We all love Budapest, but sometimes we also need to get out of the city, hop on a bicycle and spend some time outside. There are many routes to choose from; you can go on a day-trip and ride for about 30 km with frequent stops, throw in some sightseeing and have lunch on the way back. Or you can bike for just an hour or so, inside the city, maybe on the river bank to work on your stamina for longer trips. Check out these bike trips from funzine.hu.
Along the Danube and on Margaret Island
If you are new to biking, this is the perfect route for you. You can ride your bike along the Danube bank and choose the route depending on your time and mood. There is a bicycle path between the Árpád Bridge and the Lágymányosi Bridge, and if you are up for it, you could take a detour onto Margaret Island. You could stop on the Island for a picnic, or to do some sightseeing. While you are riding on the river bank, you will have an excellent view of the Danube, the Parliament and the Gellért hill. This is a mostly flat route, so it is easy enough if you want to bring your kids with you.
Around Lake Velence (29 km)
The town Velence is only an hour away from Budapest by train. Plan a day trip here, bring your bicycle, and spend a few hours outside and breathe the fresh air. There is a bike path all around the lake; it is 29 km long and easily doable in a few hours. If the distance is not enough, you could add a bit by visiting the Bence lookout tower, or if the weather is good, you could cool down by the beach and eat some fried fish.
The Danube Bend: Zebegény-Vác (27 km)
There are many options to choose from if you decide to ride your bike around the Danube Bend. We have a beautiful 57 km long bike trail between Szob and Dunakeszi, and the best part is, that it goes parallel to the railway on the north side of the river. If you get tired, just hop on a train to get back home. Perhaps the Zebegény-Vác route is the best to try at first because it is not very long, but it goes through a breath-taking countryside. Another plus is that both Zebegény and Vác are only about an hour long train ride away from Budapest.
Budapest – Szentendre (20 km)
If you are planning to visit Szentendre, why not do it by bike? At least you will not have to worry about parking, and you can get some of your weekly exercise done. We suggest you start on the Buda side of Margaret Bridge. This is one of the most popular destinations among the cycling community, in part because it takes you through the Római Part area. You can stop here to have some snacks and to hydrate before going all the way to Szentendre. Do not forget to check out the tourist attractions here! If you are still full of energy, you can take the same bike path back to the capital or take the HÉV, rest a little on your way back, and start planning your next trip.
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