Hungary features a very extensive road network that covers most of the country. Renting a car in Hungary offers the easiest and most convenient way to moving around the country. Road conditions in Hungary are good for the most part and traffic drives on the right-hand side. You must be 18 years old to drive in Hungary and seatbelts must be worn. Hungary is very tough on drunk driving, to the point where they have adopted a no tolerance policy. You must not have any trace of alcohol in your system if you wish to drive in Hungary. Headlights must be on when you are driving outside town and the use of your horn is prohibited from 10:00am to 6:00pm in built up areas. You must purchase a vignette or window sticker in order to drive on some of the major highways, including the M1 and M3.
Traveling by Rail:
The rail network in Hungary is very extensive to the point where no destination is more than a 3 ½ hour train ride from Budapest. The network covers the entire country and train travel is efficient and affordable. In major cities such as Budapest, tram service is available to move about the city. Hungary offers three different types of trains, local, Express and InterCity. Local trains tend to make numerous stops and are the slowest form of train travel while Express and InterCity trains make fewer stops and get you to your destination quicker.
Traveling by Bus:
The bus network in Hungary is very comprehensive and covers the entire country. Bus travel is generally cheaper and easier than traveling by train. All major towns and cities in Hungary can be reached by bus as well as numerous international routes to neighboring countries. To travel by bus in Budapest, tickets are purchased at either a newsstand or the metro office/machines and are then validated when you board the bus. Different passes exist to save you money depending on your specific travel needs.
Traveling by Boat:
Cruising on the Danube is a very popular tourist activity, but not so much a means of transportation. The Danube offers spectacular sights and great photo-ops of this amazing country. There are options for just local cruises or a cruise that will take you into neighboring countries such as Austria and Slovakia.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxi service is available in most major towns and cities throughout Hungary. Take note in Budapest that some taxi companies are illegitimate and will try to scam you. Only hire taxis from recommended companies and try not to hail them from the street. Ask your hotel concierge to suggest a company to you or to call one for you and they will be happy to assist you. Tipping is expected at 10% if the service you received is satisfactory.
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