Car travel in Austria and Hungary

Old Mar 18th, 2016, 07:27 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
Car travel in Austria and Hungary

I am planning to tour mostly Austria and a little bit of Hungary by car in May. Given the refugee crisis affecting these countries what problems might I and my wife encounter? We will arrive by plane in Vienna, rent a car and proceed to various towns in the two countries.
magyarakos is offline  
Old Mar 18th, 2016, 09:37 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 21,125
You probably will encounter absolutely no problems in that regard.

Make sure that you have the vignette for the limited access highways.
Michael is online now  
Old Mar 18th, 2016, 10:18 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
Thank you Michael, that is reassuring. Yes I am aware of the vignette, and also have gotten my international drivers permit thru AAA. Appreciate your response.
magyarakos is offline  
Old Mar 18th, 2016, 12:13 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,962
Be sure you have read the T&C small prints regarding bringing a rental car from Austria into Hungary.

For example, Autoeurope mentions a rental from Austria requiring €72 additional fee payable locally, only selected vehicles are allowed, and it must be explicitly noted in the rental.
greg is offline  
Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 12:19 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 2,611
We live in Vienna and have been routinely traveling around the neighboring countries since the refugee crisis began. At the very beginning there were delays to cross borders as authorities were spot-checking vehicles. Now, we only see one or two police at the borders, if even that, and haven't had any delays.

Be certain to obtain the appropriate vignettes for Austria and Hungary. The Austrian vignette must be affixed to your windscreen immediately; the Hungarian vignette is a paper receipt that you can purchase as you near the border.
fourfortravel is offline  
Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 02:37 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 119
Hi,
Not so easy anymore.
While you are in Austria or Hungary, no problems at all, however border crossings can be a bit of challenging.
Just recently most of the Schengen countries introduced random (getting permanent) checks at the borders.
Recent example: last week, the Austrians stopped and checked all the cars at the Sopron-Klingenbach border crossing during rush hour in the morning. In a matter of minutes they caused a 4 miles line of cars, resulting in serious waiting times.
They repeated the same thing the very next morning.
This can happen anywhere/anytime. POSITIVE on that. It's just getting worse and I don't even mention the Brussels events.
So take it into consideration as well.
However May should be OK. There won't nightmarish hordes of Turkish and other Balkan countries Migrant workers on the highways.

Since Hungary and Austria are both in the EU and Schengen treaty as well, there are no limitations on taking your rental out and in to any of those countries.
At least if your rental company not one of the EL-Cheapo types
okszi is offline  
Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 09:56 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 2,611
Thanks, okszi, for your input. In the last three weeks we have crossed Sopron-Klingenbach, the Nickelsdorf-Hegyshalom, and the E75 exchange near Rusovce (SK) without delays or checks of any kind. There has been nothing at the AT-SK border along the Autobahn, either, and we haven't seen "hordes" of migrants on the highways in weeks. The best advice, I presume, would be to, "Be Prepared."
fourfortravel is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
MaximusSteele
Europe
7
Aug 29th, 2015 12:52 PM
cathygreen
Europe
4
Feb 20th, 2010 12:38 PM
etk401
Europe
16
Aug 5th, 2008 05:51 AM
Fly_Widget
Europe
16
Aug 15th, 2004 06:34 AM
humanone
Europe
4
May 26th, 2003 02:20 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO