Flying to Hungary – With most UK airports already offering flights per day to the capital of Hungary, to Budapest. The Hévíz-Balaton Airport receives an increasing number of travellers every year, contributing to the turnout at Lake Balaton. In 2014, the range of available destinations is expanded by another two cities, Basel and Friedrichshafen, thus the Balaton is now accessible directly from Switzerland and 8 German towns. This year, Utair launches a direct flight service to Moscow as well. Click HERE for the current timetable. http://www.hevizairport.com/en/passengers/time-table
From Budapest airport to Lake Balaton takes 1,5 hours by car on the M7 motorway. Car hire in Hungary is very cheap and easy to organise. (rentacars.com). Driving in Hungary – Remember that in Hungary you will be driving on the right hand side of the road! Most of the main roads and motorways have recently been resurfaced and there are several good toll motorways in the area. Tolls are inexpensive and can be avoided once you know your way around, but remember that the number of roads included in the toll system has risen significantly as of 2015, and toll roads are not always properly marked. Check online for the current list of toll roads. Toll prices do rise during the busy Easter and summer months so be warned!
Driving Rules and Regulations – As in all other countries, you need to be driving legally whilst you are in Hungary. This means carrying your EU or UK driving license, your passport and insurance documents at all times. If you are stopped by the police and don’t have the correct paperwork you can be fined. If you are a non-resident and are stopped for speeding you will receive an on the spot fine. Drink driving laws are far stricter than in the UK: there is zero tolerance in effect, so if you are planning to drink any alcohol, even just a glass, you are going to be much safer by simply catching a taxi.
Driving License – If you have an EU or British driving license you will be able to drive in Hungary, but if you are going to live or are staying for more than six months, you need to register it with the nearest traffic department which is in Veszprém.
If you have any questions regarding the above points, buying a car or any driving related issues please feel free to speak to any of us at Country Hills.