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Car rentals in Budapest: All you need to know

A Budapest car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of the area has to offer. We've answered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Budapest. Read on to find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.

Where can I find a great deal on a rental car in Budapest?

You're well on your way to getting the best deal on your car rental with us. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. You can:

  • Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprises
  • Reserve your rental as far ahead of time as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
  • Compare weekly and daily rates; you may save more with a longer rental

Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Budapest rental car.

What rental suppliers have agencies in Budapest?

We have around 10 rental companies to decide from in Budapest. You'll find some of the best brands, like Thrifty. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.

What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Budapest?

Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this town means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Budapest?

Typically, to rent a car in Budapest you must be at least 21. Please note, you may find that there is an added charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Go through the supplier's terms to find what any additional charges will be before you reserve your rental.

Does Budapest require rental car insurance?

When driving around Budapest or the rest of country, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you know your insurance won't cover you while traveling through HUN.

The major credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will usually cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Budapest.

What are the different fuel policies?

Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.

You will need to search for a gas station close to your car rental supplier

What type of fuel policy should I choose?

We usually advise that customers opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.

Is it worth getting unlimited miles?

Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do a bit of sightseeing or visit several business associates all over Budapest. You can cruise wherever you want without incurring additional charges. Read over your policy to discover if there are mileage limitations.

What are some things to do in Budapest?

There is tons to see and do in this city. Budapest has around 20 attractions that it is known for. Some of the most popular are:

  • Buda Castle (Budai vár)
  • Castle Hill (Várhegy)
  • Heroes' Square (Hosök tere)
  • Legenda Sightseeing Boats

Luckily, you can cruise to whichever one you want or see them all.

Tips before you leave the lot

Before you get going on your Budapest trip, go over a few things before you leave the car rental lot. You should:

  • Walk around the car and be sure there is no dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
  • Check the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
  • Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
  • Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your Budapest rental car today

Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Budapest has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Budapest.

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