The ancient predecessor of Pécs, Sopianae has belonged to the Roman Empire thrived during the 4th century AD. In this period, magnificent stone buildings were erected, shaping the previously rural outlook of the settlement to fit its newly established position as the administrative and cultural center of the province Valeria. The most extensive early Christian cemetery complex of Hungary is located in Pécs. The more than thousands of known graves, and several burial chambers, other cemetery buildings and the mausoleum indicate the presence of a flourishing Christian community.
Location and basic info
Pécs – fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economic centre of Baranya County.
Transport access to the site and travel time from nearby destinations
There are flights from all over the world to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport has two terminals. It takes 2,5 hours to reach Pécs by the direct shuttle and approximately 4 hours by train (1 hour to reach a railway station from the airport, plus 3 hours to reach the city by train).
Osijek Airport in Croatia, 1,5 hours from Pécs is receiving flights from London.
The Hévíz-Balaton Airport is a small airport next to Lake Balaton which receives discount airlines. To reach Pécs one can take a minibus service directly from the Airport to any address in Pécs, the route takes 2,5 hours.
The Vienna International Airport and the Zagreb Airport can also be an option; the transfer to Pécs can be solved by the Pécs airport shuttle companies or by personal car rental.
Airport shuttle you can book from all airports (direct minibus shuttle) through our partner transfer companies.
The main center of Hungary’s train network is Budapest. From its three main railway stations (Southern, Eastern, Western) you can travel all around Hungary, including Pécs. The most convenient way of traveling is by an InterCity (IC) train. It takes 3 hours to reach Pécs by InterCity train from Budapest.
The transport and traffic system of Hungary is Budapest centered: the 8 most important roads (most of the motorways) start from the capital. By car take Route 6 or Route 57, 58, 66 to reach the largest settlement in southern Hungary. The new highway M6 connects Pécs and Budapest and significantly reduces the driving time between the two cities. International bus lines have generally their final destination in Budapest.
Driving time from:
- Budapest: 232 km, 2 hours on the new highway M6
- Zagreb, Croatia: 234 km, 3,5 h
- Vienna, Austria: 383 km, 5,5 h
- Ljubljana, Slovenia: 402 km, 5 h
- Bratislava, Slovakia: 358 km, 5,5 h
- Belgrade, Serbia: 266 km, 4 h
- Trieste, Italy: 498 km, 6h
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Visiting conditions: tickets, working hours, guides (languages) on site
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