Car Hire

Budapest offers a rentals from both domestic (Fox Autorent, Bér-Elek, and others) and international (such as AutoEurope, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Rhinocar) rental companies

In 2005 there were 1,278 road deaths in Hungary. This equates to 12.7 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to a UK average of 5.5 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2005. Driving can be a touch maniac, speed limits are not observed closely and merging traffic does not always follow right of way laws

A few important regulations to note:

  • Budapest has a zero tolerence law for driving while intoxicated.  Even a single drink (.01) will result in arrest and a fine
  • The use of headlights is compulsory on roads outside towns, even in daytime.
  • Vehicles using the Hungarian motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7 need to be in possession of a motorway vignette (sticker), obtainable at petrol stations and post offices. Some car hired companies include this in the rental.
  • In winter, cars should be equipped for severe conditions, heavy snow is prevalent from November through early February. Take the usual precautions of carrying bottled water, food & blankets.

Ocaasionally, scam artists will stage a car accident to set up a robbery, though this is not very common. 

Taxis

As of September 1, 2013 taxi's in Budapest must comply with a standard rate system

Basic Taxi Price = HUF 450

Price per Km - HUF 280

Waiting Time Per Minute = HUF 70

The taxis are now on average with many if not most of Europe's other major cities, but even with this standardized pricing structure in place it will still rely on the driver taking the most direct route and not long routing you.

It makes sense to check with people on the Budapest travel forum who can give you a general idea as to typical fares to your intended destination.