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    The most popular car rental brands in Hungary are Thrifty, Megadrive, Budget, Buchbinder and Fox.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Hungary are January and October.

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Hire a car in Hungary

Hungary boasts intriguing mix of affordable travel options, from the cosmopolitan capital to the vast open countryside.

Hungary is home to the largest lake in Europe – locals flock to the waters of Lake Balaton in summer. Across the country you’ll find many ancient wine regions, hundreds of natural springs and a love of classical music. So listen to some Liszt, tuck into some goulash and enjoy.

It’s easy to explore what Hungary has to offer with easyCar. We’ll compare all the best car hire options for you, so all you need to do is choose. From Enterprise, to Budget, all the car hire giants are at your fingertips when you use easyCar.

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Hungary driving tips

Drink driving
There is a zero tolerance law on drink-driving in Hungary. This means if you test positive for any alcohol in your system at all, you are breaking the law.

Motorway vignette
Highway stickers are required in Hungary, so check at the rental desk whether the car comes equipped with one.

In Hungary, it’s the law to keep your headlights on at all times.

Giving way
Public transport always has priority, so if you see a bus trying to pull out of its stop, you must let them proceed.

Budapest trams
In the capital, you may find that you share some of your roads with trams. As with buses, if a tram crosses your path (at a junction) then they have right of way.

Budapest – The Paris of the East

Most visitors to Hungary will be planning on spending their time in Budapest – the country's capital and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Eastern Europe.

The combination of three Hungarian cities, Budapest has a rich cultural history, which you can easily take in by walking and driving around the city. Public transport in the city is extremely good, but its governors also put a lot of work into making sure that it's easy to drive in, too. The city is full of smart traffic lights, which take in information such as the location of public transport vehicles to speed up journeys across the roads. Smart technology is also used to inform drivers on real-time traffic information at entry-points, so you can easily plan your journey through the capital before you set off.

A common road trip from Budapest crosses the Hungarian-Slovakian border into Bratislava. If you're planning to take this journey, check that your car hire provider permits the crossing of this border – it may come at extra cost, but it's definitely worth it. We suggest you cross the border early and drive along the Danube, stopping off at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum that sits in the centre of the river.

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When to visit Hungary

For budget friendly, spring flowers and Easter festivities: March - May
A colourful time of year, cycling is a popular activity as is exploring the countryside.

For thermal baths, sizzling summers, folk festivals and fireworks: June - August
A popular time to visit, be warned that this is actually one of the wetter seasons too. Expect showers and thunderstorms as well as glorious sunshine.

For harvest-fresh food and calm strolls: September - October
Once the summer crowds have dispersed, although temperatures cool this is still a great time to explore the city.

For Christmas ambience, wonderful markets and maybe even some snow: November - January
During this time of year, some attractions can be closed, but you’ll often find really good prices on car hire, flights and accommodation.

Points of interest in Hungary

  • Siófok

    A city on the lake, Siófok is popular for the beaches and the parties.

  • Szentendre

    Colourful houses and folky vibes, this cute town has a marzipan museum.

  • Tokaj

    Wine region with UNESCO World Heritage status, near to the Slovakian border.

  • Eger

    Castles and Turkish heritage, as well as more wine are to be had in the city of Eger.

  • Koszeg

    The jewel box of Hungary is romantic, medieval and surrounded by forest.