Car Hire at Budapest Airport
Budapest, the capital of Hungary has lots to discover with its wealth of activities such as dipping in the city’s hot springs, savouring local Hungarian cuisine, taking scenic walks along the River Danbue and exploring the Art Nouveau architecture. Hiring a car from Budapest Airport will give you the freedom to explore Budapest and all of the hidden gems Hungary has to offer.
Where to hire a car at Budapest Airport
There are car hire desks for Avis, Buchbinder, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt in the arrivals terminal at Budapest Airport. Operating times can vary although arrangements to leave your keys out of hours can be made if required.
Petrol Stations near Budapest Airport
If you hire a car from Budapest Airport with a “full to full” fuel policy you must ensure you refuel before returning the car to avoid excess charges.
There is Shell Station located approximately 5 minutes’ drive from Budapest Airport which can be reached by exiting route 4 and heading onto Fő út just before reaching the airport.
Driving around Budapest Airport
Budapest has a high quality network of roads which are easy to navigate although signs may not always be in English, particularly in the smaller towns and villages.
When leaving Budapest Airport by car you will be on Route 4 which connects to major motorway routes including the M3 to Godollo, M1 to Gyor, M7 to Balaton and the M2-M0 to Vac.
Getting to your Destination
Here are some popular destinations for visitors to Hungary that can easily be reached after hiring a car from Budapest Airport.
Whether you’re visiting for the nightlife, the museums, of which there are over 100, or to relax in the spas, Budapest has something for you. You can dine by the side of the River Danube and take in some of the most appealing architecture in Eastern Europe.
Budapest City Airport is 23km from the City centre and can be reached by taking Route 4 and following for 19km before turning into Szent Gellert taking you to the centre of Budapest.
Parking is available on some of the streets in Budapest, though this is generally limited within the city centre. There are a number of multi storey car parks available but booking a hotel in Budapest with parking available is recommended to take the stress away from finding somewhere to park your car at the last minute.
Known as the ‘City of Queens’ with ancient cobblestones, tiny houses, narrow passages and labyrinths to explore, the ancient city of Veszprem is a must-see destination on a road trip in Budapest.
Veszprem is 150km from Budapest City Airport and can be reached from Route 4, taking the M7 turn off and following for 117km to Balatonfokajar. Take exit 90 on the M7 and follow highway710 for 32km into Veszprem.
Parking in certain zones of Veszprem is not possible due to its narrow streets. On-street parking is available and charged according to its distance to the centre. Park and Ride services are available on the outskirts of Veszprem, with free parking. Some hotels offer free parking facilities to non-residents.
Szentendre is located on the west bank of the Danube River and was founded in the 14th century by Serbians feeling the Turkish invasion. Today, the city has stunning baroque architecture and churches of several denominations mixed with art galleries and cobblestone streets.
Szentendre is 52km from Budapest City Airport and can be reached from highway 4 by taking the M0 motorway and following for 42km towards Budakalaz and the M11. Follow the M11 for 8km into Szentendre.
Parking in downtown Szentendre is split into 3 zones with the borders marked with signs along the public road. Zone 1 is the outer section of the inner town costing HUF200/hour; Zone 2 is street parking in the direction of the downtown, costing HUF240/hour and Zone 3 is on the Danube Promenade and immediate surroundings costing HUF320/hour.