How to get to Pécs?

Even though Hungary has only one airport it is still an international and friendly country. You also have to know that getting her is easy by airplane but travelling by bus or train in the country might be difficult due to the language differences. Try to ask as many people as you can about the correct directions or contact ESN Pécs if you need any help.

From the Airport

Do not be afraid if you booked your ticket to Budapest, you will manage to find your way around Hungary also. After your flight, your travel becomes a little bit tricky.
From the airport we suggest you three options to reach Pécs. Shuttle/minibus, long distance bus or train. When you get on the local bus or the metro, do not forget to validate your ticket in the validator machine which is on the vehicle.

Train – From the airport to the train station

Liszt Ferenc International Airport à (bus 200E) Kőbánya-Kispest  à (M3) Kálvin tér à (M4) Kelenföld Railway Station

  • First you need to take the bus 200E. Its line starts from the airport and ends at Kőbánya-Kispest P+R. [9 stops] (This is the last station of bus 200E.)
  • Here you need to take the subway/metro line 3 (the blue line / M3). (This is the first station of the metro.) Due to the reconstruction works instead of metro, you will use metro replacing buses between Kőbánya-Kispest & Nagyvárad tér, from here go underground and take the M3 metro to Kálvin tér. Get off at Kálvin tér. [5 stops by metro replacing bus and 3 stops by metro]

A little help: https://bkk.hu/m3felujitas/docs/alternativ_utvonalak.pdf

  • At Kálvin tér change to the metro line 4 (the green line / M4). Get off at the train station called Keleti. [5 stops]

(Bus 100E takes you from the airport directly to the city center (Deák Ferenc tér). Refer to the map at the end of this article. 

 

How many tickets would you need for it?
You have two options:

  • You need two single tickets: One for the bus and one for the metro and metro replacing bus. (You can change the metro lines with one ticket.)
  • Or you need one transfer ticket: Valid for a single trip including one transfer. You can use it first on the bus, secondly on the metro (and metro replacing bus).

- The price of the single ticket: 350 HUF
- The price of the single ticket on spot: 450 HUF
- The price of the transfer ticket: 530 HUF

 

There are ticket vending machines mostly at every stop, and it allows bank cards as well. You can buy your ticket also at the newspaper stands.

On this website you can check the schedule of bus 200E:

http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/access_and_parking/by_public_transportation

Shuttle/Minubus – From the airport to your accommodation

The easiest way from the Liszt Ferenc International Airport to Pécs for those who has huge luggage and want to avoid public transport.
For international students the price is 8500 HUF. When you reserve your place in the bus, make sure you mention that you are international student, otherwise it will cost more.

You can find more details by following this link:
Travel4You
http://www.travel4you.hu/fees

 

Long distance bus

If you arrive by long distance bus to Népliget central long distance bus station in Budapest or you choose long distance bus to travel to Pécs from Budapest. Please check the “Train station and long distance bus station” part below.

From the Airport to the bus station:

Liszt Ferenc International Airport à (bus200E) Kőbánya-Kispest  à (M3) Népliget

  • First you need to take the bus 200E. Its line starts from the airport and ends at Kőbánya-Kispest P+R. [9 stops] (This is the last station of bus 200E.)
  • Here you need to take the subway/metro line 3 (the blue line / M3). (This is the first station of the metro.) Due to the reconstruction works instead of metro, you will use metro replacing buses. Get off at Népliget long distance bus station.

How many tickets you need for it? You have two options:

  • You need two single tickets: One for the bus and one for the metro or metro replacing bus. (You can change the metro lines with one ticket.)
  • Or you need one transfer ticket: Valid for a single trip including one transfer. You can use it first on the bus, secondly on the metro or metro replacing bus.

- The price of the single ticket: 350 HUF
- The price of the single ticket on spot: 450 HUF
- The price of the transfer ticket: 530 HUF

There are ticket vending machines mostly at every stop, and it allows bank cards as well. You can buy your ticket also at the newspaper stands.

Train station and long distance bus station

Train – From the train station to Pécs

You can travel to Pécs directly from the Keleti Train Station. If you arrive to Budapest you can approach the station easily by metro. There are more types of trains, but the fastest one in the InterCity (IC). You can catch an IC in every second hour to Pécs. You have to buy your train ticket at the station. (You can buy ticket on the train, but you have to pay extra fee if you choose this option.)

For the InterCity you will get two tickets. One is for the seat reservation and the other is for the travel. The conductor will check your tickets during the travel. If you have student ticket, you will be asked to show your student ID.

Total travel time: ~3-3:30h.

Ticket prices for InterCity trains:
- Full   fare:
~4500 HUF - 2nd class

~5500 HUF - 1st class

With student card*

~2500 HUF - 2nd class

~3500 HUF - 1st class

You can check the train schedule and the ticket prices on this website:

http://elvira.mav-start.hu/elvira.dll/x/index?language=2

Bus – From the central bus station to Pécs

You can travel to Pécs directly from the Népliget Central Station. If you arrive to Budapest you can approach the station easily with metro. Total travel time: ~4h.

Ticket prices

Full fare:

3600-4200 HUF

With student card*

Between 1800-2100 HUF

Buses don’t have numbers and for more information there are information desks. But most of the time they depart from platform 8 or 9.

You can check the long distance bus schedule on this webpage (the site is in Hungarian language, but you can check the times – not the prices – easily.):

http://menetrendek.hu/

*Student discounts

In Hungary usually you can get student discount for anything. For instance: entrance fee in museums, parties or other attractions, public transport (bus pass, train ticket), etc.

  • On the trains and long distance buses: if you are from an EU or EEA country you have the right to get 50% discount with student card. At the ticket office ask for student ticket.
    On the student ID your name, home university, expiration date and your picture have to be visible. (If there is no picture on it, you have to show your passport or ID.) ISIC card can be used only if you obtained it at your home university and its name is on the card.
  • You can get monthly pass for half price for local buses in Pécs only with your Hungarian student card. You can get it at the Registrar’s office of your faculty after the orientation day.
  • If you are not from EU or EEA country and you do not have student card from the University of Pécs yet but you are under 26, you can get 33% youth discount FOR TRAINS in weekends and on national holidays!
    For instance:
    - from Friday 10:00 to Sunday 24:00 (exception 7th and 14th December)
    - from 22nd October 10:00 to 23rd October 24:00
    - from 31st October 10:00 to 3rd November 24:00

 

By: Gergely Balogh (Travel Committee Coordinator)