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Driving and Healthcare in Hungary

There are two useful information when you go Hungary. Cars in Hungary are driven on the right hand side of the road and if you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card.

Driving and Healthcare in Hungary

Driving in Hungary

EU citizens are able to drive in Hungary with their national driving license. Non-EU nationals can drive in Hungary for a period of a year with an international driving license and their national driving license, after which time they need to apply for a Hungarian license.

Cars in Hungary are driven on the right hand side of the road. The speed limit for cars is 50km/h in built-up areas, 90 on main roads and 130km/h on motorways. Hungary has a zero tolerance policy regarding drinking and driving, document and speed checks by the traffic police are common.

Tolled motorways connect cities and towns. Expats driving in Hungary need to have an e-vignette to use motorways. These can be purchased at petrol stations or online and are valid immediately. Either you buy an E-vignette at a petrol station or online, identification is based on the numberplate, it is needed for registration. Such e-vignettes are available for ten-day, one-month or one-year periods. More informations including prices can be found here:

Healthcare in Hungary

Healthcare should not be too considerable an expense for expats in Hungary, as anyone working in Hungary can make use of its free or highly subsidized healthcare services. The quality of healthcare in Hungary is on par with most countries in Western Europe and it is even making a name for itself as a prominent medical tourism destination. Private healthcare in Hungary is of a high standard and relatively cheap compared to that of western countries.

If you are moving to Hungary you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving your European home country. It entitles you to state provided medical treatment. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Hungarian nationals.

Keywords: Driving, Healthcare, Hungary, Free time
Date: 2019-10-16