Car rental in Pécs - not so easy
Car rental is not a lively branch of the service industry in Pécs. Budget is the only multinational company that has a representative here, sitting in a small office. Last year my relatives rented from them and the service was good. I would have more trust renting from them than from some no-name local company that occasionally rents a car or two. Especially if going abroad with the car. Make sure you let them know that you want to take the car out of Hungary!
You have to be careful to show up during their opening hours, which is not the usual all day. They are closed on Sunday, open from 8 am to 12 pm on Saturday and 7.30 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays.
Zsolnay Vilmos út 59. (The main road coming from Budapest)
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Regular flights - Pécs
There is only one regular flight in Pécs currently, to Korfu and back. However, the airport is an aerial border crossing. The only possibility is for other destination, to catch a charter flight.
Pécs is about 9 kilometres far from the airport.
Address: 7666 Pécs-Pogány
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Use public transportation if you can!
This is a general warning that applies to most of Hungary, but especially in Budapest. In Hungary it is very easy to be ripped off by (private) cab drivers. Be very vigilant and do not seat into the car until you are sure what the cost will be at your destination.
Pecs taxis are not as bad as the ones in Budapest, but still be alert and use public transportation if possible. In Budapest I recommend Zona Taxi and in Pecs I recommend Volan Taxi as a choice of taxi, when no public transport is available.
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By Car: How far/how long...?
Some road distances from Pécs to:
- Budapest: 203 kms.
- Bucuresti/Bucarest (Romania): 1.032 kms.
- Riga (Latvia): 1.591 kms.
- Madrid /Spain): 2.429 kms.
You also can check this web to find out more road distances together with the driving times and best routes.
Ender Hungary from Croatia.
We wanted to reach Pecs from Croatia. In Croatia there aren’t so good road signs so we didn’t found the road to Barcs and enter Hungary from Gola. Well this was not so bad because we travelled via many villages of Hungary and Croatia and the roads is not so bad but for a long time you have the sense that you are lost. Anyway the scenery around you is worth the trouble and there is literally no traffic.
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Easiest you can reach Pécs by train from Budapest. But choose Intercity as it much faster than other trains. It takes 3 hours. You can check the timetable here: www.elvira.hu
In Pécs you can travel by bus- Timetable is here:http://www.pkrt.hu/index2.php The bus ticket is cheaper at the newsagents than on the buses.
If you want to take a taxi, choose Volán or Euro Taxi, otherwise you can pay a fortune for the journey.
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Bus# 33 from in front of the Konsum shopping center to the last stop.
To get to the flea market, a special bus (marked "Vásár") departs the Konsum shopping center in the center of downtown Pécs regularly. You need two standard city bus tickets for this bus, which are available for 95 Ft (35¢) each at newsstands and kiosks or for 115 Ft (40¢) apiece from the bus driver. You can also take the no. 3 bus from the Konsum (only one ticket required), but you'll have to walk some distance from the stop to the entrance of the flea market.
Trains depart daily from Budapest's Déli Station; five of these are Intercity trains. The fare is 1,722 Ft ($6.20). On an Intercity train the journey takes about 2 1/2 hours, and you are required to pay an additional 360 Ft ($1.30) for a seat reservation. On a fast train the trip is more like 3 hours, but you don't need a reservation.
If you are driving from Budapest, take the M6 south for approximately 3 hours.
When traveling to Hungary I never use public transportation, therefore my tip is reffered to driving car.
The town of Pecs is off the main route A7, however the distances within Hungary are relativly short, and all places are reachable from Budapest in less than four hours. The motorways (marked M) are in good conditions, respect spead limits and don't drink alcohol when driving.
A detail from the Takarekbank in Kiraly street
Train from Siofok
We travelled in Hungary by rail between cities. We took a train from Siofok on the southern shore of Lake Balaton to Pecs. Buy you rail pass before you get to Hungary! The deal we got was not available to the locals. Our pass was for Hungary only and was good for 14 travel days in a month. It was very inexpensive. But, the porters had never seen this type of pass and had to consult with a supervisor each time we rode.
From Budapest simply get on...
From Budapest simply get on the 'InterCity' at 'Déli' railway station. It is fast and reliable.
The public transportation is quite good, but the cab is pretty cheap here too. (use Volán taxi)
And man, they are faaast :)
Once we had to admit we can't finish the phone call and get down from the second floor before the cabbie arrived. :)
From Budapest you should take...
From Budapest you should take the Intercity train from Déli Pályaudvar (Southern Train Station on the Buda side). ...here's the timetable (in English) Make sure to buy both a ticket for the trip and a seat reservation. The trip takes about 2h 40 min, there is usually a restaurant on the train, but check that out before you leave!
Timetable for the bus traffic in Pécs. Unfortunately it's only available in Hungarian. 'Éjszakai járatok' means night buses.
Pecs is an easy 3 hour train...
Pecs is an easy 3 hour train ride from Budapest's Deli train station. Trains run every hour or two.
Most of what you will want to see in Pecs is in a small area that is very walkable. There is a city bus system -- but they don't seem to run that often. You will need to take the bus to get to the TV Tower.
Pecs is easily reached by train from Budapest. It's a provincial city, though, so apart from the occasional train to Vienna, you'll be forced to return to Budapest to go anywhere else in the region.
'Vasuti állomás' 19xx-b?n.
Railway station in 19xx.
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