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Are you travelling or moving to the Heart of Europe and wondering how you can order stuff online? Amazon is probably the best-known e-commerce site in the world and is the top option for many customers who want to go on an online shopping therapy because it is one of the most reliable retailers and has good delivery times. But is it actually possible to order from Amazon in Hungary?
Whether you’re a local or an expat, ordering from Amazon in Hungary can be a bit confusing, but with this article, we’ll cover all you need to know about using Amazon in Hungary, including which Amazon site to use, information on delivery, and advice on currency conversion.
We’ll also show you a solid-gold payment option when shopping internationally with Amazon: the Wise international debit card.
So let’s roll!
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Amazon doesn’t have a dedicated website for Hungary. But if you’re a shopaholic, don’t worry. You can still buy at Amazon through other websites. All you need to do is visit an Amazon website that delivers to Hungary, such as Amazon.de.
There are also plenty of other local retailers which would do the job, such as Emag, mediamarkt.hu, Árukereső, and Alza.hu.
There are two options for you: you can either use the Amazon German website or visit the Amazon International Shopping page.
In fact, if you type “Amazon.hu”, you’ll be directly redirected to the German webpage, which is the best option if you’re in Hungary and wanna go on a shopping spree at Amazon.
Just in case you decide to visit the website of another country, pay attention to changing your delivery to Hungary before even adding items to your cart. That’ll save you a lot of time because you’ll see only the items available for your country. Next to the Amazon logo, in the top-left corner of the screen, you can select your country from the dropdown list.
Germany is the closest Amazon location to Hungary, which makes ordering from their website the best solution. The delivery is faster, easier, and usually cheaper! Although it’s not free, it takes an average of 7-12 days, and you can get fastest delivery if you’re willing to pay a little bit more. Another great detail is that since Germany is part of the EU, you don’t have to pay any additional VAT or costs.
You can use your credentials from any Amazon account that you have, so it’s not necessary to create a new account or anything. The German webpage is easily switchable to the English language. If necessary, click on the German flag next to the search field.
Buying through Amazon.de is quite straightforward. If you’re using the desktop, you can access Amazon.hu, and you’re going to be redirected to the English version of the German website. Isn’t it amazing? But just in case you need to do it the hard way, here’s how you can shop through Amazon Germany:
- Visit Amazon.de
- Change your location to Hungary, next to the Amazon logo, in the upper left corner.
- Change the language to English, besides t
- he search field by clicking on the German flag.
- Shop as you usually would, comparing items and prices before adding anything to your cart. ‘Deliver to Hungary’ should be indicated to the right of the price and delivery details.
- During checkout, enter your Hungary delivery address when requested.
On the 'Deliver to' menu When purchasing through the Amazon mobile app, you can specify your location on the ‘Deliver to’ menu. If your nation isn't mentioned, you might need to go to 'Settings' first.
What you need to do is:¹
- Touch the three bars icon found at the app's bottom part.
- Scroll down and press ‘Settings’ when you get there to expand the menu.
- 'Country & Language' can be selected to set your preferences.
Be aware that you’ll be paying for your order in euros (EUR), so if you have your money in another currency, such as Hungarian forints (HUF) or British pounds (GBP), Amazon will use their Amazon Currency Converter, which likely includes a margin added on top of the mid-market exchange rate plus a fee for the exchange rate guarantee.² In a nutshell, you’re just paying more than you should. If you want to save a bit, keep reading to know what to do.
Want to shop online like a Hungarian? Most products are available through local online retailers and can be delivered sooner than delivery from Amazon abroad due to warehouses being located in Hungary. Let’s take a look at some of these options.
The literal translation for this website is “product searcher”, so it is not exactly a webshop. It works as a search aggregator site. It’s included in this list because it’s perfect to shop around. You can see different websites and compare prices. You can check delivery costs, reviews, and even a chart with an overview of the product price.
eMAG is the largest East-Central Europe online retailer, in Hungary since 2013. They have an app, customer service available 7 days per week, and a 30-day product return policy for products distributed by them.
Their delivery fee is HUF 1,390 for any order, although there are some items with free delivery. If the products are from other vendors, that varies in price and time. They also have an option of an eMAG easybox pickup machine, which you can go pick up anytime after delivery.³ The currency in the cart is HUF.
The bad thing is that they don’t have an English version of their website, and Hungarian being one of the hardest languages in the world doesn’t help, but nothing that an online translator can’t fix.
MediaMarkt is a German multinational chain of stores dedicated to consumer electronics. They also have an app, warranty services, and you can bring your old device to get a discount in the new one. Unfortunately, their website is not available in English either.
Their delivery takes 1-3 working days with a delivery fee of HUF 1,499 for general packages and 1-5 days for larger household appliances with a bigger delivery fee varying from 1,999 to 7,999 HUF. You have the option of pick up your order in the store, so it is free and you know the exact time that you’re going to receive your items.⁴ The currency in the cart is HUF.
If you’re in Hungary, you’ll probably see their ads around the city or online. They have a very annoying mascot, but very good service. Alza has more than 20 years of experience and is a market leader.
They now have a website in English, which makes the life of the non-Hungarian speakers’ shoppers way easier. They have a delivery system where you can get your order even within 150 minutes, and weekends and evening deliveries are also available if you’re in Budapest, Hungary’s capital. The price for in-person collection starts from 600 HUF and from 1390 HUF for deliveries in a specific location. The currency in the cart is HUF.
Your money is in HUF, but you need to use EUR to make a purchase on Amazon.de? Or do you still have those GBP on hand, but need to pay in EUR or HUF to get what you want? Are you interested in learning how to reduce the high exchange rate costs? Don’t stress. Wise is the solution!
Your Amazon order can be paid for in the currency you need when you use a Wise international debit card. Your money will be changed quickly at low costs and with margin-free exchange rates. There are no added costs if you already have the currency in your Wise account.
In this way, you can avoid using Amazon’s currency converter or having extra fees.
It takes only a few minutes to open an online Wise multi-currency account and order your Wise card. All nice and easy.
After reading this guide, you should be all set to shop on Amazon in Hungary. Even though there is no Hungarian webpage, you can order your items from the German website with a few days’ delivery, or you can buy them at local online retail shops like the ones listed here. Have fun shopping!Sources Used:
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