TRANSPORTATIONS IN BUDAPEST
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
TICKET INFORMATION 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 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.
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
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 –
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.