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Getting around in Budapest
How do I travel the simplest and cheapest way in Budapest?
If you wish to use the Budapest public transport system, you need to have a valid transportation pass or ticket.
Tickets and passes can be purchased at Metro stations and from any ticket vending machines around the city.
If you regularly travel by public transport, the best arrangement for you is to buy a weekly, a bi-weekly or monthly travel pass (see the available pass types further down).
One single ticket is valid for one uninterrupted journey of up to 60 minutes, whereas a pass is good for unlimited travel in Budapest. It is cheaper to buy a 10-piece discount coupon booklet ("gyűjtőjegy": 3.000,- HUF), rather than buying the single tickets separately.
A travel pass is personalised and non-transferable. Before use, the name or the number of a photo ID of the holder must be indicated on it. Upon request of a ticket inspector, please show your pass along with your photo ID (e.g. identity card, passport, driving license).
If you use single tickets, they must be validated by ticket punchers in buses and trams or before entering any metro stations. The validated tickets must be kept until the end of the trip and handed over to a controller upon request. Unlike single tickets, travel passes do not need to be validated for each trip: these are valid for the indicated period on the pass. Transport officials are authorized to check the validity of your ticket or pass any time during and after your trip. Passengers without a valid ticket or pass are to pay a heavy fine - 8.000,- HUF (approx. 27 euros) on the spot.
Where can I have a transportation pass made?
You can purchase your transportation ticket at a vending machine, or at a customer office of the BKK (Budapest Transportation Limited) at metro stations where you can ask for the assistance of the cashier.
Ticket vending machines have been installed at the busiest transport hubs of Budapest. All types of tickets and passes are purchasable at these TVMs. They accept and return Hungarian coins and bank notes and also accept credit cards. User-friendly instructions in English and other languages are available.
You can check out the vending machine in a short film and an interactive demo at http://www.bkk.hu/automata?l=en
For more information on the exact location of TVMs visit: http://www.bkk.hu/pontkereso/
Those who arrive by airplane can purchase their Budapest transportation passes or tickets right at 2A and 2B terminals of Liszt Ferenc Airport. Look for the BKK Customer Service point, where you can also get information about Budapest transportation-related questions.
Apart from the Customer Service Point of BKK at the Airport, there are several options to have your transportation pass made, depending on which hotel you are accommodated in.
If you are in the CEU Residence Center
If you are in the Star Inn Hotel
How to buy a transportation pass?
What type of passes are available?
- Budapest 7-day travel card – 4.950 HUF
- 14-day Budapest Pass – 7.000 HUF
- Monthly Budapest Pass (Natural Persons) – 9.500 HUF
- Monthly Budapest Pass for Students – 3.450 HUF
If you have an ISIC card (International Student Identification Card)
Transportation in Budapest
Click on the picture below to see a zoomable map of the public transportation lines of Budapest.
Most recommended apps:
Rent a bike – MOL BuBi
If you are a fan of biking, you can also use the BuBi service as well, which offers rentable bikes.
- BKK timetables: http://www.bkk.hu/en/timetables/
Night buses and trams that stop at your hotel
- CEU Residence Center: #908 or #931 buses. Get off at “Egyenes Utcai Lakótelep” stop.
- Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum: #4 or #6 tram run 7/24 hours. Get off at "Oktogon" or “Nyugati Pályaudvar” stop.
- BKK information page on different ticket and pass prices
- BKK main website (Public Transportation Ltd.)
- Route Planner