What travel insurance do I need when visiting Hungary?
Travel insurance: the trouble-free way to prepare for your journey to Hungary
Situated in the east of Europe, Hungary is one of the continent’s lesser-known gems - although its capital, Budapest has become a popular spot with travelers in recent years. Hungary shares its borders with a number of countries; notably Romania, Slovenia, and Austria, meaning you can easily get there by road, train or plane. Its capital is full of all kinds of attractions for visitors, including the Buda Castle, which sits on the River Danube opposite the country’s majestic parliaments, its famous spa baths, situated in many places around the city, as well as the notorious ruin pubs - home to some of Europe’s wildest nightlife.
If you live in a country outside of the Schengen Area without a visa-free arrangement for travel, you will require a Schengen Visa and travel insurance in order to move around Hungary and Europe in complete freedom.
Discover Hungary and many other European countries with a Schengen Visa
Prior to your stay in Hungary, you can contact the authorities to find out about all of the documents required to acquire your Schengen Visa (kormany.hu/hu/kulgazdasagi-es-kulugyminiszterium). As well as proof of identity, proof of transport, and other necessary documents, you will be asked to provide evidence of travel insurance upon issuance of your Schengen Visa. This will be valid for Hungary, but also for any trips within the Schengen Area.
Travel insurance for Hungary is compulsory
Compulsory for obtaining your Schengen Visa, your travel insurance policy for Hungary will also allow you to be protected in the event of accident, illness or hospitalization. You can select the minimum coverage, featuring emergency medical and repatriation costs (for a total of at least €30,000), but it is also possible to add extra coverage options. It is important to do your research to make sure you are fully protected, enjoying coverage for your whole family and belongings.
How do I get to Hungary
By plane: Plenty of regular international flights land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport. Low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet also offer shuttles. In particular, you will find various daily flights from France, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. The airport is located around 25 kilometers from the center of the Hungarian capital.
By bus: The company Eurolines, in particular, serves Budapest from numerous European cities. It is an ideal means of transport if you want to limit your travel expenses.
By train: To reach Hungary directly by train, you have to leave from Germany or Austria. From Paris, Brussels or Geneva, you will have to transfer. There are also trains to Hungary from Croatia, and other countries in eastern Europe.
Advice on health and vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations for visiting Hungary. However, certain vaccinations are recommended: hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. Consult a doctor to find out whether it is advised that you be vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis, especially if you will be visiting rural areas in the spring or summer.
Hungary enjoys a temperate climate nearing a Mediterranean climate in the south of the country, and a continental climate in the east. Summers can be very hot, even stifling, while winters remain relatively harsh, with average temperatures of -1 degrees Celsius.
Fall and spring are the perfect seasons for visiting Hungary, unless you want to go ice skating on the frozen lakes.
Still a relatively unknown country, Hungary is a perfect destination for lovers of architecture and nature.
-Budapest is, of course, an ideal departure point for discovering Hungary. The country’s capital features magnificent buildings that you can admire during your strolls through the city. For a traditional bathing experience, head to the Gellért Baths with their Art Nouveau design, or the Széchenyi Baths situated within an incredible palace. If you’re a night owl, you must also find time to visit its amazing ruin pubs!
From the Great Synagogue to the Fisherman’s Bastion via the Matthias Church, Buda Castle and Heroes’ Square, the city offers plenty of opportunities to go in search of Hungarian history.
-Hungary is also known for its small towns. Hire a car to go find them; Szentendre, Tojak, and Hollókö will delight you with their authenticity, proximity to nature, and the welcoming character of the locals.
- Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, is one of the most popular destinations in winter, with ice skating and ice sailing being the main attractions. This region is ideal for camping in the spring and summer, and for discovering the vineyards and various volcanoes located nearby.
-Hungary is also well-liked for its thermal baths: take advantage of them for a bit of relaxation and revitalization.
It is recommended you remain vigilant on public transport and in tourist areas, where the theft of personal belongings, identity documents, and cash is possible. It is also advised that you do not visit the baths with valuable objects or your identity documents, and to use a locker while there. You should make a copy of your identity documents and leave your passport in a secure place, for example, in a safe box at a hotel.
Bank notes without a metallic strip are no longer legal tender, so make sure that you do not accept them in a shop or bureau de change.
Most shops are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. In the cities, you will nevertheless be able to find grocery stores open 24 hours. Museums are closed on Mondays and open every other day from 10am to 6pm.
Many restaurants in Hungary remain open all day; generally from 11am to 10pm.
How can AXA help?
AXA can help by providing you with Low Cost Schengen Area travel insurance that meets your visa requirements when traveling to Hungary from as little as €0.99 per day - a fee that will cover you for medical expenses up to €30,000 in all Schengen countries. A certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your application.
AXA is the number one brand for Schengen Visas and offers assistance 24/7, as well as other options and tailor-made products. Other coverage available includes our Europe Travel insurance, costing €1.50 per day, or for regular travelers with multiple-entry visas AXA provides Schengen Multi Trip insurance, available from €298.
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Frequently asked questions about travel insurance for Hungary
Yes. AXA’s insurance will cover your repatriation in case of injury or illness.
Yes. If your visa is refused AXA will refund your insurance fees - depending on the reason for refusal. You will need to provide documentation verifying this.
Yes. AXA’s insurance provides coverage for your family on your trip - providing you with peace of mind throughout your stay.