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How to get to the REC`s Head office in Szentendre, Hungary

By suburban train
HEV - click to enlargeA suburban train called the HÉV runs to Szentendre from Batthyány tér in Budapest, which is also a stop on the red metro line. Trains leave regularly (about every 10-30 minutes), and the journey to Szentendre takes about 45 minutes. Szentendre is the last station. From there, the REC is a 20-minute walk or a short ride in a taxi. The distance is about 2 kilometres. (Please see the map of Szentendre.) For train times, please see the detailed HÉV schedule.

By bus
Bus - click to enlargeThere is a frequent bus service between Budapest and Szentendre from 5:20 a.m. to 22:40 p.m. each day. The bus terminal in Budapest is located at the Újpest-Városkapu metro station (blue line), and the Szentendre bus terminal is located at the suburban train (HÉV) station (see the map of Szentendre). There is also a bus stop about 200 metres north of the REC. The journey takes about 40 minutes.

By car
Travelling by car to Szentendre via Budapest is best done by taking road #11 (Esztergom), which is well signposted from all main roads and intersections in the capital. The route (dual-carriageway) follows the Danube north through Budapest's suburbs and green belt toward the "Pilis hills." A 30-minute drive from the centre of Budapest (avoiding rush hour: 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:30 p.m.), will bring you into Szentendre and past signs indicating the distance to the REC's head office. The office can be best reached by following road #11, which will take you along the outskirts of the old town and past a sculpture park (both on your right). Approximately 200 metres after the traffic light, take the sharp right. The REC is on the left about 100 metres further.

Approaching Szentendre from the north (e.g. Visegrád, Esztergom, Komárom), follow the directions toward Budapest. Just after the signposts for "Pap Sziget" on your left, take the left-turning lane, which will bring you within 100 metres of the REC on your left."

By airport minibus
Airport MinibusThe Airport Minibus will take you to the REC for a fixed price of HUF 8,000 (EUR 32) for a return ticket, and HUF 5,400 (EUR 23) for a single ticket. You can buy a ticket upon arrival at the airport at the Airport Minibus counter. A minibus will pick you up for your return to the airport by phoning 296-8555 at least one day in advance. (On your trip to Szentendre, chances are that you will be the last one to be dropped off, which can take up to two hours.) Visit the Budapest Sun Web site for information related to Budapest's Ferihegy Airport.

By bicycle
There is a bicycle path from Budapest all the way to Szentendre, though it is difficult to follow in places. Alternatively, a bicycle can be brought onto the suburban train (HÉV) after validating a regular train ticket (there are designated cars). You can park your bicycle in the REC's covered bicycle storage facility.

By taxi
Taxis - click to enlargeYou can take a taxi from the HÉV terminal in Szentendre to the REC for up to HUF 1000 (EUR 4). A trip from the centre of Budapest will cost up to HUF 15,000 (EUR 60) and up to HUF 12,000
(EUR 47) from the airport by the official taxi company Zona Taxi. Reliable and recommended Budapest taxi companies are: Fõtaxi (Tel: 222-2222), Taxi2000 (Tel: 200-0000), 6x6 Taxi (Tel: 266-6666) and City Taxi (Tel: 211-1111). All taxi companies in Szentendre offer good prices and service (for example Dunakanyar Taxi, Tel: [26] 311-111). When using a taxi service, check that the meter is reset before your journey commences.

By boat
Boat - click to enlargeAs indicated on the map of Szentendre, there is a boat station close to the REC's premises. Boats depart from Budapest (Vigadó tér) on their way to Szentendre every day at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and return from Szentendre to Budapest at 11:45 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. The journey takes about an hour and a half. Please note that this schedule applies only for the summer period. A one-way ticket costs about HUF 750 (EUR 3) and a return ticket about HUF 1,100 (EUR 4.5).

HÉV schedule

Train schedule 
in Hungary and in Europe

How to find us: map of Szentendre

Information portals on Hungary and Budapest:

Official web portal
of Budapest

Lonely Planet guide

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