Steeped in history with long standing traditions in folk and classical music Hungary is a main European transport hub with seven neighbouring countries.

The landscape is flat save a smattering of foothills in the north, the majority of the eastern part of the country is known as the Great Hungarian Plain, home to the largest natural grassland in Europe Hortobágy National Park.

Admiration is given to Hungary’s extensive architectural beauty which is most dense in Budapest, Eger and it’s surrounds in the North East where natural wonders can also be found in the form of caves some of which house unique baths. But architectural gems can be found throughout the country from medieval castles to baroque churches. Central and Western Hungary, similar to nearly the whole nation, are dominated by lush hot springs with the highlight here being Lake Hévíz; the second largest thermal lake in the world. Right next door is Lake Balaton the largest lake in Central Europe, the region is host to many lakeside resorts and gastronomic events.

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Passports & Visas

A passport needs to be valid for at least three months beyond the date of arrival. No nationality is required to provide proof of onward travel in order to enter Hungary.
Hungary is part of the Schengen area, meaning many nationalities won’t require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Click here for more info on the Schengen agreement. EU nationals staying longer than 90 days need to register with a regional Immigration Office. Australian, Canadian and US Nationals staying in Hungary for more than 90 days need to apply for a long-stay visa. The legal ways of getting a new visa or extension is from a Thai Embassy, Immigration Officer at a point of entry or a Immigration Office around the country. Visas issued by travel agents or any other means are likely to be illegal.

Getting There…

Travel links in and outward to other countries are simple enough, flights to and from Budapest are cheaper than other major cities in adjacent countries making it an ideal place for a long haul flight if needed. Private buses run to major cities from all bordering countries regularly, trains are a fast and safe way to get in and around Hungary from other cities with picturesque scenery throughout the network. When flying in to Budapest you’ll find most taxis at the airport will accept credit and debit cards.

Travel Routes..

Key travel routes through Hungary are visible on the map to the left. Click on the route lines for travel time by road.

Driving in Hungary

Cars in Hungary drive on the right hand side of the road, traffic signs and road markings are similar to other European countries, the speed limit in built-up urban areas is 50 km/h, outside built-up areas 90 km/h, on main roads 110 km/h and on motorways 130 km/h. Hungary has zero tolerance when it comes to drinking and driving, any amount of alcohol in a drivers system can land a 300,000Ft fine. Hungary has 5 motorways and 4 main roads, all except main road No. 8 terminate in Budapest. If using the M1, M3, M5, M6 or M7 motorways you are required to purchase a motorway vignette (sticker) available at petrol stations near border crossing points or pre pay online.

Find out more about transport in Hungary, including costs here.

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