Planning a Trip
Over 30 trains depart daily from Budapest's Nyugati Station, of which 14 are intercity. The fare for an IC train is 3,130 Ft ($17/£8.90) plus an additional fee for a seat reservation. All other trains cost 2,780 Ft ($15/£7.90). On all trains, the travel time is the same 2 1/2 hours, so the only advantage of an IC train is perhaps cleanliness, but not cost effectiveness.
If you're driving from Budapest, take the M5 motorway south through Kecskemét and Kiskunfélegyháza.
The best source of information, as usual, is Tourinform, at Dugonics tér 2 (tel. 62/488-699; www.szegedvaros.hu), located in the renovated 19th-century courtyard of the fine pastry shop Z. Nagy Cukrászda . The office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. For private accommodations, stop in at Ibusz at Oroszlán u. 4 or call tel. 62/471-177.
MAHART, the Hungarian ferry-line company, organizes boat tours up and down the Tisza River from April 1 through mid-October. For information, contact the MAHART boat station in Szeged at Felsõ-Tisza part or call tel. 62/425-834.