Since Hungary held its first multiparty elections of modern times in 1990 it has made rapid economic progress. The capital Budapest is in reality two beautiful cities that straddle the river Danube.
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The speed limits in Hungary are:
On Motorways the limit is 120 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 75 miles per hour.
On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 80 kilometres per hour that's 50 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is the same as the limit in Britain.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Hungary even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be more than 1.5 in height to occupy a front passenger seat, without a child restraint.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a warning triangle as these are compulsory in Hungary.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Hungary. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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