Cycle trails in Hungary
Infrastructure for cycling in Hungary has been developing a lot in the last few years, as more and more people decide to explore the country on two wheels. By now, the land is perfectly suitable for cyclists as there are over 4000 kilometres of bike lanes, plus a few hundred more in the capital. Hungary has a lot more to offer beyond Budapest and it is really a biker’s dream come true; safe, mainly flat and with diverse and scenic landscape. Rent a bike and cycle around lakes, along rivers, pass by natural beauties or historic ruins, through national parks while exploring this charismatic country!
Euro Velo trails – the European Cycle Route Network
Currently, there are 3 EV trails connecting Hungary with the rest of Europe. The EV 6 crosses Hungary from west to east, while the EV 11 running from north to south runs through most of Eastern Europe. The most recent one is the EV 13, the so-called ‘Iron curtain trail’. It follows the former Iron Curtain separating the Eastern Bloc from the West, thus this lane runs along the Hungarian border too. Connecting countries that used to be separated by the Iron Curtain, lovely idea, isn’t it?
Apart from the Euro Velo, there are plenty of local bike trails too. Don’t be afraid of a little adventure, this country deserves a lot more than just rushing through it!
Other popular routes
Nowadays, the most well-developed and popular cycle trails are in the Balaton, Tisza, Fertő, Velence Lake regions. Lake Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe with pretty beaches, nice views and good Hungarian beer. In summer you can refresh your tired muscles in any of the lakes, recharge your batteries with a “lángos” (deep-fried local flat bread) or pop in one of the wine or music festivals around the lakes.
Other popular routes travel through the Great Plains (“Alföld”), along the Danube Bend and the Upper Tisza region. Whenever you cycle close to the water, remember to take some mosquito repellent with you!
Make sure you dedicate a few days to Budapest, the capital, as well. Budapest is packed with World Heritage sites, thermal baths, stunning views and magnificent buildings with a lot of history behind them. What’s more, there are plenty of bike lanes, so cycling the city is relatively easy and safe.
Passing through any of the 22 wine regions? Make sure you sample a few products from the local cellars. (Remember to walk your bike if you have more than one glass…) If you run out of steam, you can have a cheat day and make use of the Hungarian railways. (Get a special ticket for your bike!)
All in all, if you go on an extensive ride on two wheels, you will be able to discover as much as possible from the endless flat plains in the south-east to the hills on the north, all the way to Lake Balaton in the west. Believe me, there is enough in this country to keep a cyclist busy for a few weeks without getting bored. Please always keep in mind that the rules of traffic also apply for cyclist and always safety comes first!