Those wishing to explore the countryside will find it very advantageous to rent a car in Hungary. Popular destinations accessible by car include Lake Balaton, Bükk National Park, the wine-growing regions of Eger and Tokaj, and the Pilis Mountains.
Several national highways (including M1, M3, M5, and M7) are toll roads, meaning that anyone who wishes to use them will need to display a toll sticker in the windshield of their rental car. These stickers are available from outlets such as gas stations and can be purchased for different time periods, starting from around 2,100 HUF (7.50 USD) for 4 days.
Child seats are mandatory for children under 3 years of age, even when making short trips, e.g., between the airport and the city center. Most rental agencies are able to provide baby or child booster seats for an additional fee; during the busy periods of the year, it is especially important to book in advance. As an example, you can expect to pay approximately 2,000 HUF (7 USD) per day for this service with an agency like Buchbinder. Regardless of age, children under 150 cm (59 in) in height are not allowed to sit in the front seat without an appropriate restraint.
Many people who rent a car in Hungary will want to travel across an international border into another European country. Although rules vary by agency and should always be checked in advance, the vast majority, including Avis and Hertz, will allow you to cross a border into a Western European country (such as Austria) without a problem. Eastern European countries such as Albania or Croatia may be subject to restrictions.
25% of our users found rental cars in Hungary for C$ 42 or less
Book your rental car in Hungary at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport rental car locations in Hungary are around 12% more expensive than airport locations on average
Compact rental cars in Hungary are around 35% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Hungary
On average a rental car in Hungary costs C$ 53 per day.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Hungary.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Klass Wagen (C$ 26/day), U-Save (C$ 44/day) and Schiller Rent A Car (C$ 44/day).
Based on car searches on KAYAK. The most popular cities to rent a car in Hungary are Budapest (98% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Hungary). Vác (1%) and Pécs (1%).
On average a rental car in Hungary costs C$ 346 per week (C$ 49 per day).
On average a rental car in Hungary costs C$ 1,483 per month (C$ 49 per day).
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.
Gas prices in Hungary tend to be slightly below the global and European average, but can fluctuate. A liter of gasoline or diesel will probably cost around 410 HUF (1.45 USD). Gas stations may be sparse in rural areas, so it is important to fuel up when you have the chance. As a general rule, gas 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 car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.