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 overtake 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.
- Dipped headlights must be on at all times even on motorways.
- 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.
Here are the legal speed limits for driving in Hungary:
- 50 km/h in built-up areas.
- 90 km/h on open roads.
- 110 km/h on semi-motorways
- 130 km/h on motorways.
Things to Bring Along
Here are the compulsory documents and equipment to carry:
- Full UK driver’s licence (UK licences are still accepted in Hungary).
- Always have your passport with you when driving.
- First Aid Kit
- A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
- Reflective vest
- 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 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 the cities of Debrecen and Gyor. We also have 2 branches in the capital city of Budapest including one at Budapest Airport.