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Traveling advice - driving as a foreigner (Budapest)

Hello all:

My wife and I are making our way to visit Budapest in a few weeks from Feb Protected content .

For the first week we are going to take a trip down to Zagreb, then Ljubljana then Trieste. We have considered public transportation, but are leaning towards renting a car.

So my question is, is this a good idea? Is it fairly easy and safe for foreigners to drive? Are there any special licenses or permits that we have to obtain? Would the winter weather make the road conditions difficult?

Also, are there any sports events worth seeing when we are in Budapest? We will be there for the week of Feb 15th.

Thanks,
Triston

Budapest Forum