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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Budapest, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up 3d or similar
Volkswagen Up 3d
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$14.29 / per day
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Budapest Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Schiller Rent
$15.04 / per day
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Budapest, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$15.71 / per day
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Budapest Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Schiller Rent
$15.88 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Budapest Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
FOX AUTORENT
$16.42 / per day
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Budapest Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$17.12 / per day
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Budapest Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Schiller Rent
$17.15 / per day
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Budapest, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus STW or similar
Ford Focus STW
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$17.40 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 22:08 on 2019-12-09. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Hungarian
Currency
HUF
Country code
36
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$29.69 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.00%
Rating
8.7

Why rent a car in Budapest?

Budapest is a lovely place to explore by car. Historically important and magnificent, yet hospitable and accessible, its many different areas and neighborhoods are best explored with the freedom that having your own wheels gives you. The city can also serve as a great base for visiting other regions of Hungary and even some of the neighboring countries.

Budapest Car Rental

Top ways to enter Budapest

  • Budapest Airport. By far the largest airport in Hungary and among the 50 busiest in Europe, Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport has two terminals with a third expected to open in 2021. The airport is located about 16 km (10 mi) southeast of downtown Budapest.
  • Debrecen Airport. Serving Hungary’s second city, Debrecen Airport has flights by six different airlines offering flights to Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, and other countries. Debrecen Airport is a tad more than a two-hour drive east of Budapest.
  • Vienna Airport. With more than 27 million travelers served annually, Vienna Airport is among the largest in Central Europe. Just 225 km (140 mi) northwest of Budapest, it takes a short two-hour drive to reach it. Do keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to cross a national border between Austria and Hungary, so first, ask your car rental provider if they permit it.
  • By rail. If you arrive in Budapest by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Budapest Deli train station. 

Useful city facts

Budapest enjoys a continental climate. Winters vary from mild to relatively cold, while it can get quite hot in the summer. The average temperature in January, the coldest month, is 0 °C  (32 °F) while the average temperature in July is 22 °C  (71 °F) with some summer days getting significantly hotter. Summers generally see more precipitation thanks to short, but very rapid rain showers.

Budapest has a population of about 1.7 million inhabitants, but the city’s larger metro area is nearly twice as populous. This means that around every third inhabitant of Hungary lives in the capital city’s region.

Although many inhabitants of Budapest and people working in the service industry speak English, the native and official language of Budapest and Hungary is Hungarian. Unlike most other European languages, this unique tongue is not Indo-European. A member of the Uralic family, instead, it is distantly related to Finnish and Estonian that are spoken in Northern Europe.

Top destinations and activities

  • Castle Hill. This palace complex built for the Hungarian kings is arguably the most famous part of Budapest. Its biggest attraction is the Royal Palace, but other landmarks like the Horseherd Statue, Disz Square with its many historic buildings, and the Fisherman’s Bastion shouldn’t be missed, either.
  • Margaret Island. Known as Margit-sziget in Hungarian, Margaret Island, in the middle of the Danube, is one of the nicest areas of the city. Its many gardens and natural areas, the Palatinus outdoor baths, ruins of ancient churches, and the many festivals and events frequently held here create a relaxing atmosphere. Although you cannot drive around the island with a car, you can park nearby in the city and easily access it on foot.
  • The Parliament. Located on Lajos Kossuth Square on the bank of the Danube, the Hungarian Parliament is the tallest building in the city. The beautiful neo-gothic house was built by more than 100,000 people, and nowadays not only serves its main purpose but is also open for tourists (although do look up entry times before coming as they can change). The parliament is as impressive from inside as it is from outside and the Hungarian crown jewels are exhibited under its cupola.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Hungary drives on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways (autópálya), 110 km/h (68 mph) on rural expressways (autóút), 90 km/h (55 mph) on rural highways (országút), and 50 km/h (31 mph) in populated and built-up areas (lakott terület).
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.00% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide licence ban, or imprisonment. 
  • Like many other capitals, Budapest sees heavy traffic jams during the morning and evening rush hours. Plan your travel times to avoid them. If possible, it’s also a good idea to avoid driving through the most central part of the city at any time of the day.
  • Most parking spaces in Budapest need to be paid for from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on working days (many, although not all, are free for parking at night and during the weekends). The city is divided into three different parking zones - the closer you are to the city center, the more expensive parking will be. Learn more about the parking zones and fees of Budapest on the city’s official tourism website
  • Outside urban areas, headlights need to be on at all times.
  • While most roads in Hungary, including all the main highways, are in good shape, some rural roads and roads in nature areas can have potholes, lack pavement etc. Because of this, use extra caution when driving outside the cities, especially after dark.
  • The use of a mobile phone is only permitted with a hands-free device.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Hungary. To use these roads, first, a vehicle needs to be registered; then, an electronic vignette, or sticker, needs to be purchased. The electronic sticker can be purchased either online or by mobile phone. You can also buy it in person using cash or credit cards. Find out more about the ways of purchasing the electronic toll road sticker on the Hungarian toll road website.

Many rental cars will come equipped with an electronic sticker. Some car rental providers might charge a fee for this service in addition to the cost of the sticker. Do not purchase a sticker yourself before asking your car rental provider about it and also ask them about any additional fees that might be in place.

The exact toll fee will depend on the category of your car and the validity time of the e-stickers. E-stickers are valid for a pre-set period of time, such as 7 days, a month, etc.

Find out more about the toll roads in Hungary on the European toll road website.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Gödöllő. A beautiful green town with many parks, Gödöllő is also a historical tourism destination. Here you can find relics and of such ancient tribes as Avars, Schytians, and Sarmatians that once inhabited the Hungarian planes, as well as more recent sites connected to Austro-Hungarians and the Habsburgs. Gödöllő is just a short 40-minute drive east of central Budapest. 
  • Lake Balaton. Often called the Hungarian Sea, Lake Balaton is one of the symbols of the country. It offers everything from beaches and national parks full of hiking trails to historic villages, spas, and opportunities for water sports. Siofok, one of the nicest towns on its coasts and sometimes called the unofficial capital of Balaton, is just an hour’s drive southeast of Budapest.
  • Eger. Famous for its wines, thermal baths, churches, and even Ottoman minarets, Eger has surprisingly varied attractions for a town of its small and cozy size. It is located less than two hours drive northeast of Budapest. After visiting Eger, venture a bit further and you’ll reach the Bükk Mountains. While not very high, they are really accessible and picturesque, offering many beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Budapest is the Suzuki Swift. Many travelers also go for the Fiat Punto and the Suzuki Celerio. The most popular rental car types in Budapest are mini, economy, and compact. While not flat, Hungary is less mountainous than most of its neighbors, so smaller cars are well fit for traveling across it.

Further destinations

  • Vienna. Just two hours drive away, the beautiful Austrian capital should be a tempting destination for anyone visiting Budapest (and vice versa). Famous for its culture, architecture, and delicious cuisine, Vienna is one of the famous cities in Europe for a reason. Another charming capital city, Slovakia’s Bratislava, can also be visited during this trip as it is practically on the way. Keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, make sure your car rental provider permits it.
  • Novi Sad. Located in neighboring Serbia, beautiful Novi Sad has not yet been discovered by too many travelers. With its impressive fortress, many historic areas, and beautiful Danube beaches, it can feel like a smaller, cozier Budapest. After visiting the city, go on to explore the villages and natural areas of the Vojvodina region that surrounds it, a hospitable melting pot of different cultures and religions. Keep in mind that by going from Hungary to Serbia, you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, make sure your car rental provider permits it. Also, remember that, unlike Hungary, Serbia is not a member of the EU. Novi Sad is just three hours drive south of Budapest.
  • Szeged. Known as the city of sunshine for having the best weather in Hungary, Szeged is a fun destination. With a youthful atmosphere thanks to its large student population, but also a touch of history that can be seen in its churches of different denominations, palaces, and towers, Hungary’s third largest city leaves no one disappointed. If you’re still not convinced, drive to Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum, and then go straight to a local restaurant to sample local delicacies. Szeged is a less-than-two-hour drive southeast of Budapest.

Car Rental Prices in Budapest

  • Station wagons - from $59 per day
  • Large cars - from $74 per day
  • Medium cars - from $44 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $80 per day
  • Small cars - from $34 per day
  • SUVs - from $72 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Budapest. Start with:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Budapest is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 50% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 72% cheaper than renting a car in April. Come visit Budapest in early autumn!

Top Cities near Budapest

  1. Debrecen Car Rentals from $65.32 per day
    177.5 km / 110.3 miles away

Top 3 Locations near Budapest

  1. Budapest Airport Car Rentals from $14.74 per day
  2. Debrecen Airport Car Rentals from $65.32 per day
    177.5 km / 110.3 miles away

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Budapest?

