It is relatively easy to travel by train or by bus to/from/within Pápa.
Local Bus Station
Pápa, Béke tér
Distance Bus Station
Pápa, Szabadság u. 6.
Tickets are usually purchased directly from the driver, who gives change and will hand you a receipt as a ticket.Smoking is not allowed on buses in Hungary, though a 10- or 20-minute rest stop is made about every two or three hours on long distance buses. Seats on Volánbusz are spaced far enough apart for you to be able to fit your pack or bag between your knees.
Reading Bus schedules: Posted bus timetables can be horribly confusing if you don’t speak Hungarian. The things to remember when reading a timetable are that indulás means ‘departures’ and érkezés means ‘arrivals’. Numbers one to seven in a circle refer to the days of the week, beginning with Monday. Written footnotes you might see include: naponta (daily), hétköznap (weekdays), munkanap (workdays), szabadnap (Saturday), munkaszünetes nap (Sunday and holidays), szabad és munkaszünetes nap (Saturday, Sunday and holidays), szabadnap kivételével naponta (daily except Saturday), munkaszünetes nap kivételével naponta (daily except holidays) and iskolai nap (school days).
Rail Station: Address: 8500 Pápa, Béke tér 2. Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 03:45-22:45 24h – ticketing machine
Website: MAV – Hungarian Railway (Hungarian, English and German, though the non-Hungarian versions are very limited)
Telefon, domestic train information: +36 40 494949
Tickets & fares:
Tickets for egy útra (one way) and oda-vissza (return) journeys in 1st and 2nd class are available at stations, online and certain travel agencies. Basic domestic 2nd-class train fares vary according to distance. To travel 1st class costs 50% more. There are often different types of trains traveling the same route (such as between Gyor and Budapest). Fast trains (Gyorsvonat indicated on the timetable by boldface type) such as EC, IC or Railjet levy a supplement and seat reservations may be compulsory (indicated on the timetable by an ‘R’ in a box), mandatory only on trains departing from Budapest (an ‘R’ in a circle) or simply available (just a plain ‘R’).
Depending on the station, departures and arrivals are announced by loudspeaker or on an electronic board and on a printed timetable – yellow for departures and white for arrivals. On these, fast trains are marked in red and local trains in black. The number (or sometimes letter) next to the word vágány indicates the ‘platform’ from which the train departs or arrives.
The only other train line in Hungary is called GySEV and links Győr and Sopron with Ebenfurth in Austria.
Thanks to cooperation of most major European rail services it is possible to purchase tickets, reserve seats, get timetables for train travel originating or ending in other countries in both Hungary or from the rail services of any country the train is traveling through.
Sometimes it may even be cheaper if another country is offering special discounts. For example children travel free with their parents on most long distance trains in Germany and this also applies for travel that originates or ends in another country. In Hungary children pay a reduced rate starting at the age of 6.
To check fares in other countries use the following links: