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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.
Daily or weekly travel cards and bi-weekly or monthly passes can be purchased online, at BKK offices, or 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 travelcard or a bi-weekly or monthly travel pass (see further available passes and ticket types here). While it is easy to get lost in the various ticket types, we recommend you purchasing single ticket until you get to buy the pass that is most suitable for you. One single ticket is valid for one uninterrupted journey of up to 60 minutes, whereas a travel card/pass is good for unlimited travel in Budapest.

Travel passes and cards are personalized and non-transferable. You will need to also hold a document with you (driving license, passport, personal ID, etc) that has a photo of you and is suitable to identify you upon request of a ticket inspector.

How to buy tickets/travel pass?

Online

The most convenient way to buy your tickets/passes is with your mobile phone. Download the "Közlekedési Mobiljegy" app to Android, or Mobiljegy for Public Transport for iOS. Once you downloaded the app you need to enter the number of the document (ID card, driver's license, passport, etc.) that you are going to carry with you while you are in Budapest. After this, you can purchase the ticket/pass with your credit/debit card. If you wish, you can save your card details in the app during the first payment process. If you buy your ticket/pass with your mobile phone, it will be your responsibility to have it with you and upon request present your valid ticket/pass any time you use the vehicles of Budapest Transportation Company. Please note, that the validity of your online pass starts usually 2 minutes after you purchased your ticket/pass in the app.

From ticket vending machines

Ticket vending machines have been installed all around Budapest, as well as at Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Budapest. There is a ticket vending machine in front of the Residence Center. When you come out of the building at the main entrance, cross the road at the traffic lights (you need to cross the rails of the local train as well), and find the machine on the left-hand side.

All types of tickets and passes are purchasable at these TVMs. They accept and return Hungarian coins and banknotes and also accept credit/debit cards. User-friendly instructions in English and other languages are available. 
For more information on how to use the machines please visit the Ticket Vending Machine page of the Budapest Transportation Company.

At BKK Customer Service Points

There are BKK Customer Service Points at the main railway stations, metro stations, and at Liszt Ferenc International Airport. You can purchase your tickets/pass in person, using cash (HUF only) or debit/credit card, and can also get information about Budapest transportation-related questions. Click here to search for BKK Offices in Budapest.

What types of passes do we recommend? 

  • Budapest 7-day travel card – 4.950 HUF 
  • 15-day Budapest Pass – 6.300 HUF 
  • Monthly Budapest Pass (Natural Persons) – 9.500 HUF 
  • Monthly Budapest Pass for Students – 3.450 HUF

Am I eligible for a student pass? 

Those who hold a student card of a higher education institution in an EU member state or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, are eligible to buy a monthly Budapest pass for students at a reduced price of 3,450 HUF. When ticket inspectors check passes, student cards or International Student Identification Cards (ISIC) should be presented. Remember to enter your student card number when you purchase the pass coupon from the vending machine.

Validation of tickets and passes

Paper tickets/passes

If you use printed (paper version) single tickets, they must be validated by ticket punchers/stampers 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 ticket inspector upon request.

Unlike single tickets, travel passes and cards do not need to be validated for each trip: these are valid for the indicated period on the pass. Ticket inspectors 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.

Digital tickets/passes (via mobile app)

Validity of tickets/passes purchased in mobile app starts 2 minutes after the purchase. It is your responsibility to keep your mobile phone with you and make sure its battery is charged enough to present your online ticket/pass upon the request of the ticket inspectors.

Depending on the vehicle you ride you can use your purchased online tickets/pass the following ways.

Metro/Underground

If there are ticket inspectors present, just start your app and select your current metro station from the list. Once you selected it, an animation will start on the screen which you have to show to the inspector.

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How to show your mibile ticket at the metro stations in Budapest

Vehicles with front-door boarding

When boarding a vehicle where only front-door boarding is allowed (it is usually a bus), you need to start your app and scan the QR code on the left side (outside) of the door. Upon a successful scanning, an animation will appear on your screen which you need to show to the driver of the vehicle. If it is too dark outside for the scanning (e.g. nighttime), you can also find the same QR code stepping inside the vehicle, on the window of the driver's cab.

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Scanning QR code for boarding vehicles in Budapest

 Free-boarding vehicles

On vehicles where there is no preliminary ticket inspection for boarding, you have no special task to do while boarding. Ticket inspectors however may board the vehicle any time and check the tickets/passes. In such case you need to start your app, click on the 'Details' link under the 'Scan code for ride' button, and show the QR code to the inspectors. They will scan it with their inspection device to check the validity of your ticket.

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Mobile ticket for incspector checking

Route planner 

If you are not familiar with Budapest, we recommend using the Google Maps service for planning your route within Budapest (or the entire country).

Alternative means of transportation

Night services

BKK operates various night services. Check the Timetables for Night Services of the Budapest Transportation Company. 

Night buses and trams that stop at Kerepesi Residence and Conference Center

CEU Residence Center: #908 or #931 buses. Get off at “Egyenes Utcai Lakótelep” stop.