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Driving in Hungary (Domestic Help)

In Hungary, traffic drives on the right. There are eight arterial roads in the country: all but the M8 start from central Budapest. Tolls are payable on some roads and all motorways. Season tickets can be purchased. From Budapest the two main highways are the M1 to Györ and Vienna and the M7 along Lake Balaton. The M3 connects Budapest with eastern Hungary. Generally the road system is good.

Speed limits are 50 kph (31 mph) in built-up areas, 90 kph (50 mph) on main roads, 110 kph (62 mph) on highways and 130 kph (75 mph) on motorways. Seat belts are compulsory. Children of 16 years and under must sit in the rear seats. Petrol stations are frequent and there are no special tourist petrol coupons. There is a total alcohol ban when driving; severe fines are imposed for infringements. It is obligatory to keep headlights dipped at all times when on the open road. Mobile phones are allowed only with headsets. Child seats are compulsory. Hungarian police issue fines for travel offences on the spot, and can revoke licences on the spot for serious offences. Fines are payable by cheque within a specified period of time.

The Hungarian Automobile Club operates a breakdown service on main roads at weekends and a 24-hour service on motorways.

EU citizens can use their driving licence in Hungary throughout the validity of the document. Non-EU nationals can drive for a period of up to one year from their date of arrival in Hungary if they hold a valid international licence as well as their own domestic licence. After this time they must apply for a Hungarian licence. The procedure can involve taking a practical exam or/and a theoretical exam or/and a medical check-up.