About public transportation in Budapest.

What our future passangers should know..

budapest transport

Arriving to Budapest by plane

  • You will land at Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport, Terminal A or B, I which is 24 km from the city.
  • Entry is smooth, with fast passport control. For customs clearance you can use the usual green and red corridors.
  • The Budapest Transport Company BKV runs a "Reptér-Busz" service between the Kőbánya-Kispest terminus of M3 (blue line) and the airport. Fare to be paid to the driver.
  • Air Traffic and Airport Administration (LRI) operates Centrum buses between the city (Erzsébet tér, Hotel Kempinski) and the terminals. They depart every 30 minutes from 05:30 to 22:00. Journey time: 45 min. Fare to be paid to the driver.
  • Airport minibuses, run by LRI as well, are a kind of collective taxi (shuttle bus) at a reasonable price, which travel between any requested destination in town and the terminals. Ticket on arrival at the Airport Passenger Service desk, where you can buy also your retour transfer ticket. Before departure call 296-8555 and the service will pick you up at your hotel or apartment and take to the airport.
  • Passenger information:
    • Flight schedules: 235-3888 and www.bud.hu
    • Arrivals, departures: 296-7155
    • Lost and found Terminal 2A: 296-8108, Terminal 2B: 296-7690

Arriving to Budapest by train

Budapest has two large international railway stations: Keleti [East] VIII., Baross tér) and Nyugati [West] (VI., Nyugati tér), both having metro stations.

Trains connect Budapest with almost all countries in central and eastern Europe. All trains arrive at Budapest Keleti station, unless stated otherwise.

Both stations are located at busy city junctions, so you can use the underground, buses, trams to get to your address. Taxis are available too, but be cautious, take only one of the official yellow cabs.

Finding your way

It is relatively easy in Budapest. The Danube flows in the middle, the right side is Buda, the left is Pest. The main roads are the boulevards, with the streets running in radiation.
As for house numbers, numbering usually begins at end closer the Danube and one side is for odd, the other is for even numbers. Körút (krt.) = boulevard, rakpart (rkp.) = embankment, sziget = island, tér = square, út = avenue, utca (u.) = street.
Major traffic junctions in Buda are Széll Kálmán tér and Batthyány tér; Deák tér, Ferenciek tere and Blaha Lujza tér in Pest. The three of the four underground lines meet at one point Deák tér.

METRO system

Budapest's underground network is an excellent way to get around, it connects the suburbs with railway and autobus stations, several centrally located hotels, museums and sights. The system consists of four lines. Line 1, 2 and 3 cross at Deák tér station (Deák square, in Pest centre), while Line 2 and 4 cross at Keleti Pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station) and Line 3 and 4 cross at Kálvin tér (Kálvin square). Metro lines are well represented on maps scattered on platforms.

budapest metro lines

The oldest part of the network is line M1 (the yellow line) (signed Földalatti) which was built in the 1890s to celebrate the Magyar millennium. The line runs between downtown Vörösmarty tér and Mexikói út. Stations are easily accessible, being just below ground level.

Lines 2 and 3 were built during the 70s. Line 2 (red) runs from the eastern outskirts of the city (Örs vezér tér), past Keleti (Eastern) railway station and on to the Belváros before crossing under the Danube to Pest's Déli pu (Southern) station. Line 3 (blue) runs from the northern suburbs to the busy Deák tér interchange, before heading south towards the airport and Kőbánya Kispest


• Public transport in Budapest is excellent by international standards. (Within the entire populated area of Budapest one can find a stop/station within 400 meters.) A wide variety of buses, trolley buses, trams and underground trains usually operate from 4.30 am to 11 pm. At night 16 lines are in service. Bus No. 78É at night runs roughly the same route as underground train line M2, while No. 14É that of M3.
• You have to purchase a ticket in advance at the terminals, at underground stations, from ticket machines and in post offices. Single tickets are the same for each means of transport. If accompanied by an adult, children under 6 need no tickets. There is no conductor on the vehicles: you must validate your ticket at the start of the journey. (Fines are high.)
Types of tickets: single ticket, transfer ticket for the underground, day ticket, 3-day tourist ticket, 7-day travel card. Season tickets with photo for 14 or 30 days are also available. Remember that the Budapest Card entitles to free travel for two or three days within city limits.
On buses and trolley buses you must push a button next to the door to indicate your intention to get off, while other vehicles alight at all stops.
• Budapest can boast with special vehicles such as the Funicular, the Children's Railway, the Chairlift and the Cogwheel railway. Standard public transport tickets are valid on the Cogwheel railway only.
• Suburban trains called HÉV also belong to the public transport system. You can use them to visit such towns outside Budapest as Szentendre (from Batthyány tér) or Gödöllő (from Örs vezér tere). The standard tickets can be used within Budapest, but an extra ticket must be purchased if you want to travel beyond the borders.

Map of Budapest

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