With some of the oldest train tracks in Europe, travelling by train in Hungary is a unique experience in itself. With your Interrail pass visit the musical mecca of Eastern Europe – Budapest. Take a dip in one of its famous thermal baths and stroll around the vineyards of Szépasszony Valley. Known as the ‘Cultural Avenue’ of Europe, it is one of the gems of Eastern Europe.
Travelling by train in Hungary
Hungary quick facts
Population: 10 million
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Dialing code: +36
Trains in Hungary
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Places to visit
Budapest - an enchanting capital
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is one of Europe’s most rewarding places to visit. Set eyes on the spectacular vista of Castle Hill sidling up close to the Danube – beautiful by day, spectacular at night. Cross the Chain Bridge and make a swift ascent up the nineteenth-century funicular to get up close to the treasures that sit atop the hill. Take a magical cruise along the Danube and absorb Budapest’s endearing atmosphere and view its beautiful sights.
Chain Bridge and the funicular up Castle Hill are a 5-minute walk from Vörösmarty Tér metro station.
Pécs positioned on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains is a firm favourite with visitors. It’s one of Hungary’s most endearing towns with abounding evidence of its rich heritage. While there, check out the Ottoman-era mosques and the Archeaological Museum for evidence of the Roman presence between the first and fifth centuries. For further historical delights head to Sopron and marvel at the mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Don’t miss the grand Medieval Esterházy Palace just outside the town, once part of the Habsburg dynasty.
The Archaeological Museum is a 15-minute walk from Pécs main train station. Esterházy Palace is a short bus journey from Sopron’s town centre.
Hungry for nightlife
Hungary’s capital is filled to the brim with great bars, quality restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Liszt Ferenc tér is a delightful square in the centre of Budapest, filled with restaurants, bars and terraces. Check out retro-styled Menza – a popular restaurant on the square. It draws in locals and tourists thanks to its authentic Hungarian menu and its quirky 1970s Soviet-canteen design.
Menza restaurant and Liszt Ferenc square are a 10-minute walk from Nyugati Pályaudvar train station.
Lay back at the lake beaches
Hungary may be coast-less but it makes up for it with Lake Balaton – a popular summer cooling down retreat. It’s a tale of two shores – the south is resorty, packed in summer and has a lively night scene that attracts locals and tourists alike. To the north of the lake expect a more cultured and refined atmosphere. Yachting around the lake is popular, as is fishing, sailing and windsurfing. It’s also an ideal place for laying back and doing nothing.
A train line runs around the whole perimeter of the lake so stop off wherever you fancy.
Spa and wine treats
For those looking for a pick-me-up Hévíz could be just what you need. This thermal spa, located on the shores of Europe’s largest thermal lake, claims to have medicinal qualities. Lie back in the magical waters and peruse the surrounding woodland. For wine connoisseurs, Szépasszony-völgy near the town of Eger might have just the treat to whet your thirst. Local vineyards produce several types of mouthwatering wines, which you can taste for yourself at one of the many cellars.
To reach Hévíz take the train to Keszthely and from there it is a 10-minute bus ride. Szépasszony-völgy is a 20-minute walk from Eger’s Vasútállomás train station.
This is one of Europe’s largest music festivals and has in various polls been voted as one of the best. Spread over 8 days in Budapest, Hungary, the festival offers a broad range of music genres from international rock acts to jazz and world music. There is also an excellent programme of cultural activities and performances. The festival is set on Óbudai-sziget, an island in the Danube. Camping is possible.
Óbudai-sziget can be reached by metro from all 3 international train stations.
Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival
Every November Vörösmarty Square, right in Budapest's heart, turns into a big Christmas market. The square is filled with stalls with Hungarian specialities, presents and Christmas decorations. Don't miss this popular fair!
Vörösmarty Square can be reached by tram (line 2) from Budapes's main train station. Get off at 'Vigado' and find Vörösmarty Square after a short walk.
Interrail passes for Hungary
Most popular passes with Hungary
Interrail Global Pass from € 200
The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.View Interrail Global Pass
Interrail Hungary Pass from € 57
The Interrail Hungary Pass is the best way to visit Hungary's highlights by train, like Budapest and Lake Balaton.View Interrail Hungary Pass
All Interrail passes with Hungary
Here's a list of all Interrail passes for your travels through this country: