Gödöllő is a city in Hungary, about 30km east of Budapest. Most guidebooks recommend it as a worthwhile day trip for Budapest, largely to visit the royal palace.
Gödöllő is located on the Budapest-Hatvan line and 2 to 3 trains leave the Keleti train station hourly. Riding a személy, or slow train, takes about 40 minutes. A gyors, or fast train won't stop before Gödöllő and takes roughly 30 minutes. A full price ticket costs 450 ft.
Note that Gödöllő has three train stations: Gödöllő-Állami telepek, Gödöllő, and Máriabesnyő. The Állami telepek stop is near the Arboreteum and Beekeeping museum, several kilometers outside of town. Gödöllő's main train station is located right outside the Alsó park (lower palace park) and is about a 10 minute walk away from the palace and downtown area. The Máriabesnyő stop is outside the pilgrimage temple. The személy trains will stop in all three, the gyors only at the main Gödöllő station. Make sure you get off at the right stop!
Gödöllő is also connected to Budapest by the HÉV commuter rail. The station is located at Örs Vezér tere, just outside the last stop of the red metro line. Trains run more often on weekdays than weekends, cost slightly more, and take 45 to 50 minutes to reach Gödöllő. Tickets can be bought at Örs Vezér tere or from the inspector on the train. Note: Budapest public transport tickets are only valid within the boundaries of Budapest and you will need to buy an additional ticket if travelling all the way to Gödöllő.
Gödöllő has 4 HÉV stops. The first is Erzsébet park, right in between the Felső Park (upper park) and the scenic Erzsébet park. The second is Szabadság tér, located in the heart of downtown and steps away from the royal palace and city museum. The third is Palotakert, which drops you off near the Palotakert housing development, and the last stop is the Gödöllő train station.
Most of the main sights are within walking distance of Szabadság tér. The HÉV can be used within Gödöllő, at a cost of 90 ft a ticket. If travelling to Máriabesnyő trains leave every hour from the main station, or buses also leave frequently from the main bus station, a few blocks east of Szabadság tér.
Grassalkovich Kastély (Grassalkovich Palace) , located across the street from the Szabadság tér HÉV stop, the royal palace is Gödöllő's main attraction. Built in the 1740s, the baroque mansion was later home to Emperor Franz Josef and Queen Elizabeth. Besides a tour of the royal apartments, there are also the baroque theater and the royal chapel. Concerts are also frequently held here.
Gödöllői Városi Múzeum
Máriabesnyő pilgrimage temple