Motorways and main routes in Hungary tend to be in good condition but don't be surprised to find that some of the roads have a very rough, gravel surface. There are eight main routes in Hungary that are designated by a single digit system; seven of them pass through the capital of Budapest. Secondary roads are indicated by two or more digit numbers. These roads traverse Hungary's countryside, mineral spas and lush farmlands.
To rent a car in Hungary, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers renting a car under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory. Child safety seats are mandatory up to age 3. There is no permissible blood alcohol level in Hungary. INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS LICENSE IS MANDATORY!
Speed limits in Hungary are as follows: City 31mph/50kph Open Roads 55mph/90kph Highways 74mph/120kph
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right and streetcars and buses always have the right of way. Motorists stopped for a traffic violation must pay the fine, on the spot, in the national currency.
Gas stations are open from 6am to 8pm and most stations along the expressways are open 24 hours.
In Hungary the following highways require a toll sticker: M1, M3, M5 & M7. Stickers can be purchased at gas stations and highway stations and cost between $7.50 and $21 USD depending on the duration selected (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.
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.
All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. 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.
The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Hungary.
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance covers up to US$1,000,000 to US$1.6 million in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, the cost for CDW is approximately US$14 - US$20 per day. Theft protection is US$6 or less per day if purchased locally. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$400 - US$1850, depending on the vehicle type. Personal Accident Insurance is available at the rental counter for approximately US$3 - US$5 per day. Coverage varies by rental agency. Ask us for specific details. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.
Most car categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Auto Europe has special rental programs for driving into other Eastern Europe countries. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.
Cars and vans rented in Hungary are not allowed into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia.
NOTE: For an additional fee, travel into some of the aforementioned Eastern European countries may be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice.
Domestic one-way car rentals are available between select locations, additional fees may apply. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are allowed.