Easy to come to Hungary
Hungary has 5 motorways and 4 main roads, eight start from Budapest (exception: main road No. 8). For using the following motorways you have to buy a motorway sticker: M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7 (available at border crossing points and at petrol stations).
The Hungarian Highway Code (KRESZ) is based on the Vienna and Geneva Convention, and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. However, it is important to highlight a few important traffic regulations that visitors to Hungary must observe at all times: use of seatbelts in the front and rear seats are compulsory; only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker or headset microphone may be used in cars, and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area; drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving, and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 300,000 (€ 1000); the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h, outside built-up areas 90 km/h, on main roads 110 km/h and on motorways 130 km/h; use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which, unfortunately, Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason).
Caution: as of January 2008, drivers caught drinking ANY alcohol will have their driver's licences confiscated on the spot, regardless of whether the driver is a local or a foreigner.
Hungarian Automobile Club (Magyar Autóklub) 24 hour helpline: (+36-1)345-1755. Roadside breakdown service: 188
Information on roadworks in progress, diversions, motorway vignette prices and other useful information: www.motorway.hu
It's very easy to get to Budapest by plane - several low-cost airlines and also the national airline have great offers and services.
Budapest International Airport is sixteen kilometres south-east of downtown Budapest. From the Ferihegy Terminal 2A is within the Schengen borders, Terminal B to countries outside the Schengen Convention depart airplanes.
Getting into town:
- All major car rental companies have offices in the arrivals hall of Budapest Ferihegy Airport.
- The Airport minibus is a popular and reasonably priced means of transport between the airport and the city.
- The public airport bus, BKV bus number 200E goes to M3 station Kőbánya-Kispest (blue line), about 20 minutes away. From here, the metro takes passangers straight into the city centre.
- A taxi to the centre of Budapest will cost anything between 3.500 Ft and 8.000 Ft.
- Trains also commute between the airport and Nyugati Railway Station, 51 times daily on weekdays and 38 times a day on weekends and holidays. The train ticket price is about HUF 370-615 per person.
Airport central number:
Luggage search service:
Ferihegy 2A: (+36-1)296-8108, (+36-1)296-7217
Ferihegy 2B: (+36-1)296-7948, (+36-1)296-5965, (+36-1)296-5966
Shedule and map: Budapest Airport
There are 3 main international railway stations in Budapest: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). More than 50 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every 3 hours, 7 times a day. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian towns. All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.
1. Keleti pályaudvar
VIII.,Budapest, Baross tér Tel: (+36-1) 413 - 4610
2. Nyugati pályaudvar
VI.,Budapest, Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
3. Déli pályaudvar
I., Budapest, Krisztina krt. 35-37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593
The Hungarian Railways
Visit www.elvira.hu for information.
For international information call
For domestic information call
We provide travelers:
- ‘Eurail train Passes’ for non-European citizens to travel in Hungary and other countries in Europe; www.eurail.com.
- ‘InterRail train Passes’ for European citizens to travel in Hungary and other countries in Europe; www.interrail.eu.
For tourists who want to explore Budapest and other places in Hungary we offer the Eurail Hungary Pass and InterRail Hungary Pass, which are dedicated to visit all the highlights of Hungary by train.
International and domestic buses depart from and arrive to the Népliget Bus Station. Other domestic bus stations are at Árpád híd, Stadionok in Pest, and Etele tér in Buda.
Volánbusz Rt. has scheduled passenger coach services to and from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
- Népliget Tel: (+36-1)219-8040
- Stadionok Tel: (+36-1)220-6227
- Árpád Bridge Tel: (+36-1)412-2597
- Etele Square Tel: (+36-1)382-4910
- Széna Square Tel: (+36-1)201-3688
- Csepel, Vermes Miklós Street
- Csepel, Szent Imre Square
- Újpest Városkapu Tel: (+36-1)239-4133
Online tickets: www.volanbusz.hu
Information on domestic and international routes: Tel: (+36-1)382-0888
A hydrofoil service operates between Budapest, Vienna between Juni and September. After the hydrofoil trip, which takes you through scenic areas of Hungary (such as the beautiful Danube Bend), you arrive in the heart of Budapest.
Information about Mahart PassNave Ltd. services is available on (+36-1) 484-4013.
General visa information for IEC 2020 participants
52nd International Eucharistic Congress
(Budapest, 13-20 September 2020)
General information for entering Hungary
Hungary joined the Schengen Area on December 21, 2007. From that time visas and residence permits issued by one of the Member States are valid also for Hungary, and visas/residence permits issued by Hungarian authorities are as a general rule also valid for the entire Schengen Area.
Holders of passports issued by the countries, entities or territories listed on the following website are granted, under bilateral agreements, visa-free travel to Hungary: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-waiver-agreements
Participants who need a visa to enter Hungary are advised to submit their application to the competent Hungarian mission at least 4 weeks before travelling. Applications should include a proof of registration
Where to submit a visa application?
Uniform visa applications have to be submitted at the representation of Hungary or at the Consulate/Embassy representing Hungary on visa issuance in your country.
Which of the Hungarian consulates are responsible for issuing visa?
- where the applicants resides legally and has a habitual residence (the applicant is a citizen of the esteemed country or holds a permit that makes a stay longer than 3 months possible – e.g. residence permit)
- the applicant does not have a habitual residence or right for long term stay but at the moment stays legally there and gave reasons for applying at that consulate. This is not a personal right, it depends on the consulate’s consideration and can only happen for an extremely good cause.
The stay is legal if, according to the third-countries law, the applicant is entitled to stay within the consulate’s authorized area for short stay (e.g. with a visa) or for longer stay (e.g. with residence permit).
If there is no Hungarian mission in the country where the applicant has his/her habitual residence, a Schengen Member State may represent Hungary regarding visa issuance, in the framework of an existing visa representation agreement.
Visas are issued on behalf of Hungary by other Schengen Member States in accordance with visa representation agreements in countries listed on the website at: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-issuance-on-behalf-of-hungary
Who can submit a visa application?
The application should be submitted personally by the applicant (fingerprints will be collected /exemptions exist for specific categories of applicants).
- Application shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.
- The decision about the admissible applications as a main rule must be made within 15 calendar days counted from the submission. Therefore it is advised to submit the application earlier than 15 calendar days before the planned departure. The consulate does not take any responsibility for delayed submission and for therefore failed travels.
- The period of examining a visa application may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, and exceptionally up to a maximum of 60 calendar days in special cases.
Documents needed upon visa applications:
- Completed visa application form;
- Travel document with at least two empty pages. The passport should have been issued within the last 10 years. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen territory.
- Travel medical insurance (covering emergency medical, hospitalization and repatriation. The minimum cover should be of 30.000 EUR. This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay)
- Confirmation of registration / invitation letter
- Travel itinerary and hotel reservation
- Visa fee (60 EUR)
- All submitted documents must be in English or in the language of the representing Member State
- An interview may be required at the Embassy or by phone
- You may be asked to provide further information or documentary evidence in addition to the above guideline
Under Article 22 of the Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code), a Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals. The consultation may take up to 10 calendar days which shall be taken into consideration when applying for a visa.
If the country of origin and the EU have signed a visa facilitation agreement further exceptions may be given, e.g.: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cape Verde, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro, Moldova. For detailed information concerning these agreements, please contact the competent Hungarian foreign representations in the respective countries. For detailed information concerning these agreements please contact the competent Hungarian foreign representations in the respective countries.