HEV from Budapest
Getting to Szentendre from Budapest is a snap. Just go to the Batthyany ter metro and take the HEV train. It is well marked and they run about every 10-15 minutes. The trip takes about 40 minutes each way. Fare is about $2 with the Budapest card.
When you arrive at the train station in Szentendre you will be on the south side of town and the way into the center is not marked. I got these directions from a Rick Steves book and they worked okay. "Leave through the side of the HEV station and cut through the bus station lot. Cross the busy road at the stoplight, bear left, and follow Dunakorzo along the river into town (about a 10 minute walk)."
Going to Szentendre
To go to Szentendre from Budapest you take the green HEV train from Batthyany ter. We had a 7-days travel pass when visiting Budapest. It is not valid all way to Szentendre so you have to buy the ticket at the office on the train station (on the way back I saw people buying tickets on the train). A return ticket was 624 ft. It takes 40 minutes to go from Batthyany ter to Szentendre. Going back to Budapest the train left just as we came to the platform, but it was only 10 minutes to wait until the next train was leaving.
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Access to Szentendre ( 2 images )
Located just 12 miles north of the Budapest border on the banks of the Danube, Szentendre is well served by land and river.
River Boat - a sightseeing boat calling at Szentendre and the other 2 Danube Bend towns of Estergom and Visigrad further north leaves from the Duna boat dock at V Vigado ter twice daily and offers a relatively inexpensive and scenic tour up the river. However, the schedule allows only two options to return - the first gives perhaps one hour in town which is far too little and the second requires a 7 hour stay. There simply are not 7 hours worth of attractions here other than beer. The boatride may be pleasant but we feel it is a bad choice.
Car - straight up Route 11 along the Danube.
Bus - one to three busses an hour from Arpad hid station to the Szenendre train station, quick and easy.
Train - 3 to 5 trains an hour on the HEV suburban line which leaves from within the Batthyany ter metro stop on the red line. Intermittent rail construction may mean making the last part of the journey on a bus. We used the train route - saw parts of Hungary that one will not see on the river - the evidence of Communist rule in the dark grey stained apartment blocks, the poor maintenance of streets, and perhaps most telling a vegetable garden in what seemed to be every residence along the way. And the bus was an antique. The train fare was less than 5$US. A special ticket is needed - the Budapest metro pass goes only to the city limits. Buy the ticket right at the metro ticket kiosk across from the HEV.
After leaving the train or bus, just follow the crowds under the main highway and walk into town straight for perhaps 8-10 minutes passing an increasing number of restaurants and stores as you proceed directly to the main square.
The images include the train station and the main street leading to the center of the village.
Getting to Szentendre
From Budapest's Batthyany Ter metro station, take the HEV train to Szentendre. It is the last stop on the line. Make sure you get a return ticket to make it easier. The train ride lasts about a half hour.
Once you get to Szentendre, it is about a 10 min. walk to town. Take Kossuth Lajos utca and at the fork in the road go right (Dumtsa Jeno utca). Stay on this road and you will run into the center of town.
How to get there?
Szentendre is only a dozen kilometers from Budapest. The most comfortable is of course to go there by your own car, but in this case there can be a little snag with parking there. In the town there are a few parking places, but usually you can not simply leave your car in the street, because it is prohibited.
Another way to go to Szentendre is taking the commuter HEV train. It goes from Budapest every 10-30 minutes (from Batthyany ter, where this line is connected with the metro). This way is not expensive and takes about 40 minuts.To the boundary of Budapest regular tickets are valid, but beyond there you must buy another one. To avoid problems with conductors you better buy a ticket at the station. More info e.g. schedules, tickets etc., you can find and the BKV website: http://www.bkv.hu/ (also in English).
You can also get a bus from Budapest (approx 1 per hour), going from the Arpad hid station.
The most interesting method of reaching Szentendre will probably going the by ship. Ships go there both from Buda (Batthyany ter) and Pest (Vigado ter) three times a day or so. The journey takes about an hour and a half and the ticket is about 1000 forints (~4 euro).
For more details about transport to Szentendre you can look at the Regional Environmental Center website:
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how to go there
Szentendre is just 20km north of Budapest at the western bank of Danube river.
We took the suburna railway (HEV 5) from Batthyany ter metro station in Budapest and 16 stops later we arrived in Szentendre (it’s the final stop). There are 3 to 5 trains an hour. The train was old and noisy but the ride is just 40’. Your Budapest ticket or card is not valid as you go out of the city limits, so you need a special ticket (640Ft one way) that you buy at the kiosk just before you catch the train.
The train station in Szentendre is simple with not many facilities but there are some kiosks with snacks and coffee. There is also a WC (you have to pay 200Ft at the lady that keeps it clean)
The bus from Budapest is faster and takes 30’. There are buses from Arpad Bridge in Budapest(at Arpad Hid train station). You can buy the ticket from the driver or from the bus station half an hour before the departure.
The bus station in Szentendre is just behind the train station. There you can catch any other bus around Szentendre (we took one for Visegrad the day after which is 45’ away, Esztergom is 60’ away)
Take Route 11 along the Danube river
Another alternative is to take the river boat from Budapest. It must be more romantic but also slow (90’) and boring :) You can catch the boat at 10.00am at Vigado Square, 10’ later it stops at Batthyany Ter and then after a long journey you will be in Szentendre at 11.30am. One way ticket 1600Ft, return 2400Ft From Szentendre the boat departs at 17.00pm. details here
There used to be another boat from april to September that connected the towns along the Danube Bend(Szentendre, Visegrad and Esztergom) but it doesn’t operate anymore.
