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Car Rental Budapest

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Budapest

Budapest is an excellent city for driving around. It’s relatively sparsely populated and on many days you’ll find that you have some of the main roads almost to yourself. Hertz car rental in Budapest makes convenient and simple to hire a car with many branches at convenient locations throughout the city.

Discover Budapest’s beautiful sites at your own pace, such as the historic Fisherman’s Bastion, the fun and relaxing Szechenyi thermal baths and the magnificent Hungarian State Opera House. This is a city of great historic and cultural diversity, with a heritage going back to the Habsburg Empire, of which Budapest was the second most important city.

Driving and Parking in Budapest

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Budapest. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Budapest, take a look at our page about renting a car in Hungary.

When you rent a car in Budapest you’ll find that the city has efficient and cost-effective parking strategies in place, enabling you to conveniently park with ease even in the more central areas. The EZ Car Park facility is used by the majority of drivers on a daily basis and is popular with all visitors to the city.

EZ Car Park offers drivers a choice of seven parking areas in the central part of Budapest. These secure lots are located in districts 6 and 7, close to Blaha Lujza Square and Nyugati Railway Station. You can park here at any time of day or night as they’re all open 24/7, and if you buy a monthly parking pass you can save a significant number of forints per day. On-street parking is available in places but is restricted and relatively expensive.

 

Pickup Locations Budapest

  • Budapest Airport Terminal 2

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0800-2400

    Address: Budapest Airport

    Phone: +36 1 2960996

  • Apaczai Csere Janos U

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-1900

    Address: Apaczai Csere Janos utca 4,
    Danube Promenade

    Phone: +36 1 2960997

  • Budapest North-Pest Office

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-1900

    Address: Vaci Ut 135-139

    Phone: +36 1 2960998

  • NXP Budapest

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-1900

    Address: Apaczai Csere Janos,
    Apaczai Csere Janos U.4

    Phone: +36 266 4361

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Driving in and around Budapest

Key routes

Eight of Hungary’s five motorways and four major trunk roads start in Budapest, so the city is the centre of the country’s road network, sending spokes from this primary hub to the rest of Hungary. This makes it easy to get around by car and see attractions both in Budapest itself and in the surrounding region.

Motorway stickers are needed to use the M1, M3 and M5, as well as for the more peripheral M6 and M7. You can pick the stickers up at petrol stations and border crossings.

M7 is a popular motorway with visitors travelling from Budapest to the Lake Balaton area, famous for its wildlife and unspoilt scenery.

Major Highways

Vaci Street or Vaci Utca is Budapest’s most famous street. Its northern section is full of upmarket restaurants and there are many designer outlets along its entire length. When driving along Vaci Utca, be sure to observe a few rules and regulations:

• Always drive on the right side of the road throughout Hungary.
• It is compulsory in Hungary to use seat belts in front and back.
• Driving while under the influence of any amount of alcohol can result in a fine of up to HUF 300,000, or €1000. Also, since 2008 whether you’re a Hungarian citizen or a foreigner you can have your licence confiscated on the spot for driving with any amount of alcohol in your blood.
• The speed limit throughout Hungary is 130kph on motorways, 110kph on main roads and 90kph outside built-up areas. Inside built-up areas you’re limited to 50kph.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.