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NEWS! I've had enough of hiding from COVID and so, from October 11th, I'm back on my travels again, this time attempting an experimental cycle ride from northern England to the south of Spain WITHOUT A MAP OR COMPASS (and not cheating by sticking to the coast or using a previous route or anything). I'll navigate by the sun, if I can see it, and other natural features if I can't (natural features that, erm, I've yet to learn about, but don't worry, I've got a book to teach me along the way). You can find more details on my Primrose-Smith.com site and follow my ride and find out the places I've visited (even if I won't know where those places actually are) on my Europe By Bicycle Facebook page.

This ride's for charity. Samaritans help those who are lost in a different sort of way, an especially useful service for those suffering during these difficult times. If you want to be lovely and donate to them, please visit my JustGiving page.

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Cycling in Hungary

Hungary In A Nutshell

If it's mostly uninspiring landscapes you're after, look no further than Hungary. Still, it's easy cycling and the people are friendly.

Where and When I Went

Map of Hungary

7th - 14th April 2013
20th - 22nd June 2018

Hungary's Scenery

There are supposedly some interesting bits of Hungary, in the mountains in the north and around Lake Balaton. I haven't seen either but they have a lot of fans. Budapest is always worth a visit.

Scenery

Hungary's Road Quality

Good. Some roads that were clearly suitable for bikes had No Cycling signs but without offering an alternative. The police passed me on one of these roads but didn't stop or shoot me or anything.

Road

Hungary's Accommodation & Costs

The only campsite I used in 2013 cost €6, while the one in 2018 cost €10. Outside of Budapest, hotels in 2013 averaged €21.

Language

Hungarian is a weird language. German is generally more useful than English. I used a Hungarian cheat sheet with the most useful words written phonetically based on the audio output of Google Translate. The word for cheese is 'shite'.

Neighbouring Countries

Whichever direction you choose, it'll no doubt be hillier. Your options are Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia.

Reasons To Go To Hungary

Easy cycling, to ask for a cheeseburger.

Where Have You Written About Cycling In Hungary?

No Place Like Home, Thank God Biking Broken Europe

What Others Say

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"You're right that Balaton offers good cycling. I have been a few times - most recently last year." Brian

"The roads out of Budapest to the north are very busy. We travelled along the Vac and God road and the traffic was very intolerant towards us." DaveFY7

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