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1-2 night excursion outside Budapest

I have 1-2 (most likely 3 days/2 nights) nights to spare on my own (a frequent solo female traveler) outside the wonderful Budapest. I am determined to include Miskolc's cave bath on the list. I love thermal spas and can't get enough of them.

Where are some of the other quaint, safe places that I can use as a base? I will likely leave my big suitcase in the capital city and carry some luggage with me. Does it not make sense to visit the west side of the country via Budapest? I will see more, but also spend more time in transit. By the way, I will use public transportation all the way.

Posted by
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This is easy. You are going to Miskolc!

Spend your evenings here: https://hotelpalota.hu/en
Ride the forest train: http://www.laev.hu/ (yea for Google Translate)
See the caves: https://www.bnpi.hu/hu/reszletek/szent-istvan-barlang and https://www.bnpi.hu/hu/geologiai-ertekek
and dont forget the trout farm: http://pisztrangtelep.hu/
or the castle: http://diosgyorivar.hu/en

The castle is on the way to the hotel, most can be walked to from the hotel.

Oh, and here is your cave bath: http://barlangfurdo.hu/en

Copy this fast, cause I am going to delete it very soon.

Posted by
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Thanks, James. THe hotel is beautiful, but I prefer staying in an area with more restaurant choices and places to walk to after dinner. So, should I stay in Miiskolc city or around the cave bath area?

Would a visit to Eger on the way back to Budapest be worthwhile? I am just concerned about where to store my bags for the day. I can't find information about luggage storage facilities at the train or bus station.

Posted by
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Rick's Budapest guidebook describes the left-luggage office alongside track 1 in Eger train station. There is plenty to see in a day there. I don't see any bus service from Miskolc to Eger.

Posted by
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Thanks, Laura. According to rome2rio, trains connect Eger and Miskolc via Fuzesabony. I will consider doing this.

Posted by
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P.S. FYI, to clarify my last response, Google Maps showed bus line 1380 operated by EMKK, but then following their link kind of brought me to a dead end. James' bus link does reflect some service on the route.

Posted by
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Thanks, everybody. YOur insights are invaluable. It would be a big issue if I don't know of the railway track closure. I will be there during the weekend. Some hotels are requiring a 3-night min stay.

James, which of the links are for the buses? I can't find it.

Posted by
10715 posts

Bus and train, it's about 3 hours. Not terribly longer than driving. Excellent choice. GOOGLE MAPS does show the current route with the closed tracks. Amazing how they stay on top of that.