service, the recipient could receive 2262.23 HUF more.

How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via Hungary?

  • Exchange rates. Depending on your needs and the urgency of the transfer, you can choose between a paid or free service. A transfer company that offers a free service might take longer to deliver to your recipient, while a fee usually implies faster delivery, sometimes within minutes if effected before midday.
  • Pick-up methods. Each service offers different pick-up options, including collecting at an agency or having the money deposited directly into the recipient’s account.
  • Fees. Some services charge a transfer fee - usually for quicker delivery - as well as a conversion fee to have the money deposited in the local currency. You might also pay an additional charge for amounts larger than the maximum (or minimum) allowed.
  • Same-bank transfers. Even with branches in different countries, most banks waive transfer and conversion fees when transferring money to an account within the same bank.
  • Turnaround time. Ideally the service you choose offers quick delivery for zero fees. If not, the transfer companies guaranteeing the fastest turnaround time charge a small fee.
  • Transfer methods. These differ from company to company. Most offer bank-to-bank transfers, online transfers and over-the-phone or in-agency transactions.
  • Transfer options. In order to accommodate their customers, online transfer services allow one-time transfers as well as the option to set up regular transactions.
  • Minimum transfer amounts. Some services require that you send at least $50 or $100 as a minimum.
  • Customer service. A good, reliable service should provide a tracking number for your transaction so that you can check on its progress. It’s important that the service you choose has a reactive and competent customer service department should you have questions or a problem with the transaction.
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How do I send money to Hungary from Australia?

Thanks to close economic and diplomatic ties, most banks and online transfer companies allow for transfers between Australia and Hungary. A wide choice of services means a wide range of transfer options: you can have money transferred between bank accounts, via online transfer, on the phone and in person at the agency.

Besides lesser-known services, you also have the option of using companies like Paypal, MoneyGram and Western Union. Either way, it’s imperative to ensure that the company you choose is reliable, competent and safe. Read up on reviews and user commentary before selecting any one service. Here are a few banks and money transfer companies that facilitate transfers between Australia and Hungary:

  • TorFX. Based in Queensland, this online transfer company guarantees the best exchange rates for zero fees. The recipient receives the deposit within one business day. You have to create an account to send money online or the phone. Transfers can also be made in person at the agency.
  • Citibank. This bank has been present in Hungary since 1985, so you can send fee-free transfers between Citibank accounts. Your recipient can withdraw the money from a Citibank ATM for zero fees.
  • Currency Online. This international payment service will effect a transfer within 48 hours for a fee of $12. There’s no minimum transfer amount and you can send money online or via telephone.

How do I receive money from Hungary in Australia?

Hungary is one of the few European countries that hasn’t adopted the Euro as its currency. The Hungarian Forint isn’t considered an exotic currency and it’s relatively easy to find money transfer companies to send money from Hungary to Australia.

  • TransferMate. This company facilitates global transfers between Hungary and Australia. You have to open an account and your recipient has access to the money within two business days.
  • Currency Fair. This peer-to-peer transfer service ensures delivery within three to five business days. You pay a small fee for this service, the equivalent of $200.
  • Paypal. One of the most popular online transfer services available, Paypal sends money from your bank account, credit card or from the balance on your Paypal account to bank accounts anywhere Paypal is supported (most countries in the world). Paypal is safe and never reveals bank account or credit card information.
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Emergency cash transfers in Hungary

If you’ve suffered theft or loss while in Hungary and need money in a hurry, there are a few options available to get access to funds.

  • Transfer services. Money is usually transferred within one or two business days, but some services can also make funds available within minutes of the sender effecting the transfer. Services like Western Union and MoneyGram have designated pick-up points in banks, post offices or shops. You can also choose to have the money deposited directly into your account.
  • Bank to bank. If your bank has a branch close to where you are in Hungary, you can visit the bank in person and explain your situation. Even if you no longer have your card, the bank will be able to call up your customer details on their system as long as you provide positive identification.
  • Travel insurance. The terms of your travel insurance policy covers you for loss and theft while travelling. Get in touch with your insurer as soon as possible to report the incident. You should be eligible for money to cover expenses.
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Cash pickup locations in Hungary / Western Union / MoneyGram branches in Hungary

Below are a few locations at which you can collect deposits sent via MoneyGram and Western Union.

Western Union

  • Budapest

    Magyar Posta ZRT
    Korosi Csoma Boardwalk 5.
    Budapest, 1475
    Open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm

  • OTP Bank RT

    Alagut St. 3.
    Budapest, 1013
    Open Monday 8am to 6pm,
    Tuesday to Saturday to 8am to 5pm


  • Debrecen

    Exclusive East Change
    Var Str 10
    Debrecen, Hajdu Bihar 4027
    Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 9pm

  • BAV 35

    Csapo U 4 Debrecen,
    Debrecen 4024
    Open Monday to Sunday 7am to 8pm



  • Sberbank

    V. Kerulet
    Feherhajo UTCA 5
    Budapest, 1052
    Open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, Saturday 7:30 to 3pm

  • Sberbank

    X. Kerulet
    Feher UT
    Budapest, 1106
    Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 7:30 to 3:30

  • Corner Trade KFT

    Piac UTCA 20
    Debrecen, 4024
    Open Monday to Sunday 8am to 9pm

  • Trivium KFT #5

    HRSZ 077/11
    Mezotur, 5400
    Opening hours not specified

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Tips for picking up cash in Hungary

The major cities like Budapest and Debrecen are relatively safe. Most people speak English well and there’s little petty crime. The DFAT advises regular safety precautions, but it pays to be vigilant nonetheless. When picking up your deposit, go during the day and make sure you get there within the office hours. Loitering outside makes you a target. Ask someone in your travelling party to accompany you.

What are the steps to send money to Hungary?

Since Australia enjoys friendly socio-economic relations with Hungary and is home to a sizeable Hungarian-Australian population, it’s relatively easy to send money between the two countries. Choose between online transfer services, bank to bank transactions and services like Western Union that allow recipients to collect money in person at a designated pick-up point.

Most transfer services will require that you set up an account. You’ll be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Your contact details
  2. Credit card or bank account information
  3. Identification
  4. Your recipient’s information

Once sent, your transaction will be confirmed via email and you’ll receive a tracking number. The service you choose should also have a reliable and competent customer service department to assist with problems or questions about the transfer.

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3 Responses to Top International Money Transfer Options When Sending Money to Hungary

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    presh | October 21, 2016

    i want to know how much is the highest amount i can recieve through western union in budapest hungary, if am sending euro to my family in budapest through western union, how much is the highest euro i can send?

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      Harold | October 21, 2016

      Hello Presh,

      With regards to Western Union International Money Transfer. At present, the maximum amount that can be transferred through Western Union will depend on the sender’s preferred amount to transfer. But please note that every amount has a corresponding transfer fee. You can lodge a transfer with Western Union either online or in person, and transfers can be sent 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can send funds from your credit card, debit card, bank account or cash, to a bank account, a mobile phone or a prepaid card. Also, it has a minimum of at least $10, while you’ll need to visit a branch if you want to transfer an amount greater than $5,000. For additional information you may find this page helpful.

      I hope that helps.


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      Clarizza | October 21, 2016

      Hi Presh,

      Thanks for your question.

      The maximum amount you can send will depend on the method and any legal restrictions placed in the country you want to send money to.

      If you are sending online, you can send up to 1,000 Euro within a 12 month period. There’s typically no limit when sending via a Western Union agent (branch), however the amount you send may require you to provide certain documents.


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