Getting There -- Eight IC (InterCity) trains depart daily from Budapest's Keleti Station; others leave from Deli Station, but take considerably longer to get there. The fare is 3,780 Ft for a one-way, second-class ticket. You will need a reservation for these IC trains for an additional 520 Ft. An intercity train will get you there in just under 3 hours. The trains leaving from Deli Station take 4 1/4 hours, but you don't need a reservation, and the trains are not as good. If you are driving from Budapest, take the M6 south for approximately 3 hours (the distance is 210km/130 miles).
Visitor Information -- Once you leave Budapest, English speakers are harder to find except in hotels and some restaurants. The best source of information in Pécs is Tourinform, at Széchenyi tér 9 (tel. 72/213-315; www.tedeempecs.hu). Tourinform is open April and May, Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm; June through September, Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday 9am to 2pm; October through March, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Tourinform can provide a list of local private-room accommodations, though you'll have to reserve the room yourself. You can also get city information online at www.pecs.hu. Look for the English link at the top.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.