Tickets, travel cards and passes
One of the most important things about public transport tickets (except for suburban railway extension tickets, boat and ferry tickets) is that they need to be validated by stamping or punching at a machine. You shall validate your ticket prior to the start of your journey on metro lines M1, M2, M3 and M4, while on other vehicles immediately after boarding or departure on the vehicle itself. 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 indicated validity period. Within the city limits of Budapest, you can also travel on the suburban railway lines by purchasing a single ticket which needs to be validated (unlike the aforementioned extension ticket which is only valid for the stops outside city limits).
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
Please insert your ticket into the opening on top and punch it by pulling the black frame of the slot towards you.
- The orange or yellow electric devices
Please insert your ticket into the opening on the front for automatic validation.
A light indicates on the front if the machine is operational (green means it’s functioning, red if it’s out of order).
Single tickets entitle passengers to take one uninterrupted trip on the whole length of a line, but on the suburban railways only within the city boundaries. With the exception of traveling 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, go to bkk.hu/en or futar.bkk.hu
Source: Budapesti Közlekedési Központ • www.bkk.hu