Required Documents for car driving
- Driving license: When operating a motor vehicle, citizens of the European Union and countries that had signed the Vienna Convention on Public Roads can use their national driver's licenses, all others are required to have an international license. Foreign driving licences are valid for one year after entry.
- Liability insurance (Insurance can be taken out at the appointed insurance companies) and Green card: Liability insurance is mandatory in Hungary. For vehicles from countries that are members of license plate agreements, the plate and country sticker is acceptable as proof of valid insurance. Citizens of all other countries must present a green card. Without the green card, the owner is required to taken out an insurance at the border before entering the country. Please check the membership of your country when you plan your journey.
- Car registration document
- Country sticker
After the expiry of a residence permit, all vehicles must be taken out of the country!
Border crossings and their open hours, click here!
M1: Budapest - Hegyeshalom
M15: Hegyeshalom - Rajka
M3: Budapest - Nyíregyháza
M5: Budapest - Röszke
M6: Budapest - Pécs
M7: Budapest - Balatonkeresztúr and Sormás - Letenye (15 km section)
Motorways are toll pay motorways and can be used with prepayed vignettes. Vignettes can be purchased at bigger filling stations and at bigger post offices.
Fees for motorcycles, and motor vehicles with a maximum total permissible weight of 3.5 tons, including any trailers : 10-day vignette: 2 975 HUF, 31-day vignette: 4 780 HUF, 1-year vignette: 42 980 HUF (valid from January, 2012)
Note that vignette today is only the name of the licence of using the motorways. You get an invoice you have to keep for one year. Your car's licence number will be registered in the system and the control on the motorway also goes fully digitally.
For motorways tolls and other fees, click here!
Emergency telephone boxes are placed every 2 kilometres on the M1, M5 and M7 motorways and on motor-road '5' where non-stop assistance is available.
The phone number of the Emergency Service is 188 throughout the country.
Police may assess fines from 30 000 HUF up to 300 000 HUF. The fines have got to be paid later by cheque. In the case of major offences, police may revoke driving licences on the spot.
Important! The blood-alcohol level permitted in Hungary is 0.00%.
Pay Car Parks in Budapest
Drivers have got to pay for parking in the inner districts of Budapest. Tickets can be bought for a maximum of 2 hours in the slot-machines (ticket machines) on the streets. Cars aren't guarded in these parking places.
Parking fees: 160-640 HUF/hour (based on the zone). Given that the machines take coins, it is worth keeping 50 and 100 HUF coins for this purpose.
Cars will be clamped if no parking fee has been paid or the period paid for has expired.
During sightseeing excursions, passenger cars and buses are allowed to park free of charge in the major tourist centres (e.g., the Citadel, Heroes Square, Városliget (City Park). There are parking lots for buses at Belgrád rakpart (lower rakpart, wharf), in Duna Street near Erzsébet Square.
The well-known multinational car-rental companies have agencies and offices in Budapest. The following home-pages provide information on price, availability and rental conditions: Autorent | Auto Europe | Avalon Rent | Avis | Budapest Limousine Service | Budget | Europcar | Fox Autorent | Hertz | Limousine Service Hungary | Thrifty | Schiller Rent a Car | Sixt | Toyota Strasszer | Yes Autorent
If you are not familiar with the city, it is easiest to get around by a taxi cab. In Budapest these vehicles are equipped with yellow number plates and usually have a yellow "TAXI" sign on the roof. All cabs must be equipped with a meter. The meter should be turned on while travelling and the driver should provide you with a receipt showing the exact fare upon arrival to your destination. Főtaxi offers transfer services from Budapest Ferihegy Airport on a zone-based fare to the city. +36-1-2-22-2222 Pre-ordered cabs offer lower rates than those hailed on the street. The taxi companies assume full responsibility for their employees. Phone orders are handled 24 hours a day by call-centre attendants speaking foreign languages. Never hail a cab on the street! Call one of the following companies!
Budapest Taxi +36-1-4-333-333
City Taxi +36-1-2-111-111
Mobil Taxi +36-1-333-2222
Radio Taxi +36-1-7-777-777
Taxi 2000.hu +36-1-2-000-000
Zóna Taxi +36-1-365-55-55