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Road Rules and Traffic Regulations in Hungary - Driving Nuances

1. Hungary is a wonderful choice for travelling in a private car. Quality roads with clear markings, well-regulated traffic lights and numerous road signs – you will find it really simple to drive on the country’s roads. By the way, traffic regulations in Hungary are almost the same with standard European traffic regulations.
2. In addition to the international driver's permit, foreign drivers are required to have the passport. Other obligatory documents are the vehicle certificate and the insurance (the “green card”).
3. In settlements, drivers are not allowed to exceed the speed of 50 km/h, and in some regions of the country the maximum permitted speed is 20 km/h. On country roads, drivers are allowed to increase the speed up to 90 km/h, and on highways the speed limit is 110 km/h.

Nuances of Car Rental in Hungary

To save on your rental, we advise to book your car in advance. You will save the most if you do this several weeks or even several months prior to your trip. Rental offices in Hungary usually raise rental prices over time, based on the number of cars left available for the accounting period.

When looking for an exotic car (cabriolet, minivan or limousine), we advise to check in the rental offices located at airports, as they usually provide much wider choice comparing to offices in urban areas.

Upon receipt of invoices, bills and documents for your car at the rental location, please compare the obtained data with your voucher. Quite often, employees of rental offices in Hungary try to add optional charges or services without informing customers.

It is very important to pick up your car at the rental office in Hungary in a correct way. Prior to leaving the office, carefully inspect the car for various defects, and ensure that all the discovered defects are mentioned in your rental documents. In case of a non-compliance found, place a demand for correction to the rental officer.

You can always check our car actual rental offers in Hungary. Simply use the search form at the top of the page. We guarantee that you will not find better prices anywhere else!
4. There are some items that must necessarily be present in every car. These are a warning triangle, a first aid kit and a set of spare bulbs. The presence of a fire extinguisher is a recommendation. Drivers should not forget that if they need to get out of the car on a highway, this can be done only wearing a reflective vest.
5. Children under 12 can only be transported in the back seat of the car, and only in a special child seat. Both the driver and all the passengers in the car are required to fasten seat belts.
6. The penalty for driving in the city with unfastened seat belt is 15,000 HUF. If the same violation is registered at one of suburban roads, the amount of the fine will be increased to 30 000 HUF. Finally, driving on the highway without fastening the seat belt will result in a fine of 40 000 HUF. It should be also noted that if the rule is ignored by one of the passengers in the car, he will have to pay the fine, not the driver.
7. You can use the cell phone while driving only if it is equipped with a headset. If you get distracted by any other gadget, you are also very likely to get fined. Therefore, it is recommended to adjust all electronic devices in advance.
8. If you get caught talking on a cell phone while driving, the amount of the fine will depend on the road type. For example, in the territory of settlements the fine estimates 10,000 HUF, and on country roads and highways the fine is higher - HUF 15,000 and HUF 20,000 respectively.
9. Although Hungarian roads are distinguished by high quality, it is almost impossible to call them simple. Even in large cities, there are many narrow and winding streets, and historic parts of old towns resemble mazes that are very complicated for foreign visitors. There are also many one-way streets in old parts of cities.
10. The right turn is allowed not at all intersections, so you should pay attention to road signs. If there is the main road turn ahead, drivers are not obliged to use the turn signal, but when you leave the main road, you are required to turn on the corresponding light signal.
11. In some parts of the road, drivers are allowed to use tram lanes that are considered an extra lane in that case. If in the city it is allowed to occupy any lane, in the country drivers are advised to stay as close to the extreme right lane as possible.
12. On country roads, drivers should keep their lower beams turned on at any time of the day. If you’re driving in the city, the use of lower beams is not necessary but recommended.
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