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Running in Budapest

I'm staying at the Radison Blu hotel for the beginning of our Eastern Europe trip. Can you recommend a good run for me? I like to run early morning before we begin our daily activities. I'm a marathon runner so distance doesn't matter. Something safe doesn't have to be beautiful but the less traffic distractions the better. I'll be in the area for 5 nights so I appreciate any input. Thanks

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Margit sziget has a dedicated path for runners, circles the entire island and you get fabulous views of Buda and Pest.

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The Radison is in an odd location a 5+ min walk to any transportation and on a busy city sidewalk.

And Margit sziget is a mere 1.5km jog down the busy city sidewalk on one of the city's major arteries. Or you could take a 5 or 6 minute walk to the nearest tram stop, wait 3 minutes, then take a 5 minute tram ride to the Island. Once there it's ideal.

Running the river front is equally as convenient and you will have to dodge the tourists.

Now, you could take a five minute walk to the Oktogon and run towards city park up Andrassy ut; about 3km. That end of Andrassy hasn't got much tourist traffic and it most likely will be more or less clear. Its a beautiful part of Andrassy ut. Or from the Oktogon you could take the M1 metro up to city park and run through the park.

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I usually don't encounter tourists....I run as soon as it is light and very few people are out and about (Rome, Venice, Florence, Bologna etc). I do usually see other runners!

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Your hotel is on a busy commercial street upon which runs the most heavily utalized tram route on the continent. Not many tourists at that section of the road. Lots of people going to work potentially; especially since it's a zone with a 5/6 minute walk in either direction to a tram stop. But I have never been on that part of the road at 6am; it could be fine. This photo doesn't look too bad I guess: https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5081828,19.0592808,3a,19.9y,114.91h,91.77t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJtY-wa8xYk27pCox0bR4SQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Like i said, one route would be towards the Oktogon, [then up Andrassy ut, past all the mansions][1] and embassies to Hero's Square. Bear left around Hero's Square to get to the city park where you will find lots of runners. I am guessing there are less than a dozen street crossings on the route. Most with out crossing lights to slow down the pace.

The opposite direction to Margaret Island will have fewer street crossings but in front of Nyugati station might be a bit crowded, even in the morning due to the commuter trains. But who knows. Go find out, what's the worst that can happen? https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5097672,19.0571154,3a,75y,352.98h,88.31t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTts0sVyZH0vJJ4P3-2xXlg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1?hl=en

Just before you cross the bridge to the Island to your right there is a way down to the lower road along the river embankment. Between the road and the river is a path popular with runners.

Do all 3 and break up the monatanmy. You can avoid people if that is a problem by using the tram and the M1 to reach the island, and city park.

Also suggest you use Google Maps Street View to look at the route in advance.

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Interesting info on the 4/6 Tram in Budapest:
From Wikipedia: Hungary

The Budapest network, at 156 km, is the backbone of the
capital's transit system and is by far the most extensive in the
country. Routes 4 and 6 in Budapest are the busiest in the
world; 54-metre long tram-cars run at 2 to 3 minute
intervals at peak time and are usually packed with people.

It really isn't one of the most fun rides in Budapest; but it functional and it works well and connects a lot of what there is to see in Budapest.

For best results, be polite, but assertive when getting on and off. Use a TravelCard so you don't have to climb over people to validate tickets. Stop announcements are made in Magar, English and German.

Much more fun:

Metro Line 1

The Metro 1 (Officially: Millennium Underground Railway or M1) is the
oldest line of the Budapest Metro system. Known in Budapest simply as
"the underground" ("a földalatti"), while the M2, M3 and M4 are called
"metró". It is the third oldest underground railway in the world after
"Tünel" in İstanbul, Turkey[1], the second underground rail line
worldwide to exclusively use electric traction (the first being the
London Underground, specifically the City and South London Railway),
and the first on the European mainland. It was built from 1894 to
1896. In 2002, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2]

Metro 1 runs northeast from the city center on the Pest side under
Andrássy út to the Városliget, or City Park.

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Quite easy running here early in morning and virtually no cars and few people. Radison is only .2 miles to Andrassy and nice run up to Heroes Square but rising sun was blinding this morning. Also ran from here to Margaret bridge and then around the island and back. Again very little traffic and an enjoyable run. Also from Margaret bridge across to Buda side and along river. Saw other runners each time. Also walked from hotel to the island at 5 pm and saw lots of runners but much more crowded but they were undeterred. I hope to return for the spring half marathon.