Getting around Budapest
An efficient network of rail and road transport links in a capillary way the three great areas that characterize the city, namely Buda, Obuda and Pest. Thanks to it, anyone can move around Budapest without any problem.
GETTING AROUND BUDAPEST BY METRO
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Budapest boasts the presence of the oldest Metro, after London; its M1 Line, inaugurated in the distant 1896, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The network, today, is organized into four lines, each marked by a number and a color: Yellow M1, red M2, blue M3 and green M4. To these must be added other 5 suburban railway lines, which connect the suburbs.
The M4 line, the last in chronological order to be inaugurated (in 2014), is also an absolute example from the technological point of view; totally automated, it moves without even the driver on board! On the M3 line, instead, we point out that the old Soviet convoys are present and functioning on the route.
The Metro runs every day from 04:00 to 23:15 with a frequency of rides that touches 3 minutes during peak times. It is, without doubt, the best way to get around Budapest.
GETTING AROUND BUDAPEST BY BOAT
One of the best alternatives to (expensive) river trips are the BKK scheduled boats. An excellent public transport service that allows you to navigate along the waters of the Danube. An alternative, and rather suggestive, way to admire this splendid city, from another perspective. In service there are four lines, D2, D11, D12 and D14 that cross the city, following fairly similar routes. They work from morning until late afternoon, with times varying according to the period and weather conditions.
BUS AND TRAM
Buses and trams are interconnected with the metropolitan system. The road line is extremely efficient: we distinguish buses that perform regular service with timetables from 04 in the morning to 23 numbered up to 199; then there are the xpress lines, marked by the letter “E“After the number: these are vehicles that do not make all the stops; those with the letter A, are means that carry out a path shorter than normal.
Then there are the buses that run night service (numbered beyond the 900), often with a route similar to that of the metro, running from midnight to the 04:00 in the morning. Finally, there are Buses with numbers between 300 and 899: they are the suburban ones managed by Volán.
As for trams, we invite you to consult our special section at this link.
BKK is the company that manages integrated public transport on iron and rubber in the city. The single-journey ticket costs 350HUF and can be used on all vehicles (including night buses), with a validity of 80 minutes from stamping; on the metro, it is not allowed to exit and re-enter with the same ticket, which must always be marked before embarking on the journey. It is possible to buy the ticket on board before starting the journey, paying an extra fee of 100HUF. 10 Tickets are also on sale for 3000HUF. To use the line boats, you need to purchase a special ticket for 750florins per adult, and 550 florins for under 15.
There is also a TRANSFER TICKET which, at the cost of 530 HUF, allows you to use different means to reach a destination (note: it is a ticket that allows you to reach a point A towards a point B with different means; it is therefore not a return ticket !).
Excellent solutions for getting around Budapest, are the 24 and 72 Hour Travelcards: these are tickets that allow you to make transfers on all public transport managed by BKK over the 24 or 72 hours; the first costs 1650HUF and the second 4150HUF. For more info, times and updates, please consult the official website of the company
If, as we imagine, you are going to visit several places and monuments, the BUDAPEST CARD It is the ideal solution. Available in denominations from 24, 48 e 72 hours at the cost, respectively, of 4900, 7900 and 9900 HUF. It allows you getting around Budapest, making unlimited travel on the means of transport; in addition, you will have access to numerous offers:
- Unlimited and free use of public transport in Budapest;
- Free entry to one of the following attractions: Budapest History Museum; Aquincum Museum; Kiscelli Museum; Vasarely Museum; Hungarian National Gallery; Hungarian National Museum;
- Free entry to the Szent Lukács Baths and Swimming Pool;
- Reduction up to 50% on about 60 museums;
- Free participation in a guided tour of Buda and Pest with an English audio guide.