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Hungary is home to the famous Danube River, alongside its striking Baroque architecture and gentle scenery makes driving and explore with booking rent a car Hungary a must for your trip. There is so much to experience in Hungary that you will want an uncomplicated way to get around. The roads are well made and maintained, so you can use your Hungary car hire to see everything from the grandeur of the Danube to the sampling the national dish, goulash in many of the cities bars and restaurants, Hungary rent a car is a handy way to get around this beautiful country.
There are places of interest for the traveller to see in Hungary. Car hire Hungary lets you take in the history and its culture that the country has to offer. From the capital Budapest, to the lush wine-growing Badacsony region, Hungary is an exciting country for the traveller to explore. Rental car Hungary is popular and convenient method, you will need to book well in advance to get the dates and the type of car you desire.
A desire to explore the country you are visiting is really important so rent a car Hungary lets you take it easy along the roads of the country and also get from place to place in comfort and style. There are many options for car hire Hungary that you will want to decide early and get the most from your trip. It is easy to make a booking and the cars are modern and well-maintained, so don’t worry about your Hungary rental car experience – it will be just like driving your own car!
Hungary is not just known for its river, it is home to 11 national country parks and its fairy-tale castles, which are a big draw to tourists and travellers alike. And after all the sightseeing, chill out in one of Hungary’s many spas. But first visit places such as –
- Reök Palace in Szeged
- Mosque Church in Pécs
- Buda Castle Quarter
There are other cities and sights, as we will see later in this guide.
The country is home to approximately 9.7 million people, the official language spoken is Hungarian. Hungary is a landlocked country which borders with Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west and covers a total land area of 93,030 square kilometres.
The brief summer months in Hungary are June to July, while the winter months are November, December, January and February. The weather in the country is temperate, with four distinct seasons.
The nations sporting obsession is football, along with chess. Hungary plays host to F1 Grand Prix each year.
Popular Cities in Hungary
The capital of Hungary is Budapest and is the largest city in Hungary. Budapest is split into two by the Danube with historic Buda and the buzzing Pest, offering the traveller the old imperial city with its history in contrast to new hip and vibrant city. With rent a car Budapest it will give you the freedom to explore this buzzing city and its history, so make Budapest your base and get your Budapest car hire and get ready for an adventure!
Debrecen is Hungary’s second largest city and is known as the ‘Capital of the Great Plain’. During the summer months the city plays host to many street festivals which are a must for any visitor, and with car hire Debrecen you can visit one of the cities cowboy shows that its famous for. With hire car Debrecen you can explore the city at your own pace.
Eger is stepped in history, it defeated an Ottoman attack in 1552 with its fabled fortress. With rent a car Eger you will be able to visit many of the baroque buildings this town has to offer. Its other claim to fame is the Bull’s Blood (Egri Bikavér) wine but remember not to drink and drive! So make most of it with Eger rental car and go explore this beautiful town.
Gyor lies at the bank of river Rába and is known as the City of Waters and is popular with visitors who enjoy fishing or boating. Rental car Gyor is the best way to explore this picturesque town. Visit Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma which has been voted as a UNESCO world heritage site. So, your car hire Gyor is an essential way to see the town and surrounding countryside.
Heviz is another one of Hungary’s spa retreats in the Lake Balaton region. Its biggest draw is the Gyógy-tó, Europe’s largest thermal lake. Get your Heviz rental car booked early and rent a car Heviz will help you explore the town at a more leisurely pace and will get from town to town while you explore Hungary.
Kaposvar is the capital of capital of Somogy County, which lies in the southwestern part of the country. With rent a car Kaposvar you will be able to explore the town and its heritage, its numerous festivals and the bars and cafes. Rental car Kaposvar will give you the freedom to venture further afield as well.
Kecskemet lies halfway between the Danube and the Tisza Rivers in the heart of the southern Great Plain, Kecskemét is surrounded by vineyards and orchards. With car hire Kecskemet you will be able to explore countryside and its museums. Hire car Kecskemet will free you to explore the town and its colourful Art Nouveau architecture.
Miskolc is the fourth largest city in Hungary. Rental car Miskolc is the best way to explore this picturesque town. The major draw to the city is the Cave bath in Miskolc-Tapolca which lies just outside of the town. So with your car hire Miskolc you will be able to swim in this natural cave and explore the town and its surroundings at your own pace.
Nyiregyhaza is a city in northeastern Hungary and the county capital of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg. With car hire Nyiregyhaza you can visit the nearby town of Sóstó, which is Hungarian for “Salt Lake” and visit Tófürdo, one of the towns lakeside baths. With hire car Nyiregyhaza you can explore Hungary’s beauty at your own pace.
Pecs is the second top visited city in Hungary after its capital. With rent a car Pecs it will help you make the most of exploring the nearby Mecsek Hills and local vineyards or evan the Belváros (Old Town). So, make most of it with Pecs rental car and use Pecs as a base to venture out.
Szeged is the country’s third largest city and lies on the banks of the River Tisza. and with car hire Szeged you can gaze upon the towns Art Nouveau architecture. With hire car Szeged you can explore city at your own pace, visit its many cafes and restaurants and its old town.
