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Introduction

Pecs

Pecs

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Pecs is a city in the south of Hungary, not to far away from the borders with Croatia and Serbia. Although Pecs is the 4th largest city of Hungary, the centre where you can find all of the monumental buildings are easily explored on foot. The city is home to some of the best remaining monuments of the Muslim era in Hungary. On the main square you will find the largest mosque to survive from that era in Hungary, and a bit further the only mosque that still has the minaret in place. The cathedral is also worth a look.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max1.6 °C4.8 °C10.3 °C16 °C20.9 °C24 °C26.3 °C25.9 °C22.3 °C16.6 °C8.8 °C3.4 °C
Avg Min-4 °C-1.7 °C1.6 °C6 °C10.5 °C13.6 °C15 °C14.7 °C11.7 °C7 °C2.2 °C-1.7 °C
Rainfall39 mm32 mm38 mm55 mm63 mm84 mm61 mm63 mm47 mm37 mm56 mm44 mm
Rain Days7678910776688

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Getting There

By Train

Trains run several times a day between Budapest and Pecs, and take around 3 hours to arrive in Pecs. From the train station it is a 10-15 minutes walk to the centre of town.

By Car

The M6 connect Budapest and Pecs until the last kilometers where the M6 becomes the M60 (near Moharc).

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

City buses survice the city and the surroundings.

By Foot

The city centre is easily explored on foot.

By Bike

There are bike lanes in Pecs, and as it is not so busy, apart from the ring road around the center, a bike is good way to get around.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ecohun71 Petofi S. Utca KiskassaHostel-
Hotel Makártanya Sport & Wellness***7635. Pécs Középmakár dûlõ 4.Hotel-
Nap Hostel PecsKiraly Str. 23-25Hostel82
Olive HostelSzabadsag u. 28Hostel76
Zölderdõ Panzió GuesthouseFõ u. 2/A 7695 ÓbányaHostel-
Arboretum Hotel HarkanySiklosi u 21Hotel-
Hotel KoronaBajcsy Zs 3Hotel-
Big Fish PécsPécs Jókai utca 15.Hostel-
Babylon HostelKalvaria utca 54Hostel85
Mediterran HotelHideg Vulgyi ut 1Hotel-
Ananas HostelErzsebet utca 2/2Hostel79
Makartanya HotelKozepmakar d. 4Hotel-
Central Apartment PécsSzéchenyi Square 2APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Broadband Internet access is now widespread in Hungary. It's quite usual to find free Internet access (wifi) in shopping centers, many cafes and pubs. You'll have wifi access even in small towns. Look for the "wifi" signs, you may have to ask for the access password, however, if you consume, it will be freely given. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi as well. Internet cafes, though still present, are decreasing in numbers because of increasing wifi excess.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. To call internationally, dial 00, wait for the tone and then dial the country code, town/city code and the rest of the number.

The phone code for Hungary is 36, with Budapest numbers starting with 06 1. Depending on the operator, mobile phone numbers start either with 06 20 (Pannon), 06 30 (T-Mobile) or 06 70 (Vodafone). Free numbers start with 06 80, but there is also a 'half price' number starting with 06 40. It is cheapest to place calls in the evening, weekends or on public holidays.

Public phones are readily available in bigger cities and are coin operated or require T-Com phone cards. Phone cards can be purchased at the usual outlets; kiosks, post offices and petrol stations among others.

There are also numerous cheap phone cards to call internationally and are available at assorted outlets. These includes T-Com, EZ Phone, Bellafone and plenty of others offering various discount rates. It's smart to check the current rate to the destination you plan to call the most and compare this with other cards. Also compare the cost for establishing a connection as this can make a big difference in the real 'per minute' cost.

Travellers that are planning to stay in Hungary for longer periods might want to consider buying a prepaid SIM-card either before departure or upon arrival. This is especially useful for friends from overseas who might be calling you and to make and receive local calls more conveniently. The three mobile operators in Hungary are Vodafone, Pannon and T-Mobile, and each have their own prepaid service.

Post

Magyar Post is the national postal service of Hungary. Their English version only seems to concentrate on stamps though, but you will find helpfull English speaking staff in most of the main post offices throughout the country. Opening hours of post offices depend on whether it’s the main office or if it’s a branch. Main post offices operate mostly from 8:00am until 8:00pm Monday to Friday and usually also on Saturday; some keep shorter hours on Sunday. Branch post offices open at the same time but close much earlier, usually between 4:00pm and 6:00pm and are open on Saturday morning only. The smallest settlements and villages are served by the MobilPosta service. You can buy post your letter and parcels here and buy stamps, although you can buy these at kiosks as well. Hungarian postal services are generally reliable, relatively cheap (especially domestic services) and fast, with most of the postcards and/or letters being delivered within a week to other European countries, 10 days to several weeks outside of the continent. Anything of value is best to be send by registered post. For parcels, you might also use international companies like TNT, FedEx, UPS or DHL.

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