A blend of cultures from central, eastern and southern Europe all help to make Hungary unique. The county is home to many examples of classical architecture, a unique language which can be hard to master and gorgeous national dishes such as goulash and paprikash. This part of the world is a great place to visit if you have relaxation in mind.
Budapest, the capital city, is divided in two by the Danube but either side of the river is equally beautiful and serene. It’s a great place to go for a night out, to take in a performance of works from classical music legends such as Hungary’s own Liszt and Bartok; or to go for a stroll in the countryside if the mood takes you.
What are the roads like in Hungary?
The state of Hungarian roads depends largely on where you drive. The motorways are usually in good condition, but away from the major conurbations, some of the roads haven’t received the attention they need. In the centre of many cities, minor roads are sometimes flecked with cracks, bumps and potholes, although repairs are usually in progress.
How will I find Hungarian drivers?
Drivers in Hungary are known for being aggressive, especially in traffic jams. Hard shoulders are rare on Hungarian roads, making overtaking a big problem. The best thing to do is drive as cautiously and safely as possible, just to try to avoid being caught up in any conflict with a local driver. Although when the conditions are good, aggression is less common on the roads.
What are the best times to drive?
Rush hours on a morning (between 7-9am) and evening (4-6.30pm) are the worst times to drive during the day. Waiting a while before you set off is advisable, especially as the majority of roads in Hungary have just two lanes. National holidays are just as bad for traffic, especially in and around Budapest, Gyor and Debrecen.
What are the driving laws?
A valid UK driving licence (with paperwork) or an International Driving Permit is required. A GB sticker (or Euro-plate), your motor insurance certificate, a warning triangle inside the car, headlamp converters, a first aid kit and a reflective jacket are all essential too. Everyone must wear a seatbelt, while children shorter than 4ft 11in can’t sit in the front without an appropriate seat restraint.
You cannot find leaded petrol at any petrol station in Hungary, although petrol, diesel and LPG are all available.
Some motorways require toll payments, but once you pay, you’ll be given a sticker to prove that you’ve made the required payment.
Your horn shouldn’t be sounded unless you’re in an extreme situation such as approaching the point of collision with another driver.