Good morning! I have been putting the finishing touches on our trip to Budapest for next month and have spent some time looking at train times etc. We will be taking a side trip to Eger for one night and I noticed on a map that Godollo Palace seems to be enroute. We have talked about taking another morning out from Budapest to visit the castle but I was thinking that maybe it could be done on our way back from Eger to Budapest. Seems like they have storage at the castle for our over night bag. The other thought was to rent a car for a little over 24 hours but train seems to be the popular opinion here. Looks like you can take a train from Eger to Godollo and use the public transport from the castle back to Budapest. Any thoughts?
Sounds like it will work. Getting from Gōdōllö to Budapest depends on where in Budapest. Either MAV or HEV might depend on final destination.
Thanks again Mr. E! Appreciate it.
That wasn't much help. HEV or train depends on which metro or tram or bus you will connect with and that depends on where you are staying. The HEV might be a little cheaper if you have a travel card. Don't know how much of 8 is in the city and how much is out.
I booked a normal train from Eger to Gödöllö. It seems that the station is a walk to the palace. After we had planned on going to the Szabadság station and take the HEV to Ors vezer tere and hop on the metro M2/ red metro. That seemed to be the easiest way. I haven’t gotten tickets or anything for that journey. We plan on buying a pass but know it won’t cover that far out so will probably just buy a ticket on the day.
I went to Gödöllö Palace yesterday. Perhaps you've already gone, and if not, a few details may help.
I have a 15 day Budapest transit pass, which covers the journey as far as the administrative boundary of Budapest. Beyond that, you need a 20km supplement ticket, one for each direction.
Note: my pass and the supplement ticket were checked in both directions. Another lady on the train was fined for not having the supplement.
I rode the M2 to Örs vezér tere and bought my two 20km supplement tickets at that station, 500Ft each, less than $3 for two when purchased in conjunction with your transit pass. You can also buy them in advance at any station or kiosk.
Then I used the underpass and followed the signs to the H8 platform.
You don't validate or scan the supplement tickets. Instead, have them and your transit pass available for inspection. My pass is on my phone and I've never been asked for ID but I carry the ID that I used to buy the pass, in case.
The Gödöllö Szabadság tér stop is immediately across the road from the Palace; you can see the Palace banners when you exit the train. It's 1 minute walk to the Palace entrance.
I enjoyed the audio guide, for 1000Ft, which had better descriptions than in each room, including the Hungarian versions, which were equally brief.
The cafe onsite is great for coffee and fancy cake, but limited with a few panini options for lunch.
The H8 train doesn't run frequently in the early morning, but the 9:33-ish train will get you there about 10:15, just after they open at 10am.
Return trains are infrequent until about 2 and 3 in the afternoon when they run more frequently, about 4x hour, with lots of school children returning home from school in Gödöllö in their uniforms.
I visited both the permanent and temporary exhibitions, took a long stroll in the gardens and had a leisurely coffee and fancy cake, catching the 2:10 train back. Plan carefully if your visit is shorter to avoid waiting for the next train.
Thanks CWSocial. We actually went last week on our way back from Eger. It went perfectly. Took the train from Eger to Godollo station and walked through the park to the castle. We used Rick’s book for the commentary which was pretty good. Did you do the special exhibit on Schönbrunn? We did it even though we had just been to Schönbrunn last year. We took the local train as mentioned to the subway and used our metro cards to get back to the city center. I am so happy we stopped on our way from Eger as opposed to making it a separate trip. The coat check was happy to watch our small overnight bag.
Oh good, I'm glad you made it work from Eger!
Yes, I visited the special Schonbrunn exhibit (extra ticket, 3800Ft) and quite enjoyed it!
For those desiring a shorter visit, it may be skippable. I enjoyed learning more about the Hungarian Queen Elizabeth and seeing her elegant outfits and personal items. Even without any jewels, the exhibit has its own police guard.
One other note on the supplement tickets, which are specific to each mode of transit. In the app, I had a hard time figuring out which 20km supplement to buy. I accidentally bought supplements for the VolanBus which then wouldn't validate in the train. Fortunately I figured this out, with time to spare before the train, and went back to the station agent to buy the correct supplements, in paper form. I was easily able to refund the incorrect tickets, so I'll get that $1.80 back. Phew!
Even after knowing this, I had a hard time finding the correct supplement in the app. They're not marked clearly at all. So even though I love the app for my transit pass, it was better for me to let the agent sell me the correct supplement ticket.