Hungary has developed dramatically in recent years in response to the increasing demand for cycling tourism. The country now has more than 2,000 kilometres of cycle track with another 200 in Budapest. In addition, cycling services have risen to European standards, with repair shops, hotels, camp sites and catering outlets dotted along the cycle tracks. Cycling is now permitted in a number of hilly and woodland regions, including national parks, but it is important to know that cyclists must keep to marked routes.
Since the 1990s there has been an increasing social demand for a healthy way of life along with an environmental consciousness, so cycling has become part of society's active lifestyle.
Among developments in Hungary separate mention must be made of the cycle route all the way around the Lake Balaton but the Danube Bend and the Buda Hills also offer great opportunities for cycling tours for those who prefer to use their own physical strength.
An essential part of the business policy of MÁV-START Co. is attracting passengers travelling by train for touristic motivations. Bicycles can be transported by train within Hungary for a small surcharge on routes marked by a bicycle icon on the timetable. Bicycle carriages are also indicated by a similar icon, and bikes can also be transported in the spaces at the ends of each carriage. A request should be make for the transport of large numbers of bicycles at least one week prior to departure.
Provides an overview of cycling in Hungary together with some links to further information.