It is well worth considering renting a car during your time in Budapest, especially if you are a family traveling together. While for the most part public transportation is widely available, at times it can be laborious and time consuming to use. This is particularly the case if you would like to visit the many tourist destinations in the city’s neighboring areas. For instance, Esztergom is the former capital of Hungary and is just 60 km away from Budapest. There is also the Gödöllő Palace, which is a mere 30 km from the city.
Is step one of your vacation in Hungary picking up the rental car? For travelers with flights landing at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, the rental car desks are conveniently located in the main hall of the airport.
In Budapest there are strictly no right turns on red at intersections. The only time this does not apply is when there is a separate green turn signal indicating that you may turn. Drivers caught turning right on red risk fines and there is no leeway given to travelers who claim to not know that this was a rule.
Rush hour traffic in Budapest, like many capital cities, can be rough at times. Drivers can expect the morning rush hour to start around 7:00 a.m. and last until 9:30 a.m., while in the afternoon the traffic picks up again at around 4:00 p.m. and cools down at about 7:00 p.m. The central business district is one of the worst-hit areas, particularly in the evening, so travelers are advised to avoid it at those times if they can.
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FAQs about renting a car in Budapest
Some car rental companies in Budapest which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt, Budget and Europcar
On average a hire car in Budapest costs C$ 40 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at FLIZZR (C$ 34/day), Hertz (C$ 44/day) and Sixt (C$ 51/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at FLIZZR Szent István tér 1 1051 (1 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Budapest. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Budapest is C$ 6.95 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 83 and C$ 111, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Budapest.
A Compact car rental in Budapest costs C$ 44 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Budapest costs C$ 21 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Budapest costs C$ 25 per day, on average.
In Budapest, cars are most frequently rented at Klass Wagen Liszt Ferenc - International Airport, 1185 , Üllői út 822 (16 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Budapest costs C$ 278 per week (C$ 40 per day).
On average a rental car in Budapest costs C$ 1,192 per month (C$ 40 per day).
Like many European cities, Budapest has many pre-automobile era roads and lanes that are ill suited for larger vehicles. Thus, if you plan to fully explore the city, then you are better off renting a smaller vehicle such as a compact or a sedan. Smaller vehicles are especially recommended if you will be parking in the downtown areas.
For the most part, drivers can expect speed limits of 50 km/h (31 mph) throughout Budapest and in towns and cities across Hungary. On smaller highways and open roads, the speed limit bumps up to 90 to 110 km/h (56 to 68 mph) and on the fastest highways it goes all the way up to 130 km/h (81 mph).
The average price of gas in Budapest is about 365 HOF ($1.29) per liter of gas. In gallons that comes out to about 1381.53 HOF ($4.87), which isn’t bad at all for Europe.
In general, streetside parking is not too difficult to find in Budapest, particularly in the outer districts of the city. However, in the more historical parts of town, streetside parking can become scarce and, if spots are available, they tend to be limited in size. Private parking garages and lots are available and are a great option for drivers visiting the central areas of the city.