Car rental prices in Budapest vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Budapest
$55.84
January
$35.36
February
$29.73
March
$82.78
April
$72.07
May
$51.94
June
$66.21
July
$42.20
August
$37.91
September
$24.98
October
$46.71
November
$49.32
December
The best month to rent a car in Budapest is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $24.98). This is 50% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $82.78 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Budapest?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in September, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Budapest
8
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
9
July
6
August
5
September
6
October
10
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Budapest?

While travelers visit Budapest year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is September.
Budapest Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
50%
January
50%
February
49%
March
62%
April
86%
May
61%
June
80%
July
68%
August
44%
September
90%
October
81%
November
480%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Buchbinder VW Polo 3 1 Small cars
Megadrive Suzuki Swift 2 1 Small cars
Megadrive Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Megadrive Opel Crossland X 4 2 Large cars
Megadrive Opel Combo 5 3 Station wagons
Megadrive Fiat Punto 3 2 Small cars
Alamo Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
Megadrive Ford Tourneo Connect 5 2 People Carriers / Vans
Megadrive Skoda Fabia 4 2 Small cars
Buchbinder BMW 1 Series 4 3 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

United States of America (USA)
Opel Astra
October 12, 2019
Love, LOVE, LOVE Budapest. We flew a long way so we stayed 4 days in Budapest before picking up our car and starting our road trip through Hungary and Romania. Roads were good and well signed, although not easy to pronounce for us English speakers. Let your time zones catch up with you before hiring your car pickup. If you rent from Schiller in Budapest, the Danubius Hotel Helia is right across the street, super convenient! Although loved the Baron Residence Hotel in inner city for strolling convenience and price! We drove 1800 miles and saw everything that we wanted to in 3 weeks. Rather than pay the huge fees for GPS, bring your own...I bought mine for $20 on ebay...just make sure it has the right maps for you before you buy it.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Astra
September 8, 2019
We loved Budapest, but didn't drive in the city itself. We ventured into some of the neighboring countries and returned the car to Budapest. While in the heart of the city, we used public transportation. We highly recommend Discover Car Hire and Schiller Rental car company in Budapest - everything worked out perfectly!
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
August 21, 2019
It was super easy, and convenient to have a car in Budapest.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Astra
May 9, 2019
Budapest is really a turist friendly city. Easy to get around by public transportarion and by car also. The city is really amazing with a lot of things to see.
Israel
OPEL ZAFIRA
April 28, 2019
Budapest is a great and beautiful city. This time we traveled to Lake Balaton. Charming are which we've enjoyed very much. \a rented car is a must (it's about 140 km from Budapest).
United Kingdom
Nissan Micra
September 28, 2018
Easy place to navigate. Many interesting places to visit. Interpreting the parking rules is very difficult - all in Hungarian and VERY complicated!
South Africa
Suzuki Celerio
August 23, 2018
Budapest is an amazing city with a lot of history and entertainment opportunities. When hiring a car, and parking, remember to always look for a ticket issuing machine. In certain areas you can only park for a max of 3 hours. Parking fines are about 25 Euros...if paid within 7 days at Post Offices.

Top 13 Suppliers for Budapest in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.4
+3614514227
Krisztina krt. 37/a
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+3617707070
LISZT FERENC INTERNATIONAL APT,
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+3617707070
LISZT FERENC INTERNATIONAL APT,
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+3614218370
LISZT FERENC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Megadrive
Megadrive
Excellent 8.8
+362966610
Terminal 2B Arrivals, Budapest BUD Liszt Ferenc Nemzetkozi Repuloter, 1185
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+3614218370
FERIHEGY AIRPORT, TERMINAL 2B
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+3617707070
LISZT FERENC INTERNATIONAL APT,
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+3612966421
Liszt Ferenc Airport T2b Avis Desk Terminal 2b
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+36709318001
Liszt Ferenc Intern. Airport Terminal 2b - Arrivals Hall
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Excellent 8.4
+3612966610
Budapest Liszt Ferenc Nemzetkozi Repuloter, 1185
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+36303483399
Arrival hall Terminal 2, 1185 Budapest
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
36704500555 / 3172487251
Ulloi 829
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
+3612732779
Budapest, 1185

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