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Green-Zones.eu Environmental zones Hungary Budapest City (temporary)
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Environmental zone of Budapest City (temporary) – Hungary

The environmental zone of Budapest City (temporary) applies to the entire urban area, but only enters into force when pollutant levels are exceeded.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and at the same time the largest city of the country. With over 1.8 million inhabitants and an area of 525.13 km², Budapest is the tenth largest city in the European Union.

Due to its numerous thermal springs, Budapest is the only city in Europe with more than one million of inhabitants that is also a spa city. Budapest is also considered the most beautiful city in Eastern Europe. The unique Art Nouveau buildings, the Blue Danube, the thermal springs and the coffeehouse culture: the Hungarian capital wants to be compared with Paris. Budapest is the political, economic and cultural centre of the country, with around a fifth of Hungary’s ten million inhabitants living there.

Administratively, Budapest is divided into 23 districts and 17 environmental zones. 15 of the 17 environmental zones each cover part of the urban area; two environmental zones cover the entire urban area. These are the zones of Budapest City (winter) and Budapest (temporary).

The environmental zone of Budapest City (temporary) is a temporary zone that can enter into force at any time throughout the city. Bad weather conditions are the condition for activating the zone, e.g. caused by increased levels of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter or ozone. The Green-Zones app shows which vehicle types are allowed to enter at which times.

Further information can be obtained by clicking on the map on the left. Please refer to the table below to find out which driving restrictions apply to which types of vehicle at which times of the day and week in the environmental zone or use or Green-Zones app.

Table overview of the environmental zone

Name of the environmental zone:
Environmental zone Budapest City (Anti-smog) - Hungary
Date of entry into effect of the zone:
Type of environmental zone:
Zone of air protection, depending on weather conditions and activated between 6 am and 10 pm if the pollution levels (e.g. > 50 µg/m³ for particulate matter or NOx) have been exceeded.
The zone is activated between 10 am and 6 pm if the ozone limit values have been exceeded.
475 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone:
In case of activation due to bad air values (smog), the temporary zone of the city of Budapest City (temporary) is valid for the entire city, with the exception of the following transit routes:
M0, Budapest közigazgatási határa-Nagykovácsi út-Szépjuhászné útja-Budakeszi út-Budapest közigazgatási határa, továbbá Budapest közigazgatási határa-Nagykovácsi út-Nagyrét utca-Máriaremetei út-Hidegkúti út-Budapest közigazgatási határa.