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MÁV-Volán Group offers cyclists a wide range of services again this year

Recognizing the needs of cycling passengers, MÁV-START has taken significant steps in recent years to improve its cycling transport services.

For commuting to work and school, bicycles can be transported on all trains running on commuter trains, the local railway company MÁV, said.

Regular commuting is helped by the fact that for distances of up to 50 kilometers, a bike ticket is cheaper than a tram or bus ticket. Moreover, a monthly bike pass is also available, which pays for up to 4 return trips a month.

Lake Balaton remains the most popular destination for cyclists. The Tapolca trains on the northern shore have a large number of bicycle carriages even on weekends starting in April, and there are even more during the summer.

Lake Tisza is also an increasingly popular cycling area, which is why the Tisza Lake Express, a high-capacity, 63-seater express train adapted to the needs of cyclists, has been running from Keleti station since mid-March. 

Hungary’s three largest lakes, Lake Balaton, Lake Tisza and Lake Fertő, can be easily reached from any railway station in the country with a full-day bicycle tour ticket, which can be purchased for HUF 420, regardless of the distance.

Meanwhile, START Klub cardholders can continue to transport their bikes free of charge on Saturdays on any domestic route, and monthly season ticket holders can continue to use the pass on weekends within its validity area. 

Members of the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club also receive a 25 percent discount on the price of a bike ticket. A growing number of international trains will offer bicycle transport as well, including to Austria, Slovenia, Transylvania (Romania) and the Highlands (Slovakia).

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