Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day Trips from Budapest, Hungary - The Top 25 Destinations


In Hungary all roads lead to the capital like the spokes of a wheel, so Budapest makes a convenient base for day trips to most parts of the country and even to a few destinations across the border in Slovakia and Austria. Many different types of landscapes are within reach by train or bus, from the forested hills of the Danube Bend to the flat vistas of the Great Plain. I have compiled some of the most worthwhile day trips within three hours by public transport from Budapest, and organized them by distance into three categories - destinations within one hour of travel, two hours of travel and three hours of travel. Up to three hours is quite a long distance to cover for a day trip, but some of the best sights in the country fall within this range, such as Pecs, Tihany and Tokaj. I have also given each destination a star rating out of five to represent how worthwhile it is to make the effort to get there. The photos in this article show, from top to bottom, Budapest, Esztergom, Visegrad, Eger and Gyor.

Destinations Within One Hour of Travel from Budapest:

**** Szentendre - (40 minutes) By HEV train from Batthyany Ter station

**** Visegrad - (1 hour) By bus from Arpad Hid station

** Vac - (30 to 40 minutes) By train from Keleti or Nyugati stations

** Tata - (55 minutes to 1 hour) By train from Deli or Keleti stations

Destinations Within Two Hours of Travel from Budapest:

**** Eger - (1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours) By train from Keleti Station

*** Esztergom - (1 hour 25 minutes) By train from Nyugati station

*** Kecskemet - (1 hour 20 minutes) By IC train from Nyugati station

*** Matra Hills Hiking Trails - (1 hour 30 minutes to Gyongyos where the trails begin) By train from Keleti Station to Vamosgyork, then change to a local train to reach Gyongyos

** Gyor - (1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes) By train from Keleti Station

** Szekesfehervar - (1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes) By train from Deli Station, or by bus from Nepliget station

** Veszprem - (1 hour 40 minutes) By train from Deli station

Destinations Within Three Hours of Travel from Budapest:

***** Vienna, Austria - (2 hours 40 minutes) By RailJet train from Keleti station

**** Bratislava, Slovakia - (2 hours 40 minutes) By EC train from Keleti station

**** Pecs - (2 hours 45 minutes) By IC train from Deli station

**** Holloko - (2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours) By bus from Budapest Stadion Terminal (one per day), or by bus to Szecseny and then change to a local bus to Holloko

*** Sopron - (2 hours 30 minutes) By IC train from Keleti Station

*** Pannonhalma - (2 hours to 2 hours 20 minutes) By train from Keleti station, then change to a local train in Gyor

*** Tokaj - (2 hours 40 minutes) By IC train from Keleti station

*** Tihany - (3 hours) By train from Deli station to Balatonfured, then change to a local bus to reach Tihany

*** Szeged - (2 hours 25 minutes) By IC train from Nyugati station

*** Bukk Hills National Park - (Accessible from Felsotarkany village north of Eger, 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes) By train from Keleti station to Eger, then change to a local train or bus to Felsotarkany. The park is also accessible from Miskolc (2 hours by train from Keleti Station)

*** Hortobagy National Park - (2 hours 45 minutes to the village of Hortobagy) By train from Keleti station, changing to a local train in Fuzesabony

** Debrecen - (2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours) By IC train from Nyugati station

** Gyula - (2 hours 55 minutes) By train from Keleti station, then change to a local train in Bekescsaba

** Balatonfured - (2 hours 30 minutes) By train from Deli station

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