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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), which is just over half an hour's drive from the centre (about 20km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Budapest are Thrifty, Megadrive, Budget, Buchbinder and Fox.
Warmest month: July (21°C)
Coldest month: January (-1°C)
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The Paris of the East, Budapest is Hungary’s cultural powerhouse and political core.
Formerly three distinct cities – Buda, Pest and Óbuda – their unification during the 19th century pushed Budapest into an inspiring pace of development. The country’s capital is famous for its thermal springs and boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other Eastern European city, alongside a stunning skyline made up of iconic buildings.
Budapest is a mix of traditional and new trends, a stylistic blend which leaks through in the city’s fashion, art, design and everyday lifestyle. Hiring a car here is a great way to escape into the Hungarian countryside.
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Car hire knowledge
Like any big European city with tight and narrow roads, parking can be a major frustration. There are several things to be aware of when parking your rental car in Budapest.
Parking has been made free near most major city attractions.
You must park on the side of the road in the same direction as traffic flow, except on one way streets where parking on both sides is allowed.
There are different designated parking zones in the city, ranging in hourly fees. Street parking in these zones may be paid at machines with coins – which provide information in English – or electronically through a mobile device. However, you must set-up mobile parking beforehand.
Parking is strictly enforced and you may find your vehicle clamped if you exceed your parking ticket by 30 minutes or park illegally.
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What to do
The 19th century, three-floor Central Market Hall is a delight to wander through and see where most locals gather their ingredients. After, make your way to one of the city’s stylish restaurants to see how chefs have revamped Hungarian cuisine. Costes and Gundel are two of the city’s leading and award-winning restaurants.
Café Gerbeaud is one of Europe’s most significant coffee houses. Enjoy the rich coffee and delicate pastries while taking in the Rococo interior. And for those interested in something stronger, Budapest will supply you with a bouquet of complex wines and craft beers. Try out the city’s “ruin bars”, such as Eleszto.
Whether you’re actually interested in the opera or not, the Hungarian State Opera House is a jaw-dropping feat of architecture and design. Likewise, the Gellért Baths’ Art Nouveau mosaic walls and stained glass windows will relax you just as much as the thermal bath itself.
The ultimate Budapest road trip
Budapest Airport BUD
Budapest’s airport is by far Hungary’s largest commercial airport.
Car hire pick up point
Rental desks are located in Terminal 2 of the airport.
Romantic ruins and a hilltop castle are only the beginning of this small town’s allure.
A beautiful small town with a wealth of Baroque churches, a castle and plenty of locally produced wine.
These outdoor cave baths are the perfect way to relax and get in touch with nature.
Aggtelek National Park
The park’s main attraction is the 25km Baradla Cave, which extends into Slovakia, making it one of the largest stalactite caves in Europe.