TransportationFor fares for the metro, buses, trolley buses and trams see the official website.
It is best to buy tickets in advance as they are only availabe on a vehicle on a few lines and the are more expensive there. When changing, you need to validite a new ticket unless you have a metro transfer ticket. Single tickets are available at newsagents as well.
The morning and aftenoon rush hours are best avoided and beware of pickpockets.
The Budapest Card (Kártya) provides unlimited travel on public transport, free entry to 60 museums and discounts on everything from sightseeing tours to restaurant meals.
Cards come in two or three day versions (6500 HUF and 8000 HUF respectively) and include a decent pocket sized brochure containing maps of Buda, Pest and the metro system. Large numbers of museums, galleries and other establishments accept the card. To purchase a card online, please visit the site.
Although Budapest is a large city, it is very easy to get around. Not only are the majority of sights that tend to be of interest to visitors located fairly close together, but an outstanding transport system serves all of Budapest's 23 districts.
Budapest has one of the best Public transport systems in Europe, covering travel on buses, trolley-buses, trams, the underground (Metro), and surface urban railway (HÉV) One ticket is good for a one-way journey on any of these. If you change to a different form of transport, or change metro lines, you must use a new ticket. (This is often checked and fines can be imposed, see below.) You can buy single tickets from machines at metro stations and tram-stops, or at kiosks and magazine stands in the metro stations during business hours. To use a single ticket, you must validate it by putting it into the special "puncher" machine at the metro entrance, or on the bus/tram/trolley-bus. (you need a bit of muscle to operate the older non-electronic punchers.)
Transport is great value in Budapest. The transport systems can take you everywhere fast, so you may use it more than you might expect. Thus tickets, or books of tickets will be used up apace. We often find that a pass is a better deal for short visits. (Then you don't need to worry about validating new tickets all the time.) This is great value, especially the Budapest card, if you are planning to hit the museums. Sold at many hotels and hostels.
Public transport usually operates from 04:30 to 23:00, and at night 15 bus and 2 tram lines are in service.
Ticket Controls are quite frequent and fines are high (6,000 HUF). Inspections are performed by BKV agents wearing red armbands.
Cost of living Budapest