Arrival at Budapest
By Passenger Car
Of the four motorways and four highways in Hungary, seven depart from Budapest (motorway No.8 is the exception).Drivers are obliged to purchase a motorway sticker for the motorways M1, M3,M5 and M7 (obtainable at border crossing points and major petrol stations).
The Hungarian Highway Code (KRESZ) is based on the Vienna and Geneva Convention, and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. However, it is important to highlight a few key traffic regulations that tourists visiting Hungary must observe at all times: use of seatbelts in the font and rear seats is compulsory; only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker and microphone may be used in cars, and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area; drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving, and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 30,000 (USD 130); the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kph, outside built-up areas 90 kph, on the roads 110 kph and on motorways 130 kph; use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which, unfortunately Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason).
Hungarian Automobile Club (Magyar Autóklub) 24 hour helpline: (+36-1) 345-1755
Roadside breakdown service: 188
Source: Budapesti Turisztikai Kht, Budapest Guide, 2003