Everything you need to know before you arrive.
How to get to Pécs
From most European countries, the easiest way of reaching Hungary is by plane. There are flights from all over the world to Liszt Ferenc Airport, Budapest, which is in the capital of Hungary.
By Airport Shuttle
After landing in Hungary you'll find an Airport Minibus office at the terminal. We advise you to take an Airport Minibus shuttle which ride to Pécs directly. This is the most convenient way of travelling and it costs approx. HUF 9,000 (≈ EUR 30). There are two main companies which offer airport shuttle from Budapest to Pécs:
Foreigners driving a car to Hungary are required to hold a valid international driving licence. Car registration and insurance papers are also compulsory. Driving is on the right-hand side and the seatbelt is compulsory. The speed limit within residential areas is 50 km/h, 90 km/h for secondary roads, 110 km/h for highways and 130 km/h for motorways. The easiest way to reach Pécs is through the route 6 and the M6 motorway.
If you don’t have your own car, you can join someone: the carpool services are popular among students from across the country. It's cheaper than if we would travel alone, and - since most of the carpooling systems have a serious feedback / evaluation system- it is much safer than hitchhiking.
From Budapest the city can be approached by train. The full fare 2nd class ticket with seat reservation will cost about HUF 4,500 (approx. EUR 15). You are advised to take an IC instead of the regular train because IC's are much faster and more comfortable than regular trains. In Pécs the railway station is located in walking distance from the city centre and it is in the neighbourhood of the central bus station (in Hungarian the “Főpályaudvar”).
The schedule and the fares of the Hungarian railways are available online here:
The regional coach service of Baranya county is provided by Pannon Volán Ltd. The operations of the company mostly cover the scheduled passenger transportation through the county; however its activities extend beyond the county and the country borders as well. It is not only Pannon Volán, however, but many other companies of the Volán group that operate lines which have their final destination at the central station of Pécs.
Student Housing offers a free apartment-finding service for students.
First aid and emergency medical care are free for foreigners, in other cases you have to pay for the treatment. A full coverage general health insurance for Hungary is a prerequisite for registration at any faculty of the University of Pécs.
Students from the EU:
EU citizens are insured on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card when they are in another member state and are, from the point of view of social security, entitled to the same rights and have the same obligations as citizens of that given member state. Although EU-students may be able to use their insurances in Hungary, a private medical insurance is recommended to international students.
Students from outside of the EU:
For students outside of the EU, the University can offer a health insurance compatible with the Hungarian.
Passport: Make sure you have a valid passport. Your passport should not expire less than 90 days of your return to your home country.
Student visa: Apply for a student visa, if necessary.
Plane ticket: Confirm the start and end dates of your travelling and book your plane ticket.
Housing: Take a look at the accommodation facilities and choose what you like.
Health insurance: Investigate options for comprehensive health insurance for your time in Hungary A full coverage general health insurance for Hungary is a prerequisite for registration at any faculty of the University of Pécs.
Emergency contacts: Make a list about your travel and emergency contacts and information. When you have identified your emergency contact person(s) in Hungary, you can update your list.
Copies of documents: Take copies of your passport, visa (if applicable) and the health insurance card you will be using abroad with you and keep them a safe place, separated from your original documents.
Credit cards: Credit cards, especially Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are widely accepted in Hungary, and you'll be able to use them at many restaurants, shops, hotels, car-rental firms, travel agencies and petrol stations.
Banking and Currency: Find out what fees your bank and banks in Hungary charge for transactions and plan to bring several forms of funds with you (i.e. credit cards, travellers checks, cash, etc).
Research: Research Hungary, Pécs and any other places abroad where you plan to travel during your time away and read up on current social, political and economic issues of Hungary as well as your own country.
Communication while abroad: Discuss with your family and friends how often you will stay in touch with them while abroad. Give your parents copies of your passport as well and share information such as your flight itinerary and the local in-country contact and phone number(s).
Packing advice: Pack clothes for layering, guide book(s), language dictionary (if applicable), battery powered alarm clock, backpack with lock, camera, rain coat and small familiar things such as photographs about your family.
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