Train to Szentendre
We went to Szentendre by car and returned by train. The train trip was good because you can see some of the metropolitan areas where the locals live, very hard to do when you have limited time in a big city.
It was easy to find the train station for the return trip, just keep walking down the main street and follow the signs, it only took 10 or so minutes. We were lucky there was a train at the station ready to go, I did not have tickets and went to the ticket seller and had a problem as she could not speak English, she gave me 10 tickets at enormous cost but we soon settled on 2.This happens when you get out of the city, I never had a problem in Budapest.
If you are travelling from Budapest you catch the train at Batthyany ter on the Buda side. I recommend you find out the times the train leaves for the return journey.
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To get to Szentendre from Budapest head to Batthyany ter metro station and follow the HEV signs. You can get a single ticket for 270 Ft if you have a valid travel pass. Get on the HEV train and Szentendre is the end of the line.
To get to the town from the train/bus station head right and through the supermarket complex until you reach the main road - Dunakanyar. Cross the street and cross over a small peice of greenery to a slip road. Head up North up this road and eventually you will reach a stream and the start of the town.
Easy to reach from Budapest
Szentendre is very easy to reach from Budapest. The HEV-train (with Szentendre as terminus) leaves from Batthyány tér a couple of times per hour. The single fare is 480 forint; tickets can be bought in the station but also on the train, I think. When you arrive in the Szentendre station, just walk to the end of the platform and there you will find a map where you can see where you are and where the historic village is.
You can get the local HEV train from the Margit Hid (bridge) stop which is right beside the river on the Buda side . If you are coming from Pest you can catch the 4 or 6 tram and get off at the Margit hid- Buda side stop and then go down to the HEV station from there, which is right next to it.
The trains are frequent and the last one back is at around 11 at night. So you have plenty of time to spend there.
It costs 1500 forints for a return ticket which you can by at the HEV station. This is about 5 euros.
The train takes about takes about 40 minutes
How to move around
Szentendre is a small town so you can easily walk around and see everything.
There’s a map outside the train station (pic 1) that you can see all the sites and orient yourself although later you will see a Tourist Information anyway.
From the train station just walk under the main highway (pic 2) and walk straight for about 5 minutes and you will be in the center (which is just north of the train/bus station). The long pedestrian street (the Tourist Info is at the beginning) will lead you to main square (Fo Ter). Around the square you will see most of the churches and museums.
The only place you cant walk is Skanzen museum but you can take a local bus or a taxi, there are plenty of them next to the train station (pic 3)
HOW TO TRAVEL TO SZENTENDRE
Szentendre is a delightful village, one that it easy to visit from Budapest.
As it happened, we had our own car, so all we had to do was follow Motorway 11 to Szentendre.
NO CAR - NO PROBLEM - PLENTY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT
A TRAIN departs approx. every 10 - 15mins from Batthyány Square in Budapest (M2 red metro line). Your there in approx. 40mins.
BUSES are slightly quickly, usually only taking 30 minutes. Catch a bus from the Árpád Bridge coach station.
BOAT - Takes the longest time. Mahart, the Hungarain Shipping Company operates boat services between Budapest and Szentendre every day in the tourist season (30th April-30th Sept). See the timetable and ticket prices here.
PUSH BIKE - Those who are fit enough can hire a bike and ride the bicycle route that runs along Motorway 11.
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By train to Budapest
The perfect way to get to Budapest, when you are staying in Szentendre is to take the HEV-train. This is the regional connection. In summertime this train goes to Budapest every 20 minutes.
You can get out in Buda, at the Bathyani Ter. For a two-ways ticket you pay only € 4,-.
Attention: Be prepared. The railway is not different from the paved roads in Hungary. It´s sometimes seemes as if the train drives off-road!
The station is to be found at the leftside of the mainroad from Budapest towards Esztergom. In the centre of Szentendre.
From Budapest to Szentendre
I would suggest that you'll take the HEV train around noon from Budapest to Szentendre and at 5 pm you'll take the boat back to Budapest.
The HEV train from Budapest to Szentendre rides every 30 minutes from Batthyany ter and will cost you HUF 391 (one way ticket).
If it's hot, go by boat........
You can easily get to Szentendre by train from Budapest.
But it was so hot I decided to go by excursion boat.
Mahart Passnave run daily excursion bots (with open top deck) from Vigado Ter/Batthany Ter in Budapest from May to September, at weekends only during April and October.
Because of the current, getting to Szentendre takes about and hour and a half whilst coming back takes only an hour.
To be frank, if the weather had not been so hot then I would have taken the train....this stretch of the Danube is not especially scenic or interesting. But it was a very pleasant excursion when temperatures were in the mid-30s.
The boat was full both ways (mid-week) so it would be a good idea to buy your ticket before the day you travel. If it's hot, and you want to sit on the open deck, you need to be queueing up 30 minutes or so beforehand.....there was a bit of a scrum to get on at Szentendre, to be honest.
Boats arrive at Szentendre at 12.00 and leave at 5, so you have plenty of time to explore. Or you could take the boat one away and the train the other.
I bought my ticket from the Mahart Office on Belgrad Rakpart, near Szabadsdag Hid, but you can also buy them at Vigado Ter. Return fare (July 09) was 2235 forints.
You can take bikes too, at 50% of the adult fare.
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