Country Information

Location: Eastern Europe
Capital: Budapest
Population: 9.8 Million
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Language: Hungarian
Main Religion: Christianity

Hello: Szia
Thank you: köszönöm

Dates in the country

Start of September 2017


The climate of the Hungary can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters.

Public Holidays

  • 1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day
  • 15 Mar Wed Revolution Day
  • 14 Apr Fri Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Mon Easter Monday
  • 1 May Mon Labour Day
  • 5 Jun Mon Whit Monday
  • 20 Aug Sun Saint Stephen’s Day
  • 23 Oct Mon Republic Day
  • 1 Nov Wed All Saints’ Day
  • 25 Dec Mon Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Tue 2nd Day of Christmas


  • Australian and New Zealand passport holders planning a visit to any of the 28 Member States of the EU do not require a visa if their stay is no longer than 90 days in a six month period within the EU.
  • UK part of EU


Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Malaria: No

Rules of the Road

Hungarian general road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right side of the road and overtaking only on the left side.
  • The minimum age for driving in Hungary is 18.
  • For driving either a rented or own car, the Third Part insurance is obligatory.
  • Speed limits are depended by types of roads: in urban areas, it is 50 km/h (31 mph); for dual carriageways, it is 110 km/h (65 mph); on a motorway, it is 130 km/h (80 mph).
  • Hungary has a zero tolerance policy on drink driving.
  • For driving outside of urban area, dipped headlights at all times are required.
  • For driving on motorways, it is necessary to obtain a special sticker (vignette) which is available from petrol stations. Following roads require presence of a vignette: Budapest – Hegyeshalom; Budapest -Gorbehaza – Nyiregyhaza; Budapest – Kiskunfelegyhaza – Szeged – Roszke; M0- Erd – Dunaujvaros; Budapest – Lake Balaton – Letenye; Emod – Miskolc; Gorbehaza-Debrecen.
  • Drivers must always give way to public transports such as buses and trams.
  • It is required by law to have in a car: a first aid kit, reflective jacket, warning triangle, and spare headlamp bulbs.
  • While driving, it is illegal to use cell phone; drivers may use only phones with hands- free systems.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory for a driver and all passengers from front and rear seats.
  • Children who are less than 150 cm tall must sit in the back seat. Children under three years of age must have an appropriate child seats.
  • Drivers may only use horns in cases of extreme danger.
  • Foreign drivers must have at all time while driving their original driving permits, International driver licenses, passports, car registration and insurance certificates.
  • Parking is permitted on the right-hand side of two-way streets and on both sides of one-way streets. Yellow line at side of road means no stopping
  • It is a rule to yield to the car coming from right.
  • The police phone number is 107.

Places to Visit

  • Buda Castle – It is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for a reason. Possibly the best combination of river, mountain and architecture in any capital city of the World.
  • Jewish Budapest – Hungary has experienced a veritable revival of Jewish life in the last decade, and the traditional centre of Jewish life, the capital’s 7th district has as many old men sporting hats and long coats as trendy little bars.


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers)

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.