Driving Tips in Hungary - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Hungary can be different to driving in the UK so make sure that you are aware of the rules of the road before you travel there. Sixt has provided this guide below with some useful driving tips for our customers to read through beforehand.

Driving Tips Hungary
Driving Tips in Germany

Rules & Regulations

Please make sure that you read through all of this guide before you start your road trip in Hungary.

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road and over take on the left.
  • Every occupant in the car has to wear a seat belt.
  • Children who are less than 1.5m tall can't sit in the front seat of the car unless they have an appropriate child seat restraint. Children under 3 years old must use a child restraint seat.
  • Don’t drink and drive because the drink driving limit is zero.
  • The use of mobile phones whilst driving is illegal unless you use a hands free system.
  • You must use dipped headlights during the day if you are driving outside of built-up areas. This is because some rural roads can be very dark and there are lots of carts and pedestrians on these roads.
  • It's illegal to use full-beam lights in built-up areas at night.
  • Give way to the right when vehicles are approaching an intersection.
  • Give way to cars on the left when on a motorway.
  • You must always give way to forms of public transportation such as buses and trams.
  • Hungary can experience very severe winter weather conditions so if you travel there at that time of year you must make sure that you use winter tyres.
  • In some areas during winter, snow chains may be required.
  • If you have to pass a rail crossing do so slowly.
Sixt rent a car Speed Limits Advice

Speed Limits

Here are the legal speed limits for driving in Hungary:

  • 50 kph in built up areas.
  • 90-110 kph on open roads.
  • 130 kph on motorways.
Papers Bring Along - Sixt Driving Tips

Things to Bring Along

Here are the compulsory documents and equipment to carry:

  • Full UK driver’s licence.
  • Always have your passport with you when driving.
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • Reflective vest
Driving Tips from Sixt rent a car

Additional Information

You will have to pay tolls for some motorways and you'll be given a sticker to put in your car as proof of payment.

You shouldn't use your horn except in cases of extreme danger.

If you’re are caught committing a driving offence whilst driving in Hungary then you could face being given an on the spot fine.

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. Parking in in Budapest can be tricky as it is a busy city. If you park illegally your car could be clamped.

Most roads in Hungary are in good condition.

Sixt has branches in Hungary in the cities of Debrecen, Gyor and Miskolc. We also have 2 branches in the capital city of Budapes tincluding one at Budapest Airport.

After reading our Hungary driving tips why not have a look at some of the other locations we have covered including Barbados,Belarus and the Greece.

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.