Due to a sharp increase in the number of passengers on trains with bicycles, MÁV-Start has launched high-capacity bicycle carriages on some of the high-speed trains to Lake Balaton.
This summer, some 24,000 bicycles have already been transported on the trains, an increase of 25 percent. So MÁV-Start decided to put high-capacity trains with wagons for 28 bicycles in operation.
Two of these trains will run from the Budapest Southern Railway Station (Déli) to Balatonszentgyörgy at 8:05 a.m. and back at 12.13 p.m. every day. On weekends, six total trains will go from Déli to Fonyód at 10:05 a.m. and back at 3:03 p.m. and to Balatonszentgyörgy at 12:05 p.m. and back at 4:15 p.m.
High-capacity railroad cars for bicycles will also be available on G30 accelerated trains going from Déli at 8:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. on weekends. The trains from Székesfehérvár, departing at 5:23 p.m. and 6:23 p.m., also have high-capacity bicycle wagons to make it easier to reach Lake Velence with a bike as well.
In addition to the increase in capacity, not all of the above trains will require that passengers reserve spots for their bikes starting August 3, giving more flexibility to cyclists riding along the lake.
More than 300,000 people use MÁV-Start each year, using some 655 railway vehicles with a bicycle transport function.
Due to other railway track improvements, the popular Lake Balaton area has also become “closer” to the capital of Budapest by 30 to 45 minutes.