Overland Hungary Travel
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- 1 Visiting Hungary
- 2 Entering Hungary with a Car or Motorbike
- 3 Driving in Hungary
- 4 Gas and Diesel price in Hungary
- 5 Safety and Security Considerations
- 6 Camping in Hungary
- 7 Navigation
- 8 Special Overland Travel interests
- 9 Vehicle Maintenance
- 10 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Hungary
- 11 References
- 12 Helpful External links
Hungary is probably not the first country that springs into mind when it comes to planning an overlanding trip. There are lots of great destinations around Hungary, such as the coast of Croatia, the Austrian Alps or the hidden villages and adventurous trails of Transylvania. The landlocked, relatively flat and densely populated Hungary, however, is not on the Top 10 lists of overlanders.
If you happen to drive through Hungary as part of your London to Singapore adventure though, what are the routes and places to visit that can’t be missed in this country?
Perhaps it takes a bit more research, but in Hungary you can still find amazing places that make overlanding as a travel and lifestyle so appealing.
Due to Hungary’s turbulent, 1000-year long history, there are numerous places in the country that are not only beautiful but also provide some interesting historical facts and anecdotes.
When choosing a destination in this country, for a full experience it’s always good to pay attention to these historical places and plan accordingly, even if you don’t spend too much time here.
Entering Hungary with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)
(To check if you need a travel Visa for Hungary, application instructions and fees see: Hungary Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
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Process at border
Entering Hungary from another EU country (especially from another Schengen zone country) is fairly quick and easy. If you're entering with a vehicle that has an license plate from another EU country, chances are you won't even be stopped. If you're arriving with a non-EU, or non-Schengen registered vehicle, they will ask for your passport and the vehicle's documents, possibly for your driver's license as well. Provided you have the right visa (same visa requirements apply as in any other EU country), after a quick luggage check, you'll be on your way. The process is the same if you arrive from a non-Schengen country or from a non-EU country, but it might take longer.
Cost of entry
Entering Hungary from Serbia is free of charge, but make sure that you shop for your vignette. The vignette is bought at the shops towards the customs; for example, on the Wien-Budapest motorway. The vignette is registered with last name, first name, address and number of mineralogical plates. The vignette is not a sticker.
Weekly: 2 975 Ft (cars & motos) & 5 950 Ft (Vans up to 3.5 tn)
Monthly: 4 780 Ft (cars & motos) & 9 560 Ft (Vans up to 3.5 tn)
For the latest prices, you can check the official website of the National Toll Payment Services PLC where you can also buy the electronic vignettes online. Be careful when buying a vignette for under 3.5T. If your vehicle is registered for 8 passengers (incl driver) you will need category D2 (not D1).
Permitted length of stay
A foreign registered vehicle can stay up to 6 months in any country within EU.
EU includes: Austria, Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia, Luxembourg, Cyprus Malta, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Portugal, Finland, Romania, France, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Sweden & Ireland
However, you must pay extra attention and study carefully your stay in the Schengen Zone which allows only 3 months every 6 months per year.
The Schengen Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. More info about Schengen Zone Visa at: []
For example Switzerland, Norway or Liechtenstein belong to the Schengen Zone (which literally means free movement) but in the EU. Also countries like Serbia, Albania, FYROM, Bosnia or Belarus do not belong to any group (EU or Schengen Zone)
Extension of stay
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Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
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Exiting with a vehicle
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Driving in Hungary
Recommended books for Overlanding in Hungary
Travel insurance for Hungary
Vehicle insurance requirements
Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.
Cost of vehicle insurance
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Where to purchase vehicle insurance
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Driving side of road
RHD vehicles can be driven in Hungary
Mandatory items in vehicle
Safety triangle and first aid kit are mandatory items in every vehicle.
General Road quality
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Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
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Bribery in Hungary
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Traveling with pets
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Gas and Diesel price in Hungary
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€1.54 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€1.56 EUR per Liter|
Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Gas or Diesel shortages do not occur. Both are available everywhere. You will find a gas station within 15 miles everywhere in the country.
Gas and Diesel Quality
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Safety and Security Considerations
Driving at night
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Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
Special driving considerations
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Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Hungary - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Hungary
Organized "pay" camping is common. Official campsites have the usual facilities with bathrooms, toilet, waste water systems for RVs, internet, etc. Some of the campsites are run down but they are being improved every year.
Prices range from 15-100 Euros per person.
"Wild" or "roadside" camping is possible. The country is crowded so it's hard to find wild campspots, but it's possible, especially in the mountains or next to rivers. It's best to use iOverlander or Park4Night apps. It is considered to be safe and it's not illegal.
Camping guide books
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Regular tap water is safe to drink.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Hungary
GPS Maps of Hungary
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GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Hungary
- iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.
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Special Overland Travel interests
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4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
Roland Obsuszt, Atomic Metalworks, Harley Davidson Specialist, Ballószög, +3620 9345284
Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Hungary
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Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
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