The nightmare that is traffic and transport during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix is upon Budapest again this weekend as fans, media and teams make their way to and from Hungaroring during the three-day spectacle.
Despite selected Volánbus coach services being free for F1 ticket holders, many are likely to find themselves in traffic jams to and from the race because the infrastructure around the track was not designed to handle such a vast amount of traffic.
The Hungaroring offers many free parking spaces but getting to and from them will be the main issue for most people. Organisers and travel websites urge drivers to get to Budapest as early as 9am this Sunday for the race start at 2pm.
People using public transport have a selection of options, though all with their own drawbacks. The free bus service from Árpad híd (bridge) takes passengers to Mogyoród’s Templom tér (square), a good 30-minute walk from the main entrance. Those who go on the HÉV to Mogyoród will have to add at least 10 minutes’ walk to their journey.
There is the possibility of taking Volán InterCity buses which will drop passengers off at Mogyoród’s Mázsa tér, a mere 20-minute walk to the track. Alternatively, the event’s official taxi companies, 6X6 and Taxi 4, offer a fixed rate of HUF 9,900 (EUR 34.36) from anywhere in Budapest to Hungaroring.