Local Transportation

Budapest has an efficient, diverse, and low-cost network of public transport, 268 bus lines, 32 tram lines, 15 trolleybuses, and 4 underground lines. Daytime services are available between 4.30 am and 11.30 pm, while at night you can get around with night buses or Tram No. 6, which runs round the clock. By using any kind of transportation, you can reach your destination fast and conveniently in the city.

If you would like to travel by public transport, please always keep in mind that you need to have a valid ticket or season ticket with you. Tickets are available all around the city at metro stations, tram stations, or street kiosks.  You can use the same type of ticket for all forms of public transport, but you need to validate a new ticket for each journey. Additionally, single tickets are available from the driver on board the bus with an extra charge of fee.

Ticket types and prices (2019):
  • Single ticket: HUF 350
  • Single ticket bought on the spot: HUF 450
  • Block of 10 ticket: HUF 3 000
  • Airport shuttle bus single ticket (100E): HUF 2.200

Note! Those who are travelling without valid ticket or pass can be fined by the inspectors. Ticket inspectors might appear suddenly on the board. The obligated fines are:  HUF 8,000 HUF on the spot; HUF 16,000 afterwards by postal cheque. At underground stations, you can only enter upon presenting your ticket or pass.


Budapest has more than 200 bus routes covering most inner city and suburban areas. Some routes offer an express service, indicated with an “E” following the bus number. On the main routes, services are available even during the night hours.

Budapest’s night transport is one of the best in Europe. You will find that you can get anywhere in the city on the night buses – sometimes even faster than in the daytime. Night buses usually start at midnight and run until 4:00 am every night. Night buses’ numbers start with number 9.

Note: Some night buses on very busy lines run quite often (every 10th or 15th minute), but lines running to the suburbs run only once or twice an hour.


Currently, there are four metro lines in Budapest:
M1 or the Yellow Line: between Vörösmarty tér and Mexikói út
M2 or the Red Line: between Déli pályaudvar and Örs vezér tere
M3 or the Blue Line: between Újpest Központ and Kőbánya-Kispest
M4 or the Green Line: between Kelenföld and Keleti pályaudvar

The Yellow Line is the oldest metro line in Hungary and also in Mainland Europe. It was opened in 1896 for the Hungarian Millennium. The newest line is M4 (Green Line) that was opened in 2014. Metro services run from 4:30 until 23:30.


While several cplates andn taxis in the capital, all licensed cabs are yellow, have yellow license plates, and are marked “Licensed Budapest taxi” on the driver’s door. You have taken a licensed Budapest taxi if you can see the driver’s photo ID and the table of fares on the dashboard and the insides of the passenger doors. 

All fares are licensed: the minimum fare is HUF 700, the standard fare is HUF 300 per kilometer and there is a waiting charge of HUF 75 per minute. Cash and bank cards are both accepted. Make sure to get the receipt printed by the taximeter at the end of your journey so that you can check whether the licensed fares have been applied, and to ensure a swift remedy for whatever complaint you may have.


Budapest has three public boat lines:
D-11: Müpa-Nemzeti Színház H – Újpest, Árpád út
D-12: Müpa-Nemzeti Színház H – Rómaifürdő
D-14: Soroksár, Molnár-sziget – Csepel-Királyerdő
One single ticket for a public transport boat is HUF 750 or you can travel with your monthly Budapest pass free of charge.

  • You can find information about the rates and itineraries in Budapest on the official Budapest Public Transportation site (BKK) maps here.
  • Plan your trip with BKK FUTÁR or download the application BKK FUTÁR on your mobile.
  • Public transport data are integrated into Google Maps where you can plan your routes in the city.