Travel & venue
General information about Hungary and about Pécs
The Republic of Hungary is situated in Central Europe, the capital of the country is Budapest. The country covers an area of less than 100,000 km2 and it has roughly 10 million inhabitants, who speak a unique language which is not used anywhere else in the world. Hungary has become a full member of the European Union from 1st May 2004.
Today, Hungary is a popular destinations for visitors who wish to encounter this beautiful country with its natural, historical, cultural and gastronomic attractions.
Distance from Budapest: 240 km
Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. The city Sopianae was founded by Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century, in an area peopled by Celts and Pannoni tribes. By the 4th century, it became the capital of Valeria province and a significant early Christian center. The early Christian necropolis is from this era which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2000.
Blessed with a mild climate, an illustrious past and a number of fine museums and monuments, Pécs is one of the most pleasant and interesting cities to visit in Hungary. For its handful of universities, the nearby Mecsek Hills and the lively nightlife, many travellers put it second only to Budapest on their Hungarian ‘must-see’ list.
In 2010, Pécs was selected to be the European Capital of Culture sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. The city’s motto is: “The Borderless City”.
Getting to Pécs
There are frequent trains to Pécs from Budapest’s ‘Kelenföld’ station – see Hungarian Railway Timetable HERE. The trip takes about 3 hours.
Numerous buses from all directions (including from cities in northern Croatia) serve the city. Buses from and to Budapest’s Népliget station operate numerous times daily, though the trip is slower than the train, it takes approximately 4 hours. You can check the timetable here: http://www.volanbusz.hu/en
The M6 motorway connects Pécs and Budapest with the driving time between the two cities taking about 1½ hours now. The entire route opened on 31 March 2010. Route 6 crosses the city giving it an east-west axle and leaves it towards Barcs by the Croatian border.
In the inner city of Pécs a new parking fee system with zones has been established in order to increase the number of people using public transport, to reduce environmental pollution and to improve living and working conditions.
The new parking system has cut the city into four zones:
- Red zone for the core of the inner city = expensive parking with limited parking time
- Blue zone adjacent to the red zone = moderately priced parking
- Yellow zone for the distant parts of the city centre = rather low parking fee
- Green zone for outside the city centre = free parking
Please check the zones here: http://www.iranypecs.hu/en/info/compass/trafic/parking.html