Road Conditions and Safety: Roadside assistance, including medical and other services, is available. English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below. If you call and the operator does not speak English, dial 112.
24-hour English language emergency assistance: 112
Highways and urban roads are generally in good condition. As in most European countries, you must pay a toll to use Hungary?s highways. Payments must be made either at a gas station or online.
- Areas under construction are not always adequately marked or blockaded.
- Be on the alert when driving in rural areas. Rural roads are often narrow and poorly lit.
- Pedestrians, tractors, and farm animals often share the use of rural roads.
- Train crossings are not always well-designated.
Additional information on road conditions is available from ??tinform? at (36)(1) 336-2400.
Traffic Laws: Hungary has zero tolerance for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Prison sentences for DUI violations or accidents caused by impaired drivers are severe.
- Police often conduct routine roadside checks and administer breath-analysis tests.
- Police stop vehicles regularly to check documents.
- Use of hand-held cell phones while driving is not permitted.
- Car seats are required for infants.
- Children under age of 12 may not sit in the front seat.
- Seat belt use is mandatory.
- You can drive in Hungary with a valid U.S. driver?s license for one year as long as you have a certified Hungarian translation of the license attached. After one year of residence you must obtain a Hungarian driver?s license. More information is on the U.S. Embassy?s website.
- International driver?s permits (IDP) issued by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Automobile Club are acceptable when used with a valid state driver?s license.
Hungarian police issue traffic violations in the form of a postal check that reflects the amount of the fine. You may pay the fines at any Hungarian post office. Police will confiscate the passport of a person who chooses to contest the fine and issue the person an ?invitation letter? to appear at the police station to resolve the dispute. Police will return the passport after resolution and/or payment of the fine.
Public Transportation: Public transportation in Budapest is excellent. Budapest?s tram, subway, and bus service is reliable and ? for the most part ? clean. You may find more information online at the Budapest Transport page. Public transportation outside of Budapest is not as dependable.
- To avoid being a subject to on-the-sport fines in public transportation, you must follow rules for purchasing and properly validating your ticket. For detailed information regarding public transportation ticket purchase and validation, please refer to Budapest Transport page.
- Taxis in Budapest are plentiful and generally inexpensive. All taxis are yellow, marked accordingly, and should have meters. The Embassy urges all travelers to insist on using a metered taxi, and to avoid entering into agreements with taxi drivers to an unmetered fare.
- Hungary?s train service is generally reliable. See more information about Hungary?s train system. The Embassy regularly receives reports of pick-pocketing on the trains between Budapest and Vienna. Be especially mindful of your belongings when traveling this route.
See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Hungary?s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Hungary?s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Hungary?s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA?s safety assessment page.