Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I have never driven a scooter can I do it?
Most probably if you have a good bicycle experience which is essential to drive a scooter. If you book our guided tours you will be asked about your driving experience and if it is necessary the tour guide will provide you with a short training before the tour.
Are the scooters automatic or they are with gears?
All our scooters are automatic, they have no gears. You just have to pull the gas to start.
What kind of driver's licence do I need to drive a scooter in Hungary?
To drive a 50 cc scooter you need a regular car ( EU"B") or moped (EU"AM") licence or international equivalent
To drive a 125 cc scooter you need a motorcycle licence minimum EU A1 category or international equivalent
Can I take a passenger on 50 CC scooter?
According to Hungarian law, you cannot take a passenger on 50 CC scooters. If you would like to take a passenger you have to drive a 125 CC scooter. To drive a 125 CC scooter you require a motorcycle licence eligible for 125 CC (European Union category min. A1 or higher)
Shall I be fined by the Police if I take a passenger on 50 CC scooter?
If you take a passenger on 50 CC scooter, - although it is unlikely - there is a risk that you can be fined by the Police. The fine can be about 30 EUR /HUF 10.000
Do I need an international licence to drive a scooter in Hungary?
If you are from the European Union (EU), or European Economic Area (EEA) your driver’s licence is fully accepted. If you are outside from EU or EEA we can only accept your licence if it clearly indicates eligibility of vehicle categories. To avoid inconveniences you are kindly advised to check with your local authorities if you require an international driver’s licence in Hungary as many countries have bilateral agreements with the EU or Hungary regarding the acceptance of driver’s licences. You can obtain an international drivers licence from the local authorities (police, automobile associations) depending on your country, usually for a small fee.
Can I drink alcohol while driving?
Absolutely not. In Hungary, there is zero-tolerance for alcohol during driving.
Do I have to wear a helmet on a scooter?
Yes in Hungary it is compulsory to wear a helmet while driving a scooter.
Where can I park the scooter?
In Hungary you can park the scooters on the sidewalks free of charge. The only rule is that you have to leave at least 1,5 m path for the pedestrians.
Can I drive a scooter on the bicycle path?
No, it is forbidden to drive the scooter on the bicycle path although most scooter drivers do that.
Can I drive a scooter on the Bus Lane?
Yes, you can drive a scooter on dedicated bus lanes which is very useful during peak hours.
Can I drive a scooter on motorways or freeways?
It depends on what category scooter you drive. 50 CC scooters are forbidden on motorways and freeways. 125 CC scooters are allowed to use the motorways and freeways but you have to buy a ticket in advance.
Do I have to pay for the use of the motorways or freeways?
Yes, if you would like to drive a 125 CC or above category on motorways or freeways you have to buy a ticket in advance. The minimum 10-day ticket cost 5 EUR (HUF 1.490) that is valid for all the motorways and freeways in Hungary. You can but the ticket at petrol stations.
What kind of insurance is provided for the scooters?
All our scooters are provided with the so-called Compulsory 3-rd party Liability Insurance. This insurance covers your liability towards third parties in case of an accident –occurred due to your fault – that involves damage in a third party vehicle or injuries of persons. This insurance does not cover the damage of your scooter or injuries of the driver. If damage occurred in your scooter due another driver’s fault than his insurance should cover the damages of the scooter, therefore in case of an accident it is essential to inform Budapest Scooter Tour immediately and if it is necessary to inform also the Police.
Can you provide waiver insurance for Collision Damages (CDW) or Theft (THP) and Personal Insurance?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide nor waiver insurance for collision damage (CDW) or theft (THP as in Hungary no such insurance available for scooters, neither personal insurance. We recommend obtaining a Travel Insurance in your country before your trip. However, all our scooters are provided with a lock and you will be advised all necessary measures to avoid damages or theft of the scooter.
What is my liability?
You are liable for any damage, theft or loss of the scooter. You are only exempted from your liability in case damage was a fault of another driver and his responsibility was officially declared and reported. According to our terms, your liability is limited up to a maximum of 500 Euros.
How do you calculate the damage costs?
The damage costs are calculated according to our tariffs representing the costs of the spare parts, labor and delivery costs. In most cases, the damage costs can be calculated immediately but in some cases, we have to consult the repair shop to give you the final cost. These tariffs are available in our office.
Do you provide road assistance for rentals?
In case of technical problems or breakdown, we take all measures to help you as soon as possible. Smaller technical issues can be solved on the spot or if it is cannot be solved on the spot we provide you with another scooter if possible. This assistance we provide free of charge within the city.
What is a deposit and how can I provide it?
The deposit is your guarantee for the damages, theft or loss of the scooter. The amount of the deposit is indicated in our general terms. The deposit will be immediately refunded after the termination of rental if the scooter was returned undamaged. You can provide the deposit in 3 different ways:
1. You can pay the deposit with cash or credit card at the check-in
2. You can provide the deposit via Paypal payment at check-in. After the termination of the rental, the deposit will be fully refunded to your original account.
3. You can deposit your Passport or National ID (if you are from the EU or EEA).
Do you provide the scooters filled up with petrol?
Yes, we provide you with the scooter with a full tank of fuel and you have to return it also with a full tank. If you fail to refill the scooter before you return it we have to charge you a 10 EUR Refill Service Charge. If you do not want to hassle with refilling you can buy our reasonable Fuel Package in advance and you can bring back the scooter with an empty tank.
What kind of petrol is used for the scooters?
The scooters filled up with 95 unleaded petrol.
How much petrol does scooter consume?
The scooters feature low consumption generally 2.5-3 litres of petrol for 100 km.
Is there any daily mileage limitation?
No, there is no mileage limitation, we provide the scooters with unlimited mileage
I would like driving a scooter but have doubts about driving in a big city
Honestly, driving a scooter anywhere involves a bit more risk simply because you are on two wheels and you are more exposed to road and weather conditions. Although Budapest is a fairly big city the traffic is far better than in some other big cities and local drivers are aware of two-wheel vehicles on the roads.
Is it difficult to find directions in Budapest?
Obviously, when you are in an unknown place for the first time it might seem difficult to find directions. We are going to give you instructions and some useful hints on where to go and what to see in the city and you will be provided with a free map. Our scooters are equipped with a mobile phone-GPS holder so you can use your phone for navigation. Alternatively, a GPS with preloaded sightseeing tours and 200+ attractions is also available for rental.
Do you deliver the scooters to the hotel or airport?
We do not provide delivery of scooters but our office is conveniently located in the city centre, easily accessible with public transportation from all parts of the city.
What are the payment options?
In our shop, you can pay with cash in Euros or Hungarian Forints and we also accept major credit cards. The security deposit can be paid with Paypal.
Can I book your services online?
Yes, you can. On our website, we provide online booking.