Cycling and Biking in Hungary

Information on popular places for cycling and biking in Hungary...

Hungary has become increasing cyclist-friendly in recent years and is home to many enthusiastic cyclists. The mostly flat or gently hilly terrain is ideal for exploring by bicycle, and the countryside is criss-crossed with many quiet roads and lanes. There is now a network of cycle paths around the country, including over 200 Km in Budapest. Popular places to cycle include along the shores of the Danube, the Buda Hills and the cycle path that circles Lake Balaton. One of the most scenic areas to cycle is on the country’s western border from Lake Fertő, in the north, to the Őrség region.

The rugged Bükk Hills in northern Hungary are perfect for mountain biking. The Budai Mountains, close to Budapest, have a good range of mountain bike trails for all levels of rider; there is everything from complex single-track to wide forest trails. Cycling is also allowed in Hungary’s national parks though riders must stay on marked trails; the same applies when cycling in forest areas.

The Hungarian Cycling Federation (in Hungarian) is the sport’s governing body. They organise races and events in all disciplines of cycling, including road cycling, mountain biking and BMX racing. English-speaking members can log onto the site and access some information in English.