The Budapest Metro System
When traveling to a new city, it’s important to get to know its public transportation system, particularly its system of subways. Fortunately for visitors headed to Hungary, the Budapest Metro system is fast, reliable, and intuitive. In fact, it’s arguably the best way to get around this dynamic, bustling metropolis and discover its architectural wonders or famous baths.
For those of you about to make your way to the Hungarian capital, as well as for those who are just beginning to plan what will surely become the adventure of a lifetime, here’s a bit more information about Budapest’s excellent metro system.
The Budapest Metro Lines: Getting You around the City
Metro Budapest 1: The Yellow Line
Built as part of the 1896 Millennium exhibition, at the time of its construction the M1 metro line was the first underground rail line in Continental Europe. Today, over a century later, it continues to serve as a major transportation artery, running most of its length under Andrássy Avenue, the stately Champs Elysees of Budapest. Along its route, the 1 line (or ‘little underground’) makes stops at such Budapest landmarks as Deák Square (the main hub of the Budapest metro system), Oktogon Square, the Opera House, Heroes’ Square, and the world-famous Széchenyi baths.
Metro Budapest 2: The Red Line
Running from the outer edges of Pest to the heart of Buda, metro line M2, the red line, connects the two halves of the Hungarian capital. Located deep underground, the 2 line’s modern, air-conditioned trains actually run under the Danube River at one point. Some of the main attractions along this line include Ferenc Puskás Stadium, the iconic Keleti Railway Station, Astoria, Deák Square, Kossuth Square (where the beautiful Hungarian Parliament is located), and Batthány Square. And while it is sometimes overlooked by visitors to Budapest, Batthány Square is a must-see location for anyone looking to capture a truly perfect photo of the Parliament building.
Metro Budapest 3: The Blue Line
The most heavily-used metro line in Budapest is, without question, the M3, or Blue Line. Constructed, like the red line, during the socialist era, the M3 runs north to south through the Pest half of the city, connecting outer residential areas with the heart of the city center. From Kőbánya-Kispest (the last stop before the airport), the M3 makes stops at must-see landmarks such as the Corvin Quarter, Ferenciek Square, Deák Square, and Nyugati Railway Station.
Metro Budapest 4: The Green Line
The latest addition to the Hungarian capital’s metro network is the number 4 line, also known as the green line. This line, whose wildly-designed stops have won numerous architectural awards, runs from the southwest of Buda all the way to the Keleti Railway Station. Along the way, it runs past such beautiful landmarks as St. Gellért Square (home to the glamorous Gellért Hotel and Baths), Fővám Square (where the Central Market can be found), and Kálvin Square.
Metro Budapest: Quick Logistics
When traveling via the Hungarian capital’s metro system, there are a few things that you should definitely keep in mind. As is the case with all of public transportation in Budapest, the metro lines are operated by the city’s transportation authority, the BKK. When traveling, you can make use of a variety of tickets or passes, all of which can be purchased either at help desks or at automated kiosks located throughout the city.
Once you have a pass or ticket, keep in mind that, if you need to transfer from one line to another, you can do so without having to buy a new ticket. All you have to do is make sure that you follow the signage for the next line that you are looking for. While transferring, though, be careful to make sure that you don’t accidentally leave the station; if you do, you’ll have to use a new ticket. In addition, you should know that, while you can transfer from one metro line to another with your ticket, if you want to get onto a tram or bus, you will need to buy a new ticket as well. Check out our public transportation guide of Budapest for further information!
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In addition, Fraser Residence’s central location right next to the 3 metro line makes it quite simple 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.