Planning a Trip
Ten trains depart daily from Budapest's Keleti Station; seven of these are intercity trains, which are much faster than others. The fare is 3,750 Ft ($20/£11) for a one-way or 6,450 Ft ($35/£18) for a return. You will need a reservation for an IC train and this will be an additional 520 Ft ($2.80/£1.45). An intercity train will get you there in 3 hours. The "fast" train (gyors) leaves from Deli Station; the trip is at least 3 3/4 hours, but you don't need a reservation and the train is not as nice.
If you are driving from Budapest, take the M6 south for approximately 3 hours (the distance is 210km/130 miles).
Once you leave Budapest, English speakers are harder to find except in hotels and some restaurants. The best source of information in Pécs is Tourinform, at Széchenyi tér 9 (tel. 72/213-315; www.tourinform.hu). Tourinform is open April through October, Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm and on weekends from 9am to 6pm; in winter it is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Tourinform can provide a list of local private-room accommodations, though you'll have to reserve the room yourself.
If you want to have a room reserved for you, visit Mecsek Tourist, at Ferenciek u. 41 (tel. 72/513-370; www.mecsektours.hu). The office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm; and Saturday in summer from 9am to 1pm.
You can also get city information online at www.pecs.hu. Look for the English link at the top.