Budapest road trip

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We wanted to avoid the big crowds of the National Navy Day back home so we decided to leave for the extended weekend on a road trip to Budapest. Like any good idea, this trip came to our minds during a drunken night in Vama Veche. All being said and done, on Saturday morning, two couples were in my car, on our way to the border with Hungary. From Constanta to Budapest there are about 1050 kilometers, of which only 218 km are on national two lane roads and not on the motorway, namely Olt Valley between Pitesti and Sibiu entrance, and the missing A1 section between Deva and Faget – Dumbrava. In theory you should do this trip in 11 hours, in practice we live in Romania and it’s baaaad , very bad. I recommend a lot of patience and cold blood, on the Olt Valley I lost at least 3 hours in the still traffic, blocked between coaches and an infinite number of cars on both lanes, bringing the time up to 15 hours. Once you cross the ring road of Bucharest and the Olt Valley and you reach the A1 highway from Sibiu, it’s clear roads from there. The new section of A1 highway goes all the way to the border of Hungary at Nadlac and on to Budapest. The new border crossing point at Nadlac has enough lanes and works like a drive-in, just show the id or passport at the booth and go on. Immediately after the border at the first car park on the M43 motorway, you need to stop and buy a vignette.  A 10 days pass will cost 2975 Forints (10 EUR) and if you buy it from the Internet you pay this price, if you buy it from the parking lot you will pay EUR 14, as we have discovered. The roads and the highway system in Hungary are impeccable and everybody drives very civilized on lane 1, lane 2 being used on short intervals only when you overtake a slower car from lane 1. Lane 2 is not always busy and when you’re on it no one will come in your back and flash you insistently, but will rather wait calm until you finish overtaking and come back on lane 1 or at worst they will turn on the left signalling to alert you that you keeping the lane busy. The GPS assistance is truly holy during this trip, especially in the city.

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Due to the fact that all the trip was planned at a very short notice, finding accommodation was a challenge. Unlike the previous visit in 2012 Budapest  , when all the travel package came at 100 Continue reading “Budapest road trip”

Budapest – Vienna trip & reviews

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De la un trip in tara la munte am ajuns usor usor la ceva mai complex , un trip excelent in Budapesta si la Vienna , am optat pentru varianta autocarului versus masina daca tot era inclus in pachetul cu cazarea , un pachet de la Eurolines (TUI travel) , dar de acum nu voi mai pasi in autocar pe distante asa lungi , e pur si simplu insuportabila experienta de a calatori cu toti compatriotii nostri consumatori de alcool si scandalagii atatea ore , daca va permiteti un avion ca nui asa scump daca il iei cu ceva timp inainte pentru a reduce calatoria de la 24-60 de ore in functie de destinatie  la 2-3 se merita! , nici la tren sa nu va ganditi pentru ca CFRul nostru , chiar si cel care merge la Budapesta e la fel de praf cum il stiti.

Budapesta , orasul impartit de Dunare in Buda si Pesta este surprinzator de frumos si civilizat , la standarde comparabile cu frati mai mari ca Vienna , Munchen , Praga , are de oferit de toate , incepand de la cetatea medievala situata la inaltime langa palatul imperial Buda , in imediata apropiere de la Continue reading “Budapest – Vienna trip & reviews”