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One of the best ways to learn about the city you are living in, especially Budapest, is to venture out onto the public transportation system. Budapest has an extremely efficient network of over 200 bus routes, 15 trolley buses, 30 tram routes, three Metro lines and four HÉV suburban train lines. Large maps at the entrances of Metro stations show the entire Budapest transit network. General service hours are 4:30 AM to 11 PM. Outside of these hours, main routes are serviced by night buses. Not only is the system reliable, safe and punctual, it offers a cheap and easy method of covering the city.

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The city of Budapest is covered by an extensive Public Transportation network which gives residents easy access to all of the cities districts.

Although buses and tram lines do run through the Buda Hills, residents of the more suburban and residential Buda side are more likely to rely on a car as the primary means of transportation.

The limited parking and crowded city streets generally lead residents of the more urban Pest-side to rely on taxi’s and public transportation.

The Budapest public transportation network includes subways, trams, trolleys, buses, and the HEV commuter trains which connect Budapest to outlying suburbs.

Tickets and passes can be purchased at most major stations.  There are also ticket machines at many tram and bus stops.

The cost of tickets and trams remains relatively low compared to many major European cities.

Passes can be purchased for one day, three days, one week, one month, 6 months, and one year.  A passport photo is required for passes covering a month or more.

Tickets can be purchased individually, or in books of 10 or 20 tickets.  As the system for connecting and using the same ticket is complicated, it is best and safest to validate a new ticket for each leg of your journey.

When riding the metro, validate your ticket as you enter the station.  On trams, buses, or trolleys, you validate your ticket once you board.  Newer trams and buses have electronic boxes which automatically validate the ticket.

On older trams and buses you have to validate your ticket manually.  Stick the ticket into the validation box and pull the black latch toward you until it clicks.

There are no automatic gates blocking entry to any public transport facilities.  Instead, BKV staff patrol the transit system.  They perform random checks at the entry and exit of Subway stops, and on buses, trams & trolleys.

An attendant, often in a blue jacket and wearing a BKV appears at your side, you will need to show your validated ticket or your current BKV pass.  If you can’t show you paid for your ride, you will be issued a ticket and expected to pay the fine (a few thousand HUF) on the spot.

For more information on using public transportation in Budapest, visit the BKV website at www.bkv.hu.  The site is available in Hungarian and English.

Useful Links

BKV

The public transportation site of Budapest. Find bus, tram, trolley and metro routes and schedules, as well as current ticket pricing.

Train Schedule Search

Find international and national train schedules and routes. Strangely, there is no pricing on tickets, nor an option to buy tickets online.

Street Search

If you have the address, you can find any spot in Budapest. A very useful tool for those not familiar with the many streets throughout this city. Available in English and German.

Pay-By-Mobile Parking

Are you parking in the city and tired of looking for spare change to pay the meter? Use your mobile phone to pay by following the steps at this website.

Route Planner

Find your way throughout Hungary. Gives detailed instructions for driving. In Hungarian, English and Croatian.

Hungarian Motorway Portal

Provides schedules of fees and motorway tolls, interactive maps with accidents and diversions noted, a network of 22 webcams located in strategic places throughout the country, and of course, current traffic information. Also available in German.

Online Motorway Sticker

When driving on the Hungarian motorways (and certain countries located in Europe), you must have a specific sticker designated to that country or motorway. You can buy the appropriate sticker online here at this site. If you get caught without a sticker, the fine is steep.

Parking Map

Click on your desired parking zone to get a break down of the times one needs to pay and how much it will cost you.

Airports

Budapest Ferihegy Airport

Up-to-date information on Hungary’s main and largest airport.

Taxi Companies

All have dispatchers that speak English

City Taxi - 061 – 211 -1111

Taxi 2000 - 061 – 200 – 0000

Fo TAXI – 061 – 222- 2222

Driving Schools

Csigaver Driving School

D. és Társai Autósiskola – Available in English and German.

Pati Autósiskola

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