Budapest by car can be very difficult due to the continuous traffic
jams and the lack of
parking places. The worst periods are the rush
hours and school days, when parents take the children to school by car.
Mostly affected are bridges, main boulevards and crossings.
There have been many debates and ideas how to solve the problem of the
ever increasing number of cars. Some suggested tunnels under the
Danube, others wanted to copy the British example to create a toll zone
for the downtown. Nothing happened so far, only the
construction works of the M0 ring have started, including the building
of a new bridge on the northern part of the city.
public transportation is fairly good in Budapest, many people insist on
travelling by their own car avoiding the crowded buses and
undergrounds. At the moment it seems that there is no hope for a
The other problem is parking. The
city is divided to zones, where parking fees differ. The maximum stay
is between 2-3 hours, so if you are lucky enough to find a place, you
still need to instert coins in every 2-3 hours. A popular innovation is
to pay via mobile phone, this way there is no need for hunting for
coins any more, but first you need to register on-line.
There are few
places, where parking is free of charge e.g. on the Danube quay and at
Felvonulási tér (next to Heroes' Square).
Otherwise you have to be very careful, the controllers are very strict
and come frequently. In case you missed payment a red or blue package
is placed on your windscreen, including your cheque of fine. This has
to be paid first and the receipt has to be faxed to or presented at the
the road and parking rules is another key question. You can
find your car in a wheel lock, if not parking at the designated area.
If this happens with you, first you need to pay the attached cheque,
fax it to the given number and call the authorities to remove the lock.
some public garages in the downtown, where parking is
possible for longer terms, too e.g. at the St. Stephen's Basilica, at
Szabadság tér. Parking houses are located at
Oktogon square, in Aradi utca or at Szervita tér. The rates
vary on a wide scale. The other options are the empty estates
temporarily converted to parking lots but these change frequently as
the estates are getting built in.