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Danube Budapest Hungary
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Esztergom Basilica
Esztergom Basilica

About Hungary (HU)

The central European country of Hungary is a landlocked nation bordered by no fewer than seven countries, including Slovakia to the north, Serbia to the south, Austria to the west, and Romania to the east. Its crowning jewel and main gateway for international visitors is the delightful city of Budapest, one of the world’s top 20 destinations for leisure travel, and a bustling center for commerce as well. In terms of natural beauty, Hungary is home to a diverse range of attractions, including the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, Balaton, and Hortobágy, the largest natural grassland in Europe.

  Getting around

Getting around Hungary by car hire is generally safe and practical. The country is served by a network of major motorways on par with any other European country, and linked to remote areas by a series of two-lane roads. Hungarian drivers, however, have a slight reputation for impatience in traffic. Aggressive driving, tailgating, and incessant use of the car horn are among the major gripes of respectable locals and visitors. Nevertheless, it’s a country where renting a car is by leaps and bounds the best way to explore all it has to offer. Of course, there’s daily congestion in the dense urban core of Budapest, but otherwise, nothing but open road awaits the traveler.

  Choosing your car

The best way to see Hungary is to rent a car. Car rentals in Hungary are offered by all the major brands. Choose the perfect vehicle from Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Sixt, Budget, or National. You’ll find cheap car rentals across all categories of vehicle, from 7-12 seater minivans, to SUVs, to premium and luxury sedans, and many more. Some of the lowest rates are found on compact and economy sedans, minicars, and intermediate 4-door sedans.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Hungary


Stop signs are not common in Hungary. Instead, you’ll find triangular red and white yield signs at intersections, accompanied by white-on-blue arrow signs indicating the direction of travel.


A yellow and white diamond-shaped sign indicates a main route, which give you priority to adjoining traffic at intersections. The end of the main route is marked by an identical sign with a black bar, indicating that you no longer have right-of-way.


Trams (light rail) are found throughout Budapest, and always have the right-of-way. Overtaking a tram must be done on the right.


On roads of two or more lanes, the left lane is for overtaking, but given the amount of truck traffic, you’ll probably find yourself in the fast lane for longer periods of time. This is not against the law, but you should move to the right lane as soon as traffic clears.


Left turns in central Budapest are practically non-existent for motorized vehicles, although trams are the exception. Don’t get tricked into following a tram on an illegal left turn.


Few bridges cross the River Danube, so your best bet is one of the more common ferries. Check with your Hungary car rental vendor about restrictions.

Are you driving a rental car in Hungary?

Urban Speed Limit


50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit


90 kph  | 55.9 mph
Motorway Speed Limit


110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Fuel Price




Road Driving


Driving Age


17 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services


Documentation requirements



Here's some more in depth Hungary driving rules and guidelines for car renters:

Hungary is a small country but manages to have a diverse landscape; therefore driving there can be a bit of a challenge. A lot of the roads are expressways and there are many different aspects of the driving experience in Hungary to be aware of. Read on to find a simple driving guide full of useful tips and laws before you go venturing off into the unknown.


  • A valid driving licence with photo (or IDP) which has been held for at least one year
  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • Passport or ID card
  • Vehicle insurance documents if you are renting a car

Age Restrictions

  • The minimum driving age in Hungary is 18 (eighteen)
  • Children under 12 (twelve) or 1.5m are not allowed to travel in the front
  • Children under the age of 3 (three) must be placed and fitted in an appropriate car seat.

Police can stop any vehicle at any time to check they are not in violation of any of these laws.

Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations

  • Driving is done on the right hand side of the road
  • At intersections, you must give way to traffic on the right
  • At roundabouts, you must give way to traffic on the left hand side
  • Headlights must be used at all times on roads outside of town
  • Public transport and pedestrians always have right of way
  • Driving on expressways requires drivers to have bought a tax sticker that are available at post offices and most petrol stations
  • It is forbidden to park in disabled spaces
  • Mobile phones are forbidden unless they have headsets

Speed Limits and Fines

Speed limits in Hungary can change depending where exactly you are but keep these figures in mind as a general average and you shouldn’t go wrong:

  • 130 km/hour (80mph) on freeways
  • 110km/hour (68mph) on dual carriages
  • 50km/hour (31mph) in towns and villages
  • 30km/hour (18mph) in some residential areas

Be well aware of signposting to keep right in terms of speed limits. On-the-spot fines will be given to those who fail to adhere to the limits. These can be paid at post offices or by bank transfer and never in cash. Each offence will have a fixed fine attached.

Failure to accept an on-the-spot fine will result in the amount being doubled.

Vehicles may be impounded and withheld from drivers until the amount is paid in full.

Drunk Driving

Hungary operates a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving. This means that no amount of alcohol should be consumed before getting behind the wheel.

If a driver is found to have 0.5mg/l or more in their system the consequences could be a driving ban and/or time in prison.

A fine is automatically given to those found with lower levels in their system.


There are a lot of free zones for parking in Hungary’s tourist areas. However, you should expect it to be very busy, especially in Budapest and other city centres.

Paid parking in Budapest, and most other city centres, is between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, 24 hours in some places, 08:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays and free on Sundays. Charges will be signposted where tickets must be purchased straight away and displayed clearly behind the windscreen.

Parking is permitted on the right hand side of a one-way street.

Parking fines are issued in a blue envelope containing a yellow bill. This must be paid at a post office or the car company office.

Illegal parking will result in a wheel clamp and a fine for it to be released.

Hungary Driving Ideas Guide

Situated in Europe, Hungary is surrounded by seven other European countries and is an excellent gateway to explore the central part of the continent.

Hungary is a beautiful country offering many diverse landscapes mountains, rivers, lakes and vast plains. It is also home to Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. In terms of tourism, Hungary is the 15th most visited country in the world, with Budapest often considered to be the most beautiful city on earth!

Hungary has much to offer the intrepid tourist and Budapest is the perfect base to explore the Hungarian countryside by rental car.

Budapest to Lake Balaton

1 hour 26 mins  (135 km) (84 miles) via M7

Lake Balaton is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the country and not found too far from Budapest.

Known as the “Hungarian Sea” to locals, the lake offers varied attractions. Of course, many of these are linked to the water itself and include a number of watersports, sailing and swimming.

The lake is also famous for its beaches. The more popular included Zamárdi, Balatonfüred and Balatonakali. Small resort towns are found around the lake and offer varied accommodation including hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, self-catering cottages and guest houses.

Scenic Drive — Kékestető

(12 km ) (7 miles) — Kékestető Mountain Pass

Situated near the town of Gyöngyös, the Kékestető mountain pass is roughly a 1000m above sea-level. It is found in the Matra mountain range. The pass itself moves through an incredibly beautiful part of the mountains and other than their obvious beauty, the road winds through lush green forested areas.

Once at the top, discover the massive 176m high TV tower as well as an excellent restaurant. Lastly, don’t forget to spend some time on the observation deck to see some incredible views over the region.

Budapest to Szentendre

30 mins (22km) (13 miles) via Route 11

Located a mere 30 mins from central Budapest, the small town of Szentendre should be first on your list of day trips outside the capital. This quaint town is filled with beautiful cobblestone streets, restaurants, art galleries and the Skanzen open air museum. This museum is extremely popular as it gives a fascinating insight into the traditional Hungarian way of life including traditional dress. It also details other aspects of the country, including its beautiful architecture.

Make sure you visit various lookout points situated in the town that look over the famous Danube River and try some lángos, a traditional fried dough.

Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels are the leaders in providing cheap rental car options as well as budget accommodation. We help you to enjoy your vacation by ensuring your hotel bookings and car rentals are the cheapest available, putting money right back into your pocket!

Your Cheaperthancars Team

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Hungary

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Hungary?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Hungary?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Hungary?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Hungary?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Hungary?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Hungary?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Hungary?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Hungary?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Hungary?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Hungary?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Hungary?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Hungary?