How to send money to Hungary

The safest and most cost-effective ways of sending money to friends and family in Hungary from Ireland.

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If you want to transfer money to friends or family in Hungary, you don’t need to deal with a complex and expensive process. Sending money from Ireland to Hungary doesn’t have to be expensive. Compare the transfer fees and exchange rates of the options available to you to get the most Hungarian forints for your euro.

How do international money transfers work?

An international money transfer allows you to send money to a recipient overseas. Generally, a transfer involves you providing funds to a bank or an independent transfer provider, which then sends the money to your recipient in another country — in this case, Hungary. This can be done in person, over the phone, through a mobile app or online. You can use cash, a credit or debit card, or transfer funds from your bank account, which will then either be deposited into your recipient’s bank account or mobile wallet, or made available as cash for them to pick up at a location in their country.

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Banks versus money transfer companies

Ania is Hungarian but is living and working in Ireland. 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.

BankMoney Transfer Service
Exchange rate€1 = 310.81 HUF€1 = 312.36 HUF
Transfer fee€22€0
Amount received for €500155,405 HUF156,180 HUF
Transfer time24 business hours1 to 3 days
Transfer optionsBank to bank, online transferOnline transfer
Difference+775 HUF

Ania has the choice between a service that delivers faster for a fee and another service that offers free transactions with a longer delivery time. If she decides to use an international money transfer service, the recipient could receive 775 HUF more.

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Steps to send money to Hungary

  • Choose one of the providers who sends money to Hungary and provide your name, address, contact information and valid photo ID.
  • Supply your beneficiary’s name, address and information, along with their bank account info if the funds will be deposited in their bank account.
  • Enter the amount of money you’re sending and complete your transaction.
  • Maintain any receipt you receive in order to monitor your transaction.
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How do I compare transfer companies when sending money to Hungary?

  • Exchange rates. See how the rates offered by one provider stack up against those offered by competitors. Also, remember that some providers may offer a great exchange rate but also charge high fees.
  • 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. How much will you have to pay to send the transfer? Can you avoid a transfer fee if you send a larger amount?
  • Turnaround time. Will the funds be available for your beneficiary in minutes, or will they take several working days to arrive?
  • Transfer methods. These differ from company to company. Most offer bank-to-bank transfers, online transfers and over-the-phone or in-agency transactions.
  • Minimum transfer amounts. Some services require that you send at least €50 or €100 as a minimum.
  • Customer service. Is help available when you have a question regarding a transaction? Compare the availability of customer support options and hours.
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What are my options for sending money to Hungary from Ireland?

  • Bank transfers. Bank-to-bank transfers may cost more than other options but they are a secure way to send money to Hungary.
  • Online money transfer providers. A reliable online money transfer company can offer fast and cost-effective transactions.
  • Money transfer companies with cash pickup options. MoneyGram and Western Union are the world’s two largest providers of this service.
  • PayPal. PayPal offers secure international money transfers to many destinations around the world.

Foreign exchange rates explained

The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it will yield more money when exchanging it in a country with a weak currency. Like most countries, Hungary has a flexible exchange rate, which means it can change from moment to moment. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.

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