Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hungary.
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Anyone planning to rent a car in Hungary will find the driving experience to be quite simple: traffic drives on the right, and roads are generally in good condition. In some rural areas, you may find roads with gravel or other non-smooth surface. If driving in the city, it is important to be aware that buses and streetcars always have the right of way and should only be overtaken on the right.
In order to rent a car in Hungary, drivers need to be at least 21 years of age and have held their license for a minimum of 12 months. Even then, drivers younger than 25 may find themselves paying a daily surcharge. Klass Wagen, for example, charges an extra 1,200 HUF (4.25 USD) per day for young drivers. Most agencies accept domestic licenses in English, but it may be a good idea to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) in case of on-the-spot police checks. If you’re renting a car in Hungary, it is good to always travel with your passport.
Petrol prices in Hungary tend to be slightly below the global and European average, but can fluctuate. A liter of petrol or diesel will probably cost around 410 HUF (1.45 USD). Petrol stations may be sparse in rural areas, so it is important to fuel up when you have the chance. As a general rule, petrol stations will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, and highway express stations should be open 24h a day.
There are three main speed limits enforced nationally in Hungary, although additional limits may be used, depending on the road conditions in certain areas. In urban areas the top limit is 50 km/h (31 mph), while open roads have a limit of 90 km/h (56 mph). National highways have a higher limit of 120 km/h (75 mph). Anyone who commits a speeding offense might have to pay a fine on the spot in local currency.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last hours. Hires are subject to change and may not be available on all hire cars listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the hire cars providers' sites.