Szentendre Transportation Tips by antistar
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Probably the most convenient way to get to Szentendre is Budapest's suburban rail service (HEV). This runs from central Buda, the first stop is Batthyány tér on M2 directly opposite the Parliament. From here you should buy a special ticket, as it's just outside the Budapest zone and so isn't covered by your day tickets, etc.
For Szentendre you'll get an orange ticket to the outer reaches of the city, and a special ticket to take you to the end of the line. Stamp the orange ticket on the train in the normal way. The other one should be timed and dated when you buy it. The total cost was 565 forints when I went in 2009.
Volanbusz run from Budapest to Szentendre. They take about as long as the HEV, but the buses are much nicer and even air conditioned. I think they are a bit cheaper than the HEV too. The down side is that they run to the bus terminals outside Budapest. The one I took back home dropped me off at the District 13 station in Ujpest. BUT it's easy to get to as it's at the end of the M3 line.
Of possibly even more use is the bus onwards to Visegrad and Ezstergom. These run every 30-60 minutes, and it takes about 45 minutes to Visegrad, and 1 hour or so to Esztergom. The price to Visegrad was 400 forints one-way. The only difficulty you might have is that they stop at every little pissant place en route, so you might not know where best to get off. Worse is that Visegrad is strung out along the Danube, meaning a long walk if you get off in the wrong place. Esztergom is easy - it's the end of the line.
For Visegrad just get off at the first stop after the city gates - nowhere else has city gates!
The other difficulty I found with Volanzbus was that the help desk was completely unhelpful. The answer to my question, in Hungarian, asking if they speak English was a gruff "nem". No problem. But the answer to my next question, asked politely in Hungarian, was "nem" even before I could finish it. Even though the answer to the question was not yes or no!
Come on! I can count to a million in Hungarian now! It's infuriating to be treated with such disrespect!
Don't be put off. The information you need is on the signs around the station. You just have to look for it.
The station itself is easily found. It's outside the HEV. Just look for the big yellow buses.
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