Public transport in Budapest

Running throughout all of the major tourist areas of the city, the public transport in Budapest is one of the most efficient and inexpensive systems of Europe. It is definitely the best option you can choose if you want to travel inside the city.

From the airport to the city center

The city center can be easily reached by various means of transport from Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The most common route is to take bus 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest metro station where you can take metro line 3 to the city center. Another alternative is bus 100E which arrives at Deák Ferenc tér, so you can reach the city center directly from the airport, although it is subject to special fare of 900 HUF. At night, you can board night bus 900 at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út near Deák Ferenc tér to get to the airport.

Tickets, travel cards and passes

One of the most important things about tickets (except for suburban railway, boat and ferry tickets) is that they need to be validated by stamping or punching prior to the start of travel on metro lines M1, M2, M3 and M4 on other vehicles immediately after boarding or departure. Boat and ferry tickets are validated by the crew while suburban railway extension tickets require no validation after purchase; the same goes for travel cards and passes which allow unlimited trips within the validity period indicated on them.

The validating machines located at the entrance of metro stations stamp the starting time of your trip onto your ticket. Trams, trolleybuses, buses and suburban railway trains have two types of validators: red, manual validators where you have to insert your ticket into the opening on top and punch it by pulling the black frame of the slot towards you. The other device is the orange, or yellow machine, where you need to insert your ticket into the opening on the front for automatic validation.

Single tickets entitle passengers to one uninterrupted trip on the whole length of the line, but on the suburban railways only within the city boundaries. With the exception of travelling on the metro network, single tickets do not allow changes between lines. Tickets are valid for 80 minutes (120 minutes on night services) after stamping.

You can purchase tickets, travel cards and passes at BKK customer service centers, ticket offices and ticket vending machines. TVMs are easy to use as they feature touchscreens and multilingual menu systems.

For more information on public transport, visit the official website of Budapest Transport.

Taxis

If you decide to take a taxi from the airport or you just want to get around a bit more comfortably, be careful to get in a licensed yellow taxi. You will find the following text on the cars both in English and Hungarian: ‘Licensed taxi’. Make sure you are not using the services of other taxis as you might have an unpleasant surprise when you pay  the fare.

Bubi bikes

If you want to get some exercise while discovering the treasure trove of Central Europe, Bubi bikes offer you a convenient & environment friendly solution. As most of the attractions of Budapest are found in the city centre with an extensive cycling path network, you can admire almost of all the highlights by bike. Upon buying your ticket you’re required to pay a deposit of 25.000 HUF. The following fares apply: