M3 motorway (Hungary)

The M3 motorway (Hungarian: M3-as autópálya) is a Hungarian motorway connecting Budapest to Nyíregyháza. It will eventually connect Budapest to the Ukrainian border. Two other motorways branch off it, the M30 (connecting the M3 to Miskolc) and the M35 (connecting the M3 to Debrecen). The M3 follows the route of route 3, and, later, route 4. The section of the motorway, the one between Görbeháza and Nyíregyháza was opened to the public in August 2007. The latest section of the motorway, the one between Highway 49 and Vásárosnamény was opened to the public in 2014.[1] The total length of the motorway now is 281 km.

M3 motorway shield

M3 motorway
M3-as autópálya
Map key - blue in use Map key - green planned Map key - grey other highways
Route information
Part of E71 / E79 / E573 / E579
Length281 km (175 mi)
307 km (191 mi) planned
Existed1978–present
Major junctions
FromBudapest
 
  • M0 near Fót
  • M31 in Gödöllő
  • 21, 32 in Hatvan
  • M25, 33 near Füzesabony
  • 331 near Mezőkövesd
  • M30 near Emőd
  • 35 near Polgár
  • M35 near Görbeháza
  • 338, 4, 403 near Nyíregyháza
  • 49 near Őr
  • 41 near Vásárosnamény
ToBarabás
M24 border with  Ukraine
Location
CountiesPest, Heves, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hajdú-Bihar, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg
Major citiesBudapest, Hatvan, Gyöngyös, Füzesabony, Polgár, Nyíregyháza
Highway system
The motorway near Kisbagi rest area
Once junction int the road
Junction (M3-M30) near Emőd
The main entrance of M3 Archeopark

Openings timelineEdit

List of junctions, exits and rest areaEdit

Distance from Zero Kilometre Stone (Adam Clark Square) in Budapest in kilometres.

  •   The route is full length motorway. The maximum speed limit is 130km/h, with   (2x2 lane road with stop lane).
km Destinations Route Notes
10   Budapest Introductory path of M3
11   Újpalota, Újpest   2102
12   Szilas pihenőhely Rest area:   Shell / Shell +      
  Dunakeszi, Vác
13   M3-M0 interchange
(Budapest bypass)
  M0 Connection to   Győr, Székesfehérvár, Pécs, Szeged, Budapest International Airport, Szolnok and   Vác.
18   Ring pihenőhely Temporary rest area, toward to Hungaroring circuit:  
19   Mogyoród-nyugat, Fót, Hungaroring   2139 Western connection to Mogyoród
23   Mogyoród-kelet, Hungaroring, Szada   21109
25   Jakabpusztai pihenőhely Rest area:   Lukoil / Lukoil +      
27   M3-M31 intechange   M31
  E71
Unloading road, connection to M0.
The western terminus of European routes E71
  Vác, Gödöllő   30870
32     Babati pihenő Rest area, towards only Nyíregyháza:      
36   Kisbagi pihenőhely Rest area:    
39   Bag, Aszód, Tura   3105
43   Galga pihenőhely Rest area:    
  Border of Pest and Heves Counties
51   Kerekharaszti pihenőhely Rest area:   MOL / MOL +    
  Kerekharaszt   2134
55   Hatvan-nyugat, Salgótarján, Galyatető   21 Western connection to Hatvan
59   Hatvan-kelet, Szolnok   32 Eastern bypass to Hatvan
60   Horti pihenőhely Rest area:      
66   Ecsédi pihenőhely Rest area:    
70 km   Gyöngyös-nyugat, Hort   3 Access route of Gyöngyös
75   Halászaranyosi pihenőhely Rest area:    
78   Gyöngyös-kelet, Mátrafüred, Adács   3210 Eastern connection to Gyöngyös
82   Borsókúti pihenőhely Rest area:   OMV / OMV +      
87   Nagyfügedi pihenőhely Rest area:    
90   Nagyfüged, Heves, Ludas   3206
92   Kisasszonytéri pihenőhely Rest area:    
103   Kál, Erdőtelek   3208
104   Bridge over Railway Line 102 (Kál-Kápolna-Kisújszállás)
106   Rekettyés pihenőhely Rest area:   MOL / MOL +    
108   M3-M25 intechange   M25 Access route of Eger
114   Füzesabony, Eger, Jászberény   33
122   Mezőszemerei pihenőhely Rest area:  
  Border of Heves and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Counties
128   Mezőkövesd, Borsodivánka   331
  3302
139   Mezőnagymihály, Mezőkeresztes   3305
142   Geleji pihenőhely Rest area:   Shell / Shell +    
151   M3-M30 intechange   M30
  E71
  E79
Connection to M30 motorway, towards to   Slovakia, via Miskolc
The eastern terminus of European routes E71, and the northern of E79
153   Igrici pihenőhely Rest area:  
156   Mezőcsát, Hejőpapi   3307
164   Hejőkürt, Tiszaújváros   3313
169   Tisza (Bridge - 405.5 m)
  Border of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and Hajdú-Bihar Counties
171   Polgári pihenőhely Rest area:  
175   Nyékládháza, Polgár   35
  M3 Arcehopark Archeological and landscape historical skansen
179   Western Main Channel (Bridge - 93 m)
184   Görbeháza pihenőhely Rest area:   MOL / MOL +    
187   Görbeháza
M3-M35 interchange
  M35
  E79
Connection to M35 motorway, towards to   Romania, via Debrecen
The southern terminus of European routes E79
194   Rétaljai pihenőhely (  E579) Rest area:  . The western terminus of European routes E579
200   Eastern Main Channel (Bridge)
203   Hajdúnánás, Tiszavasvári   3502
206   Hajdúnánási pihenőhely Rest area:  
  Border of Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg Counties
215   Kálmánházi pihenőhely Rest area:   Mobil Petrol / Mobil Petrol +      
221   Nyíregyháza-nyugat, Kálmánháza   338 Western bypass of Nyíregyháza, toward to Tokaj
227   Nyíregyháza-dél, Debrecen   4
  E573
The western terminus of European routes E573
229   Nyíregyházi pihenőhely Rest area:  
234   Nyíregyháza-kelet, Nagykálló   4911
  Nyíregyháza-észak, Záhony   403
  E573
Eastern bypass of Nyíregyháza, and terminus of European routes E573
244   Mohos pihenőhely Rest area:   ? +    
254   Ófehértó   4105 Connection to Nyírbátor or Baktalórántháza
263   Kántorjánosi pihenőhely Rest area:  
267   Vaja, Mátészalka
M3-M49 interchange
  49
  M49
280   Vásárosnamény   41
  Vásárosnamény-észak, Ilk   4108
286   M3-M34 interchange   M34 Connection to Záhony
288   Kisvarsány, Nagyvarsány   4115
289   Tisza (Bridge - 210 m)
292   Tiszaszalka, Gergelyiugurnya   4113
  Vámosatyai pihenőhely Rest area:
301   Gelénes, Barabás   4124
307   Beregdaróc (H) – Luzhanka (UA) border crossing
  M24 highway → to Mukachevo,   Ukraine
  •      Under construction,      Planned section

MaintenanceEdit

The operation and maintenance of the road by Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co. This activity is provided by these highway engineers.

PaymentEdit

Hungarian system has 2 main type in terms of salary:

1, time-based fee vignettes (E-matrica); with a validity of either 10 days (3500 HUF), 1 month (4780 HUF) or 1 year (42980 HUF).[2]

2, county vignettes (Megyei matrica); the highway can be used instead of the national sticker with the following county stickers:

Type of vignette Available section
Pest County between Szentmihályi Street junction and Hatvan west (11 km – 55 km)
Heves County between Bag and Mezőkövesd (39 km – 128 km)
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County between Füzesabony and Polgár (114 km – 175 km)
Hajdú-Bihar County between Hejőkürt and Nyíregyháza west (164 km – 221 km)
Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County between Hajdúnánás and Vásárosnamény (203 km – 280 km)

Significant artifactsEdit

From Budapest to the Ukrainian border, the M3 motorway features the following bridges, tunnels or covered cuts:

Bridge
  • Tisza Bridge of Polgár (Polgári Tisza-híd; 405.5 m or 1,330 ft) over Tisza river
Landscape history memorial park
Outlet center
  • M3 Outlet Center

European Route(s)Edit

Name Route
  124 km   Emőd   (151) –   Gödöllő   (27)
  89 km Rétaljai pihenőhely   (191) – Vásárosnamény   (280)
  36 km   Emőd   (151) –   Görbeháza   (187)
  7 km   Nyíregyháza-south   (227) –   Nyíregyháza-north   (234)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "National Toll Payment Services PLC". toll-charge.hu.

External linksEdit