What Campers Should Know About Camping in Hungary
Book in Advance
Hungary isn’t exactly an insider tip for campers: The campsites are always full during peak season. If you already know where you’d like to stay, you should book a pitch far enough in advance — ideally before the middle of April.
Don’t Forget the E-Vignette
If you plan on using the motorways in Hungary, you will have to purchase an e-vignette in advance. You can get one at border crossings, petrol stations, post offices, or at the Hungarian Auto Club (MAK). Depending on which one you purchase, it is valid for ten days, one month, six months (available starting in July), or for a full year. There are also Komitats-vignettes, which are valid for all roads within a specific Komitat (a regional administrative unit).
No Alcohol Behind the Wheel
In Hungary, you must not drive if you have had any alcohol. Don’t push your luck, here: If you’re caught driving with alcohol in your system, you can expect a fine of at least €800, and you will lose your licence. The police can demand payment right then and there, and if you can’t come up with the cash, they may impound your vehicle until you pay the fine.
Drive with Dipped Headlights
You must drive with dipped headlights on when you are outside built-up areas, regardless of the weather or time of day. If you don’t follow the rules, you can expect a fine of about €30.
Expect a Visitor’s Tax
Most Hungarian campsites charge adults a visitor’s tax of about €1–2 per day. Often, they’ll only charge it starting on the second night, though.
Yellow Means No Parking
Yellow markings on the roadside indicate no-parking zones. If you park here anyway, your vehicle will be towed.
Stick to the Speed Limits
Motorhomes weighing up to 3.5 t must not drive faster than 130 km/h on motorways, 110 km/h on dual carriageways, or 90 km/h outside built-up areas. If your vehicle weighs more than 3.5 t, the following speed limits apply: 80 km/h on motorways and 70 km/h on dual carriageways and outside built-up areas.