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Hungary is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement. Hitchhiking usually (but not without exceptions) is relatively easy in Hungary, especially in rural areas where people are more friendly and helpful. There, even on the roads with almost no traffic you can get a ride in a reasonable time. You can drink tap water.
In Hungary fewer people speak foreign languages than in other Central European countries. In cities, often one can speak English with younger people. Some older people might speak a bit of German or Russian. Once you get to rural areas, however, expect a language barrier. A Hungarian phrasebook may be useful.
- Budapest, the capital
For useful phrases while hitchhiking in Hungary see Hungarian phrasebook.
- Hungarian hitchhiking community website (in hungarian)
- Official up to date motorway info with marked petrol stations
Hitchhiking in Hungary worked well for us. We have tried both with and without a sign, but in the end realized that the sign was necessary. It seems that many people here don't understand the thumb, especially (richer) tourists around Balaton. Speaking German proved useful, as almost no one in rural regions speaks English. Try to learn basic phrases in Hungarian to approach at service stations. Rebew (talk) 12:51, 15 August 2022 (CEST)
Summer 2022: Hitchhiking was not hard there, you rarely wait more than 90min. I was hitchhiking without a sign and it worked for me, however because locals dont't really speak English and sometimes you don't understand them, you can finish off your trip in a different city from the planned one. --HHer-Vert