Budapest Public Transport
As anyone who’s ever visited Budapest can tell you, the city has an unbelievable amount of things to do, see, and experience. At times, in a world capital of this size, it can be difficult to find your way around and get your bearings. When it comes to this particular city, however, you’re in luck, as the Budapest public transport system is quick, cheap, and reliable.
Before you make your way to the Hungarian capital, read on to find out a bit more about the BKK, Budapest’s official public transportation network.
The Lowdown: What You Need to Know About Budapest Public Transit
Budapest Public Transport: Getting Around a World Capital
Upon first arriving in Budapest, the city’s public transportation can admittedly seem a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t speak Hungarian. In addition to its blue buses, the capital also boasts trolley buses, trams, subway lines (known here as metro lines), suburban railway lines, and even boats.
There’s no real reason for worry, however, as the BKK (Budapest Transportation Authority) has maps, English-language signage, and other tools to make taking public transportation an enjoyable, painless experience. Unlike in many major cities, all of Budapest’s metro stops, most of its tram stops, and a great many of its bus stops have digital tables that provide real-time information on when the next bus, train, or tram will arrive. This means that there’s no need to stand around praying that an old, printed-out timetable is accurate. In addition, since the entire Budapest public transport system is tied into google maps, you can also easily use your smart phone to help you navigate your way around the Hungarian capital.
On top of all this, there is now a bus line (the 100E) that runs directly from the city center to the airport, making getting in and out of the city quick and easy.
Budapest Public Transport: Main Lines
Budapest’s public transportation service has dozens of bus, train, and metro lines to choose from. Despite this, as we’ve noted, there are plenty of useful tools to make navigating this web of transportation options simple and painless. That being said, it’s worthwhile for visitors to the Hungarian capital to familiarize themselves with the city’s most famous and widely-used tram lines. After all, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be making use of these very same transportation arteries yourself during your time in Budapest.
To keep things very simple, the main subway lines are numbered one through four, and as such are easy to remember. Of the city’s numerous tram lines, by far the most used is the 4-6 line, which runs along Budapest’s bustling great ring boulevard 24 hours a day. In addition, another popular option is the 2 line. This tram, running along the Pest side of the Danube, is both functional and scenic, as it takes travelers past landmark bridges, churches, and even the world-famous Parliament building.
And while Budapest’s public transport system is a great way to efficiently make your way from one scenic location or incredible restaurant to the next, it can also be a stop in its own right. This is certainly the case for the city’s public transport boat lines. In exchange for the price of a bus ticket, travelers can take a leisurely cruise up and down the Danube, past some of Budapest’s most beautiful and iconic landmarks.
Budapest Public Transport: Tickets, Passes, and What to Watch Out For
How, then can one take advantage of this truly remarkable public transportation system? Well, in terms of tickets, the BKK offers individual rides ($1.25 USD), as well as packs of 10 tickets ($10.50). In addition, you can purchase a 24-hour pass ($6) or a 72-hour pass ($15). For those traveling with family or friends, the group pass allows 24 hours of unlimited travel for up to five individuals ($12). In addition, for those planning a longer stay in the Hungarian capital, BKK offers 15- and 30-day passes as well, for $22 and $34, respectively. You can purchase these tickets either at service counters located in certain metro stops, or at automated kiosks located at many bus, tram, and metro stops throughout the city.
Whatever you do, make sure that you do buy either a pass or ticket, as the BKK employs plainclothes ticket inspectors who occasionally make the rounds looking for those who have not paid to ride; in general, they have a reputation of being less than friendly when administering fines, particularly to tourists. In addition, if you are using tickets, be sure to validate them using either punch machines at metro entrances or on buses and trams, as not doing so can easily lead to a fine as well.
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In addition, Fraser Residence’s central location makes it quite simple to make use of the robust Budapest’s robust public transport system in order to see all the city’s major sights. From Fraser Residence’s location at the Corvin Quarter, you can quickly make your way to virtually all the iconic landmarks that the Hungarian capital has to offer.