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Drving in and out of Budapest

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Drving in and out of Budapest

This August - planning to Drive in to Budapest from Krakow and stay 3 nights - maybe visit Lake Balaton then drive out of Budapest towards Ljubljana. - Is this is possible ?

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1. Re: Drving in and out of Budapest

Hi Shyamal,

Yes...it's possible and is fairly easy. Some insights...

1. The drive from Krakow to Budapest is 90% 2-lane road (not interstate or highway), so bring your patience cap and plan on the drive taking 6ish hours.

2. You will need "toll" stickers to drive in both Hungary and Slovakia, and it's likely for Slovenia and Poland as well. Become familiar with these so you can avoid collecting fines - some significant.

3. Are you renting/hiring a vehicle? If yes, are you planning to pick up in one location and drop off in another - specifically another country? If yes, start examining rates and policies from the rental companies now, as picking up in country A and dropping off in country B is hugely expensive......

4. Driving into Budapest is fine, albeit traffic can be a pain, but compared to Calcutta - it will be a breeze. Note that the city center hotels have parking - or many do - and it's a bit expensive at around 20 Euros/daily. There are also parking lots in city center which while not inexpensive, will be a better value than the hotels.

5. Car theft remains a bit of an issue in the area, so attempt to rent a simple car versus a high-end that will draw attention. And be certain to remove all valuables from your car (trunk included) when exiting just to be safe.

6. Drive from Budapest to Lake Balaton varies depending upon your final spot, but call it 90 minutes with decent traffic. It's highway most all of the way, expect the area immediately around the lake. Easy drive.

7. Route to Ljubljana from Balaton is easy as well. Although I haven't driven that specific route, my guess is it will be in the 4 hourish range,,,,

Most of the roads are good but the drivers can be quite aggressive.....enjoy your time and enjoy the region!

Jeremy

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2. Re: Drving in and out of Budapest

Thanks for such detail post.

1. Krakow to Budapest - should we use E75 or E77 ?

2. Am renting a car at Vienna and dropping back at the same place after the tour.

3. You are right driving anywhere after Calcutta is a cakewalk

Thanks again!

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3. Re: Drving in and out of Budapest

Hi Shyama,

Just to extend Jeremy, from Krakow to Budapest select E77. It is a scenic route across Slovakia; since there is only 18 km highway on this route (between Banska Bystrica and Zvolen), you can easily avoid the highway and in this case no need to pay for Slovak highway ticker.

In August there is usually low traffic in Budapest.

For Budapest you need 2 nights at least, supposedly you don't want to stay by the Lake Balaton. In this case I suggest to visit Keszthely which is on the Western shore. When you drive on the highway you will enjoy the view on the lake, and Keszthely is relatively easy to access from the highway.

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4. Re: Drving in and out of Budapest

Thanks so much

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5. Re: Drving in and out of Budapest

Apart from driving in and out of Budapest and other than visiting Lake Balaton. Is there any other interesting place around Budapest ? We have 3 days in Budapest and we will have a car.

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