Emergency phone numbers in Hungary
112 is a central system and sometimes the people working there don't get first where your location is at the moment. In these cases it's better to call the Hungarian emergency numbers, which will connect you to the nearest hospital/fire brigade/police station. These are the following:
European Emergency Number
(Any emergency service can be reached by this number!)
What is 112?
112 is the European emergency number in all 28 EU member states, as well as other countries in Europe and elsewhere. To call this number is free and can be reached by landline phones as well as mobiles.
What to do when dialling emergency phone numbers?
Please note that the points below are not exhaustive but merely indicate an example of useful tips that are thought to benefit people in distress when dialling the emergency number.
When calling an emergency phone number it is important to stay calm. You need to provide the emergency service with relevant information.
If possible, make the call yourself
If you can, make the call yourself. No one can explain the situation better than you.
Wait until the operator answers your call
It may take a little time, but every repeated call is considered a new one and is put at the end of the queue, therefore the time of getting through might be prolonged.
State your name, what happened, who is involved and indicate your location
When the operator answers your call, say your name, try to explain what happened and who is involved. Also, try to indicate your location the best way possible. It makes it easier for the emergency services to reach you.
Follow the operator’s advice
Answer the questions and follow the operator’s advice. Do not hang up until the operator says so. Moreover, try to keep your phone line free until the emergency services reach you. The dispatcher may need to contact you for further information.
If something changes, inform the emergency center again
If the situation changes, for better or for worse, call the emergency center again and report it.
Please, keep in mind that sometimes several people call the emergency phone numbers reporting the same emergency situation. In those cases, do not be surprised if the operator only asks you for additional information and ends the call. This is normal procedure to avoid repeated information, to free the phone line faster and to ensure a prompt answer to the next emergency call.
It is important to know when to dial the emergency number. False calls, whether knowingly or not, divert emergency services from people who are in need of urgent help.
Some examples of false calls are:
- Inappropriate judgement
- "How to" Information request
- Hoax call
- Child playing
- Due to mental disability
- Abusive calls
- Immediate hang up