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Car hire driving information Hungary

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Bigger roads in Hungary are in good condition but some have a rough, gravel surface. From the capital Budapest you can drive north, east, south and west on motorways. Be aware that the Hungarians might drive more aggressively then what you are used to. Keep a big distance to the car ahead and drive defensively.   

To rent a car in Hungary, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 3 must be seated in a car safety seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Hungary are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h 
  • Open Roads: 90 km/h
  • Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Hungary you drive on the right side of the road. Trams and buses should be passed on the right side. In Hungary the blood alcohol limit is zero, while driving. Never drink and drive!

Petrol stations are normally open between 06:00 to 20:00 On the motorways some stations are open 24 h.  

In Hungary the following motorways require a toll sticker: M1, M3, M5 & M7. Stickers can be bought at petrol stations and motorway stations and cost between 5.70 EUR - 16 EUR depending on the amount of days purchased (4 days, 1 week & 1 month).

Most of the main tourist areas have free parking. Parking is permitted on the right-hand side of two-way streets and on both sides of one-way streets. In Budapest you can park in the city centre for maximum 2 hours by using a meter. Please note that if you park illegal you might get a wheel-clutch. If you want to park over night we recommend a guarded parking garage.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Hungary) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Hungary. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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