Hungary, the home of Goulash and pálinka, has plenty of surprises and attractions for visitors in all seasons. This 7-day itinerary includes some of the most popular activities in each place, from the biggest cities to hidden gems, accessible by public transport.
To begin with, Hungary has an efficient public transportation system (buses and trains, and within the city, there are trams, buses, trolleybuses, metros) that makes traveling easier. In the winter months, there might be delays. Be aware of this fact since you do not want your prepaid tour to depend on the the train system. For calculating train prices and obtaining information on schedules, visit the site of MÁV, and for the buses trunning between cities, visit the site of VOLÁN.
With a 2-hour-long train trip, visitors can access Eger from Budapest. On the slopes of the Bükk Mountains, Eger is well-known for its monuments, thermal baths, and the best Hungarian wines.
From Budapest-Kelenföld train station, it takes 2.5 hours to arrive to Keszthely, one of the most popular destinations at Lake Balaton. Located at the western end of Lake Balaton, it is the second largest town on the shores of the lake. The city is one of the most important cultural and economic centres in the region.
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Citizens and visitors voted Pécs as European Capital of Culture in 2010. It takes 3.5 hours to get there from Budapest-Kelenföld train station to Pécs by bus.
Szeged is the City of Sunshine, since it has the highest number of sunny days in Hungary. The city is famous for being the home of paprika. Also, the world-famous Pick Factory, where salami is produced, was established there.