Szekesfehervar means “white castle with a chair”, and is one of Hungary’s oldest cities, it’s also considered Hungary’s first city as this was the royal seat of King Szent István. With rent a car Szekesfehervar it will help you make the most of your visit in exploring the surrounding countryside. So, make most of it with Szekesfehervar rental car and go explore this beautiful town.
Szombathely is the oldest recorded city in Hungary and lies close to the borders of Austria. Rental car Szombathely is the best way to explore this picturesque market town. Visit the Franciscan Church which was built in the 1380s, stop off at one the many cafes or restaurants. So your car hire Szombathely is an essential way to see the town and surrounding countryside.
Tatabanya is a small town located in the northwestern part of Hungary. Get your Tatabanya rental car booked early and rent a car Tatabanya will help you explore the nearby mountains (Vértes, Gerecse). Neighbouring Tata has a beautiful lake and a medieval castle.
Veszprem, accordingly to legend is founded on seven hills. With rent a car Veszprem you will be able to explore the town and its heritage, the bars and cafes. Rental car Veszprem will give you the freedom to venture further afield as well.
Zalaegerszeg is lies on the banks of the Zala River, close to the Slovenian and Austrian borders. With car hire Zalaegerszeg you will be able to explore the town and its many cafes and museums. Hire car Zalaegerszeg will free you to explore the lakes and picturesque countryside with ease.
As with any new experience, you will need to know what you are letting yourself in for. Check all the rules of the road before you leave for Hungary to ensure you stay safe, do not draw attention to your hire car and making sure that nothing is left in the vehicle when it is un-occupied. Here are some of the more important ones –
- The driver is responsible to make sure all occupants of the car wear seat belts at all times.
- It is the ownership of the driver to ensure that all children under 15 are safely restrained, the penalty is €35.
- Hungary has a zero-tolerance policy with regards to drink driving. Any drink that puts you over the limit will result in a risk of a fine, suspension, or prison. It is also illegal to allow someone to drive if they’re drunk.
- You must carry an international drivers licence with you at all times while on the road in
- Children under 3 must be placed in a suitable child restraint system appropriate for their size and weight. This system may be placed in the front seat as long as it is rear facing and the airbag has been deactivated. Children over 3 and who are taller than 135cm can travel in a rear seat using a seat belt. Children shorter than 135cm must use a suitable child restraint
- They drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on left. Traffic from the right normally has right of way.
- The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system. If caught fines of up to €730 can be imposed.
- It is compulsory to carry warning triangles, a first aid kit and a reflective jacket in Hungary. The reflective jacket must be worn if walking along the roadside.
- Park in the direction of traffic and at least 5 metres from any pedestrian crossing or intersections. Most cities will have parking meter areas, however should there be no meters in the vicinity, a pay-and-display parking voucher must be purchased and displayed on the dashboard. These can be found at any local petrol stations.
- In the event of congestion, it is compulsory to form an emergency corridor whenever traffic congestion occurs on motorways, dual carriageways, or highways regardless of whether emergency vehicles are already in the vicinity or not
- The police can impose and collect on the spot fines. If the fine is to be paid on the spot, a receipt must be given. Alternatively, the police will give you a payment order which you must pay within 30 days.
- All vehicles using Hungarian motorways M1, M3, M5, and M7 must display a motorway tax sticker (vignette). The stickers, which are valid for 10 days, 1 month, or 1 year, may be purchased in person at most petrol stations, online, or via a smartphone app. There are some motorways that do not require a vignette – M0: Between Main Road 1 and M5, between M4 and M3 and between Main Roads 11 and 12 (Megyeri bridge), M4: Between Vecses and the road leading to Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport, M8, M9: Between Main Road 6 and Main Road 51 and on the Kaposvar loop (Main Road 61), M31 and M86.
- You must always give way to trams and buses at junctions and when they are pulling away from a stop. Always pass railway crossings slowly at walking pace.
- Use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all times outside built-up areas. At night the use of full beam, in built up areas, is prohibited. In rural areas, be aware of unlit vehicles such as farm vehicles and carts at night.
- If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental supplier and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill.
- If you break down, you must put on your reflective jacket and place the reflective triangle behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. You must notify the rental car company and suppliers for advice and assistance.
- The use (or their presence in the car) of snow chains is compulsory under certain weather conditions.
- The major cities can be very busy at rush hour so leave plenty of time for your journey
- On an open road, the speed limit is 90/110 kph / 55/68 mph.
- The speed limit in built up areas is 50 kph / 31 mph.
- The speed limit on the motorway is 130 kph / 80 mph.
Make sure you know what to do when driving in Hungary be safe and stay on the right side of the law.
Airports in Hungary
Hungary has transport links to the rest of the world through trade and other activities. Here are some of the busiest airports in Hungary –
- Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
- Debrecen International Airport
- Győr-Pér International Airport
- Pécs-Pogány International Airport
- Hévíz-Balaton Airport
The best way to get the most from your car hire Hungary is to book from the airport so you know you have the transport you need. Do this in advance to get the best prices available.
When driving on the roads of the Hungary you want to be safe. You should research the rules of the road, as said before, but also have the following numbers programmed in your phone on case of emergency. For the police its 112/107, ambulance 112/104 and fire brigade is 112/105.