Cycling

Parts of Budapest, including City and Nep-liget Parks, Margaret Island and the Buda Hills, are excellent places for cycling. At present dedicated bike lanes in the city total about 140km, including the path along Andrassy lit, but that number is expected to double in the next decade. To contact Budapest-based cycling associations for information and advice, see p50.

For places to rent bicycles on Margaret Island, see boxed text p76).

Long-established and very reliable Yellow Zebra Bikes (Deak Ferenc ter Map p86; |§266 8777, 06 30 211 8861; www.yellowzebrabikes.com; V Siito utca 2; per hr/half-day/day 500/2000/3000R; S 10am-6pm Nov-Mar, 9am-8pm Apr-Oct; (M) Ml/2/3 Deak Ferenc ter; Opera House Map p84; @ 269 3843; VI Lazar utca 16;

5 10am-5pm Nov-Mar, 9.30am-7.30pm Apr-Oct; ® Ml Opera) rents out bikes year-round from outlets just behind the Tourinform office and the Opera House.

Budapest Bike (Erzsebetvaros Map p86; @ 06 30 944 5533; www.budapestbike.hu; VII Wesselenyi uta 18; per 2hr/ half-day/day 600/1500/3000Ft; S 9am-midnight; (1)4 or 6 or trolleybus 74; Inner Town Map p83; @ 06 30 944 5533; V Lanchid; S9am-midnight May-Sep) rents bikes from its main outlet, as well as from a kiosk at the Pest end of Chain Bridge. Another outfit is Bike Base (Map p84; @ 269 5983, 06 70 625 8501; www .bikebase.hu; VI Podmaniczky utca 19; per 1/2/3 days €8/ 12/16; S 9am-7pm; ® M3 Nyugati palyaudvar).

Frigoria (www.frigoriakiado.hu) publishes a number of useful guides and maps, including one called Kerekparral Budapest kornyeken (By Bike around Budapest; 2200Ft) that takes in the surrounding areas and describes 30 different routes. The tourist offices distribute the free but less ambitious Budapest

6 Surroundings Bicycle Route Map, with 20 recommended tours that range in length from 24km to 177km.

Bicycles can be transported on the HEV, all Mahart boats and the Cog and Children's Railways, but not on the metro, buses or any trams.

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