Biatorbágy Tour: from the Viaduct to the "Grand Canyon"

Biatorbágy Tour: from the Viaduct to the
This year the ELTE GTK Hiking Club is again targeting mostly sights close to the capital. This time we are going to Biatorbágy, which is not only famous for the assassination by Szilveszter Matuska but also a beautiful small town with lots of natural and architectural attractions, and only 30 minutes from the Budapest. Discover it with us!

The first stop on our journey is the infamous viaduct, now an industrial monument, where we will take a look around and then follow the yellow sign to other viewpoints. On “Mount” Iharos, we will visit the now abandoned base of the 11/11 anti-aircraft missile division that operated there until 1996. Followed by the Nyakas-kő and Madár-szirt, which remind some people of the Grand Canyon.
Leaving the final high-altitude point, the Szily-kápolna, we end our hike at the Kemenes Café near the viaduct (and the bus stop).

Date: Friday, 25 March 2022

Registration is required. Follow the link to register.

Meeting: Budapest, Kelenföld Bus Station, main building, 9:10-9:30. The assembly point is also accessible by metro (M4) and tram (1, 19, 49). There is a public pay toilet next to the ticket office.

Bus 760 leaves at 9:40 a.m. and will take you to the Meggyes utca stop in Biatorbágy (local people can also join the bus there at 10:10 a.m., but please notify us in advance.) The ticket, which costs 370 HUF in total, must be bought at the main building ticket office or from a ticket machine in advance.  No tickets can be bought on the bus! (Those who have a Budapest pass only need to buy tickets for the bus beyond the administrative borders of the city.) The bus ride only takes 30 minutes, so the tour starts at 10:10.

Careful: if you miss the departure, you will not be able to join us later!

Distance and difficulty: 3,5-4 hours depending on the number of stops we make, and we expect to arrive back to Budapest Kelenföld between 15:00-15:30.

The distance is only 13 km, the highest point is 334 m, the walking time is 3.5-4 hours at a leisurely pace, and there are no difficult sections along the route.

Check out the map here.

Points of interest (in brackets the hiking sign to be followed: S stands for “yellow”, P for “red”):

  • Biatorbágy viaduct (S-)
  • Kő-hegy Kő-orr, Hármas-szikla / rocks and cliffs (S-)
  • “Mount” Iharos (a hill) with the former anti-aircraft missile base
  • Híd / bridge (ruin) (P-)
  • Nyakas-kő, Madár-szirt / rocks and cliffs (P)
  • Szily-kápolna / chapel (P)
  • Viaduct
  • Kemenes Café and Bistro

Eat & drink: There is a shop and a café at the start and finish lines of the “race”. You will get hungry in the fresh air, so bring snacks and water with you.


  • Toilets are available at the bus station in Kelenföld and at the café at the end point, in between only the woods.
  • Please have a plastic bag with you for your trash.
  • Comfortable, well-supporting shoes are highly recommended. No steep terrain.
  • The brave may bring a headlamp to visit the airbase.

You may wish to check out the following links as well:

Reports on previous hikes of the GTK Hiking Club are available here.

Contact: 30-241-7723