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ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS ALONG THE NATIONAL BLUE TRAIL
(Last revision and update: 12th December 2019)

There is a passionate Blue Trail hiker, its nickname is Heyjoe, who made a very good map with the all access points of the whole route of the big Blue Circle. It is accessible on his website:

https://heyjoe.hu/kiszallas/index.php#8/47.300/19.498/alap-kiszallas-okt

The Blue Circle contains three blue trail routes, the oldest and longest one is the National Blue Trail, the southeastern part is the Blue Trail of the Plain (Alföldi Kéktúra) and the third one is the South-Transdanubian Blue Trail (Dél-dunántúli Kéktúra) on the southwester part of Hungary. Now the northern route, the National Blue Trail is important for us. The map shows the whole route of the Blue Circle and you will find small bus and train icons along the marked route. If you click onto the icons you will get the time tables of trains or busses, which are valid today!

As you can see, there are a lot of entry and exit point along the route of the National Blue Trail, because every Hungarian settlements has public transport access and the route crosses many main roads, as well. Of course there are entry/exit points, which have better and faster accessibility from Budapest, than others. I try to give you a list about these places and a short description how can you travel there. The map details are from the http://www.turistautak.hu online hiker map. Generally I use this map to the planning of my hikes.

I will write the travel to every places from Budapest, because it is the biggest public transport hub in Hungary!

Good entry and exit points of the National Blue Trail
Place Travel Approach by foot
The western trailhead: Írott-kő Mountain The trailhead does not have fast accessibility from Budapest, but it is an important place!

You have to travel from Budapest to Szombathely town. There are direct trains between the towns: the Intercity trains depart from the Keleti Railway Station, the express trains start from the Déli Railway Station (it is a simple and self-evident thing, or not? :-)) The distance between the railway station and bus station in Szombathely is about 1.4 km on the Szelestey László Street (it begins in front of the station) and on its continuation, on the Petőfi Sándor Street. Inter-settlement busses start to Velem village many times a day.
The fastest way to reach the summit, if you start the hike from Velem village (it is located exactly at the foot of the mountains), you can find the descriptions of this route in the travelogue. The lenght of the path marked with blue cross and later with blue strip signs is about 5.9 km with 540 metres climb from Velem until the top of Írott-kő.

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Kőszeg town You have to travel by train from Budapest (from Déli or Keleti Railway Staton) until Szombathely town, and change on the railway station. There is a local train between Szombathely and Kőszeg, its depart is in 15 minutes after the arrival of the train from Budapest. The National Blue Trail crosses Kőszeg town, it leads through the old downtown. The railway station is located at the southern border of the town, the distance is about 1.5 km between the station building and the route of the Blue Trail on the long Rákóczi Ferenc utca.

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Sárvár town You have to travel with express train from Budapest Déli Railway Station (via Székesfehérvár) directly until Sárvár town. It is the penultimate stop of express trains before Szombathely. The National Blue Trail crosses Sárvár town, it leads through the centre. The railway station is located at the northern border of the town, the distance is about 1.1 km between the railway station and the bridge of the Nádasdy Castle on the winding road of blue cross marks. Attention! There are two branches of the blue cross trail marking from the railway station towards two different points of the Blue Trail! You have to follow the trail markings starting in eastern direction from the station building towards the castle.

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Sümeg town
  • You have to choose those express trains from Budapest Déli Railway Station, which go to Szombathely and have direct wagons to Zalaegerszeg. You have to travel with the wagons going to Zalaegeszeg until Ukk village and change to the train to Sümeg there.
  • You have to choose those express trains from Budapest Déli Railway Station, which go to Nagykanizsa and have direct wagons to Keszthely. You have to travel with the wagons going to Keszthely and change there to the train to Sümeg.
The National Blue Trail touches the railway station of Sümeg, it is a stamping place.

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Keszthely town You have to choose those express trains from Budapest Déli Railway Station, which go to Nagykanizsa and have direct wagons to Keszthely. You have to travel with the wagons going to Keszthely. The distance is appr. 500 metres from the railway staton to the route of the Blue Trail on the Kazinczy Street.

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Tapolca town You have to choose those trains from Budapest Déli Railway Station, which go directly to Tapolca via Székesfehérvár and farther on the northern shore of the Balaton Lake. These trains go only between Spring and Autumn, wintertime you have to change in Székesfehérvár. The National Blue Trail touches the railway station of Tapolca, it is a stamping place.

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Badacsonytördemic village You have to choose those trains from Budapest Déli Railway Station, which go directly to Tapolca via Székesfehérvár and on the northern shore of the Balaton Lake. These trains go only between Spring and Autumn, wintertime you have to change in Székesfehérvár. Trains have a stop at Badacsonytördemic-Szigliget railway station. The National Blue Trail touches the railway station of Badacsonytördemic-Szigliget, it is a stamping place.

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Nagyvázsony village There are direct couches from Budapest Népliget Bus Station, which touch Nagyvázsony. The distance between the bus stop and the Blue Trail is about 200 metres on the Vár Street.

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Városlőd-Kislőd railway station You have to choose those trains from Budapest Déli Railway Station, which go directly to Szombathely via Székesfehérvár and change to local train in Veszprém, which goes farther on the same line, because express trains don't stop at Városlőd-Kislőd railway staton. The National Blue Trail touches the railway station of Városlőd-Kislőd, it is a stamping place.

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Zirc town
  • You have to travel with express train from Budapest Déli Railway Station (via Székesfehérvár) directly until Veszprém town and change train to Zirc.
  • There are direct couches from Budapest Népliget Bus Station to Zirc town.
The railway station and the bus stop in the downtown are on the route of the National blue Trail

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Csókakői elágazás bus stop You have to travel by couch from Budapest Népliget Bus Station to Székesfehérvár bus station and change another bus to Mór town. This bus has a stop on the main road no. 81 at the access road of Csókakő village. The National Blue Trail touches this bus stop, when it crosses the main road no. 81 between Bodajk and Csókakő settlements.

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Szárliget village You have to travel with local train from Budapest Déli Railway Station directly until Szárliget Railway Station. The Intercity and express trains don't stop at Szárliget! The National Blue Trail touches the railway station of Szárliget, it is a stamping place.

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Dorog town There are direct trains from Budapest Nyugati Railway Station to the railway station of Dorog (this railway line goes to Esztergom). The National Blue Trail touches Dorog railway station, it is a stamping place.

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Piliscsaba town There are direct trains from Budapest Nyugati Railway Station to the railway station of Piliscsaba (this railway line goes to Esztergom). The National Blue Trail touches this railway station, the stamping place is close to the station.

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Budapest, Hűvösvölgy You have to use the tram no. 56 or 56A from the Széna tér Square to Hűvösvölgy terminus. The terminus of the Children's Railway is about 5 minutes walk on stairs and promenades from the terminus of the tram. The railway station is a Blue Trail stamping place.

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Budapest, Rozália Brickyard You have to use the green local train M5 from the Batthyány tér Square to Szentlélek tér Square and change there to the bus no. 218. Travel this bus until the stop named “Solymár, téglagyári bekötőút”. You will reach the route of the Blue Trail on the access road of the brickyard (marked with blue cross signs) with about 500 steps walk at the railway crossing. There is a Blue Trail's stamp at the gate of the factory.

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Nagymaros village There are direct trains from Budapest Nyugati Railway Station to the railway station of Nagymaros (this railway line goes to Szob and father to Slovakia) The railway station is a Blue Trail stamping place, the route of the Blue Trail crosses the railway line at the station.

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Nógrád village There are direct trains from Budapest Nyugati Railway Station to the railway station of Vác (this railway line goes to Szob and father to Slovakia) and you have to change to the local train, which goes to Balassagyarmat. It has a stop at Nógrád village. The route of the National Blue Trail goes beside the small railway station of Nógárd. There is a stamping place beside the railway station.

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Becske village There are direct trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Aszód (this railway line goes to Hatvan) and change to the local train going to Balassagyarmat. You have to travel with it until “Becske alsó” railway stop. The route of the National Blue Trail and the centre of the village is about a half an hour long walk from the railway stop on a low traffic asphalt road marked with blue square signs.

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Mátraverebély village
  • There are direct trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Hatvan and you have to change there to the local train, which goes to Somoskőújfalu. It has a stop at Mátraverebély village.
  • There are direct couches from Budapest Stadion Bus Station to Salgótarján via Mátraverebély. The bus has a stop in the village.
The route of the National Blue Trail touches the bus stop and the small railway station. There is a stamping place beside the railway station.

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Mátraháza holiday resort There are direct busses from Budapest Stadion Bus Station to Mátraháza holiday resort. The route of the National Blue Trail touches the bus station of the settlement, it is a stamping place.

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Szarvaskő village There are direct coaches from Budapest Stadion Bus Station to Szarvaskő village. The route of the National Blue Trail crosses the main road no. 25 in the centre of the village, at the bus stop. The pub beside the bus stop is a Blue Trail's stamping place.

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Putnok village There are direct express trains and Intercity trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Miskolc and you have to change to the local train there, which goes to Bánréve. It has a railway station at Putnok village. The route of the National Blue Trail touches the railway station, it is a stamping place.

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Bódvaszilas village There are direct express trains and Intercity trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Miskolc and you have to change to the local train there, which goes to Tornanádaska. It has a railway station at Bódvaszilas village. The route of the National Blue Trail crosses the village, does not touch the railway station, but it is a stamping place. You can reach the route of the Blue Trail with about 500 steps walk on the streets marked with blue square signs.

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Encs town There are direct express trains and Intercity trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Miskolc and you have to change to the local train there, which goes to Hidasnémeti. It has a railway station at Encs village.
But there is a train in the early morning, which goes directly from Budapest to Encs! It is the Rákóczi Intercity train, which departs at 6:25 am from Budapest Keleti Railway Station and and arrives to Encs at 9:05! Later you have to change at Miskolc.
The route of the National Blue Trail crosses the railway line, the railway station is about 400 steps on the short access road of the station, but it is not a stamping place.

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Sátoraljaújhely town There are direct express trains and Intercity trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Miskolc and you have to change to the local train there, which goes to Sátoraljaújhely. The route of the National Blue Trail doesn't cross the town, but it runs close the settlement in the Sátor-hegyek Mountains. You can reach the Blue Trail on the route of blue strip (it is the route of the Alföldi Kéktúra), later on the route of blue cross signs in the Nagy-nyugodó Col from the railway station. The lenght of the route is about 3.3 km long with 270 metres climb.

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The eastern trailhead: Hollóháza village It does not have fast accessibility from Budapest, but it is an important place! There are direct express trains and Intercity trains from Budapest Keleti Railway Station to the railway station of Miskolc and you have to change to the local train there, which goes to Sátoraljaújhely. The station of the local busses is located in front of the building of the railway station. There are direct local busses to Hollóháza, you have to travel with them until the final stop of Hollóháza. The route of the National Blue Trail begins/finishes here, at the bus turning place. The pub beside the bus stop is a Blue Trail stamping place